An anonymous group of citizens Release White House Staff Numbers

An anonymous group of citizens has found a way around Trump’s closed comment line — or rather, they have taken the time to dig up all the direct phone numbers to reach staff at the White House.
The group set up a website called “White House Comment Line” where it has listed all the numbers to reach White House staff, and a guide as to what you should say when you call, who will answer your call, and other questions you might have.
A spokesperson for the group told Gothamist in a statement, “Open communication is the foundation of a good, functioning democracy. But it’s a two-way street.”
“Right now there’s ‘information’ coming out of the White House to the people, but not much the other way around,” the spokesperson said. ” They may have shut down the comment line, but we the people still have comments. In light of that, we wanted to create one way for the people to be heard.”
According to Gothamist, the numbers that have yet to be disconnected are as follows:
+1 (202) 456-1259
+1 (202) 456-1260
+1 (202) 456-3323
+1 (202) 456-3376
+1 (202) 395-1194
+1 (202) 456-1565
+1 (202) 395-1608
+1 (202) 456-2046
+1 (202) 456-2500
+1 (202) 456-4640
+1 (202) 456-3256
+1 (202) 456-3878
+1 (202) 395-1480
+1 (202) 456-3450
+1 (202) 456-4655
+1 (202) 456-4770
“Just like you would call your member of Congress, calmly share your views with the White House. You have the right to be heard,” the spokesperson told Gothamist.
The outlet also noted that one of the numbers will take you to the voicemail of “Conway, Kellyanne.” All the more reason to try them all.


Is Trump's America A Theocracy

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Let’s not mince words. President Trump’s recent actions are an attempt to move the United States away from being the religiously free country that the founders created — and toward becoming an aggressively Christian country hostile to other religions.
On Friday, his White House deliberately excluded mention of Jews from its statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day. A Trump aide, Hope Hicks, explained that mentioning Jews would have been unfair to the Holocaust’s other victims — a line that happens to be a longtime trope of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers in Europe.
“The Holocaust was about the Jews,” former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz wrote in Commentary this weekend, “There is no ‘proud’ way to offer a remembrance of the Holocaust that does not reflect that simple, awful, world-historical fact.”
On Friday afternoon, of course, Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. It was his way of making good on a campaign promise to ban Muslims from the country.
The order also said it would eventually give priority to religious minorities from these countries. And if anyone doubted who that meant, Trump gave an interview Friday to the Christian Broadcasting Network, explaining that its goal was indeed to help Christians. Fortunately, many Christian leaders are opposing the policy.
I expect that Trump’s attempts to undermine the First Amendment will ultimately fail. But they’re not guaranteed to fail. He is the president, and he has tremendous power.
The attempts will fail only if Americans work to defeat the White House’s flirtations with theocracy — as so many people began to do this weekend. This passionate, creative opposition may help explain Trump’s weakening of the ban on Sunday. Yet the struggle to defend American values is clearly going to be a long and difficult one.
As for reading suggestions, I recommend that you study up on recent history. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis stood beside Trump, clapping and nodding as he signed the executive order (while Paul Ryan and other top Republicans were largely quiescent).
A year ago, however, Pence thought that calls to ban Muslims were “offensive and unconstitutional.” Last summer, Mattis said, “This kind of thing is causing us great damage.” In June, Ryan said, “I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country.”
The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including David Bier on why the executive order is illegal and David Miliband on how it violates American values.
There are also columns by Charles Blow and Paul Krugman, and a photo essay by Stephanie Sinclair on the Boko Haram captives.
David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist



