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What has Obama & His Administration accomplished in his First Year…

I found this great list posted by “ljc” on HuffPo. We’re so used to hearing that Obama has done nothing that we don’t even realize what has actually happened this year.
Look at these below:

Stem cell order reversed.
SCHIP passed and signed into law
Ledbetter Fair Play Act passed and signed into law.
Major Green energy initiatives started.
EPA rules revised to address Climate Change.
Executive order signed to protect large areas from drilling.
Car emission standards revised.
National Science Foundation funding boosted.
Stimulus bill passed, and already helping revive the economy.
Gitmo closing ordered.
Most CIA secret prisons closed.
T0rture banned.
Iraq troop withdrawal ordered.
Afghanistan approach revised.
Direct negotiations with Iran on the way.
Negotiations with Syria in progress.
Disarmament talks with Russia re-started.
Travel restrictions lifted and normalization of relations with Cuba on the table.
Energy/Climate Change legislation passed the House, soon to be passed by Senate.
Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
Small Business Act Temporary Extension
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act
Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009
Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Hate Crime Bill
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Major extension of unemployment benefits
$3.2 billion to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
Restored the National Endowment for the Arts’ funding to its highest level since 1992
$6 billion over five years to expand volunteerism in the United States.
Signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Created Office on Urban Policies.
EPA revises smog regulations to comply with scientific panel
FAA stops calling airlines its “customers”
Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission Act (S. 2259)
Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act (S. 2261)
Curtailing Lobbyist Effectiveness through Advance Notification, Updates, and Posting Act (The CLEAN UP Act) (S. 2179)
Destroying Surplus and Unguarded Conventional Weapons
Violence Against Women Act (S. 1197)
Greater Funding for Veterans Health Care
Expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Increased Funding for Public Education
Early Head Start Funding for Children
Expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit
Increasing the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit
Tax Credits For College Students
Financial Support for Renewable Energy Companies
Electric Grid Infrastructure Package
Supreme Court Associate Justice Confirmed.
Ordered rescue of Captain Phillips off Somalia.
Plus a tax cut for the middle class
Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009
Iran agrees to send Enriched Uranium to Russia
Text messaging banned in Federal Vehicles
Brokered the release of Current TV journalists in North Korea
Winner of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize
Reduction in TARP executives pay
Brokered Deal in Copenhagen
Jobs bill passed in the House
Allocating 30 billion to small business
Federal Funding of needle exchange ban lifted.

Who do Junior Achievement teens think is the entrepreneur they most admire? Why, Steve Jobs!

As I write this on my MacBook, I have to admit that I admire Steve, too. My hat’s off to him… and I hope he’s feeling healthy again and well enough to keep going (but I won’t hold it against him if he slows down.)
clipped from
US teens have voted Apple’s Steve Jobs the person they most admire because he has ‘made the world a better place’.

The votes were cast for ‘people who had started business enterprises themselves, as opposed to licensing their names and images to products produced by someone else, say poll organizers Junior Achievement USA.

Surprisingly, teens chose a business legend from the technology sector over fashionistas, Facebook and even the Queen of Daytime. Steve Jobs was selected over Tony Hawk, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kimora Lee Simmons, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg.

Made the world a better place
Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of those voting for Jobs said it was because he “made a difference in/improved people’s lives or made the world a better place.”

The votes cast were as follows:

  • Steve Jobs (35 percent)
  • Oprah Winfrey (25 percent)
  • Tony Hawk (16 percent)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (10 percent)
  • The Olsen twins (seven percent)
  • Kimora Lee Simmons (four percent)
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