He sure did, a downgraded credit rating, sky high unemployment and a crushing federal deficit, just to name a few.
(Washington Examiner) — To recapture some of his 2008 magic, President Obama attacked Republicans while assuring a hometown Hawaii crowd that he has delivered “change that you can believe in” during his first term in office. He acknowledged, however, that not all Americans wanted that change at the time, and that the last three years have seen some “false starts.”
After greeting a crowd that included his tenth-grade teacher, Obama contrasted his campaign with the “narrow, cramped vision of an America where everybody is left to fend for themselves” that he implied Republicans hold. “That was what the campaign was about — the belief that the more Americans succeed, the more America succeeds,” Obama said. “We knew it wouldn’t come easy, we knew it wasn’t going to come quickly, but three years later, because of what you did in 2008, we’ve already started to see what change looks like.”
“Let me give you some examples,” Obama said, beginning to justify the claim that he has brought the change promised in his 2008 run. He repeated a litany of legistive and executive items. “Change is,” Obama said, the auto industry bailout, higher fuel efficiency standards, ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” ending the war in Iraq., and mandating equal pay for men and women.