My scorecard for President Obama’s first four years

Shepard Fairey's second Obama hope poster from 2011, at the time of the Occupy movement

Shepard Fairey’s second Obama hope poster from 2011, at the time of the Occupy movement

In January 2009 I wrote a blog post about My hopes for President Obama’s first four years.

The unspoken assumption was that he would be re-elected for a second term, and so he would have a “first four years” and not just “four years”.  Such was the feeling of hope in the long-ago, golden days of January 2009.  Not that a Democrat would earn re-election, but that a president would be worthy of re-election.

And really, that should have been a warning sign.  Hope?  Optimism?  About politics?  Get real.

So here’s the list of things I hoped the president would achieve four years ago, along with how I think he did on each point:

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