Emmett Till's Accuser: I Made It Up

Was The Theft Of Election 2016 Really Domestic Terrorism

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According to Huffington  Post .Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All of the major actors in the conspiracy have already confessed to its particulars either in word or in deed; moreover, all of the major actors have publicly exhibited the consciousness of guilt after the fact. This assessment has already been the subject of articles in news outlets on both sides of the political spectrum but has not yet received substantial investigation by major media.
While a full summary of the Prince-Giuliani-Trump conspiracy would require a longer discourse, the actions of these men, along with multiple still-anonymous actors, can be summarized in five paragraphs. It will be for journalists with more resources than this writer to follow up on these leads—and, moreover, to see how this domestic conspiracy dovetails with the Trump-Russia controversy, though this too is briefly addressed below.
In addition to the paragraphs here, this article incorporates its three predecessors (IIIIII).
1. As reported by the New York Times, FBI Director James Comey released his now-infamous October 27th letter in substantial part because he had determined that “word of the new emails [found on Anthony Weiner’s computer]...was sure to leak out.” Comey worried that if the leak occurred at a time when the nature and evidentiary value of the “new” emails were unknown, he “risked being accused of misleading Congress and the public ahead of an election.” By October 27th, the FBI had had access to Weiner’s computer—which it originally received from NYPD—since October 3rd, during which interval the Bureau had both the time and IT know-how to determine that the “new” emails in its possession were, in fact, duplicate emails from accounts already revealed to the Bureau by Clinton, her aide Huma Abedin, and the State Department. However, when Comey was briefed on the case by agents from the New York field office on October 26th, he discovered that not only had this IT work not been done, but in fact no warrant to seize the full emails had been sought, no permission to read the emails had been requested from cooperating witnesses Weiner and Abedin, and indeed nothing but a summary of the emails’ “meta-data” (non-content header information) had been prepared by his agents. The result of this investigative nonfeasance was that Comey feared he would not be able to get a warrant for the emails and confirm them as duplicates prior to Election Day—a fact that would allow anti-Clinton elements within NYPD and the FBI, and Trump surrogates and advisers with sources in these organizations, to mischaracterize the “new” emails in a way that would swing the election to Trump. As long as the Clinton investigation remained open, Comey would not be able to respond to such misinformation; his only hope of keeping public discussion of the “new” emails within the sphere of reality was to use the cover of a prior promise to Congress to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation—and then close that investigation in short order.
2. The effort to intimidate Comey into publicly commenting on the Clinton case—a win-win scenario for Trump, as either a comment from Comey or silence from Comey (the latter coupled with inaccurate, Hatch Act-violative leaks by the FBI, NYPD, and/or the Trump campaign) would sink Clinton—began concurrent to Comey’s October 26th briefing on the Clinton case. In an October 25th Fox & Friends appearance and an October 26th appearance on Fox News with Martha McCallum, Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s closest advisers, began teasing an October “surprise” which, Giuliani said, would turn the tide against Hillary Clinton. He refused to say what the forthcoming surprise would be, but he indicated that it would be coming in just a few days. Meanwhile, Erik Prince—the founder of Blackwater private security, one of Trump’s biggest donors, a conspiracy theorist who’d previously accused Huma Abedin of being a terrorist in the employ of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a man who blamed Clinton family friend and former Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta for outing him as a CIA asset in 2009—was positioning himself to play an important role. Just as Giuliani had boasted on the Mark Larson radio program on October 28th that he had sources within the FBI—active agents—who had told him of virulent anti-Clinton sentiment in the New York field office and an internal rebellion against Comey’s July decision not to indict Clinton, Prince claimed to have sources within the Weiner investigation who were illegally leaking information to him. In Prince’s case, the sources were within NYPD, and the information he relayed from them to Breitbart News on November 4th—when it was not yet known that Comey, the next day, would reveal the “new” Clinton emails to be duplicates—turned out to be almost entirely false. The full extent of Prince’s lies on November 4th, all of which were Trump campaign disinformation delivered by an advisor and major donor to the campaign, are too numerous and spectacular to list here. Two brief quotes from Breitbart’s interview with Prince should suffice:
Prince claimed he had insider knowledge of the investigation that could help explain why FBI Director James Comey had to announce he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email server last week....”[NYPD] found a lot of other really damning criminal information [on Weiner’s computer], including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than twenty times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times,” he said. “The amount of garbage that they found in these emails, of criminal activity by Hillary, by her immediate circle, and even by other Democratic members of Congress, was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI, and they said, ‘We’re going to go public with this if you don’t reopen the investigation and you don’t do the right thing with timely indictments,’” Prince explained. “I believe—I know, and this is from a very well-placed source of mine at One Police Plaza in New York—the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making in this investigation, and they’ve gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department.”
Virtually all of this is untrue. Prince continued:
“So NYPD first gets that computer. They see how disgusting it is. They keep a copy of everything, and they pass a copy on to the FBI, which finally pushes the FBI off their chairs, making Comey reopen that investigation, which was indicated in the letter last week. The point being, NYPD has all the information, and they will pursue justice within their rights if the FBI doesn’t. There is all kinds of criminal culpability through all the emails they’ve seen of that 650,000, including money laundering, underage sex, pay-for-play, and, of course, plenty of proof of inappropriate handling, sending/receiving of classified information, up to Special Access Programs....The point being, fortunately, it’s not just the FBI; five different offices are in the hunt for justice, but the NYPD has it as well....From what I understand, up to the commissioner or at least the chief level in NYPD, they wanted to have a press conference, and DOJ, Washington people, political appointees have been exerting all kinds of undue pressure on them to back down....This kind of evil, this kind of true dirt on Hillary Clinton—look, you don’t have to make any judgments. Just release the emails. Just dump them. Let them out there. Let people see the light of truth.”
Prince’s statements of November 4th—whether given with the knowledge that they were untrue or without any knowledge of their accuracy whatsoever—underscore the sort of disinformation Comey feared would be given to voters, and, more importantly, believed by voters, if he did not complete his investigation into the duplicate emails and announce his findings before Election Day. This alone explains his deviation from FBI protocol prohibiting discussion of open cases (and announcements regarding major investigations within two months of a general election).
3. It seems clear that Giuliani, who was the top surrogate for the Trump campaign and in near-daily contact with the candidate, acted under orders from Trump, and that Prince either acted under orders from Trump or Steve Bannon—well-known to Prince from their mutual association with, and financial investment in, Breitbart and its ownership, including Robert Mercer—and, moreover, that all those associated with the conspiracy were subsequently rewarded. Erik Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos, was named Education Secretary by Trump, despite having no experience for the job other than advocating sporadically for charter schools in Michigan. Prince himself was named a shadow adviser to Trump, even though, by November 8th, the fact that his statements to Breitbart had been part of a domestic disinformation campaign was clear. Prince is so close to Trump that he appears to have been present at the election-night returns-watching party to which Trump invited only close friends and associates; Prince’s wife posted pictures of the event. Giuliani, originally assured a Cabinet position and then separated from the Trump team entirely—perhaps as punishment for his carelessness on Fox News—was then given a highly lucrative but substance-free position within the administration on the same day, January 12th, that the DOJ announced that the Inspector General would be investigating the sequence of events comprising the Prince-Giuliani-Trump conspiracy. Inspector General Horowitz noted that within his brief was the investigation of the series of leaks that occurred between the NYPD, the FBI, and outside entities—including, we can surmise based on context, the Trump campaign.
4. Both pollingpoll analysis, and internet meta-data (see below) confirm that the Comey Letter was sufficient to hand Trump the 77,143 combined votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania that won him the election. We know from the statements made by Giuliani, and from numerous statements made by Trump on the campaign trail, that both men believed the Clinton email server case could be leveraged to ensure Clinton’s defeat in November. It turns out they were correct.

