Has Obama been a bad president What reasons do you have for thinking so

Has Obama been a bad president? What reasons do you have for thinking so?


Obama is the 3rd worst president in US History, behind Woodrow Wilson and FDR respectively numbers 1 and 2.

Let’s go through a laundry list of why I believe this to be true, facts only, that are sourced by mostly left wing / media outlets.
I have broken them down into the following categories: Lawlessness / Unconstitutional, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste and outright lies — you may notice some are repeated because they belong in more than one category.

Unfortunately, with as long as this took to research, I must confess I believe I am missing several large aspects under the “lawless” / “unconstitutional” section.

LAWLESSNESS / UNCONSTITUTIONAL
CORRUPTION
CRONYISM
HYPOCRISY
WASTE
LIES
For a list of 1180 documented examples, please feel free to use this list from an author who took the time to source them all using mostly left leaning sites.
I give credit to this author for those of the examples above which I leveraged from his article.
1,180 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc.
» Sons of Liberty Media
.

This answer comes from much my own writings.
Bryce Ebeling's answer to Was Obama a good president or a bad president?


Alright before I answer that Obama was a bad president lets take a look at the good things he did first.
He gave the LGBTQ+ equal rights and same sex marriage was legalized.
He also established a international friendship with Cuba after years of mutual aggression.
And lastly the he brought Police Accountability & Criminal Justice Reform.

As for the cons….
he’s probably the worst negotiator when it comes to the fundamentals of Economics.
He heavily regulated businesses with high corporate tax rates which made it harder to expand and grow our economy.
Obama care was a terrible idea not only did insurance go up but people had to pay more, this especially hurt the middle class.
Even though the media often tells people the unemployment rate is 4%, that is wrong.
The (BLS) graph national unemployment is 9.
5% which translates to around 30 million who are unemployed.
Obama blew over $150 billion of taxpayer money to increase renewable energy in the US by slightly over 1% of total energy consumption.
The business Obama invested in pretty much went bankrupt which economist have been pointing out in the beginning.
Obama also doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion.
Obama spent billions in the middle east and didn’t change anything but made relations worse.
He’s also not the reason why gasoline prices went down.
Matter in fact he was the reason why gasoline prices were $5 per gallon (at least in Cali).
He didn’t allow drilling for oil in the U.
S.
due to his environmental policies that wanted to cut carbon emissions.
It’s absolutely hilarious when some say Obama “balanced the budget”, it’s simply not true.
The Media has definitely brainwashed people to believe Obama did anything good for our economy.

Domestically, he wasn’t good.
I say that because, he failed the Hispanic community.
As a latino myself he promised amnesty and obviously it never happened.
It’s funny too because in his first 2 years the democrats were in control of the white house and they had the chance to fix the “Immigration problem”.
What actually happened though was he didn’t restrict the border which made it really easy for illegals to come into this country.
At the same time he was deporting the most illegals out of all the previous presidents.
In congress it was impossible to pass a pathways to citizenship for the Hispanic community since the border wasn’t secure.
Islamic Terrorism was another problem that Obama failed to face, he didn’t call it terrorism, and in reality he did nothing to actually prevent it he just resorted to virtue signaling.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) was another thing that came in our way and again Obama didn’t respond correctly.
BLM after months of riots ,false accusations towards cops and hatred towards white people.
It was clear that the movement had a false narrative, although Obama didn’t get the memo and instead went back to virtue signaling.
Obama also did nothing to help black people in return, I say that because when you look at the crime rate, poverty, violence, and economical instability like cities in Chicago, it shows.
How can a leader let his own people suffer? He spent trillions and didn’t bother to help them… There’s not a good excuse why the majority of blacks are living under the average living conditions.
In Conclusion, Obama wasn’t a strong leader, you see a leader is suppose to unite a country together and not choose sides.
Obama chose sides and you clearly see that.
He chose Syria over Israel.
He chose BLM over cops.
He chose Muslims over Jews.
Liberals over Conservatives.
Poor over rich.
CNN over Fox News.
Everything was racially divided.
He didn’t try to unite Americans together and through out the past 8 years, this country felt absolutely polarized.


I can’t say it was good in my opinion, because then i’d be lying.
I’ll give you my biggest reason; I strongly support the police and I don’t like it when a fatality happens against a police officer, and President Obama will either not speak, or talk and essentially defend the shooter/killer.
He has also spoke for the same Black Lives Matter movement that supports black people killing the police.
Not only is it an embarrassment to speaking against your own law enforcement, it’s an embarrassment on himself.
These are people that sacrifice their lives to make the COMMUNITY safe and protect.

I mean, we don’t hear about any reprimand from Obama unless the police officer kills the defendant to save himself.
I think this is also a reason for why our country is so diverse.
Based on what we hear from the media, the president, it looks like only one race is getting attacked when in reality, “Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops.
This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black.
According to Mac Donald, the police officer is 18.
5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

Despite the facts, the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and their leftist sympathizers have resulted in what Mac Donald calls the "Ferguson Effect," as murders have spiked by 17 percent among the 50 biggest cities in the U.
S.
as a result of cops being more reluctant to police neighborhoods out of fear of being labeled as racists.
Additionally, there have been over twice as many cops victimized by fatal shootings in the first three months of 2016.
” (5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks).
Here’s something else you’ll be stunned about; 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers from Jan.
1-Dec 31, 2015.
Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).

One reason I support Donald Trump is because I hope the police is represented in a much more positive manner, something at least better than what our president has been doing.


Obama is certainly not as bad a president as Bush Jr, but there is still a long way he has to go before he is a good president.
Here is a list of the seven D's of his failings:


In my opinion, he will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents ever.
He has done so much for this country, stuff that most people will never know, especially people who buy into the GOP hype about how bad he is.

Examples (but not all):
There are many more, as established here:
What were President Barack Obama's accomplishments?
There are many other things he wanted to do, but couldn’t for a number of reasons.
There were improvements he wanted to make to laws that were passed that he couldn’t get to.
There were areas he was weak in (not a crime and not that unusual in a President).

Considering the climate in Congress and the “we will not let him get anything done” attitude of the entire GOP, I think he is/was marvelous!





gasoline prices have dropped because the price of oil has collapsed.
That has led to >300k people losing their jobs.
As an example, Schlumberger alone has laid off ~40k workers most of whom worked in the US.
That’s just 1 company in the oil industry.
Every company in the oil value chain has shed 1000s of jobs.
That includes companies like Caterpillar who most people wouldnt recognize as being part of that chain.
Many small to mid sized oil companies have laid off 25–50% of their staffs.
Then there are the coal companies.
All of the largest US coal companies are now bankrupt with 10000s more jobs down the sewer and many people’s invested savings along with those jobs.
I assume by “job market has risen” refers to the unemployment rate.
Try looking at the labor force participation rate U.
S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
.
It hasnt been as low as it is now since 1979.
That was a wonderful time too just in case you werent alive at the time.
Jimmy Carter was the most incompetent president i’ve experienced until Barack Obama.
And how about that debt ditch that he always complained about GWB driving us into.
Obama has almost doubled it.
Yeah, he’s a prince of a success.
Try checking into what happened to all of the tax $ that went to companies like Solyndra.
edit: i forgot the wonderful GDP growth rate during his presidency: GDP growth (annual %) barely has gotten above 2.
5% at its highest.
Current a blazing 1.
1%.
Pathetic.


First of all, you have to understand that the answers you get from this question are purely opinion.
  Those who are even moderately informed will likely have some sort of rationale or examples to back up their opinions, but one thing is for sure — the vast majority of Democrats will say he's been great, while the vast majority (if not all) of the Republicans will say he's been a disaster.
  Why is this?
I believe that it comes down to agenda.
  Obama ran on more of a progressive agenda and that is what he has promoted, so it's only logical that the left would be more approving of his efforts.
  The right, on the other hand, are dead set against this agenda and — let's be honest — would never be happy with anything he did short of resigning or completely changing his ideology.
  While they would certainly welcome this, the right has to realize that Obama was elected by the majority (not really even a close one like GWB) based on his agenda promises, and it would be unethical of him to not pursue what he promised to do to those that put him in office.

DISCLAIMER – I'm an independent who is not a fan of most of President Obama's policies.

That said, TO THOSE ON THE RIGHT – For the love, I know you're not happy with anything he's done, but no one really expects you to be because you're NOT liberal in your ideology.
  One thing that will help at least begin to heal some wounds and bridge this partisan divide that we have today is to accept that Obama won based on his ideology, and yes, it's different than yours.
  That's the benefit of winning the presidential election — you get to pursue your preferred policy.
  Rather than demonizing the man, focus on how you plan to support your candidate in the next election, as you have a LOT of GOP candidates to choose from.
  Win next November and then you'll get to switch sides and defend the new President while all those on the left demonize him or her.

Okay, that took too long and didn't answer the question really.
  As an independent who did not vote for Obama, I will say that there have been good things and bad that have happened on his watch that would probably classify him, at least in my opinion, as a middle of the road president.
  Here are some examples that I feel support this:
ECONOMY – The economy is in much better shape than it was in 2008, but I wouldn't call it a great or booming economy.
  Housing is doing very well (at least for now.
.
.
who knows what will happen as interest rates begin to rise), there are jobs available in most sectors, and consumer spending seems to be up.
  It's not all rosy, though.
  Despite the low unemployment rate, underemployment is very high and we're seeing historically high numbers of people who are no longer even looking for jobs because they've just given up.
  The number of people who are on government assistance of some sort (food stamps, welfare, etc.
) are at crazy high levels, too.
  The median income is lower than it was 7 years ago yet inflation has gone up about 11%.
.
.
that's not a good sign.
  Due to the housing crash (and the cause of that is up for debate), the economy was TANKING in '07 and Obama inherited a mess.
  We're in better shape, but we're still not in good shape, and the of the things the President has done to help, we've seen some work and others not.
  We have to remember, though, that much of the reasons behind the downturn 7 years ago and the improvement over the last 7 years really don't have a lot to do with the President's actions or policy, so it's hard to simply look at where we were and where we are now and come to any conclusion about the President's performance in this area.

FOREIGN POLICY – I've heard many say that Obama has helped restore the relationships with other countries throughout the world that GWB had damaged.
  Maybe that's true in some cases, but there are certainly others that the opposite is true.
  al Qaeda was the biggest threat back in 2008, and while OBL is gone, they are still very much in the picture.
  In addition, ISIS is huge and growing.
  Russia crossed our "line in the sand" with little consequence.
  The same with Syria.
  China is becoming more of a military threat and acting more provocative.
  Iran is nuclear and $150b richer.
  Iraq and Afghanistan are less stable than they were, and Israel — our closest ally in the Middle East — has almost written us off for any legitimate support due in large part to Obama's foreign policy.
  Sure, some countries will say they respect President Obama more, and that's great, but the geopolitical reality today is definitely worse off today than 8 years ago.

