Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader

Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader

by Luigi Esposito, Laura L. Finley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313398438
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Luigi Esposito, PhD, is associate professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.

Laura L. Finley, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL.

Table of Contents

Foreword Leonard Pitts ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Obama and the Promise of Change Luigi Esposito Laura L. Finley 1

Chapter 1 Progressivism and Economics: The Case of President Obama Steven L. Arxer Matthew Babcock Walter Borges 21

Chapter 2 Educating the "Education President" Jung Min Choi Tashina J. Vavuris Mariko Ono 41

Chapter 3 Negotiating Health: The Challenges of Progressive Healthcare Reform in the United States Lisa Konczal 59

Chapter 4 Obama, Progressivism, Harm Reduction, and Drug Policy: From War to Health and Rights Fernando M. Perez 79

Chapter 5 "In the Land of the Blind": Evaluating Obama's Environmental Record Kent D. Shifferd 99

Chapter 6 Rating the 44th President on Immigration Randall Amster Margaret Groarke 119

Chapter 7 Obama at War Nicolas J. S. Davies 143

Chapter 8 Race and the Obama Presidency Victor Romano Melanie Sberna Hinojosa 163

Chapter 9 The First Female President? Assessing Obama's First-Term Work on Women's Issues Laura L. Finley 183

Chapter 10 Waiting for Change: Obama and the LGBT Community P. Tom Semm Christina Sanchez-Weston 203

Chapter 11 Being Progressive on National Security: The Rolling Back of Bush Administration Policies and Keeping America Safe Christian A. I. Schlaerth Aaron Puhrmann Katelyn Rozenbroek Hilary H. Cook 221

Conclusion: Obama and the Future of Progressivism in the United States Laura L. Finley Luigi Esposito 241

About the Editors and Contributors 255

Index 261

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