In a pointed essay about how wrong some libertarian bloggers masquerading as progressives can be, Booman Tribune (@booMan23) outlines a very good summary of just  some of the major progressive achievements of the Obama adminstration.  Despite the incessant and destructive doom and gloom whining of a professional left that profits from all the hysteria they manufacture, and the general ineffectualness of a progressive movement that now seems to have been far more interested in bumper sticker slogans that made them feel good,rather than in the long,hard slog we needed to make real political change, the Obama administration has gotten far more accomplished than any of these do-nothing idealogues really want you to know about.  

Why it that? Because the more you know, the more likely you are to vote.  And that means Obama would easily win reelection, and that's just something they cannot stomach because he's not "just not progressive enough" to suit their suspiciously juvenile expectations or tastes.

Whether they actually feel that way, as so many irrelevant socialists, anarchists, and nihlists have always felt in our nation's history, or they are being well-paid by the right wing to appear as if they feel that way, is really irrelevant in the current shadow of an impending Right wing takeover of the White House and Senate. Their glum, disappointed, despiriting voices and screeds deface the pages of countless newspaper, broadcast, and blogging  accounts so often, the apathy and despair in the electorate is palpable, and probably far greater than is being reflected in Obama's low approval numbers.  

Those numbers always take a plunge after the latest "Caver in Chief" memes get planted by the Hamshers, Greenwalds, Uygurs, Schultzes, Moores, Ratigans, Daous, and the rest of the perpetually petulant rich people gambling with America's future so they can look important to the 7% of democrats who will never be happy with any Democratic president.  These memes get traction not because they are true, but because these people get more traction in the main stream media than do all the other voices who actually lay out the facts without all the ruinously simplistic distortions and polemical firebombs designed to get them high-fives from their friends and sympathetic media hosts, and generally advance their career profiles and products, no matter how much they posture otherwise. Whether they really want to destroy the Obama presidency is secondary to the fact that they actually are.  So why are they so culturally suicidal with so much at risk for our society?  Ask them. They will spin you up a nice lie, replete with just enough pseudo-progressive blither blather that you might actually confuse them with sincere progressives.  They're not.

But enough preamble. Here is Booman's list, mostly reformatted and marginally reworded to suit this purpose, and with just enough of his lead-in retained to provide some context:

On many of the issues that most concern [Glenn] Greenwald, the two parties are frighteningly alike. How do we get these assholes to stop the insane War on Drugs? How can we ever shrink the Pentagon down to a reasonable size? Is there any end to the expansion of the surveillance state? It seems like neither party has any interest in budging on any of these questions, and it's appalling.

But how about the areas where they do differ?

  • Obama has overhauled the food safety system
  • Advanced women's rights in the work place
  • Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
  • Stopped defending DOMA in court.
  • Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
  • Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
  • Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can't afford it.
  • Expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
  • Invested in clean energy.
  • Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
  • While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
  • He created a Elizabeth Warren's dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • He's done a lot for veterans
  • He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks. 

None of these things were priorities for Republicans. They actively opposed, directly or indirectly through obstruction, every single item on this list. In fact, they succeeded in killing a Cap & Trade bill in the Senate after it had passed through the House.

All of these things are improvements that would not have occurred under a McCain-Palin administration. Moreover, a McCain-Palin administration would have moved in the other direction on most of these issues, or come up with even worse compromises.

Booman then concludes with:

The president has achieved a tremendous amount under the circumstances. And it matters greatly that he not be replaced by Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Michele Bachmann. Or even Ron Paul.

Thank you, Boo. It needed to be said. 

Moreover, it needs to be repeated to everyone. Please use the Retweet button below and help do that. Thanks.

Note:  :Last  year, a team I assembled produced a far more extensive list and published it at  We are about to start updating it to include some of what can be found above, and certainly all of what is found in Milt Shook's much later effort, which you can read here:



  • Zaneydude98

    Barak Obama is a good president.I personally thing he doesn’t get enough credit than he deserves.

  • CsrGail

    I like this website, and it confirms the information from dozens of other sources.

  • CsrChris for hundreds of accomplishments and details of each

  • CsrGail

    Obama’s first few accomplishments – 2009

    A) Obama took office in January 2009, and in February signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment 

    Act, including more than $288 billion in tax relief (much of it for working families), $144 billion in state and local relief 

    ($17.5 billion for New Jersey) and $111 billion for infrastructure (Interstate 295 an immediate recipient).

    B) He helped save the auto industry 

    C) Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for Women 

    D) Passed SCHIP 

    E) Passed the Affordable Care Act, which allows families to keep their children on their health care policies until 
    age 26 

    F) Began the elimination of the “doughnut hole” in the prescription drug benefit for seniors

    G) President Obama has given us two female Supreme Court justices (the first Hispanic), 

    H) Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 

    I) Passed the START Arms Treaty 

    J) Taken on piracy on the high seas 

    K) Eliminated Osama bin Laden.



