Bush Vs. Obama: By The Numbers A Year On [Graph]

Submitted by: Fancys_Asst 7 years ago in

A year ago Obama was inaugurated as the 44th US president. What"s changed since he"s taken office? Here"s the breakdown.
There are 132 comments:
Male 868
Obama suks !
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Male 76
theres only one man that can do better than both these men combined....n thats Chuck Norris.
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Male 153
Well said, mongoos3.
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Female 36
How do the Americans expect this one guy to make all of their problems go away in just one year? He is just a man, with a great deal of poop to clean up during a recession well underway. I genuinely think Obama has the potential for a great presidency, just let the guy some time to do his job. Plus I think the conservatives can STFU now and save it for the vote next election because quite frankly the rest of the world is bored of hearing them bitch and moan everytime the guy moves (oh noes! he went to the toilet!!! commie!!!)... unless of course he starts another stupid, pointless, expensive war to drag everyone into like his predesessor. If he starts pulling that kind of crap THEN you can kick his ass... just the thoughts from a little gal, from a little island on the other side of the pond.
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Female 60
still it looks like Bush`s side is more in the red than Obama.....
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Male 1,370
They both suck.
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Female 151
this image was just the right one to attract ignorant comments now, wasn`t it?(i`ve been using the word "ignorant" a lot more often lately...)
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Female 92
Airclot0
You think this is a respectable, accurate graph?

Maybe you should try looking into the facts yourself before declaring something to be accurate.

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Female 15
rad mikey... the thing that you didnt see here i guess is that bush spent 10 trillion... obama spent 1 trillion... thats the total national debt, not how much they spent in their presidency... there was already a 1 trillion dollar debt when bush came in.
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Male 61
Most of you seem unable to realize that Bush spent 11 Tr. over the course of 8 years. And I am not saying that I support how much Bush spent, because its ridiculous, but the fact that Obama has managed to spend MORE then Bush ever did in just ONE year is absolutely disgusting!
This statistic, plus stuff like his shady buisiness with Interpol is exactly why Obama is rapidly losing his support.
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Male 44
Hey airclot take a look at the economy that bush inherited from clinton and how in 8 years he destroyed it.

It will take more than a year to fix the mess. It dont take an economics degree to know this you moron.

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Female 1,593
This graph isn`t really truthful. We`re still recuperating from Bush`s drat ups...yes even a year later.
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Male 58
Just like liberals. Still refusing to believe it when there is an accurate graph in front of their eyes proving otherwise.

Time to get your head out of the sand and look at the facts.

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Male 999
only a year....
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Female 3,598
"Elephants and Asses are Screwing the Masses" i like this.
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Female 3,598
exactly, he`s trying to FIX the mistakes made, granted nobody does anything perfectly, but at least he`s not in the fourth grade like Bush was.
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Male 1,360
i dont think much of these figures have much to do the presidents.
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Male 683
Stupid comparioson graft not fair/equal
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Female 414
"Not really a fair comparison since he was dropped in the poo at the very start with a recession already underway."

Agreed. He started his term with a pooty war and a pooty economy. People should cut him some slack.

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Male 2,862
Not really a fair comparison since he was dropped in the poo at the very start with a recession already underway.
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Male 290
"international votes dont work"

-i voted for obama from new zealand :-P

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Male 217
Economy drops because of what bush has done, and now obama is in the house WHILE it happens he gets blamed for it. Poor fella, I`d vote for him but yeah, international votes dont work >.<
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Female 12
What`s with all the grammatical errors in this graph?
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Male 190
haha worst comparison chart ever.
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Male 194
Just remember, big O came into Oval Office with half those numbers that way, for example, the unemployment rate, bankruptcies and national debt.
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Female 3,828
ya a year isnt a lot of time. and also to be fair to bush,. once an economy gets so crappy, it often gets better right afterward. part of the whole boom and bust economic system.
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Male 154
this is stupid. bush had 8 years to drat this country up. Obama has been in office ONE drating year, and thanks to conservatives kicking and screaming like a child over every damn thing he tries to do, he hasnt been able to do almost anything. people who give up on him after a year are retards and just pretend to know how a democracy works.
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Male 321
well, the national debts alwas gonna go up
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Male 2,579
"I think that maybe we should wait more than a year to do this graph....
And a lot of these things are irrelevant."

How are they irrelevant?! Thats ALL they are is relevant. They are STATISTICS! I`m so sick of people looking squarely at solid fact and denying its.... "relevance". Grow up people, lets work together before this government screws us all completely.

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Male 2,579
Everyone knows that solid facts and figures do nothing to sway opinion.
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Male 237
Worst would be used in a situation where there are three or more options.

When you compare two options one is worse than the other or one is better than the other. With three or more options there is a worst, a best, and everything in between.

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Male 690
i dont vote
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Female 82
I think that maybe we should wait more than a year to do this graph....

And a lot of these things are irrelevant.

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Male 17
I`m always suprised how much credit/blame the current president gets for the economy.

http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-presiden...

And another one for effect...

http://www.slate.com/id/2194426/

May be complete BS but, they read fairly well and sound plausible.

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Male 291
@pizzabob18:

how is this conservative hypocrisy? it`s just showing how things have changed since the presidents have

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Male 416
""did anybody notice the spelling error? "worst better" worst?? really guys?"

Worst is an actual word just not used often."

I think Byrdman was referring to the fact that it`s a comparison of two objects and thus the proper word to be used would be `worse` (opposing `better`) not `worst` (which would mirror `best`).

