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In his first week in office, Barack Obama did the following:

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  • Set a deadline for the closing of Guantanamo Bay. Some of his supporters would say this is a great thing because they believe it operates as something from the Dark Ages. Others believe this characterization to not be true, and that no plan will be put place to determine what to do with the prisoners. Time will tell.
  • Fast-tracked the process to apply new fuel standards to 2011 car models AND initiated steps to allow California to set its own standards for auto emissions that are stricter than that of the Federal government. Again, this is a measure that some of his supporters hail as a grand step forward, while his detractors (or flamers) point out that it could provide an additional severe drag on the economy, especially in car manufacturing areas.
  • Signed a detailed executive order to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
  • Asked the military leadership to engage in additional planning necessary to execute a responsible military draw down from Iraq.
  • Released the interrogation memos without consulting the Bush staff and/or Bush about it. And they were only partially released some of the information in the memos were not made public.
  • Signed an executive order that restored a 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records before they are released. It also eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews.
  • Signed an executive order that requires that appointees sign forms saying that they were not hired because of political affiliations or contributions. This is far from an unbeatable measure, but is an important early step towards cleaning up governmental hiring policies. It is easier to prove someone lied when their signature is right next to the statement in question.
  • Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists and banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. Promptly made the order toothless by immediately granting a waiver to a former defense lobbyist.
  • Lifted a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.
  • Granted his first TV interview as president to Al-Arabiya, a channel described as a "voice of moderation" to the Middle East. His supporters call this a very smart move to help angered nations and groups feel a bit less cast aside, and let them know that they need not resort to violence to be made a part of the world discussion. Detractors point out that this is the type of thing Neville Chamberlain would have done, though a TV interview and "the Munch Agreement" are leagues apart.

In his first 7 months in office

  • He's done quite a lot actually.
  • He has so far passed an economic recovery bill which has met mixed criticism but is slowly progressing. He has passed the AMD Stabilization and Support bill which was tailored to help stabilize and strengthen the United States Military, and has shown improvement within the standard. President Obama has also been working on other proposals, bills, and acts to be passed on topics such as Health Care reform, Education, the Mortgage crisis, the war on Al-Qaeda, and Domestic policy.
  • Promised to send additional troops to Afghanistan in March and began the pullout of troops in Iraq.
  • Passed the bailout of the auto industry and pressured their management to tow the party line.
  • Waffled on sending troops and allowed those serving no suffer from lack of support. (If you had to send 30,000 Americans to a war zone I bet you would hesitate unless I realized lives were at stake and I was in charge)
  • Refused to allow open meetings regarding health care reform as promised.
  • Passed more tax increases on middle America than any other President.
  • Encouraged Cap and trade passage to increase demand of foreign oil and raise the cost of our supply. (How does cap and trade increase demand? (See discussion))
  • Promised to make tough decisions regarding the ability to continue paying medicare payments. Cutting $400 billion from their budget.
  • Insulted police doing their jobs making the office look foolish. (How? (See discussion)

First Year:

  • Sent troops to Afghanistan but pulled troops out of Iraq (What planet? He has NT pulled out of Iraq!) we are now at 115,000 troops as of 2/11/2010! Zero actual draw down.
  • Made a more transparent form of Government (almost daily daily Facebook Q&A's with his staff) Has had more closed door meetings then any previous administration. Even his open door committee only has closed door meetings!
  • Tried several times to get the Republicans to join him and get bi-partizanship on the destruction of democracy. Republicans did not wish to contribute!
  • Passed a stimulus package that is creating no jobs across the country. This bill has given more to the rich then every previous President combined!
  • Well on his way to passing the HC bill which will ration health care to most Americans and help less then 12 million. The cost will destroy our children's and grand children's future.
  • Managed to have the two worst months for deficit spending ever. (The two Februarys he has been President)

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He became President of the United States. President Obama is also the first black President of the United States.