IMMIGRATION – To be fair, many past presidents have talked about immigration and ultimately did nothing, and Obama really isn't any different here.
  The biggest difference is that the majority of the public has woken up and made this a bigger issue than it's been in a long time.
  We've seen a rapid rise of those coming across the border from the south (originating from all over the world.
.
.
not just Mexico), and Obama has welcomed this for the most part.
  His desire to bring in Syrian refugees is also a mixed bag considering that we don't have a way to properly vet all these "women and children" needing to come here (especially when they end up being mostly 18-40 year old males), and we have so many at home that need our help and who won't get it because it'll go to the refugees instead.
  All in all, I can say on one hand that his immigration policy has been a disaster, but in all fairness, I don't think he's done anything different than what we've seen from past presidents on both sides, so I guess it's just par for the course.

DOMESTIC – Again, we have mixed camps here that will largely disagree based on their own ideology.
  Gay marriage, pot legalization (in some states), climate issues.
.
.
all of these will be mostly partisan in their support or disapproval, and thus, the opinion of the President's efforts will see a split between those that think he's done well and those that don't.
  That said, I feel the country is even more divided today than it's been in a long time, and that is mostly government's fault — on both sides.
  The politicians have figured out that it benefits them greatly to keep the electorate at odds with each other, and like sheep, the country happily obliges their efforts rather than hold them accountable.
  Racial tension, police support (or lack thereof), partisanship outside of Washington.
.
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these are all areas that highlight the state of the country we're in, and it's not good.
  Obama ran on a promise to unite us through hope and change, but hope is fading and the change has been negative.
  I feel he sorely missed a major opportunity here.
  Overall, it's a mixed bag in terms of approval when it comes to domestic progress, but much of these issues have been around much longer than Obama has been President.
.
.
it's just more in the open now and people are noticing.
  He's not to blame for the existence of these issues, but as I said, he missed an opportunity to leave a legacy of helping us to repair them rather than stoke the fires.

TL:DR – I could go on but this is already getting too long.
  Obama has had success in some areas and failures in others, just like EVERY president before him.
  We, as the electorate, are absolutely divided with regard to what those failures and successes are, so there is no absolute answer for a question like this.
  I believe we've had much better presidents and much worse.
  In some ways, the US is better off than we were and in others we're not.
  To repeat my original statement, I feel he's somewhere in the middle of the road.



I think those saying he was the best president ever are overstating his importance and those stating he was the worst overstating his failures.
He did, or attempted to do, as he promised.
To his credit, he was true to this through his second term.
For this, I say he was good.
It is not an easy thing to do when the extremes are trying to rule the country.
He maintained his dignity while facing a “when he says yea, we'll say nay" opposition.
Again, not easy.
And again, for that I say he was good.
All in all, I believe he desired good for the country and would stop at nothing to achieve it.
For that, I say he was good.
He carried himself with dignity, showing self-confidence but generally short of arrogance.
For that, I say he was good.
He is a man I would love to sit and have a beer with.
For being the type of man a citizen could feel he could do that with, I say he was good.

As a generally center-right politically, I naturally didn't agree with all he did (haven't with any other, actually).
I'm not a fan of bail-outs so didn't agree with his deal with Chrysler.
Having determined to do so, however, I did not agree with his terms.
Though I'm a MOPAR guy they should have been allowed to fail.
Forcing them to sell to Fiat was the greater disgrace.
I disagreed with his “lead from behind" foreign policy, including his “apology" tour.
I believe his policies directly responsible for the rapid rise and spread of ISIS, yet I appreciate that, due to these policies, my son did not have to serve a third tour in Iraq.
I disagreed with the number of times he “grabbed the pen" on major issues.
Though others did so more often, they did so on relatively minor issues.
I felt his tendency to react to racial situations before having the facts helped increase racial discord in the country.
I disagreed with his idea of compromise, “you agree with me and I'll let you.
” And, most of all, I think the Affordable Care Act, as it was, was both a misnomer and a mistake.
It was a misnomer because it did not deal with the actual cost of health care, only of health insurance.
The cost of health care is still astronomical, still rising, and wasn't addressed at all (one pill I was taking during chemo cos t $45,000 per pill (guarantee you, though I was constantly nauseous, THAT sucker was staying down).
And it was passed with the knowledge that none of what was being promised was deliverable.
This hit me on a personal level.
I am about mid-middle class.
My rates increased drastically, my co-pay more than doubled, and my max out-of-pocket had a huge jump.
Add to this that, while going through treatment for cancer, I was forced to change doctors mid-treatment as a direct result.
You have no idea how scary this can be when your life is in the balance or how difficult when your mind is clouded by chemotherapy.
I understood why he did what he did and tried to do and agreed with a lot of those whys.
But a lot of it was good in theory only, not in reality.
I live in reality and in reality is where those things impacted me.

Yet, he was who he presented himself to be.
He tried to do what he said he would try to do.
He grew while in office (and lets be honest.
No matter how well-groomed one is to take the office, it is still a job that one can only truly learn after being hired).
What more can we expect from a president.
Because of those things, he was good.


Judging any presidency is such a wildly subjective thing that it's impossible to answer.
  People who see his Presidency as a disaster are mostly people who were opposed to him politically from the start, and would be upset no matter what he did.
  That's not an indictment of anyone's politics, the same is true for most presidents.
  Judgments are typically based on politics.

Let me give you some examples.
  The economy has, objectively, improved a great deal over Obama's term in office.
  A Democrat will say that's because we had good economic leadership.
  A Republican will say that happened because of business leadership, and it would have happened much faster if Obama wasn't in office.

Or take the Middle East.
  A Republican would say that a stronger President would have prevented the chaos in Syria and the rise of ISIS.
  A Democrat would say that such instability was inevitable and predictable the moment Bush invaded Iraq, and Obama has responded as well as was possible.

All of these are the kinds of argument that are had about any historical question.
  But, when we're talking about a sitting president, it's made much worse by political interests.

People who say the Obama presidency is an unmitigated disaster generally truly believe it, but it's hard to really make that case in an objective, historical context.
It's  just a matter of what you happen to believe.


I think that when one takes an objective look at where the country was 7 years ago when he took office, and compare it to where it is now, it would almost have to be acknowledged that Obama has been a very effective president, especially since he has had to work for at least the last 3 years under very hostile opposition from the two Houses of Congress.
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Bush

There are those who would say that all this stuff would’ve happened anyway, regardless of who was president or what policies had been implemented.
Do these people really think things would be the same (or better) had the auto industry not been “bailed out”? If the banks had just been allowed to fail? If there were no “stimulus” to get the economy going again? “Cash for Clunkers” sure worked! I hardly see a car on the road that’s more than 10 years old! If this view is true, then presidents are basically useless.
A president also fixes the mood of a nation, its temperament.
This is where Jimmy Carter failed and Reagan succeeded, and it is where Obama has succeeded, but setting a personal standard: no scandal, no dirt, at least an attempt to lift up the struggling poor, addressing social inequalities and barriers to success.
I hate to sound worshipful, but comparing him to what may be ahead, he has been a model of civility, statesmanship, decorum.
He is almost universally admired and has elevated the United States to a level of respect it lost under Bush.
Far from making us a laughing stock, he really has made America “Great Again”, however difficult that may be for his detractors to acknowledge.

On June 2, 2015, Gretchen Carlson, on her, Gretchen’s Take, from Fox’s “The Real Story” (Lol!) said the following: "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
" Where she got this, no one knows Perhaps she read it in a fortune cookie or it came to her in a dream; regardless, it was not born out by actual facts:
From Politifact: Carlson said, "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
"
We’re not sure how she got to most.
The consensus among three polls shows the United States generally in higher regard today than Bush’s last year in office.
The outliers would be the views of people in a few countries, including Russia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

It’s misleading to say "foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
" and it’s inaccurate to say "most polls" show that.

We rate it False.

None
Meh…what are actual facts to haters?


here is an answer that i posted some time ago:
What has actual things president Obama did that make him a bad leader?
Karen Gee, how to live without using drugs
Answered Apr 6
Obama was not a “bad” president – he was an intelligent man thrust in a precarious position albeit he wanted it.
I have family who work in D.
C.
for the government…(quite a few family members btw).
My cousin who served under 6 presidents answering phones at the White House retired under Obama.
She just could not take some of the rude “sentiments” from some of the callers.
She told me about the name calling and disgusting things that people would say over the phone about Obama.
It shocked me because I always figured that if people called the W.
H.
acting ignorant they would be tracked and arrested – Not So!!When his family first came to the W.
H.
to live and were introduced to the staff Obama was rather “stand-offish” and cold.
Of the 6 that she served under Gorge Bush (younger Bush) was the most gregarious and considerate towards the staff.
Obama was the least.
That shows me that he was “nervous” about the position that he was in.
In spite of that, he inherited an imploding economy and turned it around.
He led the nation for 8 years with no major upsets or problems.
He was able to expand health care for all Americans – love it or hate it- a very difficult accomplishment.
When he came into office the financial crisis was tanking the economy and had people terrified it would metastasize into a new Great Depression.
Working around the clock with Congress, Obama was able to forge a bipartisan deal that brought the economy back from the brink.
Again no small feat.
It's easy to forget how bad things really were before the recovery!I give Obama props, he handled a very difficult situation with integrity and dignity.
His speeches were delivered with pride and respect for the American people.
He was accused of being everything from a terrorist to a non-American by our current president.
His patriotism was under constant assault.
He believed that America is a constant “work in progress” and he worked with diligence to do his sworn duty for the country that he loved.
The America that Trump describes is repulsive and totally fictional.
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This answer addresses some common complaints about Obama's legacy.

When President Obama took office, he inherited an economy in which 86% of voters believed that the horrible economy was the most important issue; that number is down to 33%.
He inherited an unemployment rate of over 10%, and now it's down to 4.
9% with 242,000 jobs being added in February alone.
Workforce participation does not provide an accurate representation of the people who are actually looking for jobs; 100% of eligible people will never be looking for jobs.
Gas is down to $1.
75 a gallon, while under President Bush it was well over $4.
We've made huge advancements in clean, renewable energy, in addition to becoming energy independent.
We've made giant leaps in terms of equality, with gay marriage becoming legal and more support for minority groups.
In regards to cops shooting African-Americans, I get that cops are just trying to do their job and I respect that fact, but they are unnecessarily rough, and the majority of situations about which there have been protests have been valid claims where the police unjustifiably killed a suspect.
Under Obama, the DOJ investigated some of these cases, leading to reform and much-needed resignations.

The Federal Deficit has shrunk over the last several years, coming down to only 2.
4% of GDP.
The reason the deficit was so high before was because the American economy sucked, and the Obama administration needed to stimulate it.
Now that the economy is back to or better than its post-recession levels, our deficit is shrinking again.