5. By the time Christopher Steele, the former head of MI6’s Russia desk, disseminated his research into Donald Trump’s ties with Russia to American journalists and the American intelligence community—something he did, tellingly, when he was no longer being paid for the work—he had come to believe, per The Independent, that “there was a cover-up, that a cabal within the Bureau blocked a thorough inquiry into Mr. Trump, focusing instead on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.” Evidence substantiating this concern is legion: that the FBI had Steele’s memos as early as mid-summer of 2016, after the Clinton investigation was closed, but appeared to do no work on the case (which involved alleged treasonous conduct by the Republican nominee in collusion with a hostile foreign actor) between that time and Election Day; that FBI Director Comey was intimidated into revealing the status of the Clinton case on October 27th but would not, even in the face of numerous allegations of federal crimes against the president-elect, reveal anything about the Bureau’s investigation into that matter; or that the Clinton and Weiner investigators at NYPD and the FBI appear to have leaked repeatedly to the Trump campaign, yet there have been no leaks whatsoever regarding the FBI and CIA’s ongoing investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. It is thus clear that better understanding the scope, purpose, and players of the domestic conspiracy to elect Donald Trump will also shed light on how the FBI and CIA managed to conduct little or no investigation of criminal allegations exponentially more serious than any of those leveled against Hillary Clinton.
Seth Abramson is an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire, a former public defender, and the author of six books, most recently Golden Age (BlazeVOX, 2017).

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Trump’s whisperer-in-chief is treading on dangerous ground

