Friday, May 01, 2009

Obama's First 100 days

Barack Obama making his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention

I am like many bloggers who wonder why we are analyzing Obama's first 100 days, but then I remembered he asked us to. It would be fair in my opinion to say he has had a very analyzed first 100 days. Progress? Well I think so. He has gotten most of his bills to pass (of course having the control in both houses helps a lot). His stimulus bill, which received so much opposition, was his biggest accomplishment.

I actually had to search to find these, (so some may be missing) but I found these as some of his greatest accomplishments to date.

  • In January: - President Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay.
  • In February:- He signed the stimlus
  • Obama made history again by given his First Presidential address to Congress (by and African American Man)
  • Obama set proposals for troop withdrawls in Iraq
  • In March he signed the order to lift the ban on federal funding or stem cell research (something I applaud).
  • He came down hard on these corporations that want a bailout while still having these luxury business meetings and giving employee bonuses (namely to themselves). AIG was one of the companies he named openly.
  • April, his 100 day Speech (which I felt was excellent by the way)
Some of the Key Point of his Speech that stood out for me were when he mentioned the following. Some were redundant (pre innauguration speech), but some were actually very good points.

  • More Americans are out of work and working harder for less while more have lost their homes and have cars and credit card bills they can't afford.
  • These issues are not just of the government's making but the failure to respond is a result of broken Washington politics and the failed policies of George W. Bush.
  • America can be a better and more compassionate country than it has been during the past eight years
  • This election is America's chance to keep the American promise alive.
  • The country owes John McCain gratitude for his war service and for times when he has broken ranks with Republican party.(I think this was his SUCK UP STATEMENT)
  • McCain doesn't know what is going on in the lives of Americans.
  • An economy is strong if it "honours the dignity of work".
  • America has an obligation to teach each other with dignity and respect.
  • Tax breaks to corporations that ship overseas to be stopped.
  • Capital gains taxes for small businesses to be eliminated.
  • Taxes for 95pc of all working families to be cut.
  • Aims to end dependence on Middle East oil within 10 years.
  • Tap up natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.
  • Invest in fuel efficient cars.
  • $150bn to be invested in renewable energy sources that will lead to 5m jobs.
  • New teachers to be paid higher salaries.
  • Affordable, accessible healthcare.
  • Protect pensions ahead of CEO bonuses.(as someone approaching this phase in my life, it is good to know that we are not working for nothing.
  • Will make savings in the federal budget by ending programs which no longer work.
  • When Obama did a quote from John F. Kennedy's reference to "intellectual and moral strength".
  • John McCain is alone in his stubborn refusal to end "misguided" Iraq war.
  • Democrats will keep country safe because it is the party of Kennedy and Roosevelt.
  • Better care and benefits for troops when they come home.
  • War in Iraq will be ended responsibly and the fight in Afghanistan finished.
  • Military will be rebuilt for future conflicts.
  • New partnerships will be developed to defeat threats.
  • America's moral standing will be restored.
  • Referred to Martin Luther King saying "We cannot walk alone".

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