In regards to Iraq, the American people were CLAMORING for President Obama to withdraw troops in Iraq, after a nearly decade-long war in which we lost TRILLIONS of dollars under the pretense that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction", something that turned out to be a complete and utter lie.
Even some of President Bush's own advisors said so.
Hence, when people blame President Bush for the economy and for throwing us into a useless war.
.
.
IT IS TRUE.
We never should have gotten involved in the Middle East to begin with.
Bush and the CIA KNEW for a fact that there was a high risk of a terrorist attack happening before 9/11, and they did not do enough to gather intelligence to stop it.

Also, those trillions of dollars that I mentioned? Yeah, that created our huge debt that Obama inherited.

So we went into Iraq, carpet bombed a 100,000 Iraqis, and then said "oops, you guys didn't have weapons of mass destruction after all".
What we SHOULD have done is gather as much intelligence as we could have, and then created a highly specialized task force to take out the top Al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden.
(Oh, and by the way, in 7 years, President Bush could not catch Bin Laden, while Obama did.
That's irrefutable and the cold hard truth.
)
President Obama has had to endure withering attacks from Republicans that simply REFUSE to support ANYTHING he does, just because he is an African-American Democratic President.
That's not the way politics should work, and it's simply despicable that the American people have to put up with it.

So I'd say that President Obama did pretty damn well considering the state of the country which he inherited.


The first thing I noticed that he did is try to dismantle Jerusalem.
Failed, of course.
At the end, he tried to give Iran nuclear weapons.
He never had any plan other than to get himself elected, but wasn’t as powerful as he thought he would be.

I don’t pretend to know what forced actually run the US, but to let everyone vote about what they don't know anything about,,,,An extreme example.
Do we hire Mr.
Jones or Mr Johnson for,,,an unidentified job.
That is all the information.
That is rule of the majority.
It doesn’t make sense.
People vote according to what they read or today see on the internet.
so the media owns the votes.
Other than that, it’s Jones or Johnson.
x or y.
No more info than that.
To put it mathematically, the question to vote on is x=? that doesn’t work.
And I pray there are shadowy leaders in the US who will not let Oprah’s favourite flavour actually run the US.
Obama’s failure to split Jerusalem or give Iran nukes showed us it was just time for a black man as our poster.
I liked the cowboy better.

As an African American,( unless He is Kenyan), he's above reproach.
Israel just made several serious medical advances, while Iran shows us how low people can get, right from the dark ages.

What is this hatred for Israel by the Blacks? Who cares? They can try to do something about it if they don’t like it.
I’m sorry.
I just had a Black girlfriend, I recently made friends with another black woman.
I’m a Canadian Jew.
Most Obama supporting Jews don’t know any Blacks!(I think any Jew who supported Obama should be banned for life from Israel and called an enemy of the state) But treating Blacks with kid gloves, we can never say a black official did anything wrong, or did his best to start a war.
There is no need anymore.

And one last thing for my Jewish brothers who love Obama and and put the not perfect but not cartoonish evil Israel at the same level as the Islamic insane asylums…We shouldn’t be too hard.
I met one who was almost going to move to Israel, and his writing changed to pro Israel.
A big flaw of North American Jews on average,,,no, not all Jews are brilliant, even though they are members of the Phd club, is that they will sell their souls to fit in with the group.
What I’m saying is when it becomes popular to dislike Obama, they will dislike him.


He hasn’t but he would have been much better if he had not faced bitter opposition from a Republican-dominated congress.
The truth is, Republicans don’t like Obama not just because he is a Democrat, but also because they view him as just an ordinary man.
He is highly intelligent and confident, but at the end of the day the fact that he’s black turns them off.
Because of this, they fail to take him seriously and have no interest of cooperating with him, further polarizing the American political system.
Republicans want someone like Reagan, who was a very charismatic, handsome (for his age), elite white male whose voice itself won the trust of many, even Democrats.

Of course there’s the argument that Ben Carson was black and relatively popular in the Republican party at some point, but it’s not like he was popular enough to become a serious contender for the presidency.
Plus, he had unusually conservative views for someone of his race.

Republicans were willing to cooperate with Bill Clinton, even though was a Democrat, because they at least took him somewhat seriously.
He is very friendly as a person, but can seem powerful and intimidating when he needs to get a job done.
He was also very charismatic, so he was able to compromise with Republicans, who dominated congress, to balance the federal budget.


I will post my own response to the question subsequently but I cannot leave Joe Pepersack's anwser unchallenged.

I am not a racist because I am opposed to Obama.
I find his policies, attitudes and behavior objectionable, NOT his skin color.


Obama is and was the most corrupt President in U.
S.
history.
He is likely to hold that title for quite some time.
The reason is because he knew he would never be held accountable for anything.
He even ordered the execution of U.
S.
citizens without trial and nobody batted an eye.
His first AG described himself as “the President's wingman".
His second AG was so unconcerned with optics that she had a private meeting with the husband of a person her FBI was conducting a criminal investigation on.
His IRS illegally harassed his political opponents.
His VP illegally interfered with a Ukrainian criminal investigation to benefit his son.
His Secretary of State illegally stored classified information on a private server and allowed unauthorized people access to it.
NOBODY has suffered any legal repercussions for any of their criminal behavior.
Not yet, anyway.



Has Obama been a bad president? What reasons do you have for thinking so?


Obama is the 3rd worst president in US History, behind Woodrow Wilson and FDR respectively numbers 1 and 2.

Let’s go through a laundry list of why I believe this to be true, facts only, that are sourced by mostly left wing / media outlets.
I have broken them down into the following categories: Lawlessness / Unconstitutional, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste and outright lies — you may notice some are repeated because they belong in more than one category.

Unfortunately, with as long as this took to research, I must confess I believe I am missing several large aspects under the “lawless” / “unconstitutional” section.

LAWLESSNESS / UNCONSTITUTIONAL
CORRUPTION
CRONYISM
HYPOCRISY
WASTE
LIES
For a list of 1180 documented examples, please feel free to use this list from an author who took the time to source them all using mostly left leaning sites.
I give credit to this author for those of the examples above which I leveraged from his article.
1,180 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc.
» Sons of Liberty Media
.

This answer comes from much my own writings.
Bryce Ebeling's answer to Was Obama a good president or a bad president?


Alright before I answer that Obama was a bad president lets take a look at the good things he did first.
He gave the LGBTQ+ equal rights and same sex marriage was legalized.
He also established a international friendship with Cuba after years of mutual aggression.
And lastly the he brought Police Accountability & Criminal Justice Reform.

As for the cons….
he’s probably the worst negotiator when it comes to the fundamentals of Economics.
He heavily regulated businesses with high corporate tax rates which made it harder to expand and grow our economy.
Obama care was a terrible idea not only did insurance go up but people had to pay more, this especially hurt the middle class.
Even though the media often tells people the unemployment rate is 4%, that is wrong.
The (BLS) graph national unemployment is 9.
5% which translates to around 30 million who are unemployed.
Obama blew over $150 billion of taxpayer money to increase renewable energy in the US by slightly over 1% of total energy consumption.
The business Obama invested in pretty much went bankrupt which economist have been pointing out in the beginning.
Obama also doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion.
Obama spent billions in the middle east and didn’t change anything but made relations worse.
He’s also not the reason why gasoline prices went down.
Matter in fact he was the reason why gasoline prices were $5 per gallon (at least in Cali).
He didn’t allow drilling for oil in the U.
S.
due to his environmental policies that wanted to cut carbon emissions.
It’s absolutely hilarious when some say Obama “balanced the budget”, it’s simply not true.
The Media has definitely brainwashed people to believe Obama did anything good for our economy.

Domestically, he wasn’t good.
I say that because, he failed the Hispanic community.
As a latino myself he promised amnesty and obviously it never happened.
It’s funny too because in his first 2 years the democrats were in control of the white house and they had the chance to fix the “Immigration problem”.
What actually happened though was he didn’t restrict the border which made it really easy for illegals to come into this country.
At the same time he was deporting the most illegals out of all the previous presidents.
In congress it was impossible to pass a pathways to citizenship for the Hispanic community since the border wasn’t secure.
Islamic Terrorism was another problem that Obama failed to face, he didn’t call it terrorism, and in reality he did nothing to actually prevent it he just resorted to virtue signaling.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) was another thing that came in our way and again Obama didn’t respond correctly.
BLM after months of riots ,false accusations towards cops and hatred towards white people.
It was clear that the movement had a false narrative, although Obama didn’t get the memo and instead went back to virtue signaling.
Obama also did nothing to help black people in return, I say that because when you look at the crime rate, poverty, violence, and economical instability like cities in Chicago, it shows.
How can a leader let his own people suffer? He spent trillions and didn’t bother to help them… There’s not a good excuse why the majority of blacks are living under the average living conditions.
In Conclusion, Obama wasn’t a strong leader, you see a leader is suppose to unite a country together and not choose sides.
Obama chose sides and you clearly see that.
He chose Syria over Israel.
He chose BLM over cops.
He chose Muslims over Jews.
Liberals over Conservatives.
Poor over rich.
CNN over Fox News.
Everything was racially divided.
He didn’t try to unite Americans together and through out the past 8 years, this country felt absolutely polarized.


I can’t say it was good in my opinion, because then i’d be lying.
I’ll give you my biggest reason; I strongly support the police and I don’t like it when a fatality happens against a police officer, and President Obama will either not speak, or talk and essentially defend the shooter/killer.
He has also spoke for the same Black Lives Matter movement that supports black people killing the police.
Not only is it an embarrassment to speaking against your own law enforcement, it’s an embarrassment on himself.
These are people that sacrifice their lives to make the COMMUNITY safe and protect.

I mean, we don’t hear about any reprimand from Obama unless the police officer kills the defendant to save himself.
I think this is also a reason for why our country is so diverse.
Based on what we hear from the media, the president, it looks like only one race is getting attacked when in reality, “Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops.
This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black.
According to Mac Donald, the police officer is 18.
5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

Despite the facts, the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and their leftist sympathizers have resulted in what Mac Donald calls the "Ferguson Effect," as murders have spiked by 17 percent among the 50 biggest cities in the U.
S.
as a result of cops being more reluctant to police neighborhoods out of fear of being labeled as racists.
Additionally, there have been over twice as many cops victimized by fatal shootings in the first three months of 2016.
” (5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks).
Here’s something else you’ll be stunned about; 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers from Jan.
1-Dec 31, 2015.
Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).

One reason I support Donald Trump is because I hope the police is represented in a much more positive manner, something at least better than what our president has been doing.


Obama is certainly not as bad a president as Bush Jr, but there is still a long way he has to go before he is a good president.
Here is a list of the seven D's of his failings:


In my opinion, he will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents ever.
He has done so much for this country, stuff that most people will never know, especially people who buy into the GOP hype about how bad he is.