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The chief strategist in the White House, a man who rallied a growing white nationalist movement behind Donald Trump, is now telling the news media to "keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."
We should all be outraged – and more than a little unnerved.
We all know that conservative politicians have been trying to delegitimize the mainstream press for decades. And, indeed, conservatives have created a constellation of alternative media more to their liking – Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, to name the most obvious.
But with Trump, we're witnessing something different, something more insidious. Something that seems pathological.
It was disturbing enough a week ago to see the president's press secretary blatantly lie about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration, reportedly because Trump was outraged by the television coverage.
It got worse when Trump operative Kellyanne Conway described the lies as "alternative facts," a phrase that drew instant ridicule.
Then, Trump told a gigantic, more consequential lie when he insisted that as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally, costing him the popular vote.
That led to yesterday, when Stephen K. Bannon told The New York Times that the media had been "humiliated" by Trump's victory and should "keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."
In other words, stop reporting the facts because they put the lie to Trump's alternative reality. Just listen to Trump.
Meanwhile, the pesky journalists have reported that the administration is clamping down on information that routinely comes from government agencies.
This is what dictators, tyrants and totalitarian governments do.
To maintain their propaganda, they must muzzle the institutions that reveal the facts, the objective information that informs policy decisions. Without this information, a democracy simply cannot function.
Without a vigilant press and without the free flow of government information, Trump can lie with impunity. He can govern based on the "alternative facts" he gets from the far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists he apparently follows quite closely.
Voters, meanwhile, will have no way to get the truth.
This is a perilous situation, one made worse by the people who have Trump's ear – specifically Bannon.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly said he was "just the messenger" for the angry movement he was leading. He repeated the claim on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial the day before the inauguration.
Based on the lies, fear-mongering and xenophobia-based policies that we're already seeing, it appears that the president really is channeling a movement, one embodied by the person whispering in Trump's ear – Bannon.
It's important that we all never forget who and what Bannon is.
He is the media executive who, in his own words, turned the Breitbart News website into "the platform for the alt-right." The alt-right is simply a rebranding of white nationalism for the digital age. At an alt-right gathering held shortly after the election just a few blocks from the White House, Richard Spencer – a man who has been lauded by Breitbart as one of the movement's leading intellectuals – quoted Nazi propaganda and prompted sieg heils from the audience.
During his campaign, Trump shared links to Breitbart's racially charged content with his Twitter followers more often than he linked to any other media outlet. Another outlet that linked to Breitbart more than any other: the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, whose proprietor on election night exulted that "[o]ur Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor."
Now, Bannon sits at the right hand of the president and wants to silence the legitimate news media. He wants Americans to get their "news" from the website favored by neo-Nazis.
We should all be very alarmed.

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Remember When Paul Ryan Said :Black Men Are Lazy And The Cause of Poverty In The U.S.

In March 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’, which is hosted by Bill Bennett. Bennett is the former Secretary of Education under President Reagan. He is also known for gambling away millions of dollars while at the same time preaching about living a virtuous life. Anyway, Bennett had Ryan on to discuss Ryan’s recent ‘War on Poverty’ report, where Ryan stated that anti-poverty programs developed under President Lyndon Johnson and after were actually the root cause for the continued existence of poverty in this country.
During the interview, Ryan used thinly-veiled ‘code’ language to claim that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. He also stated that anti-poverty programs create a culture of laziness and that what we really need is for affluent white people from the suburbs to spend more of their time mentoring those in the inner-city. Obviously, the answer for those living in abject poverty in a jobless environment is to have someone come down from their lofty perch and whitesplain about how to lift yourself up by your bootstraps.

Below is an excerpt from Ryan’s conversation with Bennett:
 ”We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with…you need to get involved, you need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we resuscitate our culture.”
This is Ryan’s way to justify that all social programs need to be gutted. Basically, rich, white people will fill in the gap and provide mentoring to the poor, inner-city black folks that they moved far, far away from. At the same time, there is no need to raise the minimum wage in this country and we also need to destroy unions, since they drive away jobs due to their demands for a living wage for their members. In the end, Ryan’s solutions are for there to be no social safety net and the driving down of median wages. But, no worries. The free-market and basic human decency will provide all the solutions needed.
What is especially disgusting here is the notion that all poverty is centered around inner-city black men and that nobody else utilizes the social programs that Ryan demonizes. He is making sure to stoke the racist flames already ablaze within the Republican Party by going down this route. Ryan is essentially doing the same thing that Reagan did when he brought up the ‘welfare queen’ myth.
To make matters worse, Ryan cited Charles Murray, who is the author of The Bell Curve. Murray has argued that intelligence is genetic, and that whites are naturally more intelligent than blacks. He has also claimed that all social welfare programs will inevitably have a negative effect on a society. Overall, Murray’s studies have been used by many to justify their notions of white supremacy.
Ryan has long been touted by the Republican Party as extremely intelligent and a real ‘wonk.’ I guess the fact that he uses numbers a lot to make his points makes him appealing in that regard. It gives the appearance of being knowledgeable and exact. However, he is just using smoke and mirrors to push forward a Randian vision of how America should be. Basically, the wealthy should be coddled at all times and they will decide how much to trickle down upon the masses.


