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Evaluating Obama's Performance

Grading Obama

As the 2012 Presidential election approaches, voters like myself (note record # of independents) are evaluating Barack Obama's performance as one factor in deciding which candidate to vote for. Since I have been surveying crisis commentators regarding their opinions about the causes of the global financial crisis and how to fix the economy, and since I have also been maintaining a list of books discussing the crisis, I decided to create a list of books (organized by release date) discussing the President's performance. I've searched for only books published in 2012 to allow for the bulk of the President's term. Therefore, I don't include some below like Michelle Malkin's Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies (6/27/2009) and Ron Suskind Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President (9/20/2011). Several books below appear to be favorable toward Barack Obama (please email me if you know of others). However, many appear to be more critical of Obama. Clearly some of the authors are politically motivated and less objective, but some do appear to be from non-politically biased authors. I've read many of the crisis books, but I haven't read any of these books yet. I also decided to Google for evaluations and report cards of Obama's performance (see above), as well as reasons to and not to reelect Obama (high ranking links are included below).

Books written by Barack Obama include

Obama Books

Date Title Author
9/11/2012 19. I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism Charles Kesler
9/4/2012 18. Divider-in-Chief: The Fraud of Hope and Change Kate Obenshain
8/21/2012 17. Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him Richard Miniter
8/16/2012 16. The Odds Against Obama: Why History and Logic Make the President a Likely Loser Michael Medved
8/13/2012 15. Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream Dinesh D'Souza
8/7/2012 14. Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed Aaron Klein, Brenda Elliott
8/5/2012 13. 2012 Election: The 106 BEST Reasons NOT to Vote for Obama Lawrence Allen
7/15/2012 12. The Obama Confession: Secret Fear. Secret Fury Andrew Hodges
7/1/2012 11. The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign Brendan Doherty
6/26/2012 10. The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall & Epic Fail of the Hope & Change Presidency Hugh Hewitt
6/19/2012 9. Barack Obama: The Story David Maraniss
6/19/2012 8. What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior's Guide to the Great American Comeback Monica Crowley
6/14/2012 7. The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power James Mann
6/5/2012 6. Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power David Sanger
6/4/2012 5. The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic David Limbaugh
6/1/2012 4. Presidential Perks Gone Royal: Your Taxes Are Being Used For Obama's Re-election Robert Keith Gray
5/15/2012 3. The Amateur Edward Klein
2/28/2012 2. The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery Noam Scheiber
2/3/2012 1. Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, Michael O'Hanlon

Sample of reasons to reelect Obama

Sample of reasons not to reelect Obama

"Fact Checking" websites

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