Examples (but not all):
There are many more, as established here:
What were President Barack Obama's accomplishments?
There are many other things he wanted to do, but couldn’t for a number of reasons.
There were improvements he wanted to make to laws that were passed that he couldn’t get to.
There were areas he was weak in (not a crime and not that unusual in a President).

Considering the climate in Congress and the “we will not let him get anything done” attitude of the entire GOP, I think he is/was marvelous!





gasoline prices have dropped because the price of oil has collapsed.
That has led to >300k people losing their jobs.
As an example, Schlumberger alone has laid off ~40k workers most of whom worked in the US.
That’s just 1 company in the oil industry.
Every company in the oil value chain has shed 1000s of jobs.
That includes companies like Caterpillar who most people wouldnt recognize as being part of that chain.
Many small to mid sized oil companies have laid off 25–50% of their staffs.
Then there are the coal companies.
All of the largest US coal companies are now bankrupt with 10000s more jobs down the sewer and many people’s invested savings along with those jobs.
I assume by “job market has risen” refers to the unemployment rate.
Try looking at the labor force participation rate U.
S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
.
It hasnt been as low as it is now since 1979.
That was a wonderful time too just in case you werent alive at the time.
Jimmy Carter was the most incompetent president i’ve experienced until Barack Obama.
And how about that debt ditch that he always complained about GWB driving us into.
Obama has almost doubled it.
Yeah, he’s a prince of a success.
Try checking into what happened to all of the tax $ that went to companies like Solyndra.
edit: i forgot the wonderful GDP growth rate during his presidency: GDP growth (annual %) barely has gotten above 2.
5% at its highest.
Current a blazing 1.
1%.
Pathetic.


First of all, you have to understand that the answers you get from this question are purely opinion.
  Those who are even moderately informed will likely have some sort of rationale or examples to back up their opinions, but one thing is for sure — the vast majority of Democrats will say he's been great, while the vast majority (if not all) of the Republicans will say he's been a disaster.
  Why is this?
I believe that it comes down to agenda.
  Obama ran on more of a progressive agenda and that is what he has promoted, so it's only logical that the left would be more approving of his efforts.
  The right, on the other hand, are dead set against this agenda and — let's be honest — would never be happy with anything he did short of resigning or completely changing his ideology.
  While they would certainly welcome this, the right has to realize that Obama was elected by the majority (not really even a close one like GWB) based on his agenda promises, and it would be unethical of him to not pursue what he promised to do to those that put him in office.

DISCLAIMER – I'm an independent who is not a fan of most of President Obama's policies.

That said, TO THOSE ON THE RIGHT – For the love, I know you're not happy with anything he's done, but no one really expects you to be because you're NOT liberal in your ideology.
  One thing that will help at least begin to heal some wounds and bridge this partisan divide that we have today is to accept that Obama won based on his ideology, and yes, it's different than yours.
  That's the benefit of winning the presidential election — you get to pursue your preferred policy.
  Rather than demonizing the man, focus on how you plan to support your candidate in the next election, as you have a LOT of GOP candidates to choose from.
  Win next November and then you'll get to switch sides and defend the new President while all those on the left demonize him or her.

Okay, that took too long and didn't answer the question really.
  As an independent who did not vote for Obama, I will say that there have been good things and bad that have happened on his watch that would probably classify him, at least in my opinion, as a middle of the road president.
  Here are some examples that I feel support this:
ECONOMY – The economy is in much better shape than it was in 2008, but I wouldn't call it a great or booming economy.
  Housing is doing very well (at least for now.
.
.
who knows what will happen as interest rates begin to rise), there are jobs available in most sectors, and consumer spending seems to be up.
  It's not all rosy, though.
  Despite the low unemployment rate, underemployment is very high and we're seeing historically high numbers of people who are no longer even looking for jobs because they've just given up.
  The number of people who are on government assistance of some sort (food stamps, welfare, etc.
) are at crazy high levels, too.
  The median income is lower than it was 7 years ago yet inflation has gone up about 11%.
.
.
that's not a good sign.
  Due to the housing crash (and the cause of that is up for debate), the economy was TANKING in '07 and Obama inherited a mess.
  We're in better shape, but we're still not in good shape, and the of the things the President has done to help, we've seen some work and others not.
  We have to remember, though, that much of the reasons behind the downturn 7 years ago and the improvement over the last 7 years really don't have a lot to do with the President's actions or policy, so it's hard to simply look at where we were and where we are now and come to any conclusion about the President's performance in this area.

FOREIGN POLICY – I've heard many say that Obama has helped restore the relationships with other countries throughout the world that GWB had damaged.
  Maybe that's true in some cases, but there are certainly others that the opposite is true.
  al Qaeda was the biggest threat back in 2008, and while OBL is gone, they are still very much in the picture.
  In addition, ISIS is huge and growing.
  Russia crossed our "line in the sand" with little consequence.
  The same with Syria.
  China is becoming more of a military threat and acting more provocative.
  Iran is nuclear and $150b richer.
  Iraq and Afghanistan are less stable than they were, and Israel — our closest ally in the Middle East — has almost written us off for any legitimate support due in large part to Obama's foreign policy.
  Sure, some countries will say they respect President Obama more, and that's great, but the geopolitical reality today is definitely worse off today than 8 years ago.

IMMIGRATION – To be fair, many past presidents have talked about immigration and ultimately did nothing, and Obama really isn't any different here.
  The biggest difference is that the majority of the public has woken up and made this a bigger issue than it's been in a long time.
  We've seen a rapid rise of those coming across the border from the south (originating from all over the world.
.
.
not just Mexico), and Obama has welcomed this for the most part.
  His desire to bring in Syrian refugees is also a mixed bag considering that we don't have a way to properly vet all these "women and children" needing to come here (especially when they end up being mostly 18-40 year old males), and we have so many at home that need our help and who won't get it because it'll go to the refugees instead.
  All in all, I can say on one hand that his immigration policy has been a disaster, but in all fairness, I don't think he's done anything different than what we've seen from past presidents on both sides, so I guess it's just par for the course.

DOMESTIC – Again, we have mixed camps here that will largely disagree based on their own ideology.
  Gay marriage, pot legalization (in some states), climate issues.
.
.
all of these will be mostly partisan in their support or disapproval, and thus, the opinion of the President's efforts will see a split between those that think he's done well and those that don't.
  That said, I feel the country is even more divided today than it's been in a long time, and that is mostly government's fault — on both sides.
  The politicians have figured out that it benefits them greatly to keep the electorate at odds with each other, and like sheep, the country happily obliges their efforts rather than hold them accountable.
  Racial tension, police support (or lack thereof), partisanship outside of Washington.
.
.
these are all areas that highlight the state of the country we're in, and it's not good.
  Obama ran on a promise to unite us through hope and change, but hope is fading and the change has been negative.
  I feel he sorely missed a major opportunity here.
  Overall, it's a mixed bag in terms of approval when it comes to domestic progress, but much of these issues have been around much longer than Obama has been President.
.
.
it's just more in the open now and people are noticing.
  He's not to blame for the existence of these issues, but as I said, he missed an opportunity to leave a legacy of helping us to repair them rather than stoke the fires.

TL:DR – I could go on but this is already getting too long.
  Obama has had success in some areas and failures in others, just like EVERY president before him.
  We, as the electorate, are absolutely divided with regard to what those failures and successes are, so there is no absolute answer for a question like this.
  I believe we've had much better presidents and much worse.
  In some ways, the US is better off than we were and in others we're not.
  To repeat my original statement, I feel he's somewhere in the middle of the road.



I think those saying he was the best president ever are overstating his importance and those stating he was the worst overstating his failures.
He did, or attempted to do, as he promised.
To his credit, he was true to this through his second term.
For this, I say he was good.
It is not an easy thing to do when the extremes are trying to rule the country.
He maintained his dignity while facing a “when he says yea, we'll say nay" opposition.
Again, not easy.
And again, for that I say he was good.
All in all, I believe he desired good for the country and would stop at nothing to achieve it.
For that, I say he was good.
He carried himself with dignity, showing self-confidence but generally short of arrogance.
For that, I say he was good.
He is a man I would love to sit and have a beer with.
For being the type of man a citizen could feel he could do that with, I say he was good.

As a generally center-right politically, I naturally didn't agree with all he did (haven't with any other, actually).
I'm not a fan of bail-outs so didn't agree with his deal with Chrysler.
Having determined to do so, however, I did not agree with his terms.
Though I'm a MOPAR guy they should have been allowed to fail.
Forcing them to sell to Fiat was the greater disgrace.
I disagreed with his “lead from behind" foreign policy, including his “apology" tour.
I believe his policies directly responsible for the rapid rise and spread of ISIS, yet I appreciate that, due to these policies, my son did not have to serve a third tour in Iraq.
I disagreed with the number of times he “grabbed the pen" on major issues.
Though others did so more often, they did so on relatively minor issues.
I felt his tendency to react to racial situations before having the facts helped increase racial discord in the country.
I disagreed with his idea of compromise, “you agree with me and I'll let you.
” And, most of all, I think the Affordable Care Act, as it was, was both a misnomer and a mistake.
It was a misnomer because it did not deal with the actual cost of health care, only of health insurance.
The cost of health care is still astronomical, still rising, and wasn't addressed at all (one pill I was taking during chemo cos t $45,000 per pill (guarantee you, though I was constantly nauseous, THAT sucker was staying down).
And it was passed with the knowledge that none of what was being promised was deliverable.
This hit me on a personal level.
I am about mid-middle class.
My rates increased drastically, my co-pay more than doubled, and my max out-of-pocket had a huge jump.
Add to this that, while going through treatment for cancer, I was forced to change doctors mid-treatment as a direct result.
You have no idea how scary this can be when your life is in the balance or how difficult when your mind is clouded by chemotherapy.
I understood why he did what he did and tried to do and agreed with a lot of those whys.
But a lot of it was good in theory only, not in reality.
I live in reality and in reality is where those things impacted me.

Yet, he was who he presented himself to be.
He tried to do what he said he would try to do.
He grew while in office (and lets be honest.
No matter how well-groomed one is to take the office, it is still a job that one can only truly learn after being hired).
What more can we expect from a president.
Because of those things, he was good.


Judging any presidency is such a wildly subjective thing that it's impossible to answer.
  People who see his Presidency as a disaster are mostly people who were opposed to him politically from the start, and would be upset no matter what he did.
  That's not an indictment of anyone's politics, the same is true for most presidents.
  Judgments are typically based on politics.

Let me give you some examples.
  The economy has, objectively, improved a great deal over Obama's term in office.
  A Democrat will say that's because we had good economic leadership.
  A Republican will say that happened because of business leadership, and it would have happened much faster if Obama wasn't in office.

Or take the Middle East.
  A Republican would say that a stronger President would have prevented the chaos in Syria and the rise of ISIS.
  A Democrat would say that such instability was inevitable and predictable the moment Bush invaded Iraq, and Obama has responded as well as was possible.

