Letter: Obama: leadership, courage and honesty
In 2008, Barack Obama told his supporters, of which I was one. "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
Hawaiian born, Barack Obama, who left office with a 60 percent approval rating, was replaced with an impulsive, self-obsessed, vindictive, untruthful tweeting man-child, who during his first weeks in office left Americans dazed, dumbfounded, frightened and angry. It was like being caught in the headlights of an onrushing, manically driven automobile. Apparently this person, before moving into the White House had the cleaning crew, scrub away the wisdom, dignity, compassion, maturity, and sanity that had accumulated there for eight years.
These are some of the achievements of President Obama:
Signed the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act, correcting the financial practices that caused the 2007-09 Republican "Great Recession."
Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saving the American automobile industry; preserving 4.1 million private sector jobs.
Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Signed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); providing reliable health care for 23.1 million Americans.
Expanded Pell Grant spending allowing college students to get low interest loans from the federal government.
Undertook strategies that engaged China while maintaining our leadership in the region.
Changed course in Cuba: Opening up new markets for North Dakota farmers.
Increased the Department of Veterans Affairs budget. Signed a new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance.
Imposed sanctions on Putin, when insurgents, shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet killing 298, while Russians invaded and destabilized the Eastern part of Ukraine.
Under his leadership, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent, the lowest since 2007. The economy added 11.3 million jobs during his presidency.
President Obama, thank you! Your leadership, courage, honesty and familial roll model are outstanding examples for all forward thinking Americans to follow.
Larsen lives in Mandan, N.D.