The GOP has worked so hard to smear President Barack Obama’s name and belittle all of his accomplishments, but poll after poll has shown that he’s been a solid leader and done more for our country in his two terms than many before him have.
The rest of the world knows how much of a great President Obama has been, too. When Obama visited Canadian Parliament, every lawmaker in the room was shouting “four more years!” In the history of the United States, that has never happened to a president before, and it should remind Americans what an amazing job he has done – even when faced with nonstop obstruction from the GOP.
Fortunately, not all Americans believe the fear-mongering and negativity that the Republican Party spews – a new poll by WPA Research found that the majority of Democrats want Obama to have a third term so bad, that they would be willing to cancel the 2016 presidential election between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. When faced with the possibility of a Clinton administration, 67% of Democrats voted that they would rather keep Obama in office for another four years. Only 28% said they were ready for a new President to fill Obama’s shoes.
Despite all of the nonsense conservatives rail against him for, Obama’s approval rating has only managed to go up. According to a Washington Post-ABC News survey released this week, Obama’s approval rate was nearly 80 points with Democrats – that’s higher than Bill Clinton, who had 60 points with his own party, and George W. Bush, who had under 40 points with Republicans.
Having such a high approval rating should come as no surprise, considering all the amazing things Obama has managed to get done during his presidency. More people than ever have access to affordable health insurance, the economy has been greatly improved, job growth has been steadily increasing, and gay marriage was finally legalized across the nation – just to name a few. Earlier this year, Politico outlined many of Obama’s achievements here:
What he’s done is changing the way we produce and consume energy, the way doctors and hospitals treat us, the academic standards in our schools and the long-term fiscal trajectory of the nation. Gays can now serve openly in the military, insurers can no longer deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions, credit card companies can no longer impose hidden fees and markets no longer believe the biggest banks are too big to fail. Solar energy installations are up nearly 2,000 percent, and carbon emissions have dropped even though the economy is growing. Even Republicans like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who hope to succeed Obama and undo his achievements, have been complaining on the campaign trail that he’s accomplished most of his agenda.
Obama has been one of America’s greatest presidents, and it’s clear that many are sad to be seeing him go. We can only hope that the next President of the United States will continue his legacy and upward momentum.
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