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NOTE: This is the first edition of Sunday Special, which will be published once a week, and will be an in-depth piece examining a major topic in the news. 

President Obama’s term in office is winding down. It has been eight years since the former senator from Illinois took the oath of office, and it’s time to determine what his legacy will be.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Passing healthcare reform

The biggest accomplishment that President Obama’s first term was the Affordable Healthcare Act that was passed in 2010. While it had some bumps at the beginning, and had to survive a lawsuit from Republicans, it has remained law and allowed 95% of the population to be on health insurance.

Eliminating Osama Bin Laden

The nation stood still on My 1, 2011, when the White House announced that President Obama would be making a late Sunday night address to the nation on a matter of grave national security. A couple of hours later, we heard the now famous words.

“Good evening, tonight, I can report to the American people, and the world, that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, leader of Al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”

The world hasn’t been the same since. While Al-Qaeda has been eliminated, the Islamic State has risen up and become the modern day Al-Qaeda. President Obama has made big strides in moving towards an ISIL free world, but he leaves office with a lot of work still to be done.

Bank Regulation

Another major accomplishment of President Obama is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of July 2010, which among other things improved regulation of credit cards and mortgages.

No Personal Scandals

President Obama has one major accomplishment that has gone largely unnoticed by both Democrats and Republicans. That is the fact that he has gone eight years with no scandals impacting himself, or his family. He is the only president to go eight years without the word scandal appearing on the front page of the Washington Post.

SHORTCOMINGS

Growth of ISIL

While he may not be fully responsible for this, the Islamic State has been formed and grown into an international group under his watch. While he did oversee the destruction of Al-Qaeda, ISIL simply took their place as the most dangerous group in the world.

Failure to reduce college costs

The Democratic Party has recently made a shift to largely focusing on reducing the cost of college, and the amount of student debt that is incurred. President Obama, despite all of his accomplishments, he has failed to reduce the burden placed on college students.

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