Thank you for what you have done for the American people since being elected President. I will never be able to fully comprehend what you have endured from the Republicans since you announced your candidacy the first time.
It is well known that on the night of your first inauguration as President, Republicans had a meeting organized by Frank Luntz, Republican “foil”. The attendees included House Republicans Eric Cantor, (VA), Kevin McCarthy (CA), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (TX), Jeb Hensarling (TX), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), Dan Lungren (CA). Also Republican Senators, Jim DeMint (SC), Jon Kyl (AZ), Tom Coburn (OK), John Ensign (NV) and Bob Corker (TN). The fact Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) and Rep. John Boehner (OH), did not attend was because they did not like Luntz. However they went along with everything “plotted” in this meeting. Also attending was Newt Gingrich who had resigned from office on Jan.3, l999, because of “ethic violations” but remained another “foil” for the Republicans! Every one of them “plotted” how to stop your legislative agenda and go after the choices you made for your administration. Then, Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor held House Republicans to a unanimous No against your economic stimulus plan. This was only the beginning of their ‘traitorous actions”! In October, 2010, Mitch McConnell said “his party’s primary goal in the next Congress was to make Obama a one-term president.”! Thankfully, five of these men (?) are no longer in Congress. However, “the traitorous beat goes on”! You have endured this for the past seven years and continue to endure it even to this day! Thank you, President Obama, for remaining strong and becoming one of the best presidents this country has ever had in spite of their “slings and arrows”. None of them deserve the title they have/had in Congress.
You have accomplished many good things for the American people, much of it for the lower and middle class of America. These are just a few things I would like to remind you of.
. With Democrat support, you signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stop The “G.W. Bush Great Recession”. The Recession was costing the economy 800,000 jobs a month.
. By the end of your first year, the Recovery Act had created and sustained 2.1 Million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%. You also saved jobs that would have been lost.
. You created more jobs in two years alone than Bush did in eight years.
. Saved the auto industry.
. Helped families save their homes.
. Helped small businesses.
. Under your leadership the stock market reached record highs.
. With Democrats you passed the Dodd-Frank bill on Wall Street reform.
. Signed bills for Civil Rights and Anti-discrimination.
. Made major improvements in Foreign Relations around the world.
. Restored FEMA to manage natural disasters successfully.
. Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
. Captured the terrorist who committed the Benghazi attack.
. Had a $4.6 Billion expansion of the Veterans Administration.
. Made rational reforms in education including increased funding for student financial aid.
. Signed Affordable Care Act which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 Million people and increased number of children covered by health insurance.
. Adopted strong net neutrality rules to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone.
. Extended tax credits to families for college-educated expenses, saving those families up to $10,000.
. Increased protection for those who are unemployed and are seeking a permanent job.
. The bottom 95% of taxpayers are paying lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43.
. 2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
. Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers.
. Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health Insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee Classification of Independent contractor.
. Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.
. Extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.
. Increased the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for the poor.
. Reversed the Bush era stand that climate change was a “hoax”.
. Dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985.
. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.
. Got BP to pay 20 Billion for Oil Spill Trust Fund.
. Our country had a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014 and led the world in use of wind power to generate electricity.
. Ended the Iraq war.
. Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.
. Negotiated an agreement with Iran on ending their nuclear weapons program.
. Nominated two women to the U.S. Supreme Court. One is first Hispanic Justice.
. Signed Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end global problems of Violence against women and girls.
. Recovered virtually all of the bailout money in the American Recovery and Investment Act.
Of course, we all know there are many more bills you have signed to help the American people. I just wanted to “put some in writing” to “remind American citizens of how much you have done for us.” The American people are behind you, no matter how much the Republicans try to undermine your presidency. In the end, good will prevail!
I wish you and your family a very “Merry Christmas” and a better New Year.
An American Citizen