US President Barack Obama (D)

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Bio: Senator from Illinois; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif.; received a B.A. in 1983 from Columbia University, New York City; worked as a community organizer in Chicago, Ill.; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1991; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and served from January 3, 2005, to November 16, 2008, when he resigned from office, having been elected president; elected as the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008.

US President Barack Obama (D), 1.8 out of 5 based on 3995 ratings

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  1. Summertime says:

    I’d say President Obama has been one of our greatest presidents in recent memory. The man has reversed much of the bad that was inflicted under Bush, and helped move our country in a different direction.

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  2. richj8am30 says:

    I think that given the circumstances that Obama was left with, he has done a good enough job. We could’ve stayed in the decline that the recession had kept us in, i just do not agree with many of the policies that he seems to be able to pass without much resistance.

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  3. President Obama has done an okay job, but I want to focus on the things that have bothered me about President Obama and other leaders in Washington. President Obama and everyone else in Washington really let me down with the government bailouts, giving to these banks and corporations that actually had a hand at bringing our economy down. I think the President isn’t doing a good job on this front at all. Our economy has not recovered. I’m glad more Americans have health coverage, but I don’t like the fact that people will have to pay a fine if they decide not to get government healthcare. I have private healthcare, but I feel for people that don’t want Obama Care. It just feels like their being taxed for being alive. Saying all of that, the President hasn’t had a lot of help either, so

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  4. I think Obama has been a good president, considering what he stepped into and had to go up against. No president is perfect, and Obama is no exception, but he did improve the economy, he did get us out of a recession, and he did keep our country relatively safe compared to Bush. I think if we ended up with Clinton, Romney, or any of his other opponents, the country would have been worse off.

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  5. mistermagoo says:

    Naah… I’m not a supporter of Barack Obama and I do not think that he has done a good job. In my opinion, the deal with Iran was a huge mistake that should never have been done and just puts the world into danger. Look what happened to North Korea after Bill Clinton made a deal with them – they’re testing nukes.

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  6. DancingLady says:

    I feel Obama has done as good a job as anyone could given what he has had to deal with and the kind of people he has to work with in congress. At this point, the whole political system in our country is so full of career politicians that don’t really care very much about their constituents at all and just want to be their for the power it gives them that any president who really wants to do something to help out the average American is going to be up against all sorts of opposition. I don’t agree with everything Obama has done, but I think he really cares about people of all economic and social statuses.

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  7. sharatharadhya says:

    I believe Obama has done a decent job. The man can justify everything he has done and I believe that is a great personality. He has stood by the values he believes in and he has strived to implement them. I think it is fair enough to say that a man who doesn’t shy away from being bold can be trusted more than other secretive leaders. I have great respect for him and all his accomplishments. Remembering the mess previous leaders had left, I think he has done a fair enough job to rectify these mistakes and mishaps. I am not sure if he was the best president, but I am pretty much sure he fits the list.

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  8. I actually like him as a president. I didn’t follow his career as an Illinois senator, but as a president he did well. The economy in U.S. is in a pretty decent condition in comparison to Europe for example, and also his foreign policy was good as well. So, no complaints here.

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  9. I don’t feel like Obama is a bad guy at all. But he’s definitely not what’s best for the U.S. The federal government just seems to be getting bigger and bigger under him to the point where it’s starting to effect us everyday citizens. No, I don’t think Obama is a socialist or a communist, but I do feel like his policies shift us a bit more to the left than I’m comfortable with.

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  10. Obama was a breath of fresh air. He might of made some mistakes but the US couldn’t remain on the same track that it was taking. He was under extreme pressure both internally and on the world scene, but dealt with it the best way he could. I didn’t find it correct that he received the noble peace prize the same year he took office. If e deserved to win it it should have been given to him when he left office.

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  11. Esperaholon says:

    ellyjude,

    1. Obama is not Kenyan – he is an American citizen who was born and raised in America. His father is from Kenya, but that honestly doesn’t mean much of anything. It’s a moot point.

    2. It doesn’t matter if he’s a good speaker if he can’t be bothered to fact check himself or actually put actions behind his words.

    3. He was the lesser of two evils twice – if McCain hadn’t been taking crazy pills or Romney hadn’t be a worthless, out-of-touch, cartoonishly evil jerk – I would have never voted for him. I don’t really like Obama as either a person or a politician, I just don’t hate him either. He’s more of a disappointment then anything else.