Controversy Over Todays Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral,

For years, the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal parish with a dual role as a civic gathering place, has hosted a prayer service for the newly sworn-in president. But keeping the tradition this year has caused an uproar among Episcopalians opposed to President-elect Donald Trump.
It's the latest example of the backlash against religious leaders, artists, celebrities and other participants in events surrounding the inaugural.

The cathedral will host an interfaith prayer service on Saturday, the day after Trump takes office. Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington wrote in a blog post that while she shared "a sense of outrage at some of the president-elect's words and actions," she felt an obligation to welcome all people without qualification, especially those who disagree and need to find a way to work together. That role "requires a willingness to put ourselves in places that make us uncomfortable," Budde wrote.

Episcopalians critical of the decision were also upset to learn that the cathedral choir, drawn in part from local Episcopal schools, would sing at the inauguration before the ceremony started, and that the interfaith service the next day would not include a sermon. They saw a missed opportunity to speak out against Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and other policies, his calling Mexicans rapists and his remarks about grabbing women's genitals. Organizers for past services have said the presidential inaugural committees have chosen the preacher, and Trump chose not to have one this year.
Budde said most Episcopalians who have contacted her about the service "are dismayed, disappointed and angry."
The Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith, the cathedral dean, defended the decision to participate in the ceremonies. "Our willingness to pray and sing with everyone today does not mean we won't join with others in protest tomorrow," he said in a statement.

The emotional dispute within the church mirrors the broader fight about the morality of taking part in inaugural events this year, which has stretched across the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes and the marching band of historically black Talladega College in Alabama. Groups participating in inauguration events have said they viewed their role in part as serving the country and supporting democracy, not giving an endorsement.

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday, who backed out as a performer following protests from her gay and black fans, said she was pained by the reaction. "How could I have this much hate spewing at me, and I haven't even done anything? I guess it's not like those old days when political views were your own and you had freedom of speech," she said. "We live in a different time now and a decision to go and do something for America is not so clear-cut anymore."

Some clergy invited to offer prayers at Friday's swearing-in have also faced criticism. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who will read from Scripture at the inaugural, said he told critics he had a "sacred responsibility" to participate. "Had Mrs. Clinton won and invited me I would have gone too. It's not the person. It's the office, right?" Dolan said on Sirius XM's Catholic Channel last week.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, who will offer a prayer near the end of Friday's program, said "I believe that all of us should pray for his great success, because his great success means our great success."

But critics contend Trump will be a president unlike any other, because of his policies and vulgarity, so traditions surrounding his inauguration should not hold. The Rev. Gary Hall, who retired in 2015 as dean of the National Cathedral, noted that the church was envisioned as a Westminster Abbey for the U.S. It has long been the site of national events, hosting inaugural interfaith prayer services, presidential funerals and national prayers of mourning, including a ceremony with evangelist Billy Graham three days after the Sept. 11 attacks. But Trump's "xenophobia and misogyny," among other behavior and proposed policies, have been "outside the bounds of all mainstream norms" and the church should not appear to bless him, Hall wrote.
"We cannot use the words, symbols, and images of our faith to provide a religious gloss to an autocrat," Hall wrote.

The head of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, responded to the controversy over the cathedral with a statement urging all to pray for Trump and all civic leaders.
"Prayer is not a simplistic cheer or declaration of support," he wrote, but can also "ask God to intervene and change the course of history, to change someone's mind or his or her heart."
Associated Press reporter Nancy Benac contributed to this report


Season Premiere: January 20, 2017 | Real Time with Bill Maher

OMG I Can Not Believe The Fascist Under President Putin Just Walked Into The White House

OMG I can not believe, the underinformed voters and the power hungry GOP are going to let Putin/FSB just walk in the front door of our White House. This was predicted by VP Henry Wallace years ago : 

“The really dangerous American fascist... is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

~quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944”