All of these are the kinds of argument that are had about any historical question.
  But, when we're talking about a sitting president, it's made much worse by political interests.

People who say the Obama presidency is an unmitigated disaster generally truly believe it, but it's hard to really make that case in an objective, historical context.
It's  just a matter of what you happen to believe.


I think that when one takes an objective look at where the country was 7 years ago when he took office, and compare it to where it is now, it would almost have to be acknowledged that Obama has been a very effective president, especially since he has had to work for at least the last 3 years under very hostile opposition from the two Houses of Congress.
This Bush Versus Obama Comparison Will Make Everyone Who Voted Blue Proud They Did
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Obama on the Economy, In 3 Simple Charts [UPDATED]

Interesting, if not a little boring (pretty factual, no spin) comparison of the two presidencies: Barack Obama vs George W.
Bush

There are those who would say that all this stuff would’ve happened anyway, regardless of who was president or what policies had been implemented.
Do these people really think things would be the same (or better) had the auto industry not been “bailed out”? If the banks had just been allowed to fail? If there were no “stimulus” to get the economy going again? “Cash for Clunkers” sure worked! I hardly see a car on the road that’s more than 10 years old! If this view is true, then presidents are basically useless.
A president also fixes the mood of a nation, its temperament.
This is where Jimmy Carter failed and Reagan succeeded, and it is where Obama has succeeded, but setting a personal standard: no scandal, no dirt, at least an attempt to lift up the struggling poor, addressing social inequalities and barriers to success.
I hate to sound worshipful, but comparing him to what may be ahead, he has been a model of civility, statesmanship, decorum.
He is almost universally admired and has elevated the United States to a level of respect it lost under Bush.
Far from making us a laughing stock, he really has made America “Great Again”, however difficult that may be for his detractors to acknowledge.

On June 2, 2015, Gretchen Carlson, on her, Gretchen’s Take, from Fox’s “The Real Story” (Lol!) said the following: "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
" Where she got this, no one knows Perhaps she read it in a fortune cookie or it came to her in a dream; regardless, it was not born out by actual facts:
From Politifact: Carlson said, "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
"
We’re not sure how she got to most.
The consensus among three polls shows the United States generally in higher regard today than Bush’s last year in office.
The outliers would be the views of people in a few countries, including Russia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

It’s misleading to say "foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
" and it’s inaccurate to say "most polls" show that.

We rate it False.

None
Meh…what are actual facts to haters?


here is an answer that i posted some time ago:
What has actual things president Obama did that make him a bad leader?
Karen Gee, how to live without using drugs
Answered Apr 6
Obama was not a “bad” president – he was an intelligent man thrust in a precarious position albeit he wanted it.
I have family who work in D.
C.
for the government…(quite a few family members btw).
My cousin who served under 6 presidents answering phones at the White House retired under Obama.
She just could not take some of the rude “sentiments” from some of the callers.
She told me about the name calling and disgusting things that people would say over the phone about Obama.
It shocked me because I always figured that if people called the W.
H.
acting ignorant they would be tracked and arrested – Not So!!When his family first came to the W.
H.
to live and were introduced to the staff Obama was rather “stand-offish” and cold.
Of the 6 that she served under Gorge Bush (younger Bush) was the most gregarious and considerate towards the staff.
Obama was the least.
That shows me that he was “nervous” about the position that he was in.
In spite of that, he inherited an imploding economy and turned it around.
He led the nation for 8 years with no major upsets or problems.
He was able to expand health care for all Americans – love it or hate it- a very difficult accomplishment.
When he came into office the financial crisis was tanking the economy and had people terrified it would metastasize into a new Great Depression.
Working around the clock with Congress, Obama was able to forge a bipartisan deal that brought the economy back from the brink.
Again no small feat.
It's easy to forget how bad things really were before the recovery!I give Obama props, he handled a very difficult situation with integrity and dignity.
His speeches were delivered with pride and respect for the American people.
He was accused of being everything from a terrorist to a non-American by our current president.
His patriotism was under constant assault.
He believed that America is a constant “work in progress” and he worked with diligence to do his sworn duty for the country that he loved.
The America that Trump describes is repulsive and totally fictional.
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This answer addresses some common complaints about Obama's legacy.

When President Obama took office, he inherited an economy in which 86% of voters believed that the horrible economy was the most important issue; that number is down to 33%.
He inherited an unemployment rate of over 10%, and now it's down to 4.
9% with 242,000 jobs being added in February alone.
Workforce participation does not provide an accurate representation of the people who are actually looking for jobs; 100% of eligible people will never be looking for jobs.
Gas is down to $1.
75 a gallon, while under President Bush it was well over $4.
We've made huge advancements in clean, renewable energy, in addition to becoming energy independent.
We've made giant leaps in terms of equality, with gay marriage becoming legal and more support for minority groups.
In regards to cops shooting African-Americans, I get that cops are just trying to do their job and I respect that fact, but they are unnecessarily rough, and the majority of situations about which there have been protests have been valid claims where the police unjustifiably killed a suspect.
Under Obama, the DOJ investigated some of these cases, leading to reform and much-needed resignations.

The Federal Deficit has shrunk over the last several years, coming down to only 2.
4% of GDP.
The reason the deficit was so high before was because the American economy sucked, and the Obama administration needed to stimulate it.
Now that the economy is back to or better than its post-recession levels, our deficit is shrinking again.

In regards to Iraq, the American people were CLAMORING for President Obama to withdraw troops in Iraq, after a nearly decade-long war in which we lost TRILLIONS of dollars under the pretense that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction", something that turned out to be a complete and utter lie.
Even some of President Bush's own advisors said so.
Hence, when people blame President Bush for the economy and for throwing us into a useless war.
.
.
IT IS TRUE.
We never should have gotten involved in the Middle East to begin with.
Bush and the CIA KNEW for a fact that there was a high risk of a terrorist attack happening before 9/11, and they did not do enough to gather intelligence to stop it.

Also, those trillions of dollars that I mentioned? Yeah, that created our huge debt that Obama inherited.

So we went into Iraq, carpet bombed a 100,000 Iraqis, and then said "oops, you guys didn't have weapons of mass destruction after all".
What we SHOULD have done is gather as much intelligence as we could have, and then created a highly specialized task force to take out the top Al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden.
(Oh, and by the way, in 7 years, President Bush could not catch Bin Laden, while Obama did.
That's irrefutable and the cold hard truth.
)
President Obama has had to endure withering attacks from Republicans that simply REFUSE to support ANYTHING he does, just because he is an African-American Democratic President.
That's not the way politics should work, and it's simply despicable that the American people have to put up with it.

So I'd say that President Obama did pretty damn well considering the state of the country which he inherited.


The first thing I noticed that he did is try to dismantle Jerusalem.
Failed, of course.
At the end, he tried to give Iran nuclear weapons.
He never had any plan other than to get himself elected, but wasn’t as powerful as he thought he would be.

I don’t pretend to know what forced actually run the US, but to let everyone vote about what they don't know anything about,,,,An extreme example.
Do we hire Mr.
Jones or Mr Johnson for,,,an unidentified job.
That is all the information.
That is rule of the majority.
It doesn’t make sense.
People vote according to what they read or today see on the internet.
so the media owns the votes.
Other than that, it’s Jones or Johnson.
x or y.
No more info than that.
To put it mathematically, the question to vote on is x=? that doesn’t work.
And I pray there are shadowy leaders in the US who will not let Oprah’s favourite flavour actually run the US.
Obama’s failure to split Jerusalem or give Iran nukes showed us it was just time for a black man as our poster.
I liked the cowboy better.

As an African American,( unless He is Kenyan), he's above reproach.
Israel just made several serious medical advances, while Iran shows us how low people can get, right from the dark ages.

What is this hatred for Israel by the Blacks? Who cares? They can try to do something about it if they don’t like it.
I’m sorry.
I just had a Black girlfriend, I recently made friends with another black woman.
I’m a Canadian Jew.
Most Obama supporting Jews don’t know any Blacks!(I think any Jew who supported Obama should be banned for life from Israel and called an enemy of the state) But treating Blacks with kid gloves, we can never say a black official did anything wrong, or did his best to start a war.
There is no need anymore.

And one last thing for my Jewish brothers who love Obama and and put the not perfect but not cartoonish evil Israel at the same level as the Islamic insane asylums…We shouldn’t be too hard.
I met one who was almost going to move to Israel, and his writing changed to pro Israel.
A big flaw of North American Jews on average,,,no, not all Jews are brilliant, even though they are members of the Phd club, is that they will sell their souls to fit in with the group.
What I’m saying is when it becomes popular to dislike Obama, they will dislike him.


He hasn’t but he would have been much better if he had not faced bitter opposition from a Republican-dominated congress.
The truth is, Republicans don’t like Obama not just because he is a Democrat, but also because they view him as just an ordinary man.
He is highly intelligent and confident, but at the end of the day the fact that he’s black turns them off.
Because of this, they fail to take him seriously and have no interest of cooperating with him, further polarizing the American political system.
Republicans want someone like Reagan, who was a very charismatic, handsome (for his age), elite white male whose voice itself won the trust of many, even Democrats.

Of course there’s the argument that Ben Carson was black and relatively popular in the Republican party at some point, but it’s not like he was popular enough to become a serious contender for the presidency.
Plus, he had unusually conservative views for someone of his race.

Republicans were willing to cooperate with Bill Clinton, even though was a Democrat, because they at least took him somewhat seriously.
He is very friendly as a person, but can seem powerful and intimidating when he needs to get a job done.
He was also very charismatic, so he was able to compromise with Republicans, who dominated congress, to balance the federal budget.


I will post my own response to the question subsequently but I cannot leave Joe Pepersack's anwser unchallenged.

I am not a racist because I am opposed to Obama.
I find his policies, attitudes and behavior objectionable, NOT his skin color.


