by Chris Nush, Staff Reporter
Four years ago, our country was in a terrible financial state. Economists called it “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” Taxes and unemployment were high, while the U.S. was caught up in two wars. The American people wanted change.
Since he arrived, President Barack Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family according to a speech he gave in Cleveland three months ago. As of September 2012, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in the past four years. Towards the end of 2011, the president also officially declared an end to the war in Iraq: a war that has cost this country billions and added to the national debt.
Another major milestone for the president was repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a controversial policy, which prohibits openly gay people from serving in the Armed Forces. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010” served as a major milestone, not just for the President, but for the LGBT community and its supporters.
This shows how our president truly believes in equal rights for everybody. According to the Huffington Post, the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. This obviously shows that he does not fully support equal rights.
So many conservatives are complaining about how President Obama did not do everything that he promised to do in the four years he has been President. This is because there is no way he could have fixed everything in only four years. Because of the mess he inherited from George W. Bush, former president, it is going to take a long time to fix everything wrong. President Obama has done as much as he possibly could to improve our country.
Our president has done great things in four years from lowering unemployment to becoming the first sitting president to come out in support of same-sex marriage. President Obama has shown that being an American means having equal rights whether you are rich or poor, gay or straight, or any ethnicity.