Obama’s legacy – going… going… gone!
If there were a meme awards ceremony (and if we have our way, there will be), this meme has to be in contention for meme of the year. This single meme may sum up the entire Obama presidency. Obama was often unable to pass his radical legislation through congress, so he resorted to using executive orders instead. He famously said, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation. […] I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”
I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.
President Trump readily admits he’s rolling back much of Obama’s legacy. “I’ve been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor.”
President Trump recently reversed the Iran nuclear deal, one of the Obama administration’s signature “achievements.” Achievement is probably the wrong word here, as the deal did little to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but did send Iran $1.3 billion dollars. Iran has used the US funds to dramatically dial up their promotion of state sponsored terrorism.
Constitutionally, treaties must be approved by congress. But Obama was unable to get an Iran treaty approved, so his administration negotiated a deal outside of congress. I suppose the lesson is, yes, executive orders are easy to pass. They’re also easy to roll back.
Here’s a list of some of President Obama’s other policies that President Trump has rolled back or is working to roll back:
- Obama Care Individual Mandate – the most controversial piece of Obama Care.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
- Reinstated sanctions on Cuba
- Pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement
- Removed restrictions on oil drilling
- Net Neutrality
- And many others