That’s the question I got on the metro when I wore my Obama shirt to the 4th of july fireworks. It’s a very good question to answer, because it provides an opportunity to lay to rest the lingering fear that Obama is an empty suit, a newcomer with little experience and even less to show for it.
That’s certainly the right wing noise machine’s spin (and the one Hillary Clinton adopted during the primaries), but its not even close to the truth. So here are a few of Barack Obama’s notable accomplishments.
First, bills sponsored. About 126 as of 7-06-2008 according to Thomas. A couple of those leap right out. Theres S.453 to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections. Or S.674 to add accountability and oversight to security contractors. Barack has a couple bills to his name to bolster and protect the quality of care veterans recieve (And no, John McCain is not a co-sponsor!).
Barack has sponsored a host of bills relating to tackling our dependence on oil, including one to increase fuel economy standards. He even has a bill to ensure proper oversight of hazardous materials in imported children’s toys!
Looking through the search results alone one sees efforts to take care of veterans, the environment, the economy, education, and the basic structure and integrity of the democratic process.
If you are out campaigning for Barack Obama, actively or passively, and this question comes up, take a moment and smile. Even if you stick to sponsored legislation, you have your pick of answers.