I can’t believe the next Presidential election in USA will be taking place next year! It seems like just yesterday I was at home in London celebrating his win with my mum. Time flies ey?
In the first episode of The Street Report I spoke with people on the busy streets of Manhattan, and asked them about their opinion of the President’s work so far. More specifically, I asked them whether they believed Obama deserved a second term. I wasn’t surprised to receive a mixed reaction but what surprised me was the lack of enthusiasm from his apparent supporters. The enthusiasm I saw back when he was elected seemed dead….
Check it out here and let me know if you think Obama deserves a second term.
A lot has changed since Obama was sworn in. Good and bad. You only have to browse through ‘What the F**k has Obama done so far?’ to see just how much has changed. Here are some of the changes from the site that made me smile, (most related to healthcare reform).
Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids — 4 million of whom were previously uninsured.
Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%
Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time.
Appointed first Latina to the US Supreme Court.
Health Care Reform Bill– allowing children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.
Health Care Reform Bill– preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
BUT, and it’s a big but, it isn’t all roses.
Obama has failed to deliver on a promise, (featured on the web site) I am very eager to see come to pass: “Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” In a complete u-turn, last month by executive order, Mr. Obama endorsed indefinite detention and military tribunals…..huh?!
Let’s not forget, right now America’s commander-in-chief, is none other than Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama! I’ve read articles where reporters have questioned whether he should give the prize back because of America’s military involvement around the world.
There are plenty of good arguments for imposing a no-fly zone in Libya. Without Libyan-government air strikes, the rebels might have a better chance of carving out permanent zones of resistance. What’s going on in Libya makes me uneasy but so does the political unrest in Ivory Coast, Darfur and Zimbabwe….but I firmly believe that the United States simply cannot send in their muscle power to take on every dictator…
I may have issues with Obama but I do believe Obama deserves a second term. He’s done so much good already that I want to see what else he will do.
Obama certainly is not God but he was certainly perceived to be in my opinion by many of his supporters. Black people seemed to think that like a god, Obama could come into office and make everything better for everyone. Of course, that’s just not possible and it was naive to believe it was.
He’s been criticized for doing too many things at the same time, but I support his eagerness and determination to make necessary changes, regardless of whom he offends in the process.
What do you think?