CNN embarrassed itself today when Candy Crowley told David Plouffe that the Obama administration has not accomplished any of their goals.
…Here you go courtesy of Obama’s Achievements Center:
- He’s killed Osama Bin Laden.
- Eliminated several other Al-Qaeda leaders
- Ended the War in Iraq
- Begun the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan
- End-run Republican obstructionism by recess-appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Board.
- Obama has overhauled the food safety system
- Advanced women’s rights in the work place
- Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in our military
- Stopped defending DOMA in court.
- Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
- Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
- Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can’t afford it.
- Expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
- Invested in clean energy.
- Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
- While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
- He created Elizabeth Warren’s dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- He’s done a lot for veterans.
- He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.
And this one, that I sort of knew about, but had forgotten about, and certainly didn’t realize how much pressure the rightwingers had applied in order to screw it up:
****Obama also signed an Executive Order in 2009 that would have closed GITMO, but Congress has repeatedly blocked funding for the closure of the facility and the relocation of detainees for nearly three years.****
Not too shabby for a president who CNN claims has no plan, and hasn’t accomplished anything.
So, about that….
From 22 Jan 2009:
Promising to return America to the “moral high ground” in the war on terrorism, President Obama issued three executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration, including one requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.
During a signing ceremony at the White House, Obama reaffirmed his inauguration pledge that the United States does not have “to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals.”
The president said he was issuing the order to close the facility in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.”
A second executive order formally bans torture by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations. That essentially ends the Bush administration’s CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods.
“We believe that the Army field manual reflects the best judgment of our military, that we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture, but that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need,” Obama said.”This is me following through … on an understanding that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct not just when it’s easy but also when it’s hard.”
A third executive order establishes an interagency task force to lead a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases.
And here we go…
A number of congressional Republicans criticized Obama’s decision.
“We cannot risk going back to the politically correct national security policies that left us vulnerable in the lead-up to 9/11,” Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a written statement. “Without a clear plan for the detention and interrogation of captured terrorists and combatants, we are unnecessarily risking the safety of our nation.”
On Congress’ obstructionism:
from 23 Dec 2011…
Today when the President signed H.R. 2055, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 into law, he issued another signing statement in his battle with congress over the closure of Gitmo. Ever since Obama issued an executive order to close Gitmo, Congress has been running end games around funding the closure and transfer of detainees. This year was no different.
In his signing statement, Obama noted, “I have previously announced that it is the policy of my Administration, and in the interests of promoting transparency in Government, to indicate when a bill presented for Presidential signature includes provisions that are subject to well-founded constitutional objections. The Department of Justice has advised that a small number of provisions of H.R. 2055 raise constitutional concerns.”