Obama’s Legacy: 10 Dubious Firsts

Obama 2008 Presidential CampaignHow will Obama’s presidency be remembered? We quickly learn in life that people tend to notice what we actually do more than our self-assessment.

Obama’s administration  is one thing in news commentaries and press releases. It will be quite another in history books.

Here are 10 Obama presidential “firsts” and suggestions of how they might define him.

A War President

1. He is the first U.S. President whose military plans provoked a Pope to call for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace.

2. Heck, he is the First Nobel Peace Prize winner to draw peace activists of all kinds to protest his  foreign policy at his house.

An Anti-Religion President

3. He is the first president to promote a major change to public morals opposed by every major religion: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism all define marriage as the union of a man and woman.  Obama doesn’t.

4. He is also the first president to demand that a major religious group fund practices that it considers intrinsically evil, in this case demanding that Catholics fund contraceptives and abortifacients in the original HHS Mandate.

5. He is the first President to forbid military chaplains to accurately pass on their church’s teaching (regarding the HHS Mandate).

6.  And he is also the first to ban military chaplains from saying Mass — even as volunteers (in the government shutdown).

A One-Party President

7. He is the first president to enact major social legislation (which brought us the HHS mandate) without a single vote from outside his party.

8. That social legislation, Obamacare, made him the first president to shut down the Lincoln Memorial and other national parks rather than negotiate with members of the other party.

The Abortion President

9. Not only is Obama the first president to have voted to deny rights to infants after they are born (yes, he really did), but he is the first president to provide taxpayer-funded abortions to federal employees.

The Redeemed President?

10. But he still has time. Just as he blinked on Syria, and backed off of his firm plans, he could do the same in other matters as well. What if he decided to work with both parties? What if he accepted the advice of the bumper-sticker and decided to “Coexist” with the beliefs of Martin Luther King Jr. and other religious people on marriage? What if he gave military Catholics freedom of worship and civilian Catholics freedom of conscience? What if he ratified the Declaration of Independence’s insistence on the right to life?

Alas, such a significant change in course would be another first. But we pray for peace … so why not pray for that?

23 thoughts on “Obama’s Legacy: 10 Dubious Firsts

  1. Sheesh says:

    Ah, Republican “Catholic” Vote. Come for the pure hatred of the President, stay for the fact that it’s the same thing every day.

    1. Kathy says:

      I am not a Republican and in matters of faith, that does not matter. I am a Catholic and that’s what this article is focusing.

    2. allnighter says:

      Moral outrage is not hate. Please come up with something more substantial than name calling to prove our outrage unjustified.

    3. Peter Baker says:

      What part of this article is hate? And what part of the article is wrong?

      Please reply to the article with facts and reasoning, because everyone comes out of it in a much better place.

  2. Quanah says:

    I hesitate to call some of these his legacy only because it gives him to much credit. He’s not that good at what he does. A lot of this is possible because of the ground work and behind the scenes action that had been going on for years up to his presidency. He may have been the one to finally make it happen, but only because the environment had been prepared for him.

    1. Kathy says:

      He wrote many executive orders on his own and if he can’t stand his own ground with sound morals, then he never should have accepted the position.

  3. Mike M says:

    Doing three of the four “What ifs” would make him like every one of his predecessors. I don’t think we would owe him any big pat on the back for backing down on the HHS mandate. For me, that’s just one of the conditions for ending my policy of turning off the TV as soon as his face is on it.

    1. Gus G says:

      I do the same as above, turn off the TV when his face is shown. His presidential quality is almost nonexistent.We only know his background is being a community organizer, with a socialistic, and Marxist ideology. This should give you an idea, when he said I want to transform this nation

  4. Sean Argir says:

    REGUARDING #8

    What you forget to understand that it was not only his fault as you presume but the other parties faults too. It always takes 2 or more to tango.

    I can’t wait for Obamacare to come to full fruition. Then, once all kinks are worked out, I can’t wait to see the positive effects it will have on all the poor people in our country.

  5. Sean Argir says:

    From my experiences with homosexual and bisexual people, I do applaud all people that do not want to discriminate against them. They deserve the right to marry.

    If they marry, it does not take away the right of straights to marry. Nothing changes where someone becomes denied just because homosexuals are getting married. Rather, the allowance of a homosexual to marry actually is in a direction where nothing other than more people being allowed to marry happens.

    1. Mavis Hucker says:

      Sean: “The deserve the right to marry.” There is no “right” to marry for anyone other than one man and one woman. It was instituted by God thousands of years ago (because of the way they are made) in order for those unions to pro-create. It is impossible to pro-create with any other union … 2 men cannot pro-create and 2 women cannot pro-create. Therefore, any other type of union than 1 man and 1 woman is NOT a MARRIAGE. Since any other type is a few thousand years late in their demands, they need to find another word/descripton and set up that eternal union using some other description/words. Quit stealing! Quit being a fraud.

  6. Rob says:

    I forgot how Pope John Paul II was A-OK with George W. Bush’s war.

    Furthermore, you daftly miss the entire point. Obama’s war never happened. For whatever reason. You got what you wanted. Prayer worked.

    Bush’s war?

    1. Kathy says:

      Pope John Paul II was not A-OK with the war during Bush, as most of us Catholics are not pro-war, just like we’re not pro-abortion because that’s killing as well. Mr. Bush, however, did follow the Constitution in awaiting for Congressional vote to enter into a war after 911. Our near entry into Syria was totally different, in case you forgot. Mr. Obama made statements about engaging an attack without Congressional vote – unconstitutional, thereby intrinsically wrong and whereby no Pope would ever endorse!!
      Also, Mr. Bush is no longer in office and I remember Mr. Obama promising that troops would be coming home according to his schedule, not Mr. Bush’s.

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