Obama Takes To Twitter To Outline Legacy In New Year's Tweets

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In New Year’s Day Tweets, POTUS Obama Reflects On His Impressive Legacy And Calls Being Prez A ‘Privilege’

As the much loathed year 2016 came to a close, the current POTUS, Barack Obama took to twitter to wish Americans the best for the New Year and to reflect on not just the last year, but 8 years of leadership.

As The Hill reports, Obama sent out a series of tweets, completely with graphs outlining his achievements which have been impressive and too often undermined by his critics and haters.

For example, when Obama came into power it was as the world was rocked by the Great Recession. Under Obama, America was able to recover with steady job growth throughout his 8 years.

As the New York Times reports, Obama is leaving the economy in excellent condition for incoming President-Elect Donald Trump.

“Donald J. Trump can expect to inherit an economy that has added private sector jobs for 80 months, put another 178,000 people on payrolls last month and pushed the unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent today from 4.9 percent the previous month. Wage growth, though slower, is still running ahead of inflation, and consumers are expressing the highest levels of confidence in nearly a decade.”

Obama also points out that equality, particularity when it comes to the issue of LGBT and same-sex marriage rights, has come a long way in the past 8 years.

As Towelroad reports, the POTUS spoke to a youth group in London in April and explained the progress that was made

“In the United States what has been remarkable is the rapidity with which the marriage equality movement changed the political landscape and hearts and minds and resulted in actual changes in law. It’s probably been the fastest set of changes that, in terms of the social movement, that I’ve seen. On issues of LGBT rights generally I didn’t need a lot of pressure. I came in working on ending a policy called ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ that was preventing LGBT citizens from serving in our military openly. We did that very systematically. Policies in terms of those who had HIV AIDS being able to immigrate to our country, hospital visitations, there were a whole host of things that we were already doing.”

And, Obama also rightly points out that, under his guidance, America has become far more energy independent.

As CNN Money reported in August, the US is very close to almost complete energy independence.

“As recently as 2005, the US relied on imports to meet 65% of daily oil demand, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That figure shrank to 55% in 2010, and as low as 28% last year, as surging domestic oil production hit a 43-year high. By 2020…the US will import just 11% of its daily oil needs. At that point, net imports could be met entirely by supply from Canada and Mexico.”

Related: Up Yours, Republicans! Obama Is Now The Most Popular Modern President

All of these achievements, combined with his personality, family values and the popularity of his wife, Michelle, means that Obama’s legacy is in fine shape and America appreciates his efforts.

Last week, Time magazine reported that President Obama was named the most admired man in America by Gallup Poll. This is the ninth year in a row that Obama has achieved this and matches the fact that he is leaving his job as President as one of the most popular of the modern era just behind Bill Clinton as MSNBC points out.

“Yesterday, Gallup’s daily tracking poll put Obama’s approval rating at 56%. Among modern two-term presidents, that puts Obama ahead of Reagan’s standing at this point in 1988 and just behind Bill Clinton’s backing at this point in 2000. In fact, Obama is actually more popular now than he was when he was re-elected four years ago.”

And for his part, Obama expressed that he, himself, was proud to be the President of the US and called it the ‘privilege of my life.’

It is fair to say that, to many Americans, and people all over the world, it was a privilege to have Obama as the President as well.

Feature image by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.