Ranked #8: Obama turned around one of the worse economies that a president ever inherited. That also came with two wars. He also signed into law a major healthcare bill and killed the man responsible for attacking America on 911.
Summary: Barack has a substantial, magnetic and persuasive personality. At the same time, he has a certain low-pressure coolness about him. I would call him consistently down to earth, confident, intelligent and scholarly. Obama was playing three dimensional chess in his 8 year tenure in Washington in comparison to his opponents in Congress, who have been playing checkers. He enjoys cooking, writing, reading and spending time with his children. He also makes sure that Friday night is date night with his wife. He also likes to golf, body-surf and play basketball.
Bio: Although Obama was a chubby child, he eventually grew to to be a fit 6 foot, 2 inches, weighing about 165 pounds and wearing a size 13 1/2 size shoe. He had been an on and off cigarette smoker throughout his life, but eventually quit before serving his first term as President.
Obama earned degrees at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he became president of the law review. He then became a community organizer in Chicago where he met his wife Michelle. They were married in 1992. He would then become an Illinois State Senator and eventually a US Senator, before becoming the US President in 2009.
After winning the 2008 election, Obama inherited two wars and the worst economy our country had experienced in 80 years. For his first two years in office, Obama worked with a Democrat-controlled Congress to improve the US economy, pass a healthcare plan and withdraw US troops from the war zones. After the 2010 elections, Obama attempted unsuccessfully to work with a Republican-controlled Congress on taxes, budgets and the deficit. Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has faced a healthy amount of opposition from Washington Republican lawmakers on just about anything he attempted to do, based partly on being a Democrat in office as well as a portion of racism, as the first African-American President elected to office.
It will take years to really know how Obama will go down in history. Obama will likely get credit for restoring a troubled economy, healthcare reform, reining back aggression on the two war fronts in the Middle East, working with NATO to end the reign of Muamar el-Qaffadi and killing Osama Bin Laden. He will likely get lower marks as a result of his inability to act faster against ISIS and ISIL, who did not at first seem to him to pose as big a threat as they eventually proved to.
Pros: Cleaned up 2008 financial mess. Health Care Reform. Paris Climate Change Agreement. Saved General Motors and Chrysler. Killed Osama bin Laden.
Cons: Record levels of income inequality. Debt doubled from 10 to 20 trillion. Hope and change never really came about.
Born: August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii
Term: January 20, 2009 - January 20, 2016 (2 terms)
Political Party: Democrat
Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1983), Harvard (J.D., 1991)