President Obama's Presidency

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Vanessa Puga
Professor Mishler
November 16, 2010
A Presidency Determined to Change a Nation
On Tuesday January 20th 2009 in Washington D.C., our 44th president Barack Obama stood before a record breaking crowd of Americans to deliver his inauguration speech which marked the commencement of his four year term. Being the first African American president, the journey that Barack Obama embarked on was difficult but he worked hard to win over voters with his many speeches that promised “Change”; the slogan of his campaign. As president Obama presented his inaugural speech, Americans all over the country witnessed a highly anticipated and great moment in history. In hopes of reassuring his supporters and promising those people with doubts President Obama said, “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.” With that said it has been almost two years since we elected this democratic candidate to run our country and within his time of being president we have already took notice to a great amount of progress. Though not all issues have been completely solved president Obama and his administration have proved to be successful with issues such as, health care reform, immigration legislation, and economic reform.

Before Obama became president the cost of health insurance was at its highest and therefore over forty-five million Americans including over eight million children were lacking health care. Health insurance premiums had nearly doubled and increasing co-pays and deductibles threatened the access to care. Even Americans with health insurance struggled with the high costs and many insurance plans covered only a limited amount of doctor visits and hospital days. This was of course a major issue for the American people and in fact, over half of all personal bankruptcies were caused by medical bills.

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