BY ANISSA GROUT
President Obama is now preparing to finish his term, leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017. He has been in office for two terms, a total of eight years. There have been many accomplishments and doubts throughout his time in office.
During his first term as president, Obama averaged a 49 percent approval rating, according to Gallup. Ending his second term, his approval rating climbed to 56 percent, according to Gallup’s most recent measure.
Obama entered office in 2009, prepared to make changes he deemed necessary to improve America. One of his accomplishments he first made was Obamacare. He signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The Affordable Care Act is the U.S. healthcare reform law. The law makes health care and health insurance more affordable and more available to more Americans. However, from when the law passed critics predicted it would fail. CNBC reported that, “the fundamental problem with Obamacare is that the health insurance plans carriers are selling are so unattractive with their still high premiums even after subsidies, ever larger deductibles and narrower provider networks that only about 40 percent of the exchange eligible population has signed up.”
In an effort to better the economy in 2009, Obama signed the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or Recovery Act, into law. This act is an unprecedented effort to jump-start the economy, save and create millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that our country can thrive in the 21st century. However, there are varying opinions on whether it has worked or failed. According to the New York Times, “this may be the singular tragedy of the Obama administration. Five years later, it is clear to all fair-minded economists that the stimulus did work, and that it did enormous good for the economy and for tens of millions of people. But because it fell short of its goals, and was roundly ridiculed by Republicans and inadequately defended by Democrats, who should have trumpeted its success, the president’s stimulus plan is now widely considered a stumble.”
In 2010, he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. The Dodd-Frank Act will prevent the excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis that occurred in the fall of 2008, leaving millions of Americans unemployed and resulted in trillions in lost wealth.
In 2011, Obama ordered a special forces raid at a secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered, according to Washington Monthly.
In 2015, the Supreme Court, with a 5-4 decision, ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. President Obama showed great support in the decision in same-sex marriage.
Obama has been known to be a progressive president and has made many changes that people have been in favor of. Now, it’s time to say farewell and prepare for new changes.