He also:

  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry
  2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and put the emphasis on reducing terrorism (where it should have been all along)
  3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world
  4. Signed order to close the prisoner "torture camp" at Guantanamo Bay
  5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation
  6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part
  7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize
  8. Created a $789 billion economic stimulus plan
  9. Made the appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
  10. Pushed for attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
  11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
  12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues
  13. Began the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force. This includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
  14. Provided better body armor to our troops
  15. Created the "Cash for clunkers" program that offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars to help stimulate auto sales, save energy, and help the environment
  16. Changed the failing status quo military command in Afghanistan
  17. Closed offshore tax safe havens
  18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
  19. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
  20. Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB
  21. Ended the previous practice of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
  22. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
  23. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
  24. Enabled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09)
  25. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
  26. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back
  27. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards
  28. Launched website Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology
  29. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
  30. Ended previous "stop-loss" policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
  31. Enabled law that energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
  32. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
  33. Established a new cyber security office
  34. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
  35. Expanded vaccination programs
  36. Allows families of fallen soldiers to have expenses
  37. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans
  38. Encouraged Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research
  39. Budgeted funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
  40. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti
  41. Responded immediately and efficiently to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
  42. Launched Business.gov - enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business - Great for the economy
  43. Improved housing for military personnel
  44. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
  45. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan
  46. Improved benefits for veterans
  47. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect
  48. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofit organizations
  49. Increased opportunities in AmeriCorps program
  50. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market
  51. Increased pay and benefits for military personnel
  52. Increased student loans
  53. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return "home" to visit loved ones
  54. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoided paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers
  55. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
  56. Placed limits on lobbyists' access to the White House
  57. Protected 300,000 education jobs that would have otherwise been lost, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act
  58. Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
  59. Pushed for the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids - 4 million who were previously uninsured
  60. Lowered drug costs for seniors
  61. Made more loans available to small businesses
  62. Held many more press conferences and town halls and provides much more media access than previous administration
  63. Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis
  64. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
  65. Promoted a new Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
  66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for medical records of members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care
  67. Encouraged new federal funding for science and research labs
  68. Created new funds for school construction
  69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
  70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
  71. Began the phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq and Afghanistan
  72. Reengaged in the talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
  73. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families
  74. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
  75. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research
  76. Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24
  77. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
  78. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure and protocol
  79. Returned to the government the money authorized for his family's refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
  80. Sent envoys to the Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
  81. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean's vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner
  82. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
  83. Permitted states to enact fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
  84. Arranged for students struggling to make college loan payments to have their loans refinanced
  85. Commanded and authorized the SEALS team to gain the successful release of a US captain held by Somali pirates
  86. Pushed for the FDA to now regulate tobacco
  87. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
  88. Cut the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010
  89. Provided for the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
  90. Arranged for the closing of the "secret detention" facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere
  91. Implemented the US financial and banking rescue plan
  92. Commanded the US Navy to increase patrols off the Somali coast
  93. Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system
  94. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders in his first six months in office than any prior President
  95. Improved relations with Iran
  96. Improved U.S. policy on climate change
  97. Set timetable for exiting Iraq and brought troops home
  98. Improved relations with Russia
  99. Improved relations with the Islamic World
  100. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation
  101. Created jobs with his economic stimulus plan causing the unemployment rate to decrease
  102. Drastically slowed down the recession
  103. Saved Wall Street
  104. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)
  105. Signed the healthcare reform laws

In his first week in office, Barack Obama did the following:

  • Froze the salaries for top White House staff members. This is a largely symbolic act, but might be an important one.
  • Set a deadline for the closing of Guantanamo Bay. Some of his supporters would say this is a great thing because they believe it operates as something from the Dark Ages. Others believe this characterization to not be true, and that no plan will be put place to determine what to do with the prisoners. Time will tell.
  • Fast-tracked the process to apply new fuel standards to 2011 car models AND initiated steps to allow California to set its own standards for auto emissions that are stricter than that of the Federal government. Again, this is a measure that some of his supporters hail as a grand step forward, while his detractors (or flamers) point out that it could provide an additional severe drag on the economy, especially in car manufacturing areas.
  • Signed a detailed executive order to ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
  • Asked the military leadership to engage in additional planning necessary to execute a responsible military draw down from Iraq.
  • Released the interrogation memos without consulting the Bush staff and/or Bush about it. And they were only partially released some of the information in the memos were not made public.
  • Signed an executive order that restored a 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records before they are released. It also eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews.
  • Signed an executive order that requires that appointees sign forms saying that they were not hired because of political affiliations or contributions. This is far from an unbeatable measure, but is an important early step towards cleaning up governmental hiring policies. It is easier to prove someone lied when their signature is right next to the statement in question.
  • Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists and banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. Promptly made the order toothless by immediately granting a waiver to a former defense lobbyist.
  • Lifted a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.
  • Granted his first TV interview as president to Al-Arabiya, a channel described as a "voice of moderation" to the Middle East. His supporters call this a very smart move to help angered nations and groups feel a bit less cast aside, and let them know that they need not resort to violence to be made a part of the world discussion. Detractors point out that this is the type of thing Neville Chamberlain would have done, though a TV interview and "the Munch Agreement" are leagues apart.

