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1. Devang Doshi October 08, 2015 Presented by PSY350: Mindful Leadership Faculty: Dr. Persephone Brown Image source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0Q7sK2CcAA5-_D.jpg 2.…
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  • 1. Devang Doshi October 08, 2015 Presented by PSY350: Mindful Leadership Faculty: Dr. Persephone Brown Image source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0Q7sK2CcAA5-_D.jpg
  • 2. devangdoshi.com BACKGROUND AUTHOR 1 HEALTHCARE 4 THE ENVIRONMENT 2 FINANCIAL REFORM 6 SOCIAL CHANGE 3 THE ECONOMY 5 NATIONAL SECURITY
  • 3. devangdoshi.com Background In Defense of Obama  BY PAUL KRUGMAN Issue 1220 >> October 23, 2014 Rolling Stone is a biweekly magazine that focuses on popular culture. Founded in San Francisco in 1967, first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting. Later shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. [Source: Wikipedia]  Online: http://www.rollingstone.com/ politics/news/in-defense-of- obama-20141008
  • 4. devangdoshi.com About Author Paul Robin Krugman PAUL KRUGMAN  An American economist  Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York  An op-ed columnist for The New York Times  In 2008, awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography  Ranked among the most influential economic thinkers in the US  Written over 20 books, published over 200 scholarly articles, and contributed more than 750 columns on economic and political issues to The New York Times, Fortune and Slate [Source: Wikipedia]
  • 5. devangdoshi.com Initial Opinion “When it comes to Barack Obama, I've always been out of sync” “when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical.” “I worried that he was naive.” And I wasn't wrong. Obama was indeed naive.” - Paul Krugman (Extracts from the article)
  • 6. devangdoshi.com Healthcare “The enactment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been a perils-of- Pauline experience “Then it survived a Supreme Court challenge “Then technical difficulties with the HealthCare.gov website seemed to threaten disaster “It's true that the Affordable Care Act will still leave millions of people in America uninsured 1. Healthcare Obamacare means a huge improvement in the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans.
  • 7. devangdoshi.com Healthcare “Health reform is looking like a major policy success story “It's worth pointing out that some criticisms of Obamacare from the left are also looking foolish “This big improvement in American society is almost surely here to stay. “Health reform has made America a different, better place 1. Healthcare contd... Achievement(s): • Passed Health Care Reform after 60 years of Democratic efforts
  • 8. devangdoshi.com Financial Reform 2. Financial R… “Let's be clear: The financial crisis should have been followed by a drastic crackdown on Wall Street abuses, and it wasn't “Obama bears a considerable part of the blame for this disappointing response “It may not prevent the next financial crisis, but there's a good chance that it will at least make future crises less severe and easier to deal with Achievement(s): • Passed the Stimulus and prevented the U.S. from falling into a second Great Depression • Passed Wall Street Reform, and Dodd- Frank for Consumer and Bank Financial Protection
  • 9. devangdoshi.com Financial Reform 2. Financial R… “This may not be the full overhaul of finance we should have had, and it's not as major as health reform. But it's a lot better than nothing contd...
  • 10. devangdoshi.com The Economy 3. The Economy An overwhelming consensus among economists says that Obama’s stimulus plan helped revive the economy “It's very disappointing that six years into his presidency, the U.S. economy is still a long way from being fully recovered. “The bottom line on Obama's economic policy should be that what he did helped the economy “The United States coped with the financial crisis better than most countries facing comparable crises have managed
  • 11. devangdoshi.com The Economy 3. The Economy “When conservatives accuse Obama of redistributing income, they're not completely wrong – and liberals should give him credit. Achievement(s): • Saved and turned Around US Auto Industry • Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program contd...
  • 12. devangdoshi.com The Environment 4. Environment “There has been much more progress on the use of renewable energy than most people realize “The share of U.S. energy provided by wind and solar has grown dramatically since Obama took office “Nor is it just about renewables; Obama has also taken big steps on energy conservation, especially via fuel-efficiency standards Achievement(s): • Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards • Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants
  • 13. devangdoshi.com The Environment 4. Environment “The administration announced the first-ever fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy vehicles contd...
  • 14. devangdoshi.com National Security 5. National Security “Let's face it – many of his original enthusiasts favored him so strongly over Hillary Clinton because she supported the Iraq War and he didn't “He has defended the prerogatives of the NSA and the surveillance state in general “It's hard to get excited about a policy of not going to war gratuitously, but it's a big deal compared with the alternative Achievement(s): • Ended the War in Iraq • Eliminated Osama bin Laden
  • 15. devangdoshi.com Social Change 6. Social Change “Democrats have turned these social issues – especially women's rights – against Republicans; gay marriage has been widely legalized with approval or at least indifference from the wider public “Barack Obama has been more a follower than a leader on these issues “At least he has been willing to follow the country's new open-mindedness Achievement(s): • Won new-found worldwide respect for America's reputation
  • 16. devangdoshi.com Social Change 6. Social Change “In each case, Obama delivered less than his supporters wanted, less than the country arguably deserved, but more than his current detractors acknowledge contd...
  • 17. devangdoshi.com Obama’s Leadership Traits INTEGRITY RESPECT FAIRNESS CARING CONFIDENCE MINDFUL DECISION MAKING COLLABORATION DECISIVENESS THINKER HONESTY LISTENING COMPASSION FEARLESS VISIONARY PERSEVERANCE ENERGY SELF AWARENESS
  • 18. devangdoshi.com Final Impact
  • 19. devangdoshi.com QUESTIONS & COMMENTS?
  • 20. devangdoshi.com THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
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