So What Did Obama Do In 8 Years Besides Play Golf

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Changed the Culture of the Executive Branch
Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.
Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.
On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.
He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency.
He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems.
He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.
Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.
Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.
Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.
Became the first president to stream every White House event, live.
Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.
Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them.
Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.
Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent.
Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.
Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company.
Staved Off a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy
Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act.
By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%.
He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money.
Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.
In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years.
He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry.
Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world.
In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000.
Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency.
Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.
Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market.
Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by reducing the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.
Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.
Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.
Signed new rules making it easier for home buyers to get a loan to buy a condominium.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.
Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.
Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations.
China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania
Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and the company is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas and one in Arizona
Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future.
Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase.  As a result of this decision, a number of large employers, including Disney and Walmart, have increased their minimums.
Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods.
Signed bill to expand opportunities and to promote greater Native American tourism.
 Economic Improvement
As of October 2016, a record 73 consecutive months of overall job growth.
As of August 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble, remains below 5% all year so far. 4.9%
As of October 2016, there have been 80 consecutive months of private sector job growth.
In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973.  As of September 2016, they remain at 43-year lows. That means lower than at any time during Saint Reagan’s Administration.,
Since February 2010, when unemployment peaked, 15.6 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created.
Contrary to GOP rhetoric, most of the new jobs created have been full-time, not temporary.
Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office.
Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.5% of GDP in FY 2015.
Scolds Congress and gets a $305 billion highways bill passed. This bill has the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars.
 Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector
Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.
Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.
Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.
Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.
Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in derivatives and other high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests.
Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.
Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.
Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders.
Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years.
Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses
Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.
Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts.
Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession.
Created an airline passenger bill of rights, preventing airlines from stranding passengers on tarmac for hours, requiring them to return to the gate within three hours or face stiff fines.
Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition.
Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession.
Promoted and signed a bill to established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and implemented it.
Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade.
Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.
Created, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with
Took steps to improve minority access to capital.
Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.
Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.
Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.
Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs.
Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money.
Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft.
Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores.
Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy.
Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles.
Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship.
Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding.
Blocks the merger of several health insurers to ensure that competition remains in the health insurance business.
Signs a law to strengthen American economic competitiveness. ,
Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty
Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.
Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.
Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.
Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.
Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).
Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.
Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class.
Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.
Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job.
Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.
To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value.
Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.
Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush.
Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers.
2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances.
Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers.
Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers.
Signed a Hague Convention Agreement to make it easier to collect child support from parents wherever they are in the world.
Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically.
Signed executive order to expand charitable giving among federal employees.
Helped to end the “Victory Tax” that caused financial hardship to successful Olympic athletes.
Addressed Civil Rights and Equality
Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system.
Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people.
At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up some executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance.
Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power.
Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions.
Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias.
Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.
Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families.
Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally.
Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive.
Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people.
Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.
Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices.
Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations.
Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill.
Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened.
Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections.
Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations.
Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive  force violations.
Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary.
Took steps to treat opioid addiction as a health issue rather than purely as a law enforcement issue.
Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care.
Blocked an oil pipeline in South Dakota that would have devastated sacred Sioux land.
Worked with Congress to pass bill establishing Commission on Native Children, which will examine some of the most pressing problems facing Native American nations.
Signed bill establishing a Sexual Assault Rights Act by working with Democrats in Congress.
Worked with Congress to pass law to make sure there are changing tables in all federal restrooms, including men’s rooms.
Improved Workers’ Rights
He issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets.
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers.
Required companies who bid on federal contracts larger than $500,000 to publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages.
Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration in workplace discrimination accusations.
Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize.  He also added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions.
Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.
Signed law that bans imports of goods produced through forced labor.
Protected the Rights of LGBT People
Signed and implemented the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
Oversaw and implemented the repeal of the reprehensible “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.
Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.
Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.
Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.
As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.
Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing
Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage.
Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other.
Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia.
Department of Agriculture propagated new rules to better enforce non-discrimination when it comes to USDA investigations and to extend non-discrimination to gender identity.
Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers.
Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court.
Improved Conditions for Women
Establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider the effect of their policies and programs on women and families.
Implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.
Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule.
Improved the Paycheck Fairness Act, making it possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and ordering salary data collection, so as to make it harder for employers to pay women less.
Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls.
Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014.
Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
Ordered companies with 100 employees or more to disclose pay data based on race and gender, to address the pay gap.
Signs law restoring Arlington Cemetery burial rights for women pilots in World War II.
Addressed Criminal Justice Failings and the Gun Culture
Made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners.
Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years.
Increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison.
Ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons.
Took executive action to promote smart gun technology, to make them safer.
After a failure by Congress to act, proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system.
Relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be available to the background check system.
Ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers.
Order the Justice Department to look at the categories of mental health problems prohibited from owning guns to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks, getting guns.
Expanded the definitions of gun dealers and expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases.
Set up a task force to figure out what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence in the wake of Congressional inaction.
Signed bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families.
Changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing.
Signaled major shift away from the failed “Drug War” by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction.
Improved Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans
Provided active combat troops with better body armor.
Created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.
Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.
Signed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.
With Congressional Democrats, oversaw largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, for improved medical and extended care facilities for veterans.
Implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to provide veterans with training in green jobs.
Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.
Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.
Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence.
Ordered improvements to access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families.
Got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb.
Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it.  Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.
Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.
Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans.
Signed into law a bill that makes it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers.
Signed bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans.
Improved America’s Reputation Around the World
Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.
As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.
Made a speech at a US mosque to demonstrate his commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world.
Restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader.
Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.
Closed a number of secret detention facilities.
Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.
Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution.
Pushed for military to emphasize greater development of foreign language skills.
Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, while calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.
Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program.
Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, although blocked by Congress.
Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy and prohibited the use of “enhanced interrogation.”
Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.
Released the Bush torture memos.
On his second day in office, banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies and brought the US into full compliance with the Geneva Convention.
In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them.
Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the 187 aircraft cost $358 million each to build, it had never flown a combat mission.
Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program.
Ended the Iraq War.
Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. Reiterated that commitment in 2014.
Conducted a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.
Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, creating an independent South Sudan.
Helped make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009.
Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.
Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.
The new policies in Cuba led to thawed relations and the first US Embassy in Cuba in more than 55 years.
Became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in more than 80 years.
Negotiated a deal with Iran that will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon anytime soon, without firing a shot or invading the country.
As a result of the Iran agreement, Iran shipped pretty much all of it nuclear material to Russia.
Became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years, worked to restore relations with the country and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country.
Signs law extending some privacy protections to US allies, a reversal of the Bush practice of spying on people like Angela Merkel and the like.
With the Global Food Security Act, committed resources to expand food availability worldwide in an attempt to limit the scope of global hunger.
Instituted Power Africa, an initiative to bring electrical generation to greater parts of the African continent.
Lifted sanctions against Myanmar/Burma
Signed bill to end Americans’ involvement in international wildlife trafficking.
Signed an executive order to allow up to 110,000 additional refugees into the United States.
Changed US Approach to “Defense” and National Security
Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.
Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.
Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.
Signed and got ratification of a new SALT Treaty.
Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will stay in force until at least 2021.
Committed the US to no permanent military bases in Iraq.
Developed a comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda, the withdrawal of most troops and the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
Re-focused on Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing  troops from the country.
Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.
Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.
Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.
Worked with NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that Libyans could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate.
Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate.
In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneously engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior.
Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.
Increased border security
Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
Established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.”
Signed agreement with Afghanistan to end war, turn security over to Afghans.
Breaking with recent presidential tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process.
Instead of holding hearings and creating a political football, he quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack.  He is also getting a lot of useful information from the suspect.
Instituted rules to order sanctions against individuals and groups that threaten national cybersecurity.
Instituted tougher new sanctions against North Korea after threats of nuclear attack and several tests.
Got Congress to reauthorize FAA spending and to improve the efficiency of air travel for passengers.
Took concrete steps to improve our counter-terrorism efforts.
Making great strides in defeating the Islamic State without committing hundreds of thousands of troops or carpet bombing civilians, against Republican objections.
Improved Education and Educational Opportunities
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.
Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide.
Oversaw major expansion in school construction.
Signed an executive order that expanded recognition and funding for historically black colleges and universities.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.
Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0, to improve veterans’ access to education.
Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college.
Signed and implemented the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.
Took major new steps to protect students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid.
Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability.
Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.
Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for.
Led a bipartisan effort to reform the federal approach to education and essentially repeal “No Child Left Behind.”
High School graduation rates have soared under Obama
Restored the Adult View on Science and Technology
Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.
Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.
Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.
Conducted a cyberspace policy review.
