On the eve of Election Day, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reviewed the many accomplishments of President Barack Obama’s first term.
Obama’s list of accomplishments included an equal pay law, expanding hate crimes laws, health care reform, revamping student loans, increasing national service programs, the “cash for clunkers” program, preventing a financial collapse, signing the single largest tax cut, reforming Wall Street, appointing the first Hispanic justice to the Supreme Court, signing a new nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, providing first responders who were sickened after the 9/11 with benefits, and repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“All of that was accomplished in the first two years of his presidency,” Maddow said. “Then came the 2010 mid-terms, and the House went to the Republicans, and they pledged to oppose everything the president did.”
But the liberal MSNBC host said that wasn’t enough to prevent Obama from accomplishing even more as president. Maddow noted that in the next two years, Obama ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden, signed an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, helped overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, imposed new sanctions on Iran, extended employment benefits to same sex partners, halted the deportation of immigrants illegal brought to the United States as children — and quit smoking.
“Four years after that historic night when the nation elected our first African American president, we are now in the position to make a decision, not that will result in a historic election like that one, we are in the position of making a decision that will be a national verdict on what has been a historic presidency,” Maddow said.
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