Obama Legacy Gets Better With Time

Obama Legacy Gets Better With Time

When President Barack Obama came to office he not only had the weight of saving this nation’s economy on his shoulders, but he also had the burden of constant treats against his life.  After being reelected in 2012 the danger never lessened.  But, Obama still carried out his duties respectfully and fully while at the same time becoming the most threatened President in history.

Secret Service Says The Number Of Threats Against The President Is Overwhelming:

President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history.

Since the President took office in 2008, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400% cent. Some threats to the President have been publicized, including the well known alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history.

Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts.

In spite of that fact he created a legacy that this nation should be appreciative and protective of:


Obama’s Legacy

Nearly 450 Obama Accomplishments, With Citations

Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government

Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.   http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.   http://n.pr/hcgBn1

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.  http://cbsn.ws/2aNMqNN

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency. http://www.cio.gov

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1

Established the Open Government Directive, which completely changed the government’s approach to technology at all levels. http://bit.ly/2iOTERn

He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.  http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd

Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.  http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu

Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.   http://bit.ly/fsBACN

Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.   http://nyti.ms/gOrznV

Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/2atEVct

Became the first president to stream every White House event, live.  http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5

Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.  http://www.serve.gov

Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb

Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.  http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2

Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent. http://bit.ly/1r9oQvh

Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.  http://1.usa.gov/hQ7

Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company.  http://bit.ly/1dG34vD

Improved access and data available to Inspectors General throughout the federal governments and elsewhere, thus improving investigative quality.

Sought to improve project management and accountability throughout the federal government.  http://bit.ly/2jRaC3A

Enjoyed a virtually scandal-free Administration for eight solid years. http://bit.ly/2iOCTFV

Prevented a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy

Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act. http://bit.ly/2aw6HGt

By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%.  http://reut.rs/i46CEE

He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money. http://bit.ly/2alXjlV

Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.  http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl

In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY

He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr   http://bit.ly/gj7mt5

Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world.   http://lat.ms/zIJuQx

In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000.   http://detne.ws/1mk7Jry

Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency.  http://bit.ly/eYD4nf

Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw

Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/2aiFCbi

Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by reducing the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.  http://1.usa.gov/GHxaYt

Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.   http://bit.ly/dZgXXw     http://bit.ly/2aOGmVM

Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.   http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5

Signed new rules making it easier for home buyers to get a loan to buy a condominium.  http://bit.ly/2c4VPDl

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.  http://1.usa.gov/ez30D

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR

Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations.  http://bit.ly/2cvFlRf

China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania http://cnnmon.ie/1k7LT4S

Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and the company is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas http://zd.net/1nkpt2O and one in Arizona http://bit.ly/1mXY5Vg

Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future. http://nyti.ms/1egyXrV

Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase. http://wapo.st/1iaU5kd  As a result of this decision, a number of large employers, including Disney and Walmart, have increased their minimums.  http://bit.ly/2c3iwF5

Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods.  http://bit.ly/1nwSRF4

Signed bill to expand opportunities and to promote greater Native American tourism.  http://bit.ly/2dTIQmo

Specific Examples of Economic Improvement

As of December 2016, a record 75 consecutive months of overall job growth, a record. http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ

As of August 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble, remains below 5% until he leaves office. 4.9%   http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ

As of December 2016, there have been 82 consecutive months of private sector job growth, a record.  http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho

In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973.  As of September 2016, they remain at 43-year lows. That means lower than at any time during Saint Reagan’s Administration.   http://yhoo.it/2eaIPbf  http://nyti.ms/1YhZEBk

Since February 2010, when unemployment peaked, 16 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created.  http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho

Contrary to GOP rhetoric, most of the new jobs created have been full-time, not temporary. http://bit.ly/2dF7pjO

Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office. http://bit.ly/1xKMmjY

Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.5% of GDP in FY 2015.  http://bit.ly/2cI4ABV

Scolds Congress and gets a $305 billion highways bill passed. This bill has the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars.   http://bit.ly/1NsL2Zq

Wages have risen more in 2015 and 2016 than at any time in almost 20 years, without the aid of an economic bubble. http://theatln.tc/2iX24JK

For the first time in 15 years, the lowest income demographic is seeing a rise in income. http://theatln.tc/2iX24JK

Addressed Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector

Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.  http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.  http://huff.to/eAi9Qq

Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.  http://bit.ly/hWCPg0http://bit.ly/geHpcD

Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.  http://bit.ly/MDnA1t

Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in derivatives and other high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests.  http://bit.ly/fnTayj

Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.   http://bit.ly/esOdfB   http://bit.ly/eG4DPM

Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders.  http://bit.ly/2aAwUS5

Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.    http://1.usa.gov/bd1RTq

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years.  http://on.wsj.com/1E6cYjF

Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses

Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.   http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS

Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts.  http://reut.rs/1NTAOVU

Spent unprecedented amounts of money on technology, to move the country well into the 21st Century, after eight years of lag.  http://bit.ly/2jCTwsA

Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession.   http://lat.ms/1O8H1iE

Created an airline passenger bill of rights, preventing airlines from stranding passengers on tarmac for hours, requiring them to return to the gate within three hours or face stiff fines.    http://bit.ly/2c3jAZi

Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition.  http://bit.ly/1kcY2Kv

Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession.   http://bit.ly/1z4FAtL

