In spite of the negativity in our country today, we continue to give thanks that Barack Obama is our president. He is not a king who can act broadly without the support of Congress. Our failure to achieve immigration reform or improved gun control rests with our divided Congress, not with the president.
We are thankful that President Obama avoided a war with Syria while acting to remove poison gases from the war zone. Advances to demilitarize Iran's nuclear programs are encouraging. Unlike approaches favored by some in Congress, Obama resolutely pursues diplomacy while limiting costly military actions.
Obama took responsibility for the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and has sought remedies for problems created by decisions of health insurers to cancel policies as the industry adjusted to Obamacare. By Christmas, more than a million people have enrolled, many at the improved website. Many people with preexisting conditions have gained affordable coverage. Unacknowledged in much of the negative commentary are the benefits to several million young people who have gained insurance through their parents' plans and to seniors on Medicare who have seen their drug costs reduced or their costs for preventive services eliminated.
Obama regularly affirms his intent to work for the betterment of the lives of all Americans. His commitment is all too often met with hate and anger.
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His thoughtful, positive attitude recalls the words of Booker T. Washington, "I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him."