Political Office Holders
This category is devoted to the world's political office holders. These include presidents, prime ministers and opposition leaders, both past and present.
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What are some opinions about what President Obama has done right as President during his term so far?
This question is asking for opinions. Please keep the tone friendly when adding yours. This question is for voicing your opinion about what has been done right. See the related question below for voicing your opinions about what was done wrong in his Presidential term so far. If you disagree with another opinion in these answers, do not put that here, that is what the discussion section is for. When adding your opinion, put it below those opinions before yours. *Note: some opinions may be based on biases, misinformation or misinterpretation of facts. Prevented the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry. As a result, many jobs were saved and some were created as GM became the Number 1 auto manufacturer in the world again. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and put the emphasis on reducing terrorism (where it should have been all along) Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world Signed order to close the prisoner "torture camp" at Guantanamo Bay Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation 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 Won the Nobel Peace Prize - Pres. Obama has stated "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges" to which the Nobel prize's nominating committee responded: "For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman." Created a $789 billion economic stimulus plan Made the appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court Pushed for attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues 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. Provided better body armor to our troops 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 Changed the failing status quo military command in Afghanistan Closed offshore tax safe havens Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB Ended the previous practice of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules 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 Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports Enabled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09) Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions 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 Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards Launched website Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices Ended previous "stop-loss" policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date Enabled law that energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient Established a new cyber security office Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children Expanded vaccination programs Provided funding to families of fallen soldiers to have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans Encouraged Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research Budgeted funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti Responded immediately and efficiently to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters 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 Improved housing for military personnel Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan Improved benefits for veterans Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofit organizations Increased opportunities in AmeriCorps program Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market Increased pay and benefits for military personnel Increased student loans Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return "home" to visit loved ones 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 Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 Placed limits on lobbyists' access to the White House Protected 300,000 education jobs that would have otherwise been lost, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration Pushed for the Children's Health Insurance Re-authorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids - 4 million who were previously uninsured Lowered drug costs for seniors Made more loans available to small businesses Held many more press conferences and town halls and provides much more media access than previous administration Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals Promoted a new Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans 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 Encouraged new federal funding for science and research labs Created new funds for school construction Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices 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 Reengaged in the talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 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 Renewed loan guarantees for Israel Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure and protocol Returned to the government the money authorized for his family's refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters 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 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 Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program Permitted states to enact fuel efficiency standards above federal standards Arranged for students struggling to make college loan payments to have their loans refinanced Commanded and authorized the SEALS team to gain the successful release of a US captain held by Somali pirates Pushed for the FDA to now regulate tobacco Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date Cut the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010 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 Arranged for the closing of the "secret detention" facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere Implemented the US financial and banking rescue plan Commanded the US Navy to increase patrols off the Somali coast Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system Visited more countries and met with more world leaders in his first six months in office than any prior President Improved relations with Iran Improved U.S. policy on climate change Set timetable for exiting Iraq and brought troops home Improved relations with Russia Improved relations with the Islamic World Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation Created jobs with his economic stimulus plan causing the unemployment rate to decrease. Currently at the lowest in recent years. Drastically slowed down the recession Saved Wall Street Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay) Signed the healthcare reform laws after he pushed for the successful passage of the comprehensive health care reform Signed into law a financial reform package related to Wall Street Nominated two of the only four women ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court Presided over the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq after seven years. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Created closer oversight of the financial services/credit card industry Ratified the nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia Rescued the US automobile industry Provided timetables for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan Accomplished the extension of unemployment compensation Put an end to discrimination against homosexuals in the military Assisted in the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, with no loss of American life Extended unemployment compensation Started a new hospital records system He has done wonderful work starting to repair the sullied image of the United States around the world Helping the earth become a better place Gave money for veterans Encouraged people to do the right things and not the wrong Told people to believe in their dreams and to go through with them and have a great life He has given the late night talk show hosts a lot of new material for their jokes, as well as the 'forwarded' email jokes Kept John McCain from becoming President, which is all the contribution he needs to make. Even if he screws up royally, at least he kept Senator McCain from sitting in the "big boy's chair" Called for resumption of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations Introduced George Mitchell as an envoy for peace in Palestine Improved strained relations with moderate Arab leaders (like with his meeting with President Mubarak of Egypt and his meeting with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Started reversing U.S. efforts to isolate antagonists such as Iran and Syria Believes that there needs to be an elimination of nuclear weapons (like nuclear weapons in Iran) He has tried to do the best things possible to try to fix our country and the world's Economic Crisis (Watch the CBS Evening News w/ Katie Couric weekdays on CBS @ 6:30pm Eastern) Improved Relations with Russia Made the Rights of Women around the World a Core Component of the U.S. foreign policy Made Progress towards Greater Cooperation on Limiting Nuclear Proliferation Improved Relations with Iran Sponsored these bills (unverified): • S.RES.529 : A resolution designating July 13, 2006, as "National Summer Learning Day". • S.2048 : A bill to direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify certain children's products containing lead to be banned hazardous. • S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. • S.2154 : A bill to provide for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Rosa Parks. • S.2259 : A bill to establish an Office of Public Integrity in the Congress and a Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission.S.3627 : A bill to prohibit the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy from selling, distributing, or transferring elemental mercury, to prohibit the export of elemental mercury, and for other purposes He has done us proud, he is one of the best Presidents ever Ordered Osama Bin Laden killed on May 1st 2011 Signed a detailed form to ban abuse to prisoners Sent out 800+ bills, most of which helped the US or will in the future Put his life on the line just to fix bush stupid mistakes Signed an Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology Launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity Signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs Issued a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at WhiteHouse.gov Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities 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 Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending Signed 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 Issued an Executive Order repealing the Bush-Era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research Committed to phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdates weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture Appointed Special Envoys for Climate Change, Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Sudan, and a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect Increased minority access to capital Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative Concluded cyberspace policy review Established a new "U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue" Announced new policy steps towards Cuba Provided funding for advanced manufacturing technologies Issued a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests Funded the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015 The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents Signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a hallmark piece of legislation Signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide Managed several natural disasters successfully, including oil spill in the Gulf- one of the worst environmental disasters ever- severe winter ice storms and flooding in several states Provided new car tax credit Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet of vehicles for the federal government Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. She's confirmed and becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice 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. Today, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 (February 2010) Earned an unprecedented success rate of 96.7% on winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position. He did even better than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson who had a 93% success rate in 1965 Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity Appointed the first Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy Signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter...ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America Held impromptu press conference to urge Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross and other corporate health insurance companies that raise premiums in high amounts without explanation. Rep. Henry Waxman launches probe. In this case, Anthem Blue Cross wanted to raise premiums 39%. They have now put the increase on hold for two months (as of February 2010). Legislation preventing such increases pending Designated $1.5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. The MBA forecasts that foreclosures will peak in the last quarter of 2010 Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify Extended unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually Rescinded the Global Gag Rule Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities Strengthened the Endangered Species Act Empowered states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves. Fourteen states have allowed some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington Enhanced earth mapping Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011 Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession Created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5% [as of December 31, 2009] through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The Act extends the Ryan White programs through 2013 Ordered a review by the Sentencing Commission of mandatory minimum sentences Signed the Travel Promotion Act of 2010 to increase travel to the United States Expanded the Rural Energy for America Program and USDA energy grants to empower farmers that want to use renewable energy Revitalized and empowered the EPA, OSHA and the SEC to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices Signed the HIRE Act Did not apologize to BP for making them take responsibility for the mess they created, as the GOP has done Did not suggest that taxpayers foot the bill for the spill instead of BP, like John Boehner, Michele Bachmann, Tom Donohoe and other GOPers think we should Did not further injure out of work Americans by blocking the extension of unemployment benefits in June of 2010 Worked tirelessly to get Congress to work in a bipartisan manner and encouraged Democrats and Republicans to work together and compromise . Democrats did As the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, Barack Obama has inspired billions of people across the globe to take part in their political community, especially the youth populations Supported funding for deep space travel by NASA (incl. asteroids and Mars) Imposed a $500,000 cap on senior executives' pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money Developed new Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production Held first Seder ever in the White House Backed the START Treaty Stood for the food safety regulation bill President Obama pushed for the successful passage of comprehensive health care reform; signed into law a financial reform package related to Wall Street; nominated two of the only four women ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; and presided over the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq after seven years. He also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Quit smoking cigarettes as a leader and role model to set an example of a healthier lifestyle Guantanamo Bay closed. Human rights were being breached so now the prisoners (some American citizens) can have fair treatment. Removed Troops from Iraq. Relieving military stress, lowering war costs, strengthening Iraq's infrastructure Health Care Reform will insure all Americans, would lower costs of treatment, increase quality of medical care Economic Stimulus, etc. Expensive measures were necessary to revitalize the economy, jobs are being created slowly but surely, Obama is not at fault for the mounting economic struggles, he inherited them. Appointed nation's first Chief Technology officer Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status. Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers' interests). Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay. Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employee. Implemented voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history. Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time. Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for non-defense scientific research and development. He's worked hard to please both sides of the political spectrum and work with republicans to pass fair legislation. He wants people to pay more attention to their kids. He got Bin Laden. Has been one of the most (if not the most) fiscally responsible presidents in the past 60 years. See the graph in the related links section that shows his spending compared to the recent presidents back through Ronald Reagan. Don't believe the politically-driven lies that he is spending more than all others. The economic reports show the opposite. See also the related question below asking for opinions about what he has done wrong so far.
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What are questions about the Prime Minister of the United States?
There is not a Prime Minister in the United States. The head of state and head of government in the United States is the US president. Currently, this is Barack Obama. The executive branch of the US is elected separately from the legislative branch, although they are related by their political parties. It is possible to have a President whose party does not hold a majority in Congress. Americas' Prime Minister Each country in North America and South America has its own political structure, with its own head of state. Canada and many other countries with a British parliamentary heritage have prime ministers.
Who was the president in 1957?
This depends on the country or organization. See related questions or re-ask your question. US: Dwight David Eisenhower Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 January 20 to 1961 January 20. He was most famously known as the General of the United States Armed Forces during World War 2.
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What did George Wallace do in 1963?
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