Barack Obama 's President Of The Free World

2269 Words May 17th, 2016 10 Pages
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 his supporters had many high expectations. Here was a man who had just became the first man of color to be elected President of the United States of America, the most powerful nation in the face of the planet and the leader of the free world. Taking on this role was no easy feat as though Obama had inherited the greatest recession the United States had experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s, millions of Americans were losing their homes. Occupied with this domestic crisis, he did not have much of his time and attention on another mess the Bush administration had left him to fix, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In face of all this turmoil, Obama soothed his people with the motto “Change, we can.” That was the catchphrase and mentality going into his administration. But that was on the only motto his administration had. During Obama’s presidential campaign, he did an easy job at depicting the Republicans as incapable and stupid people. And so Obama’s remedy to fixing problems was “don’t do stupid stuff”, this would later on be used as a doctrine for his foreign policy and United States involvement in the world up until the last days of his second term. Since the end of the Cold War, a large number of neoconservatives had risen in influence in Washington. With a very hawkish, realist outlook, these “neocons” advocated America using its full military might to preserve its role as the sole hegemon in the international system.…
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