As Santa has made his list and checked it twice, and PoliticusUSA is doing the same. Find out who has been naughty and nice in the world of politics. First up, Barack Obama.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson- Nice. Though disappointingly failing to stand up for Women’s Reproductive Rights in caving in to the Christian Right and for supporting passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows the U.S. military to arrest and detain terrorist suspects on American soil, President Obama did keep his promise about ending the war in Iraq, the repeal of DADT and speaking out against DOMA, as well as for killing Osama bin Laden, cleaning up yet another Bush-era failure.
Adalia Woodbury- Nice. Thanks to his leadership, Osama Bin Laden is gone. Mohamar Ghadaffi is gone. This was a tough year for domestic policies, particularly when it came to the economy, and budgetary issues. Anything the President supported, the Republican controlled House of Representatives opposed, including a payroll tax cut. After much drama between House and Senate Republicans, as the grown up in the room, Barack insisted that the House Republicans take the Senate’s proposal for 2 month extension of the payroll tax cut, resulting in a victory for people who work for a living. Barack’s will be getting kudos from the American people in his stocking this year.
Ray Medeiros Jr. – NICE. For having the strength to withstand the dysfunctional congress led by the Tea Party.
Janine Wallace- Nice. Obama made the good list and deserves a present in his stocking as he has repaired our standing with other nations and here at home he has done an admirable job of weathering the tsunami with gale force winds aka the Republican Party.
Jason Easley- If anyone has earned his spot on the Nice list it is Barack Obama. Despite constant efforts to derail everything he advocates from both the left and right, Obama has constantly put the needs of the country ahead of his political ambitions. Time and time again, this president has continued to do what he thought was right, even if it meant getting bashed on all sides.
Paul Yeager- Nice. He was slow to stand up to Republicans, but he’s showing signs of becoming someone who believes that if you can’t work with them, then don’t work with them at all–while telling the American people who’s really to blame when nothing gets done.
Cassandra Vert- NICE. I continue to be amazed at the self-discipline of this man, who surely has been tried more than most. It would drive most of us crazy to be constantly misquoted, misread, misinterpreted, and misunderstood. It would test anyone’s patience to have your actions criticized by the people you’re helping because they don’t understand that you are helping them. Plenty of corporate drones know what it’s like to be held accountable for things they can’t control, but that does not mean they can recognize when they do it to someone else. I don’t agree with every decision he’s made this year, but I trust Obama’s intentions and his intellect that has already run rings around his opponents—who are also my opponents, since I am not wealthy. And he has given us two big Progressive Message speeches this year—one recently about OWS and one last April about the Ryan budget—that are helping us express what we want and don’t want in politics and in life.
Rmuse- Nice. President Obama certainly deserves a Christmas full of joy for his tireless efforts on behalf of all Americans. It is easy to just look at the payroll tax cut win as a huge victory for the president and the American people, but he has never wavered in his support for the 99%. His methods may not suit his critics on the Left, but his quiet persistence has improved the jobs picture, economy, and hope that we will make it out of the mess Republicans have made.
Sarah Jones- Nice. Barack deserves a Christmas full of joy for getting Osama, being a champion of women’s safety, killing DADT, signing the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, reversing Bush’s stem cell research policy, the credit card bill of rights, significantly increasing funding to the violence against women act, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, financial reform law, creating more private sector jobs than Bush, the kick in of healthcare reform changes that saved Ms. Claus a lot of money this year, and so much more. Ms. Claus reserves her biggest sugary stocking stuffer for the President for having to deal with Republicans all year long. See that halo, boys and girls?
Santa Says: For doing the most he can with his situation, and always putting the American people first, President Obama is at the top of the Nice list.