Obama’s 2015 Top 10 US Achievements

By City News Service

To close out 2015, President Barack Obama made a list of the top 10 things that happened in the US this year — including the progress towards normalization of relations with Cuba, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the legalization of gay marriage — which in his opinion “should make every American feel optimistic about the prospects for 2016.”
The most important of the year, according to the president, are the “brave” workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, health workers and the military that we should all be grateful for.
In second position, Obama placed the Supreme Court’s decision in June to legalize gay marriage nationwide.
“No matter who you are, here, in America, you have the freedom to marry the person you love, because the freedom to marry is now a law in all 50 states,” said the president.
Tying for third on Obama’s list were two bipartisan agreements reached in Congress — calling it “Christmas miracles in Washington” — the president cited the 2016 budget agreement adopted on Dec. 18, and a new education bill he said would “help students graduate prepared for college and their future careers.”
In fourth place, he included the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), reached in October between twelve countries of the Pacific Rim. The President described it as “the strongest, most pro-worker, pro-environment trade agreement in our history.”
The fifth achievement of the year, said Obama, was the US’s “strong stand against terrorism,” and its leading of a “global coalition and hitting ISIL harder than ever,” even as the country grieves over the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people.
In sixth place is the deal reached in July between Iran the United Nations Security Council to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in exchange for an end to sanctions.
The normalizing of relations with Cuba and the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana came in seventh. It has allowed the county to “turn the page on an outdated, half-century old policy, said the president.
In eighth place is the US’s global leadership in climate change, which, according to Obama, set the stage for nearly 200 countries earlier this month in Paris to sign on to a course for a low-carbon future. “It was only possible because America led with clean energy here at home and strong diplomacy around the world,” said the president.
Ninth on the president’s list is the reduction in the number of uninsured Americans, which this year fell below 10 percent “for the first time in history.”
Finally, in tenth place, is the economy, said Obama. He cited progress in the US labor market, with 2,5 million new jobs created in 2015 and the unemployment rate dropping to five percent, the lowest rate in nearly eight years.

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