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  12. There are some seriously polarizing opinions on Obama. Personally, I think that he’s done a fine job and doesn’t deserve the criticism. He’s a strong leader, a very mature person, and incredibly smart.

    Disagreeing with his policies is understandable, but I don’t see the hate for his character. He’s the best candidate we had in 2008, and again in 2012, whether you’re a democrat, republican or independent you should agree.

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  13. The power of a man can be determined by the number of people he can get to concentrate on his speech. President Barack Obama is one of the best speakers U.S has ever heard not mentioning Martin Luther King. He deserves another term of leadership according to me.

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  14. Leadership comes with challenges and i think president Barack Obama is facing some of them now. No one is perfect and we all know that but it is evident that he is trying his best though some issues seem not to be working as expected.

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  15. Obama’s father was not linked by anyway to the revolutionary Maumau movement in Kenya during the colonial period as #jaolemes says. I’m a Kenyan by birth and can tell of the history of our state. First, Obama’s father belongs to the Luo tribe while the revolutionary Maumau movement was for the Kikuyu tribe. You can dig into history if you wish to know more of it.

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  16. I agree with the #deligentworker that Obama is really trying out his best for America. In politics there are some people who are just out there to spoil others’ name and i think this is what is facing him right now. Out of a 10, i would probably give the current U.S president a 9.7 rating.

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  17. I totally agree that he deserves to rule as president for another term. I guess it is because he is a Kenyan too just like I. That aside, most of you will agree with me that he has had to make hard decisions for his country though some have negatively affected his state. It’s a thumbs up from me.

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  18. Esperaholon says:

    As an independent I am not fond of Obama. I have never been fond of Obama – I feel like he is something a shyster in that he will parrot back whatever seems to be in vogue. If throwing black people under the bus means middle America likes him better – awesome. If forgetting about LGBT causes makes him a bit more palatable – fantastic. If repeating back bias, unscientific rhetoric is what it takes to get ahead – so be it.

    And that quite frankly disgusts me. Does that mean I think his scoring on this page is fair? No. It does however mean I can’t rate him more than a 3. He has handled some things really well, and he has also done a godawful job at other things. In many ways he was the lesser evil when it came to election time, but he might have done better if the American Voting population was so idiotic and deliberately uninformed.

    There is no point in voting for a President who has no support from the Legislative branch – and all the old crooks, shysters, and morons were left in place or replaced by worst jokers. I could just about swear we need a better module in place to teach kids about how government works and how they can fix it a little better with only a bit more effort.

    But yeah he could have been a better president, but I don’t know – he just doesn’t seem to get basic things like not bowing to the Republicans on economic matters and not bowing to the Democrats on social matters. He needed to have stood for something,because he ended up falling for a lot of malarkey. But it could have been worst – McCain/Palin and Romney/Ryan would have quite frankly killed this country… so yeah.

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  19. It’s a shame how he has made the USA look so incredibly weak on the world stage. Our enemies don’t fear or respect us, out allies don’t trust us. And can you blame them? From our violation of the Budapest Treaty (in which we abandoned the Ukranians in the face of Russian aggression) to our lack of a response to Assad’s crossing Obama’s “red line” to our lackluster response to ISIS, we are no longer the world’s leader

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  20. John Quincy Adams said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” Although President Obama hasn’t fulfilled every promise he’s made, and he’s done some things I disagree with, I still support him based on his principles. He fights for the rights of the poor in this country (e.g. health care!) and for that I back him up!

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  21. jliggins2002 says:

    There is no doubt President Obama can move a crowd with his speeches. I think that he is one of the great speakers of our generation. I do feel that he gets a bad rap for things that he nor anything president can control. Yes, we have gone deeper into dept and the country seems to be in unrest, but do you really think that is his fault. I feel he was dealt a bad hand and did the best he could.

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  22. I think that he should not be elected for the next term. He doing well everything but in my opinion Jeb Bush should be better.

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  23. diligentworker says:

    President Obama has a kind, good heart, and he is well spoken. As a man, I respect him. He has strong political convictions, and he strives to uphold them. It is unfortunate that the government is so divided and flooded with self-centered, bullheaded politicians. On some issues, yes, my stance differs from that of Obama’s, but I can tell he’s doing what he feels will move the country in the right direction.

