But during this final month of your second year, you certain proved nearly all of your critics wrong.
I for one, never lost faith, never lost hope, and right now all I can say is - Thank you, Mr President for showing us that all our hopes were not misplaced.
My favorite portion of the Press Conference was this part in response to a question about the difficulty you've had in closing Guantanemo Bay. Rather than go "small ball" and reduce your goals in the light of the Republican Control of the House - you managed to double-down on ultimately implementing your agenda.
Obama: America is more than just it's economic & military might - we also must implement our Ideals even when it's difficult.
Doing the Right Thing isn't always doing the Easy Thing, or what might make one more popular.
And I especially appreciated this answer on the issue of Immigration.
Obama: My Admintration has done more on Border Security than *Any* other in resent years, but we still need the Dream Act!!
With Predator Drones for Surveillance, additional Border Guards and supporting National Guard Troops this is absolutely true. The number of illegal border crossings have dropped to a relative trickle, and the actually number of undocumented immigrants has gone down significantly for the first time in decades - a record that no Republican President can lay claim to.
(Sept. 2) -- With immigration as a hot-button issue ahead of this year's midterm elections, a new report shows that the number of illegal immigrants to the U.S. fell last year in its first and biggest drop in two decades.
There were 11.1 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in March 2009, down from a peak of 12 million two years earlier, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a report issued Wednesday. From 2007 to 2009, the number of illegals entering the country shrank to about 300,000 per year, down by nearly two-thirds from the estimated 850,000 per year from March 2000 to March 2005.
"The decrease represents the first significant reversal in the growth of this population over the past two decades," the report said.
Republicans have no leg to stand on when it comes to criticizing you on Immigration issues.
Despite all the challenges you've faced, not the least of which being a recalcitrant, obstructive and surly Republican minority intent on derailing your Presidency rather than helping the American people - you've managed to accomplish all of this.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009
Cash For Clunkers Extension
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act
Haiti Economic Lift Program Act of 2010
Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act
Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009
Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 Extension.
Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009
Jobs for Mainstreet Act, 2010
Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010
Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010
Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
Serve America Act
Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009
Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Act of 2009
Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
Fair Sentencing Act
Southwest Border Security Supplemental
Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
Nursing Home Care to Parents of Veterans Who Died While Serving in the Armed Forces
Reducing Over-Classification Act
Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010
International Adoption Simplification Act
Help HAITI Act of 2010
Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
FOR VETS Act of 2010
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
Besides all this you salvaged the America Auto Industry, successfully Ratified the START Treaty to help control and contain Lose Nukes, have just this year generated as many if not more private sector jobs than George Bush produced during his entire 8 Year Administration, pushed BP to close and cap the Gulf Oil Spill weeks sooner than any other comparitive spill has ever been stopped while managing to get a $20 Billion commitment from them to compensate those impacted by the spill.
There's still much more to do, there's the Dream Act and Full Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a final resolution of the GITMO issue, maintaining the funding for and implementation of Wall Street Reform, Consumer Financial Protection, Health Care Reform. crafting a Comprehensive Green Enegy Plan, updating our Trade Policies, and the final resolutions of both the Irag and Afghanistan Wars while reforming and updating our overall Counter-Terrorism Strategies and Diplomacy Efforts in the Mid-East, but this week you showed us all that you are a Baller!
Of course, we should have known that by your response to the threat of the Somali Pirates in early 2009.
Even though we may disagree with some of the details of your style, and some compromises you may have made, even your Republican critics such as Charles Krauthammer have begun to sing your praises. Kinda.
Obama’s presidency has sparked “an extraordinary national debate over what kind of nation we are – who we are as a people, what we believe in,” Krauthammer said.
There is “something intrinsically healthy and clarifying” about this great debate, Krauthammer said. “It’s been a healthy debate, it’s been an important debate, it’s been a spontaneous debate” and one of the most significant in American history.
Obama “thinks very large in world historical terms,” Krauthammer said. He compared Obama to Ronald Reagan, adding: “Obama sees himself as the anti-Reagan….the man who will reverse Reagan” and take the nation “back to a new liberalism.”
Although I never lost my faith, now more than at any time in the last 2 years, I feel that my vote in November of 2008 was the correct one and I look forward with you to the challenges and battles of the future.
Good Job Mr. President, Good Job.