There have been several events that President Barack Obama could have handled differently in order to receive a better grade.

Yet there is one recent event that President Obama has handled terribly wrong:  the government shutdown.

Unfortunately, the Senate and House of Representatives couldn’t agree on a budget and forced a government shutdown. No shocker there. The real shocker is that Republicans and Democrats refused to even agree to negotiate until several days after the shutdown. Republicans and Democrats are too busy pointing fingers at each other and seeing who will receive the most positive results on the weekly polls.

Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. A famous remark made by President Abraham Lincoln was this: “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”. Modern day politicians need to be reminded that THEY work for US. Not the other way around.

While in a government shutdown, which is halting thousands of workers’ pay, it should not be an option for our elected officials to refuse to find agreement and end this shutdown.

I expect our elected officials to be in a room, day in and day out, grinding out a budget that both parties agree to in order to get things back to normal.

With that being said, President Barack Obama has done an awful job at being the bridge between the GOP and Democrats in this time of need.

The President should be the leader of the government. Instead, he allowed each party (and himself) to bicker and point fingers of blame rather than put their pride aside and come to agreement.

Too many times has the President gone on national television only to sympathize with the people and speak of his frustration with the government shutdown and delay of funding for its workers. Yet the president continues to be paid and refuses to do all that he can to bring a halt to this government shutdown.

All political views aside, the President should have the courage and self obligation to pull together leaders of each party and discuss compromise instead of talking through TVs at one another.

With that being said, I give the President a grade of D. Not based on his political beliefs or policies, but on the sole reason of lack of leadership through our country’s time of need.


Final Grade: D


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