  • CsrChris

    Obama as a senator – 2000 to 2004

    A) Obama played a key role in getting death penalty laws changed in Illinois. 

    B) Brought police officers and civil rights advocates together to reform a death penalty system that had sent 13 

    innocent men to death row.

    C) Voted to end $300 million worth of tax breaks for businesses. (2004)

    D) Voted for having Illinois endorse embryonic stem cell research. (2004)

    E) Voted against restrictions on public funding of abortion. (2000)

    F) Successfully co-sponsored a prescription drug discount buying club program for seniors and the disabled. (2003) 
    G) Unsuccessfully co-sponsored ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The measure became law after 

    Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate. (2003)

    H) Successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform called the Gift Ban Act. (1998) 


  • Mitch

    Seriously, it that list was closely scrutized Obama wouldn’t look very progressive at all.  Sure some of this helped a few people here and there, but no meaningful steps towards economic justice, healthcare access, environmental degradation, or corporate control of our government have been taken.  Our society is literally collapsing on itself and you want to celebrate gays being allowed to openly serve in the military in order to help further the U.S. conquest of the Middle East, or laud Obama for forcing people to buy shoddy insurance plans instead of actually pushing for REAL healthcare reform?  In the long run, Obama and the Democrats may have done more damage than good.  It shows how far we have fallen and what little idealism we have left when we’re willing to accept this as meaningful progress.

  • RSemmes

    Nice article, but aren’t all of those “achievements” very bad things and anathma to true liberalism?

  • Distant Observer

    “Stopped defending DOMA in court.”

    Uh, huh …

    “Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama
    administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from
    San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary
    caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse … the administration said it would continue to enforce the law, while exercising discretion on a case-by-case basis.”Read more:
    That’s some use of discretion. But, more importantly, we see, once more, that Obama’s pledges really don’t mean much when the rubber hits the road. Does anyone recall Obama campaigning on a single payer health care?

    • Writeguy9

      “Does anyone recall Obama campaigning on a single payer health care?”

      Nope, he never ran on that. He ran of bridging the gap between parties, bringing a new non-partisan tone to Washington, governing from the center on the strength of the argument, not ideology. Do you recall any of that during the 2008 campaign?

  • Joeotus

    Even though you had this and more on your list and Booman has this list the Obama Administration has not promoted any list of accomplishments but barely. Horrible, horrible public relations effort. You know very well that the Hamshers, Greenwalds, Uygurs, Schultzes, Moores, Ratigans, Daous lead no movement and the first two have been bitching about Obama’s work and accomplishment and their choices of priorities since week one after the inauguration. Obama for all these accomplishment has shaved points off of almost every bill to satisfy some need to please the GOP who hate him and want him gone as his full range of supporters who voted for him in 2008 wait and wait for him to fight back at the hate the GOP throws his way daily. Yes when elected some polls showed large support for bipartisanship but after six months and now two and a half years Americans know the GOP is fucking him and fucking with him and he has shown NO fight back. He operates on the basis that Dems have nowhere else to go so he can do what he wants. Huge numbers of Americans voted for Obama, Dems, Libs, Progs and Independent and his staff has blithly frittered away that support and in many way shit on those people. He was elected by those people to straighten out the country from the mess Bush/Cheney and company made and their anti-America approach and for all the accomplishments on your list he has avoided and/or regressed on many of the targets voters expected him to deal with. Yesterday Christine O’Donnell let the cat out of the bag and actually referred to the current GOP/Tea Party machinations as the “Second American Revolution” (undoubtedly what they call it among themselves) and we have yet to see the President or his non-existent surrogates (ala Carville and Begala (i.e. non-elected defenders) fight back. The P.R of this administration is particularly heinous given the overwhelming domination of the print and electronic media radio and TV by the Right-Wing.
    His message is barely heard over the din of thousands of hours of right-wing attacks and often seems benign, punchless and gutless so the GOP message gets out and his doesn’t. Sometimes the nice guy needs to show fight not only against pirates and arab terrorists but against American right-wingers like Perry and Coburn who are busy rattling weaponry in their “Revolution” against America, disrespecting the President, our Constitution and the greatest country on earth which they are gingerly destroying as they turn it over to their corporate masters who couldn’t care less.

  • Distant Observer
  • Distant Observer

    That’s a pretty thin gruel being offered up there. Without going into details as too how far removed that list of surrenders and compromises is from “yes, we can,” have a read here:

    • Anonymous

      It may be thin gruel to you, but if you had a child or other loved one with a pre-exisiting condition who was dumped by insurance or couldn’t get it to begin with (my son), it would be a big thing to you. It depends on whose ox is being gored, and some people’s ox may be a military career on the line if they’re gay, or food poisoning from badly handled meats or other foods, etc.

  • Regardless of what you currently think about President Obama’s administration, take the time to read these facts.