On Jan. 20, 2009 Barack Obama assumed his position as President of the United States, and almost eight year later on Jan. 10, 2017 he said goodbye the people as President one last time.
“Because of you, by almost any measure, America is a better, stronger place than when we started,” said the President in his farewell.
The Obama family continuously gives a likable image, and encourages positive views of political leaders.
President Obama received honor for being the first African-American commander in chief of the country when he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in strengthening cooperation between people groups.
He officiated a stimulus package in 2009 that ended the recession, and further grew the nation’s GDP within six months of the congress-approved package. Throughout his presidency Obama signed 60 bills, a record low for most presidents.
“Because of deficit spending and no balanced budget of the government, there has been a significant rise in the national debt from 10.6 trillion dollars to right at 20 trillion dollars in the last eight years,” said Sonny Branham, Professor of Political science at Oral Roberts University.
Osama Bin Laden was captured and executed during 2011 under Obama’s administration; and the white house openly announced the killing of al Qaeda’s leader as an aid to stop the war.
Branham believes the cutbacks in military spending that allowed troops to be brought home are actually a bad thing for national security.
As stated in his address, the President takes credit also for the legalization of gay marriage. The Senate voted to pass the bill in June 2015.
“If I had told you we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons forces without firing a shot, take down the master mind of 9/11, that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens,” Obama said in his farewell. “You might’ve said your sights were set a little too high, but that’s what we did.”
As part of his campaign, Obama fought for the Affordable Care Act in 2010. This health care act allows more citizens to receive health insurance in our nation, and is still in open enrollment. The Senate has begun to take steps to create a blueprint repeal the act upon Obama’s retirement from office.
In his address the President said, “I committed to president-elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest transition possible.”
To close out a week full of policies, pardons and press conferences, the final transition of power will take place at 11 a.m. as the Obamas depart from the White House and a new first family steps into the influential role.