What are Barack Obama's political ideals?What are Barack Obama's political ideals?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would argue that Pres. Obama's political ideals are fairly straightforward liberal ideals, with a few exceptions.

In terms of domestic policy, Pres. Obama has been pretty liberal.  He has advocated government-based solutions for most problems.  The major example of this is the "Obamacare" program that he pushed for.  This program got the government more involved in health care as a way of trying to increase the availability of care and reduce its cost.  This is a typically liberal position.

In foreign policy, Obama has also been relatively liberal.  He has emphasized, for example, projecting a more mulilateral image of the US.  He has rejected the sort of aggressive rhetoric and unilateral action that characterized the administration of George W. Bush.  This can be seen, for example, in Obama's policy with regard to Libya.

Overall, then, I would say that Obama's political ideals are rather typical of American liberals today.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
His campaign was based on hope. He believed that an African American could be elected president. Whatever you think of him, he is intelligent and an excellent speaker. President Obama believes that intellect and poise are important to the presidency. I think that Obama believes in finding a workable health care system, reigning in business greed, rescuing the middle class and getting control of the war in Iraq. He has managed to do some of these things. Legislation passed to ease the foreclosure crisis was largely unsuccessful because there was no way to force the banks to cooperate. Osama Bin Laden was killed and valuable intelligence gathered, but the war is far from over. Health care seems dead in its tracks. Ultimately, legislators and the president have to work together to solve these problems. It is unrealistic to suggest otherwise.