Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Before we officially reach the end of the Barack Obama Era, we should take time to remember for posterity those things that he did as President that were actually very good for America. How many of us listened to the awful things said about him during his term of office only to "bite our lips" and let the silly comments go by the wayside? Who among us thought that the wing-nut crowd would get in position to literally rewrite history with their nonsense?

So we start this series of "Top Ten" lists, taken from the web site "Please Cut The Crap", which lists 400 accomplishments of the first openly bi-racial President. Each claim comes with a link that allows you to check out the basis of the claim. (Too bad we can't force Donald Trump to post links along with his crazy claims, eh?)

He changed the Culture of the Executive Branch

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

  • On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.

  • He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems.

  • Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.

  • Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

  • Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them.

  • Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.

  • Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

400 Accomplishments of Obama
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