By Morton Keller
"Barack Obama got here into place of work in the middle of one of many worst monetary crises in American historical past and needed to extract the united states from grinding overseas wars. He succeeded in enacting the main innovative legislative schedule because the nice Society years, and has pivoted American overseas coverage towards East Asia. within the Obama Presidency, political historian Morton Keller offers the 1st significant old assessment of the still-unfolding Obama presidency, studying his presidential character and governing sort, his family and international regulations, and his position within the higher context of contemporary American politics. Obama got here into the presidency with a special set of resources: the 1st African-American president, with a transformative, messianic view of what he was hoping to complete as President; and the skill to excite the hopes of enormous segments of the voters. That expectation has been tempered not just through his Republican competition, yet by way of better realities: the play of pursuits and contingency, and the institutional weight of the presidency. the key stress in Obama's presidency has been among his robust dedication to an lively federal executive and the strong counter-forces in modern American public lifestyles. Obama is in a feeling haunted through his presidential predecessors within the 20th century Democratic reform culture, and regularly both appears to be like to them or invokes them. yet he has needed to deal with the original set of problems surrounding the energetic, centralized, bureaucratic nation in our time. The eventual final result of Obama's presidency, and its position within the American political culture, has nonetheless to be decided. yet this pioneering test at a historic overview of the Obama presidency highlights the tensions, achievements, and screw ups which are certain to effect destiny interpretations"-- Read more...
Chapter One. Obama --
The content material of His personality --
The Orbit of His Presidency --
Chapter . Governance : The Obama management --
The Obama variety --
President and Congress --
Cabinet and employees --
The forms --
Politics and precept --
Chapter 3. Governance : the yankee kingdom --
The Regulatory country --
The Judicial Battleground --
Chapter 4. tough Waters : Finance and the economic climate --
The economic climate and the Polity --
Fixing Finance : TARP and Dodd-Frank --
The Trial of Jobs --
Debt and Taxes --
Chapter 5. domestic Fires Burning : Social coverage --
Obamacare : A Noble test --
Climate, power, and Transportation --
Muffled fireplace Bells : schooling and Immigration --
Chapter Six. dwelling on this planet --
Foreign Affairs --
The US and the EC : Comparative views --
Chapter Seven. The 2012 Overture --
Setting the degree : The Political tradition --
Advocacy, funds, and the Media --
Chapter 8. 2012 --
The Contest --
Examining the Entrails --
Chapter 9. taking a look forward --
Into the second one time period : Governing --
Into the second one time period : Politics --
Status and kingdom --
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Government employees earning $150,000 a year or more doubled under Obama. They were estimated to make twice as much as their private counterparts. 29 The most conspicuous expression of expanding government was the growing lushness of the District of Columbia. Washington had the largest population inflow and the healthiest economy of any big American city. 6 percent. House prices in the area went up when elsewhere they languished. The District’s embonpoint stemmed in part from the expansion of the regulatory departments and agencies responsible for environment and energy, health care, and financial regulation.
The House racked up a similar record: it was the tenth-leastproductive in that chamber’s history. By its end in January 2013, the 112th Congress had reached new levels in the number of bills introduced by members without benefit of committee review, the paucity of bills considered or passed, the dearth of formal HouseSenate negotiations, and the lack of public approval (as low as 10 percent). During the first six months of 2013, the 113th Congress lived up to the new normal. It passed 15 bills that became law: a record low.
Presumably it has helped that his pre-presidential political career was exclusively legislative (in Illinois, in Washington); that he chose to run with old-pro Senator Joe Biden; and that many top administration posts went to former congressional staffers. Obama has been content to lay out the broad outline of a policy and let the congressional leadership tend to the noisome details. Only intermittently has he sought to directly influence congressional activity: it would seem less than FDR, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan did.