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Top 20 Achievements Of President Obama

Barack Obama refuses to "spike the football," so we'll do it for him. This list is in no particular order and by no means comprehensive. Achievement unlocked: Reelection.

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  • 1. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, makes it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform equal work.

  • 2. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided hundreds of billions of dollars into infrastructure, research and job creation.

  • 3. Saved the American auto industry and its hundreds of thousands of jobs from disappearing by preventing Chrysler and GM from going bankrupt.

  • 4. Overturned Bush Administration restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research.

  • 5. The Matthew Shepard Act, expands hate crime definitions to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.

  • 6. Has created over 2 million private sector jobs in the last 14 months.

  • 7. The Credit Card Bill of Rights, outlaws hidden fees and deceptive lending practices from credit card companies.

  • 8. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, allows gay soldiers to serve openly in the United States military.

  • 9. Student loan reform, significantly expands access to affordable government loans and Pell Grants for college.

  • 10. The Affordable Care Act, will establish universal health care for the first time in the history of the United States.

  • 11. New START Treaty, will reduce by half the nuclear missile stockpiles of Russia and the United States.

  • 12. Overturned Bush Administration "global gag rule," allows American aid to international health organizations who provide family planning, including abortion counseling.

  • 13. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, dramatically expands federal efforts into finding a cure for paralysis, as well as increasing support for care and rehabilitation.

  • 14. Removed all combat troops from Iraq.

  • 15. Appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the first Latina to ever serve on the bench.

  • 16. Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, provides health care to 11 million children who live in poverty.

  • 17. The Food Safety Modernization Act, for the first time gives the FDA a mandate to prevent, rather than simply respond to, contamination of the food supply.

  • 18. Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, overhauls the financial markets to prevent another economic crisis and establishes a new consumer protection bureau.

  • 19. Killed pirates, in particular three Somali pirates who were holding an American ship hostage in 2009.

  • 20. Killed Osamas, in particular one Osama bin Laden who had taken America hostage in 2001.

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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