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How Will You Judge Success of Obama Administration?

If you turn on the news right now, President Obama's honeymoon with the press is no secret. And in fact, among the general population, the new president enjoys a favorable ratings of 71 percent and a large portion of Americans (72 percent) believe the US will be better off in four years. But the question remains — how will Americans determine that they are better off?

For the last few months, we've been seeing unemployment rates shooting upward, as hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their jobs each month. Maybe a curb in the jobless rate would signal positive progress. Or, perhaps you want to see momentous legislation — like universal healthcare or a complete withdrawal from Iraq, until you think Obama has delivered. Then again, approval ratings might be the best way to judge Obama. If he starts to dip in popularity, maybe it means his actions aren't what the country wants or needs right now.

In the next few months, how will you judge Obama?


clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
But that doesn't change my opinion of it Stephley. I personally didn't like it when we were "allies" with hussein. I didn't trust him one whit. But again, like I've said before I just have opinions. I'm not in the big guys chair that has to make the decisions.
stephley stephley 8 years
One man's dictator is another's strong leader. The Saudis aren't very nice. We ignored a lot of bad things Saddam Hussein did in the period the US considered him an ally. Very often in the past in South America, if the US liked a leader much of the world considered him a dictator.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
If they are dictators or the like, none of them. That doesn't mean he (the President) doesn't have to look at things from that side, it just means that you can't negotiate with terrorists. Of which I believe Dictators come from the same ilk.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
clarabelle98, then how does one decide which of "these people" it will be a good idea to sit-down and talk to?
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Stephley, I didn't say Obama shouldn't CONSIDER the side, I said sitting down and talking to some of these people isn't a good idea.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I love you steph! That is so true how some people said in other polls all sides should be considered but if you don't like the side you just blow them off
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'll judge him based on how many of the promises he made during the campaign he keeps, and how many he walks away from.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I'll judge him more when it comes to how he handles the bigger/harder issues. The petty things later on down the line won't concern me as much. Right now the economy is horrible. And I agree with *7showgirl*. It'll take time for him and his people to fix the mess that most of Americans are in.
stephley stephley 8 years
But in another post, you said all sides should be considered on any issue Clara - so who gets to decide who's worth talking to and who isn't?
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Sexylibrarian, they don't like how they're talked to, looked at, judged etc. etc. It's something new every time going back for years. You can't talk to people like that. Would sitting down and talking to Hitler have helped? People (And not just GW Bush) DID try to talk to Hussein and we know what happened there. What about Bin Laden? Would talking to him help? In many cases, a round table meeting with all the people in charge is a great idea! But there are some people you can't talk to no matter how much you might want to try it.
7showgirl7 7showgirl7 8 years
How can we judge him, he has just started the job but if we are going by what he has done so far, he started the job the day after he was elected and is doing a good job so far. Everything can't be fixed over night, it took 8 years to create this mess and it will take time to fix it.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
or maybe they didn't like how they were talked to clara?
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
For me, it won't be any one thing. He's got a long way to go to impress me. His idea to "sit down and talk" with dictators doesn't sit well with me. It concerns me to no end, so if he manages to somehow pull that off with positive results I'll be utterly amazed. From everything we've learned, it's pretty obvious that you can't "talk" to these people. However, I don't hold the big job so it's not up to me.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I'm curious, when the economy was starting to tank most conservatives said it had nothing to do with Bush and that the government has little to do with the economy. So if that is something you will measure him on, how is that possible? How can Obama save our economy?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I say a combination of the economy and health care both of which are important. His approval ratings not so much. You can't judge what you think of him based on what other people think of him.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
My fiancee and I will judge based on how safe we are (that's always no.1, because if we're not safe, the economy will go plunging anyway), and the stabilization of the economy with eventual upward turn.
stephley stephley 8 years
Clearly if they're waiting for him to reach across the aisle, no they're not going to judge Obama by the standards they used for Bush. Remember, Bush wasn't expected to pay attention to the will of the people - as President he wasn't in office to be popular (which is about the only thing Bush got right).
tiabia tiabia 8 years
So wait, are you saying that the Bush Administration has set the bar pretty high for the Obama Administration?
divinelight divinelight 8 years That is one way I'll measure Obama's success. The site lists every promise Obama has made during his campaign and shows if he's working on it or has accomplished yet or even if he's broken it. He may not be popular when his term (or terms) end, but if he has done what he set out to do then he was successful. It might not work in the end, but we voted him into office to do these things hoping they would work and if he accomplishes them then that is a type of success. I wish President Obama luck, he has a lot of work ahead of him and it won't be easy.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No tiabia i am saying that the bar hasnt been low for the past 8 years.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Caterpillar, are you saying that you are judging Barack Obama by the EXACT same standard that you judged George Bush?
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I totally agree with you mydia!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I find it interesting that many conservatives say they will measure success but how much Obama reaches across the aisle. Bush really never did that, and didn't even attempt to govern for anyone other than his supporters. Remember all that mandate talk? Why the change in measurement for success of a pres?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
SL, it hasnt been low for me.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Part of the critieria I will use to judge whether he is sucessful or not is his ability to reach across the aisle and work for solutions that statisfy the most people, not just the left. I will also be looking to see if he can make the tough, unpopular decisions that almost no one will like.
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