Obama is and was the most corrupt President in U.
S.
history.
He is likely to hold that title for quite some time.
The reason is because he knew he would never be held accountable for anything.
He even ordered the execution of U.
S.
citizens without trial and nobody batted an eye.
His first AG described himself as “the President's wingman".
His second AG was so unconcerned with optics that she had a private meeting with the husband of a person her FBI was conducting a criminal investigation on.
His IRS illegally harassed his political opponents.
His VP illegally interfered with a Ukrainian criminal investigation to benefit his son.
His Secretary of State illegally stored classified information on a private server and allowed unauthorized people access to it.
NOBODY has suffered any legal repercussions for any of their criminal behavior.
Not yet, anyway.



no from a centrist—drones bad idea and poor precedent for the future, not breaking up the banks he was afraid of a total collapse, not changing the economy out of the entitled rich mess we’re in again afraid and unable to summon himself to work with the legislature, healthcare passed the ACA which gets more people insured but there’s the problem the profit oriented greedy and riddled with lobbyist insurance industry he should have had the nerve to pass single payer and gotten on it right away not a ways in, did little to nothing about corruption in government and business too many ties to big money and no balls to stand up to it, didn’t get rid of overseas jobs movement and offshore investments and tax dodges you’d have to work with other countries and the legislature to fix this and he didn’t have the energy to work with other countries or the perseverance to work with a disagreeable legislature, should have closed guantanamo, should have killed for profit prisons, should have made a large impact on killing drug distribution in this country and accomplished little (current heroin epidemic), should have done major cuts to defense, should have gotten out of the middle east(regime change doesn’t work), should have started a massive infrastructure project, should have really started clean energy so we had a lead and didn’t the chinese have the lead, should have got the supreme court vacancy filled even if he had to do it over senate recess and let them challenge it in court, should have exposed the russian meddling in the election last summer when he knew and done something to generate a fair election instead of an impacted one, should have killed citizens united to stop the transformation of the US to an oligarchy, should have had a more open administration fro all his smooth talk the WH denied alot of reporters and news stories, it goes on


He has followed a two-term President whom the majority of historians are very happy to put in the bottom quintile of all US Presidents so far[1].
That President left two active wars, started by the US, and a floundering economy.

Obama brought a halt to the economic freefall, and brought the ten-billion-dollars-a-month foreign intervention fiasco to a nominal close.
If those were the only lemons he had turned into lemonade, he would still leave office as probably a second quintile President.

But the problems facing the country go far beyond those two issues, and the achievements he has had in office, fighting against what may be fairly argued as historically significant levels of opposition from the GOP.
.
.
I think history is going to look favorably on his Presidency.

I think future students of US history are going to wonder about the GOP of today with a sort of, "How could so many people have been so weirdly wrong?" incredulity.

[1] EDIT: Some of my sources for Bush's ranking have him in the bottom quartile, but escaping the bottom quintile.
It's incorrect to say the majority of historians see him as other than in the bottom quartile.


Has Obama been a bad president? What reasons do you have for thinking so?


Obama is the 3rd worst president in US History, behind Woodrow Wilson and FDR respectively numbers 1 and 2.

Let’s go through a laundry list of why I believe this to be true, facts only, that are sourced by mostly left wing / media outlets.
I have broken them down into the following categories: Lawlessness / Unconstitutional, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste and outright lies — you may notice some are repeated because they belong in more than one category.

Unfortunately, with as long as this took to research, I must confess I believe I am missing several large aspects under the “lawless” / “unconstitutional” section.

LAWLESSNESS / UNCONSTITUTIONAL
CORRUPTION
CRONYISM
HYPOCRISY
WASTE
LIES
For a list of 1180 documented examples, please feel free to use this list from an author who took the time to source them all using mostly left leaning sites.
I give credit to this author for those of the examples above which I leveraged from his article.
1,180 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc.
» Sons of Liberty Media
.

This answer comes from much my own writings.
Bryce Ebeling's answer to Was Obama a good president or a bad president?


Alright before I answer that Obama was a bad president lets take a look at the good things he did first.
He gave the LGBTQ+ equal rights and same sex marriage was legalized.
He also established a international friendship with Cuba after years of mutual aggression.
And lastly the he brought Police Accountability & Criminal Justice Reform.

As for the cons….
he’s probably the worst negotiator when it comes to the fundamentals of Economics.
He heavily regulated businesses with high corporate tax rates which made it harder to expand and grow our economy.
Obama care was a terrible idea not only did insurance go up but people had to pay more, this especially hurt the middle class.
Even though the media often tells people the unemployment rate is 4%, that is wrong.
The (BLS) graph national unemployment is 9.
5% which translates to around 30 million who are unemployed.
Obama blew over $150 billion of taxpayer money to increase renewable energy in the US by slightly over 1% of total energy consumption.
The business Obama invested in pretty much went bankrupt which economist have been pointing out in the beginning.
Obama also doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion.
Obama spent billions in the middle east and didn’t change anything but made relations worse.
He’s also not the reason why gasoline prices went down.
Matter in fact he was the reason why gasoline prices were $5 per gallon (at least in Cali).
He didn’t allow drilling for oil in the U.
S.
due to his environmental policies that wanted to cut carbon emissions.
It’s absolutely hilarious when some say Obama “balanced the budget”, it’s simply not true.
The Media has definitely brainwashed people to believe Obama did anything good for our economy.

Domestically, he wasn’t good.
I say that because, he failed the Hispanic community.
As a latino myself he promised amnesty and obviously it never happened.
It’s funny too because in his first 2 years the democrats were in control of the white house and they had the chance to fix the “Immigration problem”.
What actually happened though was he didn’t restrict the border which made it really easy for illegals to come into this country.
At the same time he was deporting the most illegals out of all the previous presidents.
In congress it was impossible to pass a pathways to citizenship for the Hispanic community since the border wasn’t secure.
Islamic Terrorism was another problem that Obama failed to face, he didn’t call it terrorism, and in reality he did nothing to actually prevent it he just resorted to virtue signaling.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) was another thing that came in our way and again Obama didn’t respond correctly.
BLM after months of riots ,false accusations towards cops and hatred towards white people.
It was clear that the movement had a false narrative, although Obama didn’t get the memo and instead went back to virtue signaling.
Obama also did nothing to help black people in return, I say that because when you look at the crime rate, poverty, violence, and economical instability like cities in Chicago, it shows.
How can a leader let his own people suffer? He spent trillions and didn’t bother to help them… There’s not a good excuse why the majority of blacks are living under the average living conditions.
In Conclusion, Obama wasn’t a strong leader, you see a leader is suppose to unite a country together and not choose sides.
Obama chose sides and you clearly see that.
He chose Syria over Israel.
He chose BLM over cops.
He chose Muslims over Jews.
Liberals over Conservatives.
Poor over rich.
CNN over Fox News.
Everything was racially divided.
He didn’t try to unite Americans together and through out the past 8 years, this country felt absolutely polarized.


I can’t say it was good in my opinion, because then i’d be lying.
I’ll give you my biggest reason; I strongly support the police and I don’t like it when a fatality happens against a police officer, and President Obama will either not speak, or talk and essentially defend the shooter/killer.
He has also spoke for the same Black Lives Matter movement that supports black people killing the police.
Not only is it an embarrassment to speaking against your own law enforcement, it’s an embarrassment on himself.
These are people that sacrifice their lives to make the COMMUNITY safe and protect.

I mean, we don’t hear about any reprimand from Obama unless the police officer kills the defendant to save himself.
I think this is also a reason for why our country is so diverse.
Based on what we hear from the media, the president, it looks like only one race is getting attacked when in reality, “Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops.
This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black.
According to Mac Donald, the police officer is 18.
5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

Despite the facts, the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and their leftist sympathizers have resulted in what Mac Donald calls the "Ferguson Effect," as murders have spiked by 17 percent among the 50 biggest cities in the U.
S.
as a result of cops being more reluctant to police neighborhoods out of fear of being labeled as racists.
Additionally, there have been over twice as many cops victimized by fatal shootings in the first three months of 2016.
” (5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks).
Here’s something else you’ll be stunned about; 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers from Jan.
1-Dec 31, 2015.
Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).

One reason I support Donald Trump is because I hope the police is represented in a much more positive manner, something at least better than what our president has been doing.


Obama is certainly not as bad a president as Bush Jr, but there is still a long way he has to go before he is a good president.
Here is a list of the seven D's of his failings:


In my opinion, he will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents ever.
He has done so much for this country, stuff that most people will never know, especially people who buy into the GOP hype about how bad he is.

Examples (but not all):
There are many more, as established here:
What were President Barack Obama's accomplishments?
There are many other things he wanted to do, but couldn’t for a number of reasons.
There were improvements he wanted to make to laws that were passed that he couldn’t get to.
There were areas he was weak in (not a crime and not that unusual in a President).

Considering the climate in Congress and the “we will not let him get anything done” attitude of the entire GOP, I think he is/was marvelous!





gasoline prices have dropped because the price of oil has collapsed.
That has led to >300k people losing their jobs.
As an example, Schlumberger alone has laid off ~40k workers most of whom worked in the US.
That’s just 1 company in the oil industry.
Every company in the oil value chain has shed 1000s of jobs.
That includes companies like Caterpillar who most people wouldnt recognize as being part of that chain.
Many small to mid sized oil companies have laid off 25–50% of their staffs.
Then there are the coal companies.
All of the largest US coal companies are now bankrupt with 10000s more jobs down the sewer and many people’s invested savings along with those jobs.
I assume by “job market has risen” refers to the unemployment rate.
Try looking at the labor force participation rate U.
S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
.
It hasnt been as low as it is now since 1979.
That was a wonderful time too just in case you werent alive at the time.
Jimmy Carter was the most incompetent president i’ve experienced until Barack Obama.
And how about that debt ditch that he always complained about GWB driving us into.
Obama has almost doubled it.
Yeah, he’s a prince of a success.
Try checking into what happened to all of the tax $ that went to companies like Solyndra.
edit: i forgot the wonderful GDP growth rate during his presidency: GDP growth (annual %) barely has gotten above 2.
5% at its highest.
Current a blazing 1.
1%.
Pathetic.


First of all, you have to understand that the answers you get from this question are purely opinion.
  Those who are even moderately informed will likely have some sort of rationale or examples to back up their opinions, but one thing is for sure — the vast majority of Democrats will say he's been great, while the vast majority (if not all) of the Republicans will say he's been a disaster.
  Why is this?
I believe that it comes down to agenda.
  Obama ran on more of a progressive agenda and that is what he has promoted, so it's only logical that the left would be more approving of his efforts.
  The right, on the other hand, are dead set against this agenda and — let's be honest — would never be happy with anything he did short of resigning or completely changing his ideology.
  While they would certainly welcome this, the right has to realize that Obama was elected by the majority (not really even a close one like GWB) based on his agenda promises, and it would be unethical of him to not pursue what he promised to do to those that put him in office.

DISCLAIMER – I'm an independent who is not a fan of most of President Obama's policies.

That said, TO THOSE ON THE RIGHT – For the love, I know you're not happy with anything he's done, but no one really expects you to be because you're NOT liberal in your ideology.
  One thing that will help at least begin to heal some wounds and bridge this partisan divide that we have today is to accept that Obama won based on his ideology, and yes, it's different than yours.
  That's the benefit of winning the presidential election — you get to pursue your preferred policy.
  Rather than demonizing the man, focus on how you plan to support your candidate in the next election, as you have a LOT of GOP candidates to choose from.
  Win next November and then you'll get to switch sides and defend the new President while all those on the left demonize him or her.

