Day: July 5, 2010

Barack Obama’s Record Greater After 18 Months Than 12 Years Of Jimmy Carter And Bill Clinton!

Lately, the public opinion polls have been showing growing discontent with President Obama, not surprising considering the many problem that exist and have not been possible to solve anytime soon!

But as Peter Beinart has demonstrated on THE DAILY BEAST website, in actuality, Obama has had a more successful record of accomplishment, in many ways, than both Jimmy Carter in his four years, and Bill Clinton in his eight years in the Presidency!

Obama has been able to gain passage of the economic stimulus package, the health care reform, and now financial regulatory reform seems about to pass. He is also seeking to gain environmental and immigration reform, and one should not bet against these ideas eventually occurring!

Obama also has been able to put two women on the Supreme Court, with the likelihood that they will promote a view of the Constitution that most progressives and liberals will be happy with! And while foreign policy is very complex, he has been seen as making major changes in relations with the rest of the world!

For his first 18 months in office, Obama has achieved more than all Presidents except Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson!

It seems, as Beinart states, that Obama will be seen as a transformational President for the promotion of larger government, as much as Ronald Reagan was transformational for the promotion of conservative views in the 1980s! Despite any gains by the GOP this year in the midterm elections, Beinart believes that we are witnessing a major shift leftward that will continue despite the Tea Party Movement!

Joe Biden’s Growing Influence Evident In Obama Administration!

The growing role and influence of Vice President Joe Biden is becoming evident.

The replacement of General Stanley McChrystal by General David Petraeus was due a lot to the disrespect that McChrystal demonstrated toward Biden in his published comments in Rolling Stone Magazine!

Biden is the skeptic on the inside of the Obama Administration who has the expertise and experience that Obama does not have, and Obama greatly respects him!

But Biden is also the loyal supporter of the President in public, and he goes behind the scenes on many undisclosed missions to help promote the foreign policy of the the administration!

An example of his influence is his surprise trip to Iraq , to celebrate the Fourth of July, and to work with the Iraqi government on moving ahead on setting up a stable government and constitution. He went with his wife, which was a first for a top government leader, and he informed the Iraqi government that compromise was necessary, just as with the Constitutional Convention and the Founding Fathers in 1787!

Biden is also the link between the administration and the US Senate, as Biden spent more years in that body than all but a small number historically! He may not be able to vote in the Senate anymore, but as its constitutional officer, Biden still wields influence over his former colleagues!