Now I know that it's all the fashion to trounce the big guy in office. But in the end, I'd like to give credit where credit is due. I had the opportunity ending last year to actually work for the White House for a year. This position came to me strictly out of luck and I had the skills to take advantage of it. Then with the budget wars of the last spring it ended...and then I had to find other options. Now, I'm not a politico...I don't necessarily support any side...or specifically any person. I tend to be totally pragmatic, judging the situation as it is, what options I have, then act. Same with my votes. I will say, given the options I had, I voted for Obama, but then again, I've voted for people before...and they've disappointed me (Dem, Ind or GOP) I judge people for what they do for me, the land and how hard they try. I treat my politicians like I do my workers, I don't care who they are, I care about results. I must say, being on the inside...I was impressed. Despite the challenges given to his administration...there were good management attempts and policies to address issues. Questions were put to EVERYONE, no matter who or what level...to see what they'd improve. Positions were put in place to actually optimize government. (ex. CIO and CTO...this is HUGE if you've ever seen IT waste...much less the damn contractors) Ideas to get rid of waste...not agendas...not ideology, but actual waste and redundancy...to increase efficiency. The media, the Left, the Right, etc, etc, etc...Everyone is screaming, Everyone wants what they want, right now, why isn't it done yet? Everyone colors it with their own agenda and bias. But now I saw it, without a filter...directly with my own eyes, over time. The Federal government is a HUGE complex machine. And you've got tons of drivers...there's no way you're going to turn it on a dime. You've got leaders and bureaucrats with their own territories. You've got laws, rules and protocols everything disputed if changed...must less how to implement. Yet there it was, bit by bit...things being put in place to re-enforce the policy of making it more efficient. A group of people and protocol trying to slowly turn this glutted beast into a sleeker system. I don't know if I agree with Obama on everything. (ex. NASA...my heart bleeds for that...maybe that's MY bias) But I will give credit to him and his administration for actually trying to fix the damn thing. And getting views from everyone, no matter their side. And actually following up and following through...bit by bit. A long chess game, the ultimate "this old house" fixit. In the upcoming election, I'd put Obama up for comparison against anyone, to judge him...see if he's worth it. That's my right as a citizen, to see if I can get something better. But one, in comparison with the current options given to me, I doubt it. And two, seeing what he's ACTUALLY done...from the inside and out. I'd say right now, he's done a pretty good job...despite all the factors. What do you think? Do you think he deserves credit?