President Obama’s Achievements

President Obama's Achievements

James Kim, Staff Writer

As you all know by now, Donald Trump will soon take office as the President of the United States. Trump will be sworn in on January 20th, not only marking his beginning but marking the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, which is one marked with many achievements.

First, Obama generally improved the wellbeing of the country. The economy has improved with impressive statistics. According to the president himself, the country has “added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job growth.” In addition, the unemployment rate has dropped in October to 5%, which has remained since. Secondly, more Americans have gained health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Although it has been controversial, more citizens gained coverage. For the first time ever, the rate of uninsured people has dropped below 10%. Thirdly, America took part in leading the world on climate change. The world came together at a climate talk, Paris COP21, to reach a deal for greenhouse gas emission reduction. The president said, “it was only possible because America led with clean energy here at home and strong diplomacy around the world.” He has also unified the country throughout the countless attacks that have occurred. Despite threats and shootings, he informed Americans that ISIS is losing territory and that we will not stop until the organization is destroyed.

Obama also strengthened relations with other countries. First, In August, U.S. reopened its embassy in Cuba. He said, “We turned the page on an outdated, half-century-old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopening embassies in both our countries, allowing us to build greater ties between Americans and Cubans.” Next, America, along with 5 other land powers, reached a nuclear deal with Iran. According to the President, “We succeeded in forging a strong deal to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…Iran has already dismantled thousands of centrifuges that enrich uranium.” Thirdly, In October, Obama sealed a deal with 12 Pacific Rim countries. This cuts trade barriers, protects labor and environmental interests and ensures intellectual property rights.

Barack Obama has been the President of the United States for 8 years. Throughout this time, he has struggled and succeeded through ups and downs. Whether you have hated him or loved him, you can acknowledge his numerous achievements that have benefitted the nation and its citizens.

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