A good politician plays the hand dealt and doesn't operate from the stance that they should have a better hand and refuse to admit what they have to work with. With a Republican party that has gone ugly and stupid and said from day one the main objective was to make sure he failed, the country be damned, he has done amazingly well.
Obamacare- This will be his signature legislation from the first term and affect us for generations to come. Private health insurance available to all! When Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana have near full coverage we might even see a shift in political participation and leanings. The era of being turned away because you are over your limit or have a pre-existing condition is over. Forcing heath care providers to spend 85% of premiums on care or refund the difference was a nice little nugget hiding in the bill. This forces the providers to go visibly public and be held accountable for the first time. What's missing is the public option. That's the greatest disappointment. My favorite moment of the debate? The old man demanding the Government keep their hands off of his medicare. (Word to all the critics with pulled from their asses claims of doom and outright lies about it. Come back here in 2016 and we will see exactly how much of your crap proves to be true. The weasels will be whistling dixie and trying to change the subject just like you did when you claimed the Clinton tax increase, in his first term would doom us and were held accountable later.)
Foreign Policy- A nuanced foreign policy that has help restore the tarnished 'Get out of my way, or else' Bush years stance has begun to repair the image of America and the restore respect. Obama's focus on capturing Osama was, at a bare minimum, deflated moral, and at best a major stake through the heart for Al Qiada. The re-engagement of the rest of the world has been proven to be wise and Hillary as Secretary of State has proven to be a smart move. She has been amazing!
The economy- I would hardly call it all peaches and cream but following the worst economic climate since the great depression he has handled it well. The decision to bail out the auto industry ended up being the right move. It rebounded quickly and is again a driving force of the economy. I also wonder if those who wanted to let it go bankrupt actually understand what that meant? Suppliers down the line would have been hit hard, many fatally. The stock market is back to pre disaster levels and humming along nicely. The one area that lags badly is job creation and at last we have begun to see some growth. Let's hope this trend continues. Wages too trail and that needs to be lifted. No thanks to Republicans, who purposefully held back recovery with the fake debt ceiling crisis and a complete refusal to support any of the job bills proposed that would have reduced the local government layoffs that have added to the woes. Of course they see it as an excuse to gut unions and disempower people who work for a living.
Veteran Care- It's ironic that here he has done more than almost any administration in recent history considering that another party always claimed this as their signature stance. But when it came to putting up it proved to a hallow cry. Increase funding of Veteran care and VA reform has ended much of the shameful and disgraceful travesties our brave members of the military faced upon returning.
Civil Rights- The single most pro-gay civil rights administration bar none in the history of American. Don't ask, don't tell is gone. Marriage Equality is now the official stance of the Democratic party and coming soon to state near you. There are a lot of little things too that have made a huge difference such as extending benefits to same sex partners of federal workers that have proven that he is serious and not a one issue panderer.