A President Named Barack Obama: His Accomplishments, His Legacy, His Future

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/6/2017, 8:53 a.m.
Eight years ago America was a very different county. Our economy was at a low. Healthcare was not made for ...

Eight years ago America was a very different country. Our economy was at a low. Healthcare was not made for everyone. Troops were at war. Topping off everything there weren’t enough jobs to go around for all of America. The country was pretty dim. But we found our light in hope through a change we could believe in brought on by an African American guy from Chicago, IL, who would later become the 44th President of the United States.

In his first official capacity as President during his inaugural address, he knew what his winning of the election meant. It was far bigger that America had progressed enough to do what some thought was unthinkable by electing an African American to hold the highest office in the nation. Larger than the fact that little black boys and girls truly knew there was no ceiling limiting them to what they could do. Obama’s victory meant Americans were tired of suffering, tired of having things done the same way. They wanted, they needed Obama to restore hope and to restore America.

President Obama heard them, heard us. Unlike previous presidents, he tried hard in many ways to answer America’s longing for change. He was smart to know that this resolution was not going to happen quickly nor was it going to occur by himself and with government officials but it was going to happen with the help Americans. The blueprint for this plan was presented in his inaugural address in 2009 where he wanted America to hold elected officials accountability for the task they had at hand and for Americans to stand up and take responsibility for the job they had to do.

“For as much as government can do, and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies,” said President Obama. He further added, “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.”

It was an agenda that seemed too much too handle. One that had some many issues that it was difficult to determine which to tackle first. Having so many complexities that it would make the average person feel overwhelmed. However, we didn’t have that kind of president. Our President, my president, was one who didn’t look at the size of problems but attempted to break them down for a more comprehensive understanding to come to a more conclusive decision leading to some monumental fetes that past successors hadn’t managed to achieve. One of those being healthcare reform.

Undoubtedly, one of his greatest accomplishments of his presidency was healthcare reform. Many former presidents had tried in various ways to revamp the system that worked for a few and failed many. Health insurance just wasn’t in the grasp for those it was made for…the sick. Those with preexisting were dropped from plans or denied altogether. Insurance companies denied necessary treatments or tests for their own benefit. Premiums were through the roof. Americans had no control over their own care. But then came the change that folks could believe in with the passage of the Affordable Health Care. Universal healthcare gave many, who far so long didn’t have insurance, insurance for the first time in years. It moved to give quality care to more Americans that were lost in the system. Of course, it was not without controversy, as the plan was not perfect but it was better because it took away some barriers to gaining insurance. It made sure affordable thereby creating a healthier America. Even with its good points and flaws, one had to admit it was a lot better than what we had and no one had success reforming it until a president named Barack Obama stepped in.