Irving Koppel's Reviews > The Promise: President Obama, Year One

The Promise by Jonathan Alter
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Jul 11, 2010

it was amazing

This very exhaustive and sometimes exhausting account of President
Obama's first year in office is well worth the read. If you're a political
junkie like me,you'll appreciate the meticulous accounts of all the
"sturm und drang" that our new president faced from the beginning.

Faced with an unprecedented array of problems left to him by his prede-
cessor, Obama had to move rapidly and decisively. Without any help from
the Republicans,Obama achieved the following in the first year and a
quarter:regulation of tobacco by the FDA,cracked down on predatory lenders,reined in credit card companies,extended health insurance to
millions more of children; equality of wages for women,began work on "Don't ask-don't tell",increased funds for national parks,made huge investments in railroads,renewable energy and education.Further, he saved
the American automobile industry and provided health care for another
thirty million Americans. Not bad for a first act,but instead of getting
credit, he has been condemned by the opposition for spending excessively.

All but $80billion of the original $700billion stimulus has been repaid
to the Treasury. Unfortunately,the President has not shared with the public the full extent of the mess left by his predecessor. Moreover, he
hasn't claimed credit for all the positive things he has done. That story must now be told before the next election. If it is done effectively,it may rescue the Democratic Congress. If not, we can expect
an attempt to undo all the President has done,and we can look forward
to two years of gridlock in our national government.
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