A Few Accomplishments

Highlights of some of the most widely known accomplishments of
President Barack Obama

Economics

“The things that led me to run for office – trying to figure out how we create an economy where everybody’s got a fair shot and if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. “.

Barack Obama

U.S. President

01

Economic Recession

Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years.
02

ARRA

Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession
03

Dodd-Frank Reform

Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to re-regulate the financial sector
04

Credit Card Accountability Act

Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act
05

Auto Industry

Saved the U.S. auto industry

military

“So long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you’ve served us – because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home.”

Barack Obama

U.S. President

06

Iraq War- 2003 to 2011

Ended the war in Iraq
07

VA Funding

Increased Department of Veteran Affairs funding
08

GI Bill

Supported veterans through a $78 billion tuition assistance GI bill
09

Afghanistan

Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan
10

Homeless Veterans

Dropped the veteran homeless rate by 50 percent
11

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
12

Torture Policies

Reversed Bush-era torture policies
13

Osama Bin Laden

Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden
14

Iran Nuclear Deal

Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

social change

“Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”s.

Barack Obama

U.S. President

15

Obama Care

Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans
16

DACA

Signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allowing as many as 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation and receive work permits
17

Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act

Improved school nutrition with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
18

LGBT Rights

Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality
19

Hate Crime Act

Signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, making it a federal crime to assault anyone based on sexual or gender identification
20

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to combat pay discrimination against women
21

My Brother's Keeper

Launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative designed to help young minorities achieve their full potential
22

2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”
23

Commuted Sentences

Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”
24

Sonia Sotomayor

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic ever to serve as a justice
25

Cuban Relations

Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba

science

“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. “

Barack Obama

U.S. President

26

Energy Independence

Helped put the U.S. ontrack for energy independence by 2020
27

The Environment

Boosted fuel efficiency standards for cars
28

Stem Cell Research

Expanded embryonic stem cell research leading to groundbreaking work in areas including spinal injury treatment and cancer
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