The "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009"—Obama's "stimulus" (NOT to be confused with the Bush/Cheney "bank bailout" TARP)—has already achieved a lot and is on target to continue, though if Republicans retake control of the Congress, or eventually the federal government, much if not all of these achievements could be reversed.
Unfortunately, Obama's "non-drama" style (he should be holding a press conference at the site of a Recovery Act achievement every other day if not every day, which would be possible as there have already been thousands and thousands of projects created, from new factories opening or old ones re-opening to highway projects etc.), the right's manipulation of the media, and the media's tendency to trivialize the news to the level of viewing all politics as a horse race while ignoring substantive and in-depth reporting has left most of our fellow citizens partially if not completely ignorant of the extent of the Obama administration accomplishments so far (beyond healthcare reform and new regulations of Wall Street and ending combat operations in Iraq, and even those have been dismissed or mostly ignored as Obama achievements).
So here's just a few things the stimulus has achieved (from the Sept. 6th TIME) (and I'm not saying all these are what I would want to see done or couldn't be done better but they have been or are being accomplished nonetheless):
"saved or created 3 million jobs, helping avoid a depression and end a recession" (though if the stimulus were twice as big—as many economists suggested it should be (e.g. Paul Krugman)—we wouldn't be possibly heading back into a recession and more jobs would have been created, and yes I know it "feels" to many like the Great Recession never ended, but according to the definition of "recession" it did end as a result of Obama's policies)
"cut taxes for 95% of working Americans"
"bailed out every state"
create "record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families"
"funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more"
it's "the most ambitious energy legislation in history, converting the Energy Department into the world's largest venture-capital fund"
by "pouring $90 billion into clean energy"
"including unprecedented investments in a smart grid; energy efficiency; electric cars; renewable power from the sun, wind and earth; cleaner coal; advanced biofuels; and factories to manufacture green stuff in the U.S."
"triple the number of smart electric meters in our homes"
"quadruple the number of hybrids in the federal auto fleet"
"finance far-out energy research through a new government incubator modeled after the Pentagon agency that fathered the internet"
"a tenfold increase in funding to expand access to broadband"
"sequence more than 2,300 complete human genomes—when only 34 were sequenced with all previous aid"
"$8 billion for a high-speed passenger rail network"
"$4.35 billion in Race to the Top grants to promote accountability in public schools"
"$20 billion to move health records into the digital age"
and create "solar arrays"
"zero-energy border stations"
"eco-friendly Coast Guard headquarters"
"an 'advanced synchrotron light source'"
"spread successful quit smoking programs"
"$249 million to build two [lithium battery] plants in Michigan" to "supply the first generation mass-market electric cars"
"$529 million...to help Fisker Automotive reopen a shuttered General Motors factory in Delaware" (for electric cars)
and more for "electric trucks in Indiana"
"boost the number of U.S. battery-charging stations by 3,200%"
"expanding U.S. production capacity from 1% of the global market [for advanced batteries for electric vehicles] to 20%"
"$3.4 billion for clean coal projects aiming to sequester or reuse carbon"
"on track to exceed [EXCEED!] Obama's goal of doubling renewable power by 2012"
"the wind industry added a record 10,000 megawatts in 2009"
"The stimulus is also supporting the nation's largest photo-voltaic solar plant, in Florida"
"and what will be the world's two largest solar thermal plants, in Arizona and California"
"plus thousands of solar installations on homes and buildings"
"helping scores of manufacturers of wind turbines and solar products expand"
"funding dozens of smart-grid approaches"
"truckloads of batteries for a grid-storage project in California"
"re-cycled electric-car batteries for a similar effort in Detroit"
"launched the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy...blue sky fund"
"The stimulus will help...create a kind of reverse aluminum smelter to make [battery] prototypes the size of a hockey puck..."
"The Recovery Act is weatherizing 250,000 homes this year"
"gave homeowners rebates for energy-efficient appliances"
is" retrofitting...server farms, factories and power plants"
and "3 in 4 federal buildings"
"18 million...new smart meters...will be in use by 2013"
etc. etc. etc.