Obama Campaign's Michigan Director Tells Northville Democrats About President's Achievements
Garrett Arwa discussed how the Obama campaign believes it has helped the middle class.
President Barack Obama's Michigan director spent Wednesday night at Hillside Middle School reviewing what he considered to be the president's achievements.
Garrett Arwa touched on many topics he touted as the Obama administration's successes since 2008. He spoke to a group of about 50 people at the Northville Democratic Club event. He gave them talking points to recruit others to support Obama's re-election.
"Everything (Obama) said he'd do on the campaign trail, he has done or he has tried," Arwa said. He explained that not all of the President's endeavors have been fruitful because of partisan bickering.
Some of the Obama highlights that Arwa discussed included:
- The passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, which some Republicans have dubbed "Obamacare." It stipulates an individual mandate by 2014.
- The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill that the president signed into law, is regarded by the Obama administration as a remedy to challenge wage discrimination in federal court.
- The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The repeal did away with the military's ban on openly gay servicemen.
- The passage of the Small Business Jobs Act, which the President's administration considers a job-creating tax incentive for small businesses.
- The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which regulates financial institutions.
- The appointment of two female Supreme Court justices, including the first Hispanic Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
- The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which the President's administration has touted as a stimulus to economic recovery by creating new jobs and middle class tax cuts.
After his presentation, titled "Promises Kept," Arwa took questions from the audience. They ranged from questions about why the Guantanamo Bay prison is still open after 10 years to why Obama supported, though he said he did so reluctantly, the extension of the National Defense Authorization Act.