Most influential president: Barack Obama or Donald Trump? | The Tylt
Most influential president: Barack Obama or Donald Trump?
The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.
Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?
Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchup below!
The 44th and first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama's presidency was both historic and culturally significant.
Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, Obama went to Chicago where he served in the Illinois state senate and eventually the U.S. Senate before becoming president in 2008.
As president, Obama made health care reform his main focus and signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. He also notably rescued the country from the Great Recession, cut the unemployment rate in half and began normalizing relations with Cuba. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
This is our time—to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.
Obama served two terms and has dedicated his time post-presidency to redistricting efforts.
The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first person who has never held public office to become president.
Before he ran for office, Trump was a real estate mogul and reality television star. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, Trump entered the world of real estate development, following in the footsteps of his father. He was also the producer and star of the reality show "The Apprentice."
In 2015, Trump announced his intention to run for president and defeated 16 primary opponents to secure his nomination. During his first year as president, Trump enacted a controversial travel ban, signed a tax bill into law and repealed many Obama-era policies.
In his inaugural address and throughout his campaign, Trump promised to "Make America Great Again."
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people... For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished–but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered–but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again.
Donald Trump is currently serving his first term as president of the United States.