Some have complained that all I do is defend President Obama. I wonder how many of those who have complained have noticed that my defenses of Obama have all been against attacks by conservatives...every single one. None of the conservatives ever bothered to ask what I didn't like about Obama.
But I believe in looking at the big picture, at a person's performance as a whole, rather than at this or that issue where I agree or disagree with that person. In school, we call these 'report cards', while in most occupations, we call them 'performance evaluations'. The P.E.'s may be more professional, but report cards are more accessible...more fun. While we can all imagine what kind of report card most conservatives would give Obama, not everyone sees things from the progressive point of view. Perhaps the conservatives will learn something from seeing things as progressives do. In my experience they're not known for their ability to empathize, but I'll try anyway.
Economy: A+. How can anyone honestly call it otherwise? As bad as things still seem to be, when compared to America's recoveries from recessions past, we're recovering in record time. The recession officially ended in August when the economy stopped receding and began to grow. This will mark the shortest interval between the bottom point of the stock market and the end of the recession since at least WWII. Furthermore, if we begin having positive job growth before August, that will be the quickest turnaround in employment following a recession since at least 1900. These are both despite the fact that this 'Great Recession' was by nearly all accounts the worst economic upheaval in America since the Great Depression. In the end, 'winning ugly' is still winning, and the numbers are clear. President Obama richly deserves an A+ on the economy.
Health Care: C. Too many promises made during the election campaign were broken, and instead of giving the health insurance industry its richly-deserved comeuppance, we get the proverbial half a loaf: no public option, no true universal health care, legally-enforced membership in health plans, but in return there will be no more denial of care for frivolous reasons, and the coverage for adults will not begin until 2014, and the plan should - should - add little or nothing to the deficit (which could not be said of ANY of the Republican plans). My oldest son will be able to get health care in 2014 that he can't get now. Obama's done that for my son — but the Republican plans would have done NOTHING for my son. That means a lot, come the first Tuesday of November 2012.