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Obama was a satisfactory president overall


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Satisfactory: fulfilling expectations or needs; acceptable, though not outstanding or perfect.

Round 1
Approval: Obama exited with 57% approval. That's more than half the population. Considering this is a democracy, that's not bad at all. And he got elected a second term. If he wasn't satisfactory the first time, why would he be elected the next time?

Foreign Policy: He eliminated Bin Laden and and turned around the Iran War. Most members of a debate agreed that he fulfilled his foreign policy necessity. 

Friendly with people: Most people who have met Obama know (or at least have said) that he is humble and kind, not abusing his power as presidency nor being ignorant merely because of his high status. This is important because if the president does not listen to the people's opinions then he is not a satisfactory president. But Obama was willing to lower himself down in order to help the citizens.

Sure, Obama didn't free the slaves or stop the Great Depression, but that's why he isn't perfect. His approval may have dropped but I feel like he is satisfactory overall. He wasn't overly disliked despite his mistakes, and he accomplished quite a bit during his rein as president.
Barack Obama has been one of the most polarizing figures in US Presidential history. To represent my side of the debate. I'll provide some statistical inputs rather than some pick-up sports that Pro has resorted to.


Pro has pointed out different aspects of Obama's reign to prove his points. My rebuttals against them here will serve as my first arguments.

1. Approval: Pro argued that since Obama had been reelected for the second time he must have been a satisfactory president. This is absolutely a lame logic put forward in modern democratic system because we know how democracy works as of this moment. In fact, in a 2014 poll by Quinnipac University, 33% of the Americans had voted for Obama as the worst president ever since World War 2 which was the highest surpassing George W. Bush (28%) [1,2]. Even after his second run it has been statistically proven through national polls in 2017 that Barack Obama was actually rejected by the majority of the country [3]. Some of the national results are as following-

- 47% Americans disapproved Of how Obama handled Climate Change (+ 8% No Opinions)
- 53% Americans thought that USA was going in wrong direction with Obama
- Most Americans blame Iraq on Obama just as much as Bush
- 55.5% Americans disapproved of how Obama handled terrorism
- 58.2% Americans disapproved how Obama handled Gun Policy

2. Economy: When it comes to the great depression, it doesn't matter whether you could stop it or not; rather it matters how you secure immediate recovery against the recessions. Pro smartly avoided the great depression discussion by indicating just a general shortcoming in Obama's career. He pointed out that Obama stopped recession and earned a Nobel prize; which is of most honor of course. But I'm afraid my pool research derives a disappointing counterpart in this regard. According to a study in 2013, in case of the previous 10 recessions prior to the one that Obama was dealing with since the great depression, it took 25 weeks to turn around and retain all the jobs lost before whereas Barack Obama, even after 64 months that is 5 and a half years of his reign, failed to show recovery from the last recession. Ronald Reagan conceived 28 weeks to not only recover but also create jobs 9.5% higher than before while Obama was still under the bar with 2% jobs less than before [4]. Jeffrey H. Anderson, senior fellow of Pacific Research Institute billed the economic growth during Obama's go as the worst in 60 years as Obama showed only an embarrassing 0.8% GDP in April, 2013 falling from 1.9% during Bush's reign [4]. Even after his second run as the president, people of America ruled him out as a failure in saving the economic perspective of the country [3]-

- 50.2% of Americans disapproved of Obama's job performance
- 52% disapproved how Obama handled economy
- 55.5% disapproved how Obama handled healthcare

3. Foreign Affairs: Let's look at how "satisfied" the nation was with Obama's international relationships first-

- 55.3% of Americans disapprove of how Obama handled US/Iran Relationship
- 56% disapproved how Obama handled Foreign Affairs overall
- Most Americans lost trust in refugee issues after Paris attack
- 61.5% Americans disapproved how Obama handled with ISIS (There goes your Laden argument)
- Most Americans refused for USA to be international peacemaker anymore

Mark Noonan and Matt Margolis- authors of the Amazon bestseller- "The Worst President in History, the Legacy of Barack Obama", pointed out many additional views in the book that relate to the foreign policy making inefficiency of Obama [5]. Some of the most noteworthy aspects are- cutting off funds for AIDS that went on to have a massive disaster in Africa and toppling over congress to give amnesty to 800,000 illegal immigrants. A book by Mark Hannah also compiles many of other limited and wrong decisions such as his calling wars on overseas business, insulting national and international allies and purposefully disregarding the naked Russian regression making him look like too naive of a president to run a country [6].

4. Lack of Conduct: Pro pointed out a "humane Obama" but that couldn't help him to practice the kind of leadership that he should have had. Throughout his tenure we could see some immature and raw decision making from Obama that cannot be expected from a global leader. His approaches made us witness him-

- blaming the congress and Bush for economy and almost each of his failures instead of actively taking responsibilities.
- nominating John Brennan as CIA Director
- calling on wars with coal and oil companies domestically and internationally 
- assaulting media and interfering with the constitutional freedom of press

So, all in all I believe I have made my point why Obama was not as satisfactory as one may think he is. Lack of objective evidences and sound arguments from Pro and accordingly relevant research results from me should work out in my favor. VOTE FOR CON!



Round 2
I concede.
Thanks to pro for humbly conceding. Obama was not a satisfactory president after all.

Round 3
Thank you. VOTE FOR CON!