Provided financial support for private sector space programs.
Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.
Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.
Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.
Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players.
Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband.
In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such events.
Established a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission, to coordinate efforts to fight cyber-crime and terrorism.
The Obama FCC, with his leadership, adopted strong net neutrality rules, to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone.
Ordered rules to speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.
Set up a National Strategic Computing Initiative, to “maximize benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.”
Ordered a federal level change in national earthquake standards.
Signed executive orders designed to strengthen government cybersecurity and prevent hackers from getting in.
Took steps to combat the effects of climate change by committing the U.S. to developing long-term drought resilience measures.
Started the road to greater exploration of space by signing bill to encourage mining on asteroids and clarifying property rights in space.
Officially joined the Paris Climate Accords, thus strengthening the effort and making it a more powerful commitment to climate change.
Improved Our Health and Safety
Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.
Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.
Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers.
Ordered that all vehicles be equipped with a rear-view camera by 2018, despite car makers’ complaints about cost.
Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco and order tobacco companies to disclose their ingredients and to ban cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”
Has overseen a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.
Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.
Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.
Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation.
Pushed through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage greatly and ended many detrimental insurance company practices.  He also established
Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.
Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees.
Through the ACA, millions of people receive help in paying their health insurance company premiums.
Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. (Note: except for those states whose Republicans refused to take the extra money.)
By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013.
The Affordable Care Act has increased the life expectancy of Medicare greatly.
Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.
Medicare costs actually declined slightly, for the first time in decades in 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Since passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960.
Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis.
Signed bill that will provide health insurance premium support to workers who lose their health insurance due to foreign competition.
In response to the confusion triggered by the Hobby Lobby decision, which essentially declared that corporations could have “religious rights” and lord them over employees, created new rules to give all women with insurance the right to free birth control.
Implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2015-2020, which is a follow-up to the first such strategy in US history, which he implemented in 2010. 
Took steps to improve the country’s approach to drug addiction and mental health.
Signed and will implement new child safety standards for e-cigarettes.
Put into place the first mandatory rules regarding labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)
Set up a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, in order to implement ways to develop a cure for cancer.
Took steps to improve detection and treatment of mental health problems.
Signed Trevor’s Law, which will allow for better tracking and study of cancer and disease clusters.
Signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to share healthcare information.
Expanded availability of Cuban cigars and Cuban run in the absence of a GOP Congressional bill lifting the Cuban embargo.
Extended an incentive program for Big Pharma that was about to expire, that encouraged them to find cures for pediatric diseases.
Addressed the Environment While Dealing with Energy Needs
Doubled federal spending on clean energy research.
Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.
Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.
Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”
Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.
Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.
Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. 
Meanwhile, oil consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards.
Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid.
Reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.
Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use.
Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Encouraged BP to pay $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )
Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.
Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change.
Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.
Set up new, stricter standards severely limiting power plant emissions, curring them to 68% of 2005 levels by 2030.
Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.
Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking.
Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.
Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.
Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses.
Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%
Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.
Signed a bill that allowed for increased regulations of a large number of chemicals and other toxic materials, allowing the EPA to make the use of certain toxic materials more transparent.
Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025
Facilitated investment in industrial energy efficiency to create jobs and strengthen US manufacturing while saving businesses $100 billion over a decade.
Set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts after the 2010 BP oil spill. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP.
Engaged in the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation.
Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021.
Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.
Guided a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014.
As of May 2015, 74% of new electrical capacity was provided by solar and wind power.
Bypassed Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.
Oversaw a tripling in the use of wind power to generate electricity. The US now leads the world in increased wind power capacity.
Ordered the federal government to incorporate climate resilience and climate science into all international development in which the United States engages.
Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.
Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in more than a decade.
Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.
Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.
Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.
Obama EPA ruled that excess CO2 is a pollutant.
Closed a deal with China to limit carbon emissions to slow down climate change.
Blocked all oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most pristine environments in North America
Signed an Executive Order to improve environmental efforts in the Arctic region and to combat climate change by better coordinating the efforts of the 23 federal agencies operating in the area.
Vetoed a bill to fast track construction of the parallel Keystone XL pipeline.
Expanded clean water regulations to more stringently protect all of the nation’s waterways, even when states fail in their duty.
Signed an Executive Order committing the federal government to lead the way in building a sustainable economy. It’s his fifth doing just that.
Banned the use of antibiotics in food served in US Government-run cafeterias and ordered agencies to only use antibiotic-free meat.
Developed new rules to address climate change and to create a significant boost to clean energy.
Negotiated and signed a virtually Republican-Proof global agreement on climate change, with 190 countries signing on.
Became one of 196 countries that signed onto a UN Framework on Climate Change.
Ordered a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal land, and they will examine the whole leasing process.
Signed a bill to better protect pipelines and to authorize greater oversight.
Signed an order turning more than 87,000 acres of Maine Woods into the North Woods National Monument.
Signed into law a measure directing the Department of Transportation to issue guidelines for minimum standards for underground storage of natural gas.
There’s a Lot More!
Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.
Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.
Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.
Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.
Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.
Placed major restrictions on the ivory trade in a bid to prevent the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa.
Signed a bill that will seriously curb the use of animal testing and establish alternative testing methods.
Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past.
To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery.
Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law.
Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements in trade pacts like NAFTA.
Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015.  He protected the funding during budget negotiations.
Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Expanded the authority of Customs to improve enforcement of trade and customs laws and to better coordinate said enforcement among various agencies.
And Did You Know?
Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office.  Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.
And of course…
Despite the odds, became the first black president and then, was reelected by a wide margin.