The two term presidency of Barack Obama is coming to an end, something that has many people questioning what his legacy will be. As the first African American president, Obama broke through many barriers while in office and he took control of the country at a very troubling time in American history. When he took office in 2009, the economy was losing more than 800,000 jobs every month and the unemployment rate continued to climb up to 10 percent.
Thankfully, those days are now behind us and the economy is recovering from what is being called The Great Recession. And it could have been much worse, it could have become a full fledged depression and many people are thanking President Obama from bringing the country back from the brink of destruction.
The proof is in the pudding, or at least that’s what James Dondero said to NexBank this weekend. The housing market has returned to a new normal, inflation is low, and the federal budget deficit has been decreasing for years. Many people are still unhappy with current economic conditions, but the truth is that it could be so much worse considering the obstacles we were facing. While Obama made his fair share of controversial decisions while in office, the results speak for themselves. No, the economy, health care, and other issues have not been fully resolved but thanks to smart decisions Obama made on behalf of the country, we are well on our way to recovery.
Before a friendly crowd of pro-Israeli Republicans, Senator Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie both took turns lambasting President Obama’s Israeli foreign policy. It is certain that Tea Part darling Ted Cruz and the moderate Republican governor from a deep blue state will not agree on all of the issues facing the nation. That said, the two firebrands found common ground when it came to criticizing the president’s treatment of Israel in his Middle East foreign policies. Keith Mann knows that both Cruz and Christie were sure to utter pleasing words to big GOP donor Sheldon Adelson. The pro-Israeli donor has not made up his mind as to which candidate he will back during the GOP primary. However, it is certain that whoever can secure Adelson’s support will enjoy a substantial stream of campaign donations.
As for the substance of their talks, Christie pointed out that President Obama is unwilling to stand up to the mullahs of Iran or anyone else for that fact. There was one notable exception and that is in regards to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. For his part, Cruz stated that he believes Iran will have nuclear weapons by the year 2017, 1.5 years away. As president, Cruz would give Iran a simple ultimatum: stop your military nuclear development program or we’ll (forcibly) stop you ourselves. The talk is tough, but at the same time it raises the specter that a GOP president may well engage the nation in another Middle East war.
Obama to Reluctantly Back Clinton Campaign
Hilary Clinton deciding to run for president in 2016 came as a surprise to absolutely no one. What may be a real surprise is who will back her for the campaign.
Along with running for president, Clinton has also made it known that she is also running a campaing in bracing president Barack Obama, who is also going to back Clinton. Though Obama will do his best to get another Democrat elected to office, it isn’t as high on his priority list. Essentially, the support he does offer will not be smooth.
What is high on Obama’s priority list is dealing with Iran, China and climate change issues while fending off critics from both Democrats and Republicans at the same time. The year so far hasn’t been incredibly stressful for Obama but Clinton is not his biggest focus at the moment. However, both Obama and Clinton are doing their best to put up with any differences they may have.
Clinton has already hired staff members who are close with the White House for her campaign, including communication directors and campaign chairs who have served in the White House from previous administrations. Meanwhile, Obama will take time to aide Clinton in fundraising campaigns and appealing to voter populations in swing states. Mark Ahn has learned that, interestingly enough, Obama has never been a big fan of the fundraising aspects, which is a priority here.
On Tuesday, after meeting the Cuban leader at a summit, President Obama made a public announcement indicating that he is removing the government of Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism maintained by the United States State Department. He notified Congress of his decision.
Sultan Alhokair says that the removal of Cuba from the list will occur officially 45 days after his message to Congress, unless Congress seeks to override his decision by passing new legislation to keep Cuba on the list. In that event, President Obama is expected to override the measure. Many observers believe the possibility exists for the United States and Cuba to resume full diplomatic relations soon.
Upon learning about President Obama’s action, the highest ranking Cuban diplomat in the United States, Josefina Vidal, reportedly stated: “The Cuban government recognizes the President of the United States’ just decision to take Cuba off a list in which it should never have been included.”
Cuba was placed on the state sponsors of terrorism list by President Reagan in 1982. At that time, Cuba provided open support for a group seeking Basque independence from Spain and to factions opposing the Colombian government. During the period of strained relations with the USA, the Cuban government provided asylum to a fugitive from the United States, Joanne Chesimard, who escaped to Cuba after being confined to prison for murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.