How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency. Pew Research Center. Michael Dimock. January 10, 2017

Barack Obama campaigned for the U.S. presidency on a platform of change. As he prepares to leave office, the country he led for eight years is undeniably different. Profound social, demographic and technological changes have swept across the United States during Obama’s tenure, as have important shifts in government policy and public opinion. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Obama Leaves Office on High Note, But Public Has Mixed Views of Accomplishments

Obama Leaves Office on High Note, But Public Has Mixed Views of Accomplishments. Pew Research Center. December 14, 2016

With just a few weeks left in Barack Obama’s presidency, Americans’ early judgments of his place in history are more positive than negative. Obama is poised to leave office on a high note: Current assessments of both the president and the first lady are among the most favorable since they arrived in the White House. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term

Obama in Strong Position at Start of Second Term. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. January 17, 2013.

As he prepares for his second inauguration, Barack Obama is in a stronger position with the public than he was over much of his first term. At 52%, his job approval rating is among the highest since the early months of his presidency. His personal favorability, currently 59%, has rebounded from a low of 50% in the fall campaign. And increasing percentages describe him as a strong leader, able to get things done and as someone who stands up for his beliefs. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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President Obama’s Clean Energy Progress: How The Top 10 Energy Priorities Fared During His First Term

President Obama’s Clean Energy Progress: How The Top 10 Energy Priorities Fared During His First Term. Center for American Progress. Daniel J. Weiss. January 9, 2013.

According to the author, despite congressional failure to pass essential legislation to reduce carbon pollution and establish a renewable electricity standard, during its first term the Obama administration successfully adopted policies to protect public health from air pollution, lower oil consumption, and create jobs. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Anti-Americanism Down in Europe, but a Values Gap Persists

Anti-Americanism Down in Europe, but a Values Gap Persists. Pew Global Attitudes Project. Richard Wikes. December 4, 2012.

While Europeans reacted to President Obama’s re-election with a mixture of excitement and relief, his presidency has not closed the long-running transatlantic values gap in areas such as use of military force, religion, and individualism. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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An American President in the Age of Globalization

An American President in the Age of Globalization. YaleGlobal. Strobe Talbott. November 19, 2012.

In Washington and Beijing, new administrations prepare to take the reins. Strobe Talbott gives an analysis of the significance of President Barack Obama’s reelection. A child of an African man, raised in a middle-class American home, Obama represents high aspirations for many around the globe. But he’s also a target for those who fear globalization and change. “The same attributes of the 44th president that have made him a prodigy in the eyes of many Americans – and much of the rest of the world – have also made him a target of unprecedented mistrust and hatred,” writes Talbott. Obama is qualified to lead in an era of globalization, and Talbott points out two areas that demand political courage: strengthening the global nuclear non-proliferation regime with ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and leading an international effort to slow the process of human-induced climate change. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Reelected Obama Looks at Fiscal Cliff

Reelected Obama Looks at Fiscal Cliff. YaleGlobal. David Dapice. November 7, 2012.

President Barack Obama has won the hard fought battle for a second term. The president and U.S. politicians must hurry to put finances in order, warns economist David Dapice. Congress failing to agree on raising taxes or cut spending invoked a deus ex machina of painful automatic cuts and deadlines. Democrats, Wall Street investors, corporations and activists will push a divided Congress to develop a reasonable compromise that does not impose sudden austerity. “The really bad scenario is if a combination of EU recession, U.S. fiscal tightening and Asian slowdown interacted and fed off one another,” Dapice writes. A healthy global economy depends on U.S. Congress cooperating with President Obama to contain excessive health-care costs and deficits. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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