Promoted and signed a bill to established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and implemented it.  http://1.usa.gov/j5onG   http://bit.ly/fnTayj

Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade.   http://bit.ly/1PZLRcK

Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.  http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b

Created business.gov, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.)   http://www.business.gov

Through the FCC, Established the Open Internet Order, which established new neutrality as a standard for the future.  http://fcc.us/2iGc0ZA

Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7

Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.    http://bit.ly/2b3jKOk

Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE

Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.   http://bit.ly/2aiIPaS

Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs.  http://bit.ly/SLTcSa

Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money. http://nyti.ms/1b80o2K

Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft.  http://1.usa.gov/1pjfUFq

Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores. http://1.usa.gov/1BYhTUn

Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy.    http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF

Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles.   http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF

Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship.  http://1.usa.gov/294u5eI

Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding.  http://n.pr/299eZEn

Blocks the merger of several health insurers to ensure that competition remains in the health insurance business.  http://bit.ly/2cvHV9P

Signs a law to strengthen American economic competitiveness.   http://bit.ly/2932zfA

Prohibited the elimination of “floating homes” In the Tennessee Valley Authority. http://bit.ly/2k5C6S9

Established new offices at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that are designed to assist small businesses and to reduce unnecessary regulations. http://bit.ly/2jdpdp3

Banned the used of automated “ticket-bots” http://newsok.com/article/5531133

Offers greater protection for consumers who post online reviews. https://yhoo.it/2iP8ZkY

Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty

Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.  http://bit.ly/fNfidS

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.  http://bit.ly/eSEI4F

Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.  http://bit.ly/f74pD8

Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP

Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.    http://aol.it/evtVxDhttp://nyti.ms/emrqKJ    http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz

Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM

Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8

Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class.  http://1.usa.gov/19PkdQo

Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.  http://onforb.es/17zYg3u

Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job.  http://1.usa.gov/1jgXATu

Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)  http://1.usa.gov/1iGDO8e

Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.   http://1.usa.gov/GAXkSk

To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL

Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.   http://1.usa.gov/1kZLQHG

Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush.  http://bit.ly/1w1W8Ns

Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers.   http://bit.ly/18613XA

2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   1.usa.gov/1E25u0C

Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances. http://1.usa.gov/1M4s8IG

Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers. http://politi.co/1KHfiBe

Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers.  http://1.usa.gov/1LcHZWl

Signed a Hague Convention Agreement to make it easier to collect child support from parents wherever they are in the world.  http://bit.ly/2cI38wB

Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically.   http://bit.ly/1Up9pMl

Signed executive order to expand charitable giving among federal employees.  http://bit.ly/2e7cJQy

Helped to end the “Victory Tax” that caused financial hardship to successful Olympic athletes. http://bit.ly/2ds4uO2

Addressed Civil Rights and Equality

Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. http://wapo.st/16K0D

Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people.  http://bit.ly/1ObO7TI

At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up some executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance. http://1.usa.gov/1dQmnyQ

Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power. http://bit.ly/1qkz4uQ

Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions. http://nyti.ms/RDJp58

Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias.  http://huff.to/1Nol9Ab

Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0

Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families.  http://1.usa.gov/1uTZ8gV

Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally. http://1.usa.gov/1tgDRti

Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive.   http://1.usa.gov/1ATWV3K

Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people.  http://cnn.it/1JcR3qB

Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8

Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  http://nbcnews.to/1T17PON

His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices.  http://nbcnews.to/1q9jTpf

Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations. http://1.usa.gov/1cIEeEv

Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill.   http://n.pr/1NGkBjT

Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened.   http://bit.ly/1NGksga

Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections.  http://bit.ly/1RYpmfihttp://bit.ly/1RYpmfi

Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations.   http://nbcnews.to/24GRQNw

Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive  force violations.   http://on.msnbc.com/1q9ktmX

Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary.  http://bit.ly/291BeIL

Took steps to treat opioid addiction as a health issue rather than purely as a law enforcement issue.  http://bit.ly/2ccokd3

Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care.  http://strib.mn/293Gyky

Blocked an oil pipeline in South Dakota that would have devastated sacred Sioux land.  http://theatln.tc/2cmmmqb

Worked with Congress to pass bill establishing Commission on Native Children, which will examine some of the most pressing problems facing Native American nations.   http://wapo.st/2esGxbC

Signed bill establishing a Sexual Assault Rights Act by working with Democrats in Congress.  http://bzfd.it/2ejelVd

Worked with Congress to pass law to make sure there are changing tables in all federal restrooms, including men’s rooms.  http://slate.me/2ejdWlu

Extended religious protection to atheists and agnostics.  http://nbcnews.to/2jD7meL

Officially scrapped a post-9/11 registry that primarily targeted Muslim men  http://cbsn.ws/2k5nNNk  That makes the proposed Trump registry a lot more difficult to create. http://theatln.tc/2jEfDhZ

Established a law to allow disabled people to set up their own trusts and tend to their own financial affairs. http://bit.ly/2jR7BA1

Established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. http://bit.ly/2iOtBtL

Signed bill to create thousands of outdoor recreation jobs while preserving an important part of the environment.  http://bit.ly/2jCPSPN


As President Donald Trump goes about the business of rescinding a number of the Obama Executive Orders and Policies the Americans who voted him in may begin to feel the breath and scope of this former president”s impact as the new consequences come home with undesirable results.

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