Okay, that took too long and didn't answer the question really.
  As an independent who did not vote for Obama, I will say that there have been good things and bad that have happened on his watch that would probably classify him, at least in my opinion, as a middle of the road president.
  Here are some examples that I feel support this:
ECONOMY – The economy is in much better shape than it was in 2008, but I wouldn't call it a great or booming economy.
  Housing is doing very well (at least for now.
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.
who knows what will happen as interest rates begin to rise), there are jobs available in most sectors, and consumer spending seems to be up.
  It's not all rosy, though.
  Despite the low unemployment rate, underemployment is very high and we're seeing historically high numbers of people who are no longer even looking for jobs because they've just given up.
  The number of people who are on government assistance of some sort (food stamps, welfare, etc.
) are at crazy high levels, too.
  The median income is lower than it was 7 years ago yet inflation has gone up about 11%.
.
.
that's not a good sign.
  Due to the housing crash (and the cause of that is up for debate), the economy was TANKING in '07 and Obama inherited a mess.
  We're in better shape, but we're still not in good shape, and the of the things the President has done to help, we've seen some work and others not.
  We have to remember, though, that much of the reasons behind the downturn 7 years ago and the improvement over the last 7 years really don't have a lot to do with the President's actions or policy, so it's hard to simply look at where we were and where we are now and come to any conclusion about the President's performance in this area.

FOREIGN POLICY – I've heard many say that Obama has helped restore the relationships with other countries throughout the world that GWB had damaged.
  Maybe that's true in some cases, but there are certainly others that the opposite is true.
  al Qaeda was the biggest threat back in 2008, and while OBL is gone, they are still very much in the picture.
  In addition, ISIS is huge and growing.
  Russia crossed our "line in the sand" with little consequence.
  The same with Syria.
  China is becoming more of a military threat and acting more provocative.
  Iran is nuclear and $150b richer.
  Iraq and Afghanistan are less stable than they were, and Israel — our closest ally in the Middle East — has almost written us off for any legitimate support due in large part to Obama's foreign policy.
  Sure, some countries will say they respect President Obama more, and that's great, but the geopolitical reality today is definitely worse off today than 8 years ago.

IMMIGRATION – To be fair, many past presidents have talked about immigration and ultimately did nothing, and Obama really isn't any different here.
  The biggest difference is that the majority of the public has woken up and made this a bigger issue than it's been in a long time.
  We've seen a rapid rise of those coming across the border from the south (originating from all over the world.
.
.
not just Mexico), and Obama has welcomed this for the most part.
  His desire to bring in Syrian refugees is also a mixed bag considering that we don't have a way to properly vet all these "women and children" needing to come here (especially when they end up being mostly 18-40 year old males), and we have so many at home that need our help and who won't get it because it'll go to the refugees instead.
  All in all, I can say on one hand that his immigration policy has been a disaster, but in all fairness, I don't think he's done anything different than what we've seen from past presidents on both sides, so I guess it's just par for the course.

DOMESTIC – Again, we have mixed camps here that will largely disagree based on their own ideology.
  Gay marriage, pot legalization (in some states), climate issues.
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.
all of these will be mostly partisan in their support or disapproval, and thus, the opinion of the President's efforts will see a split between those that think he's done well and those that don't.
  That said, I feel the country is even more divided today than it's been in a long time, and that is mostly government's fault — on both sides.
  The politicians have figured out that it benefits them greatly to keep the electorate at odds with each other, and like sheep, the country happily obliges their efforts rather than hold them accountable.
  Racial tension, police support (or lack thereof), partisanship outside of Washington.
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.
these are all areas that highlight the state of the country we're in, and it's not good.
  Obama ran on a promise to unite us through hope and change, but hope is fading and the change has been negative.
  I feel he sorely missed a major opportunity here.
  Overall, it's a mixed bag in terms of approval when it comes to domestic progress, but much of these issues have been around much longer than Obama has been President.
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.
it's just more in the open now and people are noticing.
  He's not to blame for the existence of these issues, but as I said, he missed an opportunity to leave a legacy of helping us to repair them rather than stoke the fires.

TL:DR – I could go on but this is already getting too long.
  Obama has had success in some areas and failures in others, just like EVERY president before him.
  We, as the electorate, are absolutely divided with regard to what those failures and successes are, so there is no absolute answer for a question like this.
  I believe we've had much better presidents and much worse.
  In some ways, the US is better off than we were and in others we're not.
  To repeat my original statement, I feel he's somewhere in the middle of the road.



I think those saying he was the best president ever are overstating his importance and those stating he was the worst overstating his failures.
He did, or attempted to do, as he promised.
To his credit, he was true to this through his second term.
For this, I say he was good.
It is not an easy thing to do when the extremes are trying to rule the country.
He maintained his dignity while facing a “when he says yea, we'll say nay" opposition.
Again, not easy.
And again, for that I say he was good.
All in all, I believe he desired good for the country and would stop at nothing to achieve it.
For that, I say he was good.
He carried himself with dignity, showing self-confidence but generally short of arrogance.
For that, I say he was good.
He is a man I would love to sit and have a beer with.
For being the type of man a citizen could feel he could do that with, I say he was good.

As a generally center-right politically, I naturally didn't agree with all he did (haven't with any other, actually).
I'm not a fan of bail-outs so didn't agree with his deal with Chrysler.
Having determined to do so, however, I did not agree with his terms.
Though I'm a MOPAR guy they should have been allowed to fail.
Forcing them to sell to Fiat was the greater disgrace.
I disagreed with his “lead from behind" foreign policy, including his “apology" tour.
I believe his policies directly responsible for the rapid rise and spread of ISIS, yet I appreciate that, due to these policies, my son did not have to serve a third tour in Iraq.
I disagreed with the number of times he “grabbed the pen" on major issues.
Though others did so more often, they did so on relatively minor issues.
I felt his tendency to react to racial situations before having the facts helped increase racial discord in the country.
I disagreed with his idea of compromise, “you agree with me and I'll let you.
” And, most of all, I think the Affordable Care Act, as it was, was both a misnomer and a mistake.
It was a misnomer because it did not deal with the actual cost of health care, only of health insurance.
The cost of health care is still astronomical, still rising, and wasn't addressed at all (one pill I was taking during chemo cos t $45,000 per pill (guarantee you, though I was constantly nauseous, THAT sucker was staying down).
And it was passed with the knowledge that none of what was being promised was deliverable.
This hit me on a personal level.
I am about mid-middle class.
My rates increased drastically, my co-pay more than doubled, and my max out-of-pocket had a huge jump.
Add to this that, while going through treatment for cancer, I was forced to change doctors mid-treatment as a direct result.
You have no idea how scary this can be when your life is in the balance or how difficult when your mind is clouded by chemotherapy.
I understood why he did what he did and tried to do and agreed with a lot of those whys.
But a lot of it was good in theory only, not in reality.
I live in reality and in reality is where those things impacted me.

Yet, he was who he presented himself to be.
He tried to do what he said he would try to do.
He grew while in office (and lets be honest.
No matter how well-groomed one is to take the office, it is still a job that one can only truly learn after being hired).
What more can we expect from a president.
Because of those things, he was good.


Judging any presidency is such a wildly subjective thing that it's impossible to answer.
  People who see his Presidency as a disaster are mostly people who were opposed to him politically from the start, and would be upset no matter what he did.
  That's not an indictment of anyone's politics, the same is true for most presidents.
  Judgments are typically based on politics.

Let me give you some examples.
  The economy has, objectively, improved a great deal over Obama's term in office.
  A Democrat will say that's because we had good economic leadership.
  A Republican will say that happened because of business leadership, and it would have happened much faster if Obama wasn't in office.

Or take the Middle East.
  A Republican would say that a stronger President would have prevented the chaos in Syria and the rise of ISIS.
  A Democrat would say that such instability was inevitable and predictable the moment Bush invaded Iraq, and Obama has responded as well as was possible.

All of these are the kinds of argument that are had about any historical question.
  But, when we're talking about a sitting president, it's made much worse by political interests.

People who say the Obama presidency is an unmitigated disaster generally truly believe it, but it's hard to really make that case in an objective, historical context.
It's  just a matter of what you happen to believe.


I think that when one takes an objective look at where the country was 7 years ago when he took office, and compare it to where it is now, it would almost have to be acknowledged that Obama has been a very effective president, especially since he has had to work for at least the last 3 years under very hostile opposition from the two Houses of Congress.
This Bush Versus Obama Comparison Will Make Everyone Who Voted Blue Proud They Did
Bush vs.
Obama on the Economy, In 3 Simple Charts [UPDATED]

Interesting, if not a little boring (pretty factual, no spin) comparison of the two presidencies: Barack Obama vs George W.
Bush

There are those who would say that all this stuff would’ve happened anyway, regardless of who was president or what policies had been implemented.
Do these people really think things would be the same (or better) had the auto industry not been “bailed out”? If the banks had just been allowed to fail? If there were no “stimulus” to get the economy going again? “Cash for Clunkers” sure worked! I hardly see a car on the road that’s more than 10 years old! If this view is true, then presidents are basically useless.
A president also fixes the mood of a nation, its temperament.
This is where Jimmy Carter failed and Reagan succeeded, and it is where Obama has succeeded, but setting a personal standard: no scandal, no dirt, at least an attempt to lift up the struggling poor, addressing social inequalities and barriers to success.
I hate to sound worshipful, but comparing him to what may be ahead, he has been a model of civility, statesmanship, decorum.
He is almost universally admired and has elevated the United States to a level of respect it lost under Bush.
Far from making us a laughing stock, he really has made America “Great Again”, however difficult that may be for his detractors to acknowledge.

On June 2, 2015, Gretchen Carlson, on her, Gretchen’s Take, from Fox’s “The Real Story” (Lol!) said the following: "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
" Where she got this, no one knows Perhaps she read it in a fortune cookie or it came to her in a dream; regardless, it was not born out by actual facts:
From Politifact: Carlson said, "Most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
now than they did before Obama’s time.
"
We’re not sure how she got to most.
The consensus among three polls shows the United States generally in higher regard today than Bush’s last year in office.
The outliers would be the views of people in a few countries, including Russia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

It’s misleading to say "foreign nations have lower regard for the U.
S.
" and it’s inaccurate to say "most polls" show that.

We rate it False.

