Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States and one of the most controversial presidents we ever had. The moment he was elected, he had secured a place in history as the first African-American to be elected to the highest office in the land. He entered office with the nation in trouble with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, and the country being stuck in the middle of the Great Recession that threatened, not just the U.S. economy, but the world’s economy as well. He would accomplish quite a lot in his time in office, from the ACA, to many people feeling he saved the auto industry, to his foreign policy achievements abroad. But many of his accomplishments have had a negative impact on a lot of Americans. Plus, with tensions high in North Korea and his agreement with Iran being questioned, it makes one wonder. Was Barack Obama a good president?
Those who feel he was a good president immediately point to the disasters he was facing on day one. With the economy teetering on the brink, he and his policies kept us from complete economic meltdown. Also, his supporters point to all the new people who have medical insurance now under the ACA. Plus, they view his accomplishments in foreign policy as great successes. They see the Iran nuclear deal as bringing stability to the Middle East and the Paris climate accord as a giant step towards combating climate change. Finally, they view him as a true symbol to the world of what the American dream is all about.
People who don’t think he was a good president feel that he made the divisions in this country much worse, instead of bringing people together. They see his policies on climate change as, not helping the planet, but destroying jobs in the United States. Also, they feel that the ACA is destroying the healthcare system in the United States, forcing people to get new doctors and causing their insurance premiums to skyrocket. To those who think he was a bad president, his stance on social issues, like gay marriage, are an attack on the founding values of this country.
Barack Obama’s eight years in office are historic. Whether you think they were good or not is up for debate. His moves on foreign policy will have ramifications for decades. The policies he had domestically have changed this country probably forever. As the first African-American president, there is no doubt his time in office will never be forgotten.
Here the Associated Press shows Barack Obama being sworn in to office in 2009:
Was Barack Obama a good president? Did his policies make this country a better place, or did he do horrible damage to the country while he was in office?
Barack Obama was a good president
President Obama’s supporters believe he inherited a mess when he came into office. They feel that not only did he clean up the mess but left the country and the world a better place when his time in office was over.
WHAT A GREAT PRESIDENT! President Barack Obama will always be our greatest President! Most intelligent,classy,wonderful man. He did more good in 8 years than any President
— Bonniekahre (@blk45cmknl) October 15, 2017
A year ago we had the best President of my lifetime…We never had it so good as when we had President Barack Obama. ☮️
— Regina M. Kenny (@ReginaMKenny3) October 11, 2017
I love the Obamas and i don't live in the USA, I'm from the UK but I thought he was a fabulous president and his good lady was amazing 💕
— Claire P (@PleavinClaire) October 4, 2017
— NoMoreNice Wallace (@AdvocatAmy1) October 4, 2017
Barack Obama was not a good president
Those who see Barack Obama’s time in office as a failure feel he damaged the very fabric of the nation with his social policies. His domestic and foreign policies will be doing damage for decades.
Barack Obama was a placeholder President who gave us an unsustainable health care system with the ACA, legal dope, and bad race relations
— Jehu (@AgravainLot) October 14, 2017
No. Obama was historically bad. Market success is a result of tax reform expectation and deregulation. https://t.co/rC6JRuVDhh
— Journalism is Dead (@RationalCalm) October 11, 2017
@BarackObama People are just now realizing what a real bad President you really were. Weak, hard headed, and flat stupid.
— Linda E Smith (@terra9441) October 9, 2017
Thank God he can never be our President again. So much bad was started under him.
— Emily Russell (@EmilyRu64514701) October 2, 2017
Do you think Barack Obama was a good president? We look forward to your opinions.