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Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

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Interested in President Barack Obama's policies and political legacy? Check out this Obama policies list, a list of policies passed by Obama, with details and information about each item.

No matter what side of the aisle they are on, there is always a lot of debate about what politicians have done. Here is a list of what President Obama did during his time in office. Vote up the policies that mattered the most in your opinion, and vote down the policies you think were less important or that least improved America.

What are President Obama's best policies? What are his worst policies? These initiatives were chosen because they have been the most discussed. More information on some of these policies can be found here.
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  • 1
    272
    98

    Increased Access to Presidential Records

    Revoked Executive Order 13233, which had limited access to the records of former  presidents.

  • 2
    259
    121

    Authorized Action Against ISIS

    Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.
  • 3
    611
    401

    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba

    *Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval
  • 4
    159
    127

    Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits

    Extended the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, research credits, and charitable deductions.


  • 5
    1,020
    1,068

    Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
  • 6
    882
    993

    Added Additional Security To The Borders

    Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.
  • 7
    855
    975

    Created A Tax Credit For Workers

    Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.
  • 8
    980
    1,123

    Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles

    New Start Treaty
  • 9
    309
    386

    My Brother's Keeper

    A $200 million, 4-year initiative to help Black youth

  • 10
    1,017
    1,387

    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell

    Bill: S.4023
  • 11
    652
    891

    More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks

    Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act
  • 12
    700
    978

    Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement

    Antitrust Initiative
  • 13
    731
    1,064

    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 Sec. 4713
  • 14
    112
    168

    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.
  • 15
    104
    158

    Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program

    Also restricted for-profit colleges, and advocated for free community college.
  • 16
    116
    203

    Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal

    Helped broker six-nation accord that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for suspending their nuclear program.
  • 17
    694
    1,205

    Created New Financial Regulations

    American Financial Stability Act of 2010
  • 18
    256
    454

    Obama's 2014 Executive Action on Immigration

    Offered temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants who've been in the country for 5+ years
  • 19
    787
    1,410

    Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations

    Executive Order 13491
  • 20
    871
    1,703

    Signed a Universal Health Care Bill

    Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)
  • 21
    521
    1,049

    Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

    The tax cut compromise in this policy extends the rates only temporarily, and with the same limitations as before. HR 4583
  • 22
    218
    471

    Bailed Out the Auto Industry

    In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler
  • 23
    566
    1,279

    Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs

    But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill
  • 24
    581
    1,485

    Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

    DREAM Act
  • 25
    598
    1,567

    The Stimulus

    Obama passed an $825 Billion Stimulus but failed to keep unemployment under 8% as promised.