Is Obama’s honeymoon over or has he made great strides

Parisa Amini

President Obama has made great strides in an effort to follow through on his campaign promises.
Obama took the office of president in January of 2009 facing multiple issues left by the previous administration, including women’s rights, Guantanamo Bay, same-sex rights and tensions in the Middle East.
In the last nine months, Obama has worked to correct these problems, among others.
Just nine days after being sworn in, Obama signed the “Ledbetter’s Law,” created to help women challenge unequal pay; his first signed act of congress.
Within days of his inauguration, the president put plans in motion for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.
In the months since, Obama has given hope and created change, just as his campaign promised.
Obama gave a speech on Oct. 10, at the 13th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner. In his speech, he spoke of his support for same-sex rights.
“I’m here with a simple message: I’m here with you in that fight,” Obama said .
Obama is in favor of civil unions and is against amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
“You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman,” Obama said.
Most recently, Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to support peace between the West and the Middle East.
Four of the five judges involved in the decision spoke out in support of him.
Among them was the Nobel committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland.
“Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the development of peace in the previous year,” Jagland said, “who has done more for that than Barack Obama?”
He is a fighter for our rights and an advocate for change and equality.

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