The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - WTF? I mean who's heard of this? It was one of the first bills he signed into law after inauguration. Anyway, from wikipedia...
The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 stating that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new discriminatory paycheck.
The Stimulus Package - Signed into law. Problem with this is that we know now that it not only didn't stimulate the economy but was almost a trillion dollars to pay back lobbyists and political supporters of the Democrats. 500 billion hasn't been spent yet and likely has become a war chest for the Democrats' coming elections. They'll need it too.
The stimulus bill if you read it is loaded with pork barrel paybacks to political supporters. After the stimulus bill unemployment grew to 10% with another 7% giving up. You would have thought that it would have at least kept it to the 8% we were promised. What's worse is they want to repeat it again in 2010 with more disastrous results. It's a good lesson in what Congress is best at, TAX and SPEND and not creating or saving jobs.
Signed An Executive Order Banning Waterboarding - Not a major accomplishment except to the Left WingNut fringe that thought it would open the door for prosecution of 'war criminals'. The ultimate result is that Islamic terrorists still hate our guts and ability to gather information is less effective. The so-called American war crimes trials will simply fade away. There's no way the Obama Department of Justice will prosecute anyone for war crimes.
Restored funding to overseas family planning organizations - Read abortion funding. This is another WTF. This one is way out in left field and also an Executive Order.
Restored funding for stem-cell research - Another Executive Order. Nothing major and after all who cares?
Oversaw the banking rescue - Rescue? This is a biggie and will continue to be a biggie. Banks are still closing, still not loaning money and if you're not one of the big banks you're still teetering on insolvency. The next logical step here is to nationalize banking by increasing capitalization to the point that small banks go out of business. Nationalizing a country's banking system has never been successful and in fact has destroyed countries.
Oversaw material interventions in the U.S. car industry - Nationalizing GM was a kickback to the UAW plain and simple. Ford understood this and said 'NO THANKS' much to the administration's chagrin. Saving GM was not about saving a automobile company it was about keeping the UAW members happy. This was a labor issue not a manufacturing issue. Especially when you consider the fact that in the U.S. today most union members are overpaid, lazy government workers. When was the last time you dealt with an efficient, friendly, customer-oriented federal government worker? If you have ever had a problem with the U.S. Post Office you'll know what I mean. Imagine what Universal government run health care would be like if it were run by bureaucrats and politicians. Now we have a government run automobile manufacturer. No thanks...
Successfully nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court - No surprise here. Is this an accomplishment that will put money in your pocket, pay your mortgage and generally make your life better? Meh...
Greening California car-emission standards - I don't know about you but this hasn't made pollution in California any better and it never will. About all it's done is made people and businesses bail out of California. As a result, the tax base has shrunk and California itself wants a government bailout. In the end though, the consumers ultimately pay for this bogus crap.
Advanced the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq - A lot of Left WingNuts claim this as an accomplishment but we not only are still in Iraq but leaving Iraq is uncertain to happen any time soon.
Reinforced the U.S. commitment to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan/Pakistan - Oh really? The biggest threat now seems to be coming from Yemen. We STILL can't find bin Laden, he's still thumbing his nose at us and it's now become Obama's war. Nobel Peace Prize anyone? Peace?
Took steps toward resetting the tone of U.S. relations with the Arab world - This is often cited as an accomplishment. They still hate us, still trying to kill us, bowing to them didn't help either and relations with most Arab countries is an utter joke.
Ordered the release of "the torture memos" - Only a big accomplishment to the Left WingNuts and Right WingNuts. This will get buried and it was only for show anyway.
And finally, bashing Bush has been a major accomplishment. It's been over a year since he was elected and he's still bashing Bush. Obama seems to have never quit campaigning. In every speech where he has run out of leadership ideas and solutions on whatever issue it is, he falls back on anti-Bush rhetoric. OK we get it, so start leading us out of it and do something. Quit beating a dead horse, most people aren't buying it except the Left WingNuts and Right Wingnuts.
Health Care Reform - What should have been a monumental and historic accomplishment has become not just a failure but will ultimately swing Capitol Hill to a conservative majority in both Houses and make Obama a one term president. With overwhelming Democrat majorities in both Houses Health Care reform has dribbled into a 2000+ page monstrosity that as it currently stands: a) doesn't reform health care, b) doesn't bring down costs, c) doesn't cover everyone and d) panders to special interests and lobbyists. It's not because Congress didn't try either. They held secret meetings that Republicans were locked out of, sold votes to the lowest bidders and peppered it with several questionably unconstitutional provisions. It was not transparent, average Americans were not given a say and the bottom line is that most Americans do not want health care reform. Congress has blown almost a whole year on health care when what people really want are decent jobs and an economy that doesn't suck.
Transparency In Government - This is a total fail. Open meetings on HCR, fail, accounting for stimulus jobs online or otherwise, fail, leadership in bringing Republicans and Democrats together for bipartisan actions, fail and the list goes on. In fact, as the administration realizes that the American people don't really want his agenda the more secretive the Executive Branch has become and how little transparency in government is talked about by the administration. In fact, leadership for the American people has been a total failure. All the air has left the party balloons and most Americans are beginning to realize his lack of leadership and ineptitude.
Leadership In General - Fail
Getting Olympics To Chicago - Fail
Campaigning for Democrats in Virginia Elections - Fail
Campaigning for Democrats in New Jersey Elections - Fail
Campaigning for Democrats in Massachusetts Elections - Fail
Climate Change In Copenhagen - Fail
Passing Cap and Trade - Fail
The Obama administration had a golden opportunity, one very few American presidents get. He had both the Senate and House of Representatives with huge majorities ready to do his bidding and he blew it. He may still have some time left before mid-term elections but the clock is ticking. Squandering his first year on Health Care, signing pork barrel legislation, robbing the Treasury, making big government bigger and not focusing on our nation's security and economic chaos will cost him dearly. He has achieved one of the lowest approval ratings of any modern first year president, alienated much of his own party as well as most Americans, has become a sock puppet for big labor, big government, special interest groups and lobbyists. Sadly, this is what every president has done since the first Bush presidency in the 80s and 90s. Obama is no different.
Bipartisanship doesn't mean 'my way or the highway' it means compromise and cooperation. Up to this point the last thing Obama has done his first year is shown bipartisanship. The window for him to bring together Republicans and Democrats is quickly closing. Either he will start working with Republicans or he will lose control of both Houses of Congress and ultimately become a one term president that accomplished nothing significant in four years. It may already be too late.