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Keeping the faith

President Barack Obama promised the nation great things during his campaign to become president. Almost one year after he was voted into office, approval ratings dropped from 68 percent to 56 percent, according to a Sept. 29 poll in the New York Times

Although the many previous supporters are losing faith, I still believe that Obama is doing everything he can to bring change to the nation through a bipartisan outlook, clean up the Bush administration’s mess in the Middle East and bring hope and health to American citizens.

Because of the recent terrorist activity in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has requested that Obama deploy 40,000 more U.S. troops to quell the uprising.

During his campaign, Obama’s insistence on bringing the troops home won him the favor of many citizens who are tired of a war they can no longer afford.

According to The Times, Obama claims the exit strategy for Afghanistan has gained more direction and that there are plans that include strategic strikes to counter terrorism.

Even though it seems backward to send more troops into Afghanistan in order to get all of them home, we should remember that Obama did not start this war and each choice that is made about the lives of our soldiers or safety of our country requires sacrifice.

Similar to the tough decisions Obama faces regarding foreign policy, the issue of health care reform for American citizens remains undecided.

Not only does the U.S. currently have a costly health care system, it is also the only country in the advanced-world that doesn’t have a single-payer system as opposed to myriad of health insurance companies. According to the the website for the the Physicians for a National Health program.
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Obama promised the nation better and more affordable healthcare and he is determined to create a system that will benefit everyone, despite the fact that the reform is constantly swatted away by Republicans.

Since Obama has entered office, he’s determined to encourage citizens to spend money to stimulate the economic cycle, yet progress still seems miles away.

The economy is taking time improve; in the second quarter, the economic growth gained one percentage point, which is better than nothing.However, unemployment is at a 26-year high, according to The Times.

Obama is trying his best to revive the down-on-its-luck economy. He passed the $789 billion stimulus plan to kick-start the American cash flow and initiated the “Cash for Clunkers” plan allowing people to upgrade their gas-guzzling cars for more fuel efficient ones.

I find that his efforts have helped plug the economic spiral that America was sinking into. Although the recovery rate is slow and this is the worst recession since the Great Depression, his plans have taken some of the sting off, just not enough.

Overoptimistic hopes lead to the irrational ideas that once Obama was in office, everything would be OK. But after the past eight years of reckless abandonment, I know it will take some time for him to pick up the pieces and put them back together.

Patience and optimism are necessary, right now, because change does not happen overnight, in a matter of six months, or even a year.

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