I have been wrestling with this post for some days because the list of Pres. Obama's practical achievements is so long, I have not known just which ones to lift up in a short post. Here is one fairly current list, of many.
And the list itself is only half the story. Obama has succeeded as a practical reformer. He is not the radical that either extreme paints him to be - and never was.
He campaigned and government as a practical reformer. And in his first term, especially in his first two-year Congress, he had a list of achievements that only Roosevelt and Johnson can compare to in the past century. In his second two-year Congress he has continued to achieve practical good, especially in foreign affairs, despite an opposition party that is publicly committed to opposing him no matter what effect that has on the country.
Jonathan Chait makes the practical, moderate case for Obama very well. I particularly like this summary:
"Obama can boast a record of accomplishment that bests any president
since Roosevelt, and has fewer demerits on his record than any of them,