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Pres. Obama and Legislative Success

January 13th, 2010

NPR is reporting on a new Congressional Quarterly study which says that President Obama is the most successful president in the last 50 years, with respect to getting legislative measures through.  The study states that the President has succeeded in getting passage of 96.7 percent of all legislation in the House and Senate for which “the president had a clear position.”  This means that where the President has publicly urged a vote one way or another on a bill, almost 97% of the time his will was adhered to.

That’s lovely.  It’s also a ridiculously incomplete picture of reality.  They talk of him having a better record than Lyndon Johnson.  Uhh… no.  Johnson’s percentage may not have been higher, but he got the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act through (admittedly, on the back of the Kennedy assassination).

Conversely, President Obama has, as the article states, “picked his battles” by cherry picking which legislation to publicly support and push through his Democratically controlled congress.  More misleading is the amount of compromise that goes into those legislative measures.  For example, the Health Care Reform bill looks nothing like what the President campaigned on and most of the financial stimulus measures were truly corrupted… though necessary.  The NPR article does do a pretty good job of pointing out those facts.

Source: Congressional Quarterly and NPR -- Click to see the article.

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