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  24. phoenix2015 says:

    It’s difficult to tell what effect some of his administration’s major policies will have on the US and the rest of the world until some time has passed. If the effect is positive, then the next president will have an easier job than President Obama. If they are negative, then the next president will continue the trend of inheriting, and trying to manage, a mess.

    On a different note, President Obama is much more charming and likeable than former President Bush, unless you like that cocky John Wayne-esque swagger that characterised President Bush’s personality. But, Obama has a bit of a swagger himself, but it is combined with a charm and eloquence that was lacking in the Bush administration. Now, I know it sounds trite and superficial to mention these things, but they are extremely important considering the President is the person we choose to represent us to the rest of the world.

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  25. Obama has done OK and he would have done so much better if he had more support from the congress and from republicans. He’s a good man and has tried to keep his promises, he initiated a change and I just hope the next president does the same.

    I don’t really get why people criticize him so much. I know that he has made mistakes, but no one is perfect, and certainly politicians aren’t. He is the most powerful man in the world after all, and he’s managed this power pretty well after all.

    Maybe it’s time we all stop focusing only in the bad things. Obama is a good man, has a kind heart and is a good president and has done many things for his country.

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  26. Can anyone confirm that his grandfather was affiliated with the Kenyan revolutionary Mau Mau movement?

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  27. Like any president, Obama has done good things and bad things. He has made some impressive progress with developments such as Obamacare, maligns the status of gun control in America, rescinded his proposal to attack Syria, wants to make changes to the post-secondary education system, made progress at climate Summits, taken troops out of Afhganistan, reduced the national debt, and helped to finalize the Iran nuclear deal. There are problems with all these projects, but he has contributed to at least making the public aware of them, as well as making a many positive changes. However, he has also authorized more drone strikes than Bush, gone after marijuana dispensaries even though he said he wouldn’t, prosecuted whistle-blowers even though he said he wouldn’t, approved of the NSA government surveillance program for citizens of the United States, proposed attacking Syria in the first place, removed not just troops from Afghanistan, but also foreign aid, causing further turmoil between the Sunnis and Shiites, not done much to change gun control in America, organized Obamacare poorly, not done much to change the education system, not reduced debt or helped the environment enough, failed to address that Islam is a part of the problem with ISIS, and didn’t fix many problems that may become more potent with the Iran nuclear deal in the future. Again, like all Presidents, he is a politician, so he has to try to please everyone, which makes it impossible to do everything right, and makes it hard to be completely honest about certain issues. He is also human, so while I’m sure he has good intentions, he sometimes makes mistakes, and his are more costly than those of almost all other people. Additionally, it must be phenomenally difficult to actually get anything accomplished, even as the President. There are so many layers of approval that have to be attained, so many loopholes that have to be circumnavigated, and so many relationships that have to be maintained that I’m sure it’s exceedingly difficult to make any progress at all, let alone significant progress of which everyone approves. I think Obama is much more good than bad overall, and he is certainly better than Bush on the vast majority of issues.

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  28. I think that Obama had done very well. I do not think he has been the best president we have ever had, but I think he has done the best he could with the situation he was given. I am glad that he has done so well! I will not say it was any one president that let out country down. It has been several presidents. He has done the best he could in my opinion.

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  29. I think Obama has done well all things considered. He has tried his best to amend for the bad decisions made by the previous administration. Yes some of the policies he implemented are not all that good. But at the end of the day the good out ways the bad.

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  30. Jasmine2015 says:

    No matter who is placed as president, there are always going to be problems that can’t be solved right away. Then you have people being quick to blame the president for everything bad that happens but here is the thing. If people want the US to be a great nation it will take more than one person, it takes everyone living here. I don’t view Obama as some super hero, he is human like everyone else and will make mistakes like everyone else. I don’t know about you but I have no interest in sitting around pouting and pointing fingers. Though I do have interest in solving problems no matter how or who caused it.

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  31. socialstone says:

    I think Obama has done an OK job, but his administration and some of the policies that have come out of it have affected Americans that live abroad in a terrible way. There are new rules in place that make it difficult to be American and a customer of a bank in a foreign country. New rules in the US are forcing banks in non-US territories to report information on their American customers to the US government. I can understand the need to try to prevent a lot of the tax evasion that goes on by big targets, but this affects the little people that are living abroad. I also don’t want to have my American banks refuse to continue my service because I live outside of American soil.

    There are so many issues from the Obama that I could talk about, but the main one that I care about are the policies affecting people living abroad.

