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Obama’s Presidency Remains Ineffective

Barack Hussein Obama began his term as president on January 20, 2009 and since that point, has led two terms that could otherwise be described as indecisive.

            Within the first month of his first term, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that contained tax breaks with added spending towards infrastructure projects, more money towards education, and more spending towards social welfare. The final amount spent on this act totaled close to 1.2 trillion dollars.

President Barack Obama addresses an audience at the Rolls Royce Plant in Prince George County, VA, in March 2012. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr.
President Barack Obama addresses an audience at the Rolls Royce Plant in Prince George County, VA, in March 2012. Photo by Wayne Epps, Jr.

Then, with his arguably most controversial act, Obama signed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare as it has been referred to as) on March 23, 2010. ObamaCare is currently a complete failure due to its lack of organization and overall support.

            Obama has made an effort since the first day he entered the oval office to provide change and overall support towards Americans. What he failed to realize is that it isn’t only the minority who is suffering anymore, the majority of America is looking for help and Obama (like any liberal) failed to provide answers for them.

            Although not a promising presidency to say the least, Obama had a few positive glimpses. On May 1, 2011, United States forces tracked down and killed Osama Bin Laden who was hiding in Pakistan at that time. He also has provided tax breaks, but didn’t do anything to address the national debt that continues to grow by the second.

            Dealing with Obama’s foreign policy, he wanted to go in and address the issue of the conflicts in the Middle East. His plan involves removing troops from Afghanistan, which could in turn just give the rebel forces an opportunity to retake the land. More recently with the conflict with Syria, Obama told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that if he used chemical warfare in his nation or “crossed the line” America would step in. Well, as it has been noted, Syria crossed the line and America didn’t do anything. Even more recently than that with the conflict of Crimea and Russia, the President told Russian President Vladimir Putin that if he annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sanctions would be taken against them. After Russia did annex Crimea, Putin considered the sanctions to be more comical that an actual threat.

            Being the first African-American president came with a lot of fame and prestige, but at this point in time, America is looking more for answers than for prestige.

            According to, the federal debt is up more than 90% and although Obama took a stand and increased jobs, millions more are still living in poverty.

            Taking away the fact that Obama has set America into a socialist tailspin, he hasn’t made any executive decisions on serious problems plaguing the nation. By raising the debt ceiling, he only prolonged the process of deciding on how to deal with it. Though many blame Bush for the debt, Obama hasn’t done anything that could be considered better.

            More importantly, Obama chooses not to make decisions and that is what makes him an ineffective president.

            Not only has Obama put the executive office up for criticism, but also has put America’s superpower reputation in jeopardy. Hopefully his remaining time in office will come with answers, and hopefully those answers will offer progress.

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