What has Obama done anyway?

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To the Editor:
I’ve listed a few accomplishments of our President. I’ve selected some from a list of 206 not so shabby achievements, not even mentioning Obamacare:

1. Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

2. Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.  

3. On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.

6. Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

24. 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.

29. Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

52. Ordered 65 executives, who took bailout money, to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

38. Had special forces kill Osama bin Laden and a number of high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders.

82. On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all  Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention.

86. Ended the Iraq War.

90. Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

104. Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

114. Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process and reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. 

143. Oversaw a 50 percent decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

146. Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39 percent without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months.

157. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95 percent of America’s working families.

158. Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

180. Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

184. Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

206. Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7 percent 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 percent.

Lia South