Author: Nicole Burnier (YouTube: NickiBurnier)
T-1 day until we say “bienvenidos” to our new Commander in Chief Donald Trump and “see ya later” to President Barack Obama. In remembrance of the Obama administration, let’s take a moment to take a short review of his run in the White House.
Some Key Moments of the Obama Presidency
-In February 2009, the economy wasn’t doing so hot, so a $787 billion stimulus package was signed to raise its temperature. Many of us are still trying to understand what that has accomplished.
-Sayonara GM. In June of ‘09, auto industry tycoon General Motors goes under despite billions of dollars in bailouts from George W. Bush in 2008. An estimated $80 billion went towards the efforts to save the dying industry as a whole.
-On March 23, 2010 the infamous Obamacare was born. AKA “the Affordable Care Act” was a major disappointment to most Americans and Republicans have been putting forth a mass effort to repeal it ever since. Let’s also not forget that time when the entire website crashed in October of 2013. Bravo, Obamacare, bravo.
-In May 2011, Osama Bin Laden went to his forever home after being taken out by a Navy SEAL team in Pakistan. Bin Laden was the al-Qaeda leader and terrorist behind 9/11. Buh-bye.
-On October 11, 2011 Obama declared the official end to the Iraq War. “You could have fooled us!” said the thousands of troops that remained overseas for the rest of his presidency.
-In August 2013, Obama threatened Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that if he used chemical weapons in the country’s civil war he would be crossing a “red line”. Later that month, when Assad did use chemical weapons in the war, Obama did nothing.
-In one of the most unwarranted and horrific shootings in United States’ history, on December 14, 2012 a gunman executed 20 students and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Obama mentioned something about “gun control” but the senate shut it down.
-On April 15, 2013 two brothers planted homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 250 others were injured. One brother was killed by police the other has been sentenced to death.
-In addition to HealthCare.gov completely collapsing on itself, on October 1, 2013 the entire government shut down. This was due to Congress being unable to agree on a budget. “Disposable” government workers were made to stay home. Life as usual resumed over two weeks later.
-Enter ISIS. Just when we thought we had taken out the worst of the worst in terrorist organizations, a murderous, unapologetic Islamic group goes on a killing spree. We’re still dealing with these jerks.
-On June 26, 2015, the U.S. decided to let God know that it’s no longer just “Adam and Eve” but also “Adam and Steve”. The Supreme Court okayed same-sex marriage nationwide. Obama is thrilled. He was the first United States president to advocate for the cause.
-And finally, on June 9, 2016, Obama says of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office”. Ouch, sorry for your loss, bud.
Well, I think the above pretty much skims the surface of the past eight historic years under President Obama. Now who’s ready for a change? I know I am. God Bless.