None
Meh…what are actual facts to haters?


here is an answer that i posted some time ago:
What has actual things president Obama did that make him a bad leader?
Karen Gee, how to live without using drugs
Answered Apr 6
Obama was not a “bad” president – he was an intelligent man thrust in a precarious position albeit he wanted it.
I have family who work in D.
C.
for the government…(quite a few family members btw).
My cousin who served under 6 presidents answering phones at the White House retired under Obama.
She just could not take some of the rude “sentiments” from some of the callers.
She told me about the name calling and disgusting things that people would say over the phone about Obama.
It shocked me because I always figured that if people called the W.
H.
acting ignorant they would be tracked and arrested – Not So!!When his family first came to the W.
H.
to live and were introduced to the staff Obama was rather “stand-offish” and cold.
Of the 6 that she served under Gorge Bush (younger Bush) was the most gregarious and considerate towards the staff.
Obama was the least.
That shows me that he was “nervous” about the position that he was in.
In spite of that, he inherited an imploding economy and turned it around.
He led the nation for 8 years with no major upsets or problems.
He was able to expand health care for all Americans – love it or hate it- a very difficult accomplishment.
When he came into office the financial crisis was tanking the economy and had people terrified it would metastasize into a new Great Depression.
Working around the clock with Congress, Obama was able to forge a bipartisan deal that brought the economy back from the brink.
Again no small feat.
It's easy to forget how bad things really were before the recovery!I give Obama props, he handled a very difficult situation with integrity and dignity.
His speeches were delivered with pride and respect for the American people.
He was accused of being everything from a terrorist to a non-American by our current president.
His patriotism was under constant assault.
He believed that America is a constant “work in progress” and he worked with diligence to do his sworn duty for the country that he loved.
The America that Trump describes is repulsive and totally fictional.
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This answer addresses some common complaints about Obama's legacy.

When President Obama took office, he inherited an economy in which 86% of voters believed that the horrible economy was the most important issue; that number is down to 33%.
He inherited an unemployment rate of over 10%, and now it's down to 4.
9% with 242,000 jobs being added in February alone.
Workforce participation does not provide an accurate representation of the people who are actually looking for jobs; 100% of eligible people will never be looking for jobs.
Gas is down to $1.
75 a gallon, while under President Bush it was well over $4.
We've made huge advancements in clean, renewable energy, in addition to becoming energy independent.
We've made giant leaps in terms of equality, with gay marriage becoming legal and more support for minority groups.
In regards to cops shooting African-Americans, I get that cops are just trying to do their job and I respect that fact, but they are unnecessarily rough, and the majority of situations about which there have been protests have been valid claims where the police unjustifiably killed a suspect.
Under Obama, the DOJ investigated some of these cases, leading to reform and much-needed resignations.

The Federal Deficit has shrunk over the last several years, coming down to only 2.
4% of GDP.
The reason the deficit was so high before was because the American economy sucked, and the Obama administration needed to stimulate it.
Now that the economy is back to or better than its post-recession levels, our deficit is shrinking again.

In regards to Iraq, the American people were CLAMORING for President Obama to withdraw troops in Iraq, after a nearly decade-long war in which we lost TRILLIONS of dollars under the pretense that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction", something that turned out to be a complete and utter lie.
Even some of President Bush's own advisors said so.
Hence, when people blame President Bush for the economy and for throwing us into a useless war.
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IT IS TRUE.
We never should have gotten involved in the Middle East to begin with.
Bush and the CIA KNEW for a fact that there was a high risk of a terrorist attack happening before 9/11, and they did not do enough to gather intelligence to stop it.

Also, those trillions of dollars that I mentioned? Yeah, that created our huge debt that Obama inherited.

So we went into Iraq, carpet bombed a 100,000 Iraqis, and then said "oops, you guys didn't have weapons of mass destruction after all".
What we SHOULD have done is gather as much intelligence as we could have, and then created a highly specialized task force to take out the top Al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden.
(Oh, and by the way, in 7 years, President Bush could not catch Bin Laden, while Obama did.
That's irrefutable and the cold hard truth.
)
President Obama has had to endure withering attacks from Republicans that simply REFUSE to support ANYTHING he does, just because he is an African-American Democratic President.
That's not the way politics should work, and it's simply despicable that the American people have to put up with it.

So I'd say that President Obama did pretty damn well considering the state of the country which he inherited.


The first thing I noticed that he did is try to dismantle Jerusalem.
Failed, of course.
At the end, he tried to give Iran nuclear weapons.
He never had any plan other than to get himself elected, but wasn’t as powerful as he thought he would be.

I don’t pretend to know what forced actually run the US, but to let everyone vote about what they don't know anything about,,,,An extreme example.
Do we hire Mr.
Jones or Mr Johnson for,,,an unidentified job.
That is all the information.
That is rule of the majority.
It doesn’t make sense.
People vote according to what they read or today see on the internet.
so the media owns the votes.
Other than that, it’s Jones or Johnson.
x or y.
No more info than that.
To put it mathematically, the question to vote on is x=? that doesn’t work.
And I pray there are shadowy leaders in the US who will not let Oprah’s favourite flavour actually run the US.
Obama’s failure to split Jerusalem or give Iran nukes showed us it was just time for a black man as our poster.
I liked the cowboy better.

As an African American,( unless He is Kenyan), he's above reproach.
Israel just made several serious medical advances, while Iran shows us how low people can get, right from the dark ages.

What is this hatred for Israel by the Blacks? Who cares? They can try to do something about it if they don’t like it.
I’m sorry.
I just had a Black girlfriend, I recently made friends with another black woman.
I’m a Canadian Jew.
Most Obama supporting Jews don’t know any Blacks!(I think any Jew who supported Obama should be banned for life from Israel and called an enemy of the state) But treating Blacks with kid gloves, we can never say a black official did anything wrong, or did his best to start a war.
There is no need anymore.

And one last thing for my Jewish brothers who love Obama and and put the not perfect but not cartoonish evil Israel at the same level as the Islamic insane asylums…We shouldn’t be too hard.
I met one who was almost going to move to Israel, and his writing changed to pro Israel.
A big flaw of North American Jews on average,,,no, not all Jews are brilliant, even though they are members of the Phd club, is that they will sell their souls to fit in with the group.
What I’m saying is when it becomes popular to dislike Obama, they will dislike him.


He hasn’t but he would have been much better if he had not faced bitter opposition from a Republican-dominated congress.
The truth is, Republicans don’t like Obama not just because he is a Democrat, but also because they view him as just an ordinary man.
He is highly intelligent and confident, but at the end of the day the fact that he’s black turns them off.
Because of this, they fail to take him seriously and have no interest of cooperating with him, further polarizing the American political system.
Republicans want someone like Reagan, who was a very charismatic, handsome (for his age), elite white male whose voice itself won the trust of many, even Democrats.

Of course there’s the argument that Ben Carson was black and relatively popular in the Republican party at some point, but it’s not like he was popular enough to become a serious contender for the presidency.
Plus, he had unusually conservative views for someone of his race.

Republicans were willing to cooperate with Bill Clinton, even though was a Democrat, because they at least took him somewhat seriously.
He is very friendly as a person, but can seem powerful and intimidating when he needs to get a job done.
He was also very charismatic, so he was able to compromise with Republicans, who dominated congress, to balance the federal budget.


I will post my own response to the question subsequently but I cannot leave Joe Pepersack's anwser unchallenged.

I am not a racist because I am opposed to Obama.
I find his policies, attitudes and behavior objectionable, NOT his skin color.


Obama is and was the most corrupt President in U.
S.
history.
He is likely to hold that title for quite some time.
The reason is because he knew he would never be held accountable for anything.
He even ordered the execution of U.
S.
citizens without trial and nobody batted an eye.
His first AG described himself as “the President's wingman".
His second AG was so unconcerned with optics that she had a private meeting with the husband of a person her FBI was conducting a criminal investigation on.
His IRS illegally harassed his political opponents.
His VP illegally interfered with a Ukrainian criminal investigation to benefit his son.
His Secretary of State illegally stored classified information on a private server and allowed unauthorized people access to it.
NOBODY has suffered any legal repercussions for any of their criminal behavior.
Not yet, anyway.



no from a centrist—drones bad idea and poor precedent for the future, not breaking up the banks he was afraid of a total collapse, not changing the economy out of the entitled rich mess we’re in again afraid and unable to summon himself to work with the legislature, healthcare passed the ACA which gets more people insured but there’s the problem the profit oriented greedy and riddled with lobbyist insurance industry he should have had the nerve to pass single payer and gotten on it right away not a ways in, did little to nothing about corruption in government and business too many ties to big money and no balls to stand up to it, didn’t get rid of overseas jobs movement and offshore investments and tax dodges you’d have to work with other countries and the legislature to fix this and he didn’t have the energy to work with other countries or the perseverance to work with a disagreeable legislature, should have closed guantanamo, should have killed for profit prisons, should have made a large impact on killing drug distribution in this country and accomplished little (current heroin epidemic), should have done major cuts to defense, should have gotten out of the middle east(regime change doesn’t work), should have started a massive infrastructure project, should have really started clean energy so we had a lead and didn’t the chinese have the lead, should have got the supreme court vacancy filled even if he had to do it over senate recess and let them challenge it in court, should have exposed the russian meddling in the election last summer when he knew and done something to generate a fair election instead of an impacted one, should have killed citizens united to stop the transformation of the US to an oligarchy, should have had a more open administration fro all his smooth talk the WH denied alot of reporters and news stories, it goes on


He has followed a two-term President whom the majority of historians are very happy to put in the bottom quintile of all US Presidents so far[1].
That President left two active wars, started by the US, and a floundering economy.

Obama brought a halt to the economic freefall, and brought the ten-billion-dollars-a-month foreign intervention fiasco to a nominal close.
If those were the only lemons he had turned into lemonade, he would still leave office as probably a second quintile President.

But the problems facing the country go far beyond those two issues, and the achievements he has had in office, fighting against what may be fairly argued as historically significant levels of opposition from the GOP.
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I think history is going to look favorably on his Presidency.

I think future students of US history are going to wonder about the GOP of today with a sort of, "How could so many people have been so weirdly wrong?" incredulity.

[1] EDIT: Some of my sources for Bush's ranking have him in the bottom quartile, but escaping the bottom quintile.
It's incorrect to say the majority of historians see him as other than in the bottom quartile.


A difficult question to answer as the "good" has not been defined.
The two areas that a president is judged on are international and domestic accomplishments.

Internationally, Russian, Chinese, Iranian, North Korean and Islamic aggression seem to be on the growth side with multiple Islamic terrorists attacks in the US and around the world.
We are still loosing men in combat operations and the containment and destruction of ISIS, promised by Obama 18 months ago, is not even close to fulfillment, as ISIS continues to grow.

Domestically, we know that Obama is a noted and documented liar , from,"You can keep your own doctor", to Benghazi, the IRS scandal and these, All False statements involving Barack Obama
It is also good to keep in mind that although the Obama Admin.
claims a low unemployment rate, 95,000.
000 Americans are no longer in the work force, record numbers of Americans are on some form of welfare, racial disharmony, and some would blame Obama, is very high.
Illegal drugs continue to run rampant with out of control gang wars destroying the inner cities.

Then there is this possibility.
Obama was never a Constitutional Law Professor.
Chicago Law Professor: Obama Was Unqualified, LAZY, and.
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– Headline Politics

So, it may be possible that I missed the good, perhaps, unless one considers the above a good.


Updated: 19.06.2019 — 12:59 pm

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