Glastris lays out in complete detail what many of us already know - President Obama's accomplishments are many and are lost to many people. There are a panoply of reasons for this. There is the economy, which is still struggling, particularly when it comes to employment. There is the sheer volume. There is the Republican noise machine dedicated to defeating President Obama at all costs, even if it involves destroying the country in the process. There is the fact that many of these accomplishments have been done quietly because President Obama is more interested in governing than he is playing the game.
This paragraph sums up perfectly exactly what drives many criticisms of President Obama - both from the left and from the right - along with the significance of his achievements and that they are not just for the present day, but even more so for posterity:
In short, when judging Obama's record so far, conservatives measure him against their fears, liberals against their hopes, and the rest of us against our pocketbooks. But if you measure Obama against other presidents-arguably the more relevant yardstick-a couple of things come to light. Speaking again in terms of sheer tonnage, Obama has gotten more done than any president since LBJ. But the effects of some of those achievements have yet to be felt by most Americans, often by design. Here, too, Obama is in good historical company.
In three years, our president has gotten more done than every president in his lifetime, save one. Like Lyndon Johnson and like Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt before him, some of President Obama's accomplishments will be felt while he is in office. However, the true benefit of them will be felt many years down the road, and in perpetuity - should the Republicans be thwarted in their attempts to gut them.
Many speak of how we need a transformational president at this moment; one who will break with recent history and reverse the conservative tide that has dominated our government these past 30 years. Many argue that Barack Obama has not been this president. However, I would say that the evidence shows President Obama is exactly that type of president. It is simply that he is quietly transforming this country, the transforming being lost in the background noise of hopes, fears and everyday worries. When we have the benefit of history we will assuredly look back differently upon his record.
I close by referring to a site I have referred to here many times to highlight President Obama's many and varying accomplishments - What the fuck has Obama done so far? (PG version here) - and to Washington Monthly's list of "Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments."