When Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, millions of people considered his presidency to represent the onset of a "new era" in American society—one with the potential for a significant shift in stance on every important issue in the nation. Did Obama and his administration fulfill their progressive promise?
How has Barack Obama done in his first term as a "progressive president," especially in relation to his campaign assertions? This book analyzes the performance of Obama and his administration in promoting progressive causes in a wide range of policy areas, including the economy, education, immigration, healthcare reform, criminal justice, and foreign affairs.
Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader is written in clear language that is free of jargon and from a leftist perspective, offering a comprehensive analysis and critique of Obama's performance as a progressive president during his first term. The authors provide in-depth analyses with respect to Obama's handling of specific issues, including the economy, education, healthcare, criminal justice policy, the environment, immigration, Iraq and Afghanistan, race relations, gender issues, and gay/lesbian issues, covering topics in detail that general biographies of Obama and examinations of his political career miss. This book presents clear, accessible information for general readers, and contains in-depth discussion of topics useful to high school, college, and university students of sociology, government, political science, philosophy, and history.
• Provides a balanced and wide-ranging critique of Barack Obama's performance as a "progressive president"
• Presents a detailed, critical, and historical account of the Obama presidency from 2008–2012