In his first 7 months in office

  • He's done quite a lot actually.
  • He has so far passed an economic recovery bill which has met mixed criticism but is slowly progressing. He has passed the AMD Stabilization and Support bill which was tailored to help stabilize and strengthen the United States Military, and has shown improvement within the standard. President Obama has also been working on other proposals, bills, and acts to be passed on topics such as Health Care reform, Education, the Mortgage crisis, the war on Al-Qaeda, and Domestic policy.
  • Promised to send additional troops to Afghanistan in March and began the pullout of troops in Iraq.
  • Passed the bailout of the auto industry and pressured their management to tow the party line.
  • Waffled on sending troops and allowed those serving no suffer from lack of support. (If you had to send 30,000 Americans to a war zone I bet you would hesitate unless I realized lives were at stake and I was in charge)
  • Refused to allow open meetings regarding health care reform as promised.
  • Passed more tax increases on middle America than any other President.
  • Encouraged Cap and trade passage to increase demand of foreign oil and raise the cost of our supply. (How does cap and trade increase demand? (See discussion))
  • Promised to make tough decisions regarding the ability to continue paying medicare payments. Cutting $400 billion from their budget.
  • Insulted police doing their jobs making the office look foolish. (How? (See discussion)

**FACTS ONLY PEOPLE**

There are some indicators of our current president's success at this admittedly early point in his presidency. On a positive note the massive $787 Billion stimulus package did bring our economy out of a recession, the economy is growing again but is not up to pre-recession levels yet. The negative aspect of this stimulus package is that the public debt is now over $13 Trillion. Another problem with our current economic state is that companies such as Goldman-Sachs have been reassured that they are too-big-to-fail and that their risky and fundamentally poor business practices will be rewarded by the government. This means that basic capitalistic economics have been abandoned in favor of socialistic practices that protect businesses no matter how well they perform. This encourages large businesses to take unsafe risks rather than produce a competitive product.

Healthcare is Obama's main concern at this point and he has dedicated a lot of time and effort into his healthcare bill. The interesting thing about this bill is that despite a democratic majority in the House of Representatives and a filibuster proof super-majority in the Senate the Democrats cannot pass President Obama's bill. This is the sticking point for the Obama administration. If a democratic bill cannot pass with a democratic president and congress then American's will perceive the democratic party as week and ineffective in governing the country. Thus a swing back toward a republican majority in congress in the mid term elections of 2010.

Obama spent several weeks early on in his term petitioning the Olympic committee for his home city of Chicago. Obama, along with Opera attempted to obtain the summer Olympics of 2016 for the windy city. This attempt brought charges from both parties that he was not focusing on the serious issues facing the nation.

Obama visited many Middle Eastern countries in the summer of 2009. He gave a series of speeches concerning the U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. While many complimented his emphasis on peace and trust others maligned his lack of concern for national security in his presentation.

Conversely, Obama has increased the troop concentration in Afghanistan while decreasing those in Iraq. While Obama promised he would remove troops from the Middle East in many of his campaign speech this has not been the case. Troops are not being permanently removed from the region, rather they are being transfered to Another Country.

Most significantly Obama has spent money. He has spent more money in a shorter amount of time than any president in history. In February 2010 he and congress spent $220.09 billion. Conversely democrats anticipate that healthcare reform will save a total of $132 billion over the next 10 years. That means that during the shortest month of the year Obama spent more than his keystone legislation would save in 10 years. Where did that money go you might ask? Into the very hands that put us in an economic recession in the first place. Wall Street. I should mention that this money being spent is coming from taxpayers, not the Federal Reserve. If you question any of this information I suggest researching Obama spending on any search engine.

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