AND HARRY SITS THERE TRYING NOT TO SMILE AS HE HEARS LILY IN THE DISTANCE GOING “NO JAMES NO, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ENCOURAGING HIM HE IS IN SO MUCH TROUBLE.”
"LiLY DON’T GET IN THE WAY OF TRUE INHERITANCE."
AND RON’S LIKE “HARRY I HATE YOU SO MUCH”
To be honest, I think it’s a complicated question — partly because not everything President Obama has or hasn’t done is directly attributed to him (i.e., what could he have accomplished if we hadn’t stupidly given the House back to the Republicans back in 2010?).
Overall, to answer yours question, yes.
It’s not sexy, but President Obama deserves credit for averting a Depression. The stimulus, while not large enough (Congress’ fault, not President Obama’s), stopped us from falling over the proverbial cliff. The Affordable Care Act, while maintaining a private for-profit status quo, is making lives easier.
Month after month of private-sector job growth (partially negated by public-sector job losses — thanks to budget cuts on the state level, mostly attributed to Republican governors and legislatures). A drawdown in Afghanistan, the end of the war in Iraq. Non-violent strategy involving Iran.
For the first time that I can remember, President Obama’s presence has meant an honest, serious discussion about how much money we’re spending on defense. That’s a good thing.
The LGBT community is moving closer to full equality under his administration. That’s a good thing.
Do I wish Gitmo was closed? Yes. Do I wish President Obama wasn’t as conciliatory and reach-across-the-aisle? Of course. His drone policy is all kinds of problematic, and his strategy for dealing with Libya damn near turned into a war in and of itself.
Some of President Obama’s flaws are a by-product of modern-day D.C. Others are a by-product of an obstructionist, petty minority party. Almost every unfulfilled promise thus far is, at least in part, due to Congress — specifically a Republican Party that hates him far more than any professed love for country.