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  32. thedcouch says:

    My problem with the President as his term finally draws near the end, is that this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. His bad policies and indifferent nature even toward his position wasn’t enough to stop a second term, but the blurry line between presidential and celebrity will carry on. It seems like he’s been on late night television more times than he has done state of the union addresses.

    I would prefer these behaviors and skewed priorities be taken into greater consideration when electing top government positions. I don’t want a buddy who talks about his golfing average on television, I want a leader who is up for the challenge to make decisions and sacrifices for the country that I live in.

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  33. Like many conservatives, I don’t agree with the job the president has done. The biggest problem I have with him is his foreign policy. It seems like he pushed away all of our allies, and made more enemies than we had before. Sure he came into a mess when he began his first term, but there is no excuse for the way he has conducted foreign affairs. What also irritates me is how he handles the ISIS problem. He tried using a rebel group to fight a group of extremists. Didn’t we learn from doing the same thing with the Taliban. I can’t get over this decision. Yes some conservatives are necessarily harsh on him, and yes I realize that he came into a less than idea situation. However I can’t excuse some of the things he’s done or some of the decisions he’s made. It could’ve been worse, but hopefully we can get a better president in there this next time coming up.

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  34. President Obama in my opinion is the worst president in history. At the start of his adminstration he made so many promises to the american public on change. And yes, we have had change but it has been worse with the continued spread of war, a false economic growth being held together by the printing of a fiat currency. also on top of that we see this constant push for taking away gun writes and freedom of speech. These and many constitutional rights should be upheld. Did he not take the oath of office to secure these things. So yes, President Obama is the worst president in history who seems to have an almost communist social agenda for the american public.

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  35. The main thing I think of when trying to decide if Obama did a good job or not is this: absolutely no president did a good job. Every person who’s been in office was, at best, just doing the best they could to try to make changes to an incredibly massive country with incredibly massive problems. At worst, they didn’t care about making positive change at all. And with that in mind, I can firmly say that I believe, however successful he may have been on various issues, I think Obama had the best interests of our country in mind, and that he has been overall honest. That goes a LONG way in politics.

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  36. Obama has done a good job with the mess he inherited from the previous administration. He was always going to have a rough time, being black and his father being a Muslim as sadly racism still exists in the US and you can’t change the minds of some people.

    As the President he is limited in power as to what Congress decides and while some of his policies may have been unpopular, if Congress vote them in, you can’t blame him; he’s just the person that makes sure it gets done.

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  37. MichelleVL says:

    I think Obama has been a great President. He could of been a better President if he didn’t have to jump over so many Republican hoops to get anything done. It makes you wonder, if the Democratic party wins elections again, will America continue to suffer at the hands of petty and selfish representatives?

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  38. Obama always struck me as a fish out of water. Someone who really does want to instigate positive change, but has to go through a political process that is muddied by the partisanship of a two party system and corrupt Senate and House leaders.

    The system is too dirty for anyone to really do good things anymore without reverting to Executive Orders all the time. It would please me to no end to see Obama sign nothing but Executive Orders from now until he is out next November

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  39. GoldenArrow says:

    When I consider the mess George W. Bush initiated during his presidency, I am amazed Obama has succeeded in pulling the economy out of the gutter and creating positive negotiations with Middle Eastern affairs.

    However, I do agree with Juteshire’s statements, in that the right are too harsh and left are too forgiving. Obama has not a clean-straight forward record. He let Shell Oil Company have a shot at drilling the Arctic. He has had a flip flop stance dance with regards to other environmental policy issues. He hasn’t done much to abolish standardized testing in schools and he has not passed legislature that would make it easier for Americans to own homes, even though, it has been proven, that to keep a person a homeless, costs the country more money, than to give them housing, a means to make a living, and food stamps.

    With that said, I encourage people who are too forgiving or too critical of Obama to check out this website: http://www.factcheck.org/2015/04/obamas-numbers-april-2015-update/

    It’s fairly unbiased, in that it, provides facts on his record, not his party-affiliation.

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  40. Juteshire says:

    As a conservative, I’m not a huge fan of Obama. I don’t understand why people think he’s a great speaker – he’s not a bad speaker, by any means, but he’s no Bill Clinton – but I think he’s a fairly moderate, intelligent leader. He didn’t really follow through on a lot of his campaign promises (where’s my hope and change?) and he hasn’t been a strong leader, but that’s more due more to vast political divisions in both houses of Congress than any lack of willpower or willingness from Obama himself.

