Barack Obama loves to brag about his own greatness.
The fawning so-called “mainstream” media provides a chorus of reinforcement.
But by one particular measure, Obama is the least successful President in history.
Barack Obama signed fewer bills into law than any President in modern American history.
The Washington Times tracks the legislative progress of past Presidents and found he signed fewer bills into law than even failed, one term-President Jimmy Carter.
The Washington Times reports:
“President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index, which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him.
Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled fewer business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.
Blame for the poor showing falls across Washington. Some analysts say a Congress with four years of divided control hamstrung Mr. Obama, while others say the president failed to find ways to work with the legislature that voters gave him — particularly after the 2010 elections.
“The president was never good at reaching across the aisle. So when the composition of Congress changed relative to what it was in his first two years, he wasn’t able to accommodate that very well,” said Andrew Busch, a presidential scholar at Claremont McKenna College in California. “He never accustomed himself to operating in a system where he was not the sole player.”
It’s all the more stunning for Mr. Obama having emerged from the legislature himself, having served first in the Illinois Statehouse and then in the U.S. Senate, where he spent two years in a Republican-controlled Congress and two years in a Democrat-run Congress.”
While many Americans would argue that is 1,227 bills too many, no American President has done more damage to the nation with so little work.
The failed stimulus bill.
These were three “signature” legislative achievements that bankrupted America, destroyed our health care system, and helped to choke off economic growth.
When the American people handed the GOP control of the House in 2010 and control of the Senate in 2014, Obama did not recognize the fact the American people were desperate for a change of course.
Instead, he plowed ahead with executive orders such as illegal executive amnesty.
His paltry legislative record is a reflection of his arrogance.
Rather than accept the election results – as Bill Clinton did in the 1990’s – and work with the GOP on the priorities the American people had clearly expressed by voting Republican up and down the ballot, Obama imposed his agenda by fiat.
The end result was America’s ultimate rejection of not just Obama’s failed record – but of Obama himself – when the American people elected Donald Trump.
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