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The Legacy of Barack Obama

Madison Neath-Gordon, Staff Writer

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 Throughout his productive 8 years, President Barack Obama did much to put this country on a better path. Although some argue he wasn’t our greatest President, it cannot be denied that he has taken many steps to better the nation. Even with an almost all-Republican Congress, many bills were passed that ultimately bettered America.

The Obama Family, 2009

On November 4th, 2008, Obama defeated John McCain and became the 44th President. On that night, he made history, becoming America’s first black President. He ran two consecutive terms, serving for a total of 8 years with Joe (Robinette) Biden. However,  his achievements do not end there.

The Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010 under his administration. An estimate of 11.7 million people would then be insured by February 2015. People who previously had gone uncovered due to their work or lack of work could now have insurance, allowing 95% of Americans to live without fear of getting an injury they couldn’t afford to care for.

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress,” Obama said while campaigning for his first term. Not only did he put America on the right path, he made us keep walking. The unemployment rate dropped by 5.2%. The recession that former President W. Bush had left us with had been completely reversed during Obama’s presidency.

Also under his orders, Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by Navy Seals in 2011. Not only did he eliminate the mastermind of 9/11, but later that year he withdrew troops for Iraq and in addition, he extracted troops from the Afghanistan War.

Obama not only worked to restore our nation, he also affected the country on a personal level; he gave many moving speeches during

The Obama Family, 2016

his presidency, and worked tirelessly to unite us during our nation’s toughest times.

Obama said it best himself during his final speech on January 10th, “Yes we can. Yes we did.”

 

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