Obama hasn’t been perfect, but contrary to the right wing narrative, he’s accomplished a lot in his first year despite facing extraordinary challenges from his first day in office. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Here's a (partial) list collected from various sources:
1. Banned the use of torture and the ordered the closing of Guantánamo, bringing us back in line with the Geneva Conventions.
2. Reversed Bush’s funding cutoff to family planning organizations overseas, saving millions of lives with the stroke of a pen.
3. Gave a green light to the California car-emissions standards that Bush had been blocking for six years, enabling them to set their own standards.
4. Signed the stimulus bill, a $787 billion accomplishment designed to help turn around the economic slowdown caused by 8 years of fiscal mismanagement.
5. Formally announced America’s withdrawal from Iraq.
6. Erased Bush’s decision to restrict federal funding for stem-cell research, increasing federal support for new stem-cell and biomedical research, including new funding for science and research labs.
7. Forced Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy, allowing them to restructure their failing companies with the protection of the federal government.
8. In June, Obama reset the tone of our relations with the entire Arab world with a single speech — an accomplishment that the Bush administration failed to achieve despite a series of desperate PR moves (anyone remember Charlotte Beers?) and a "public diplomacy" budget of $1 billion a year.
9. Also in June, Obama unveiled the "Cash for Clunkers" program, reanimating the corpse of our car industry — leading, for example, to the billion-dollar profit that Ford recently announced.
10. He’s now a month or two from accomplishing the awesome and seemingly impossible task that eluded mighty presidents like FDR, LBJ, and WJC — health-care reform.
11. Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings and lower drug costs for seniors.
12. Has, with Bush's help, it must be said, stopped the financial collapse,
revived the credit markets, and nudged the economy toward 3.5 percent growth in the last quarter.
13. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
14. Improved housing for military personnel
15. Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy promotes in-sourcing to bring jobs back
16. Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices
17. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
18. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
19. Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay)
20. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
21. Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
22. Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
23. The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act
24. Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible
25. Limits on lobbyist's access to the White House
26. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration
27. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
28. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan
29. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
30. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
31. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
32. New funds for school construction
33. Housing rescue plan
34. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
35. US financial and banking rescue plan
36. The secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed
37. Ordered release of torture memos
38. Push for charter schools
39. $28 billion in tax cuts
40. End of the “war on medical marijuana” – leading to relief for thousands of cancer patients.
41. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
42. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010
43. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols
44. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
45. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions
46. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office
47. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
48. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
49. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
50. Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales
51. Announced plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
52. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
53. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
55. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
56. Expanding vaccination programs
57. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters
58. Closed offshore tax safe havens
59. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
60. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
61. Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
62. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
63. Increasing student loans
64. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program
65. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy
66. Established a new cyber security office
67. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
68. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
69. Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness
70. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient
71. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans
72. Improving benefits for veterans
73. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration
74. Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud
75. The FDA is now regulating tobacco
76. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules
77. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports
78. Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons
79. Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive
80. Making more loans available to small businesses
81. Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
82. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court
83. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans
84. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000
85. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
86. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan
87. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan
88. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid,
development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans
89. Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
90. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters
91. Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket
92. Held first Seder in White House
93. Attempting to reform the nation's healthcare system which is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured
94. Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
95. Has announced his intention to push for energy reform
96. Has announced his intention to push for education reform
And here's a link to a list of campaign promises and whether he's kept/broken them or whether they're in progress/stalled: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/