LETTER: Give credit where credit is due: Thanks, Obama, for GOP’s rise

I never thought I would say this, but I would like to congratulate President Obama on a job well done.

After all, his stated goal was to “fundamentally transform America” and, as the leader of the Democratic Party, he has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams and must be given due credit.

Perhaps he was most successful in transforming the House of Representatives, which, at the time of his election in 2008, seated 257 Democrats to 178 Republicans and now, in 2016, I happily note that Republicans outnumber Democrats 241 to 194.

Way to go, President O.

Not to dismiss his transformative accomplishments in the Senate where, in 2008, 57 Democrats outnumbered 41 Republicans and now, in 2016, I delight in the fact that there are 52 Republicans and only 46 Democrats.

Well-done indeed, sir.

But his remarkable transformative successes do not end on the national scene but extend down to the state level where, in 2008, there were 29 Democratic governors and only 21 Republicans and now there are 33 Republican governors and a mere 15 Democrats.

Another feather in his transformation cap.

The extent of his transformation of the United States is easily observed by viewing a map reflecting voting preferences on a county-by-county basis.

It is a sea of Republican red with a few dots of Democratic blue sprinkled here and there.

In view of his stunning successes, I think President O should be considered for an award, perhaps Republican Recruiter of the Decade.

Dick Pilling,

Port Angeles

Pilling is chair of the Clallam County Republican Party.