Grading President Obama After One Year
Posted Mon, Jan 25, 2010

President Obama is at least an immensely eloquent and intelligent speaker. At the beginning of his Presidency he outlined a series of goals with which he would initiate his administration of the nation. I propose to grade him in an objective manner based on his productivity and not on whether I agree with his goals.
I. He would create a bipartisan environment in which all factions of the public would be heard and served. One year later- the country has not been more politically divided since perhaps 1840. Hate messages are rampant in chat rooms and Congress is so politicized that members refer to each other in derogatory terms. Whatever this is, it does not represent successful leadership.
II. The President acknowledged the hemorrhaging of the economy and the need for jobs. One year later- not only has the jobless situation intensified, he has failed to initiate an economic stimulus package that emphasized infrastructure and job creation. During the same period of time the Chinese government has done so and their economy is thriving.
III. The President’s main objective was health care reform. One year later - Not only was no legislation passed, under his leadership the Republican party has become the party of obstruction and the Democrats the party of totalitarianism.
IV. The President acknowledged the risks of terrorism and the need to repair our relationships with our neighbors. One year later - we are getting more enmeshed in a war in Afghanistan and have not been able to resolve the Iraqi problems or the nuclear proliferation of the Iranians.
V. He would preserve his popularity on the basis of meeting the needs of the nation or he declared he would be a one term President. One year later- he is still popular however independents are defecting from his leadership in droves and even a Democratic party stalwart like Massachusetts has elected a Republican senator.
In summary this first year of the Obama presidency has resembled the impotence and arrogance of the Carter Presidency. As Hilary Clinton declared during the campaign for the Democratic Party nomination, the greatest detraction of an Obama Presidency might be his inexperience in public office. Year two will be a telling year as his majority in the Congress and the Senate will diminish substantially after the November elections.

Edward Lack
Edward Lack MD is a board certified dermatologist and a board certified dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. He is President and Medical Director of MetropolitanMD, a multispecialty cosmetic surgery center in Chicago,which is unique in having a double board certified cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, and a double board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Lack is also the Past President of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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