I knew there had to be at least one! Really, I know some progressives and liberals out there have had their drawers in a bunch because it hasn’t been a perfect presidency. But these past 2 years and Obama’s first lame-duck session as President has got people saying: Dayam! I think some day we may look back on this time and say to ourselves: Great President or the Greatest President. Here’s Tim Kaine, head of the DNC, with a summary of POTUS’ mighty accomplishments.
Here’s the transcript in case that’s what you prefer to mess with:
As we approach the end of another year and the conclusion of President Obama’s first two years in office, I wanted to take a few moments to look back at all that we have accomplished together.
The past two years have quite simply been the most productive and progressive period of change since the New Deal. From the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ every action President Obama has taken from his first day in office to the present has made America a stronger, safer, more equal and more perfect nation.
The President has fulfilled critical campaign promises, like increasing access to quality, affordable health care and ending combat operations in Iraq. He has met crises head on, fighting to pass the Recovery Act and Wall Street reform in order to repair America’s damaged economy. And he has opened new doors of opportunity for countless Americans by creating jobs and making college more affordable.
Just today, the President signed historic legislation to end the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy which will now allow individuals to serve in the American military regardless of their sexual orientation and the Senate overwhelmingly ratified the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty which President Obama signed with Russia earlier this year.
In a Bloomberg article today, Alan Brinkley, an historian at Columbia University, said the last two years has likely been “the most productive session of Congress since at least the ‘60s” while in a Rolling Stone article earlier this year, Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, noted that “If you’re looking at the first-two-year legislative record you really don’t have any rivals since Lyndon Johnson — and that includes Ronald Reagan.” Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said of President Obama’s accomplishments in his first two years in the same article “When you look at what will last in history, Obama has more notches on the presidential belt.”
While we know that there is so much more left to do get Americans back to work and get our economy back on track, the full sweep of what President Obama and Democrats have accomplished for the nation over the past two years is simply breathtaking. In recognition of all that we have achieved, we have compiled a video highlighting some of the major mile markers along the way.
Cheryl Contee aka "Jill Tubman", Baratunde Thurston aka "Jack Turner", rikyrah, Leutisha Stills aka "The Christian Progressive Liberal", B-Serious, Casey Gane-McCalla, Jonathan Pitts-Wiley aka "Marcus Toussaint," Fredric Mitchell
Special Contributors: James Rucker, Rinku Sen, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Adam Luna, Kamala Harris
Technical Contributor: Brandon Sheats