    I supported Romney over Obama in 2012. Again, I’m not a fan of Obama. I just think my fellow conservatives have treated him unfairly. He was obviously born in the U.S. (but raised abroad), he’s obviously a Christian and not a Muslim (but his devoutness could be questioned), and he’s obviously not been pursuing communist or even socialist policies (but his early mentors and role models were communists). There can be legitimate criticisms levied against the man, but most people on the right have been far too harsh, and most people on the left have been far too forgiving.

    The middle isn’t a popular place to be in U.S. politics, and it’s becoming even less popular every day, but Obama’s kept closer to it than the average politician. He took a bad situation and made the best of it. I don’t like a lot of what he’s done (especially on immigration and gay marriage), but I respect him for avoiding extremism and at least trying to do what he thinks is best for our country.

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  41. People are too quick to judge on things that they know nothing about. The majority of the country seems to hate Obama because he supposedly hasn’t done anything. Well, if Republicans would stop blocking everything that he tries to do, then that wouldn’t be a problem. Do you think things would have been any different if someone else promising the same things as Obama would have been elected? No. He’s done great for what resources he’s had.

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  42. misskrystal1982 says:

    I really think he went a completely different direction in his second term. He didn’t seem to be the same person when it came to what he was trying to do for the people.

    While I feel he has tried to help in many places, he didn’t execute his plans well. That is the way it is sometimes, though. You can have great ideas, but unless the people with all the money like your ideas, you will get nowhere.
    I don’t think he is nearly as bad as many people say he is.

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  43. I voted for the President – twice, but will disagree with those who think he will go down in history as one our greatest presidents. Despite his pledge, his administration is one of the least transparent in the last 50 years. He has seemingly shed military leaders who disagree with his policies and publicly ridiculed Romney for stating that Russia would be US greatest threat; a statement supported by recent actions of Putin. His foreign policy weakness has helped give rise to ISIS. The Iran deal, which he sees as his legacy, has too many flaws to enumerate and, according to numerous polls, is not supported by the majority of Americans At the very least, we are releasing funds to a nation the President freely admits funds terrorism.

    While I supported the idea of health care for all Americans, I did not realize the burden would fall on the middle class; my premium went up over 40% while privitized health providers are making record profits.

    The President has failed to institute viable immigration reform. Our education system continues to falter despite the billions of dollars paid to private companies to standardize curriculum and testing.

    The national debt has increased to over $13 trillion. In 2013 over 40% of Americans did not pay taxes due to income level. Our social services are more over burdened than just about anytime in history. And, sadly, racial tension has risen sharply.

    Is this all the fault of the President? Not at all. But neither he nor Congress seem to understand compromise or to listen to voices from both sides of the political spectrum. Unless there is fast action, the President will not leave a stronger nation when he leaves office.

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  44. dechantajones says:

    I don’t follow politics as much as I should, which is why I joined this blog, but I get a lot of information from my friends about what is happening in the world in reference to our leaders. President Obama is very charming and has done a lot for the poor and working class but some of these changes seem to help people more that don’t want to get up and do for themselves. One thing I can say for when Bush was in office is there were a lot more jobs and less people relaying on the system, hence more people working.

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  45. I think history may remember him differently than his approval ratings. Even from a conservative stand point this president has done a lot of ground breaking work that could have a lasting effect on the USA. Many of the hurdles and road blocks he has faced have been caused by congress. A congress that can’t get anything done besides play roadblock and fight with itself isn’t good for any president.

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  46. zurcminister says:

    One of a kind President. Big thumbs up for his accomplishments so far but still has a lot to improve on especially on some critical issues. He will be forever remembered as a great leader and influencial personality the world over.

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  47. IamTheShrike says:

    Ummmm, how can it be Dick Cheney’s fault? Republicans oppose his agenda because it is socialist and this is not a socialist country (well, the people aren’t, for the most part). He had a super-majority in the Senate, and control of the House when he was elected. The bills he got passed like Obamacare he did without one single Republican vote.

    He has been a downright failure in so many ways, and yet, I believe, many Americans are just too embarrassed to admit they were wrong.

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  48. Obama has done a fine job, considering the situation in Congress and the House. Republicans shot down most of his well needed and great bills purely out of spite, as said by Dick Cheney. Too bad, he’s a pretty cool guy.

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