I could be wrong, though.

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Male 7,933
bob, please drating explain how. Its simple statistics. Statistics dont lie
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Male 366
great. More conservative hypocrisy and bull
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Male 894
meh. they`re still all a bunch of liars and thieves. Elephants and Asses are Screwing the Masses
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Male 6
does anyone realize everybody is in a recession, of course things are going to change but whats better is that Obama is doing better throughout the recession than bush did and the table proves just that
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Male 353
"did anybody notice the spelling error? "worst better" worst?? really guys?"

Worst is an actual word just not used often.

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Male 353
A comparison of eight years of bushes crap to one year for Obama? Compare it after two terms of Obama then I`ll look at it.
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Male 107
did anybody notice the spelling error? "worst better" worst?? really guys?
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Male 190
Heheh, So, according to the spread, stuff is getting better for a majority, but not all of the crap that was caused over the previous Administration`s reign has been fixed. Some things do take more than a year.... >.>;
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Female 1,682
And yes, it is our fault, seeing as how we are the ones that voted him in. Another thing is that, come on it has been just barely a year. Do you honestly think he can come in and fix all that BS up in a year? No, he cant. So give him so time, damn you assh*les -.-`
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Female 187
to bad the president doesn`t really have any control over that stuff...
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Male 4,014
"lawl, gotta love all the obama lovers on here.
bitchessss."

SCOREBOARD. President = (D). Senate = 59 (D) / 41 (R). House = 256 (D) / 178 (R).

If you read Foxnews this week, you`d think Republicans ran the government...Reality isn`t as exciting for the tea-baggers, but I understand their excitement. I suffered under Bush, you suffer under Obama, and round and round we go.

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Male 4,014
And I`m with you people on one thing - I never thought Obama was the Messiah. I just thought he was intelligent and competent - which he is. That alone was a massive change from the last president.

Calderis is generally right - and my buddies who say "Obama is a flop," I say come on, its been a single year, government is a behemoth , results take time to surface.

FYI - Economists say the recession is over - but that doesn`t mean it feels like it yet. Patience. See how quickly s*it changed this single week? Lets see what happens next week, and the next...that why politics is so fun!

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Male 4,014
Um, so Obama wins according to this. And lets just remember who the "de-regulation" party is / was.
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Male 716
Guys... it is the people`s fault.

You guys vote in these people.

If they mess up, it`s on your hands.

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Male 40,752
vv exactly seabass! And the Dems have controled the house and senate since 2006, when all the troubles began, eh?
(I`m hoping that "/troll" means osmandias is just joking, since there`s been 3 terror attacks on US soil since Obama got elected)
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Male 1
everybody keeps blaming bush for the mess this country is in when it is the fault of every person in this country. most of the obama supporters sound like the same people who thought hurricane katrina was bush`s fault. idiots
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Male 478
People are holding him in such high expectations because he presented himself that way.
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Male 205
major terror attacs on US soil: Bush 1 - Obama 0
/troll
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Male 40,752
Many of the Bush numbers are either the lowest from his 8 years or right at the end. A true measure would be the average of his term, what was the price of gas in 2003? NOT 3.80...
For sure the DOW was higher a couple of times under Bush, but 9500 after it fell 800 points following Obama`s election, eh?
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Male 15,510
"Anyone who actually thought he would make everything perfect in a year is an idiot."

Thanks kit, that pretty much resume everything I have to say about this issue.

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Female 176
Who the hell thought the country would magically change in a year? Come on, people. Be a little intelligent, at least.
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Female 364
Anyone who actually thought he would make everything perfect in a year is an idiot.
I`m pissed that not much has happened in a year, but at least we aren`t going in the direction that McCain would have sent us in.
The quicker people get sick of the two party system, the better.
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Male 833
Barack isnt Magic!

(from Daily show)

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Male 326
The man manages to get millions of young, ignorant/uneducated people to turn out to vote, gets a large portion of the country that was never interested in politics to begin with to support him, and everyone is surprised that alll these people who have no idea how anything really works are disappointed.

Your talking about the internet generation. Millions of people who are used to getting everything they want, when they want it, without delay. Of coursse they have no grasp on what`s actually changed in a year.

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Male 373
lol, i agree completely with you enforcer
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Male 18
I don`t know why most people think that one man can magically change the HUGE amount of poo that we`ve gotten ourselves into in a year. Things take time, especially important complicated things like... some of the stuff up there... that i don`t really know about... too much.
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Male 237
v v

Yeah just enough time to get voted out of office so they can blame the next guy...

All this health care "reform" wouldn`t even take effect till 2013

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Male 2,703
"This is all very irrelevant, as NONE of the above is each presiden`s total repsonsibilities. It`s like blaming them for the weather..."

no, I blame the weatherman and news station for the weather....they`re the ones controlling that, right?

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Male 174
What I don`t get is people are going: "OMG ONE YEAR IN AND HE HASNT CHANGED MUCH HAS HE!!!!" OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!! You do realize that it takes years for policies to take effect? right? things don`t magically, instantly disappear. So kindly shut the hell up already, ignorant morons. Jumping the gun, quite a bit in fact.
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Male 1,182
and a lot of stuff from bush`s admin probably came from clinton blah blah blah
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Male 541
This is all very irrelevant, as NONE of the above is each presiden`s total repsonsibilities. It`s like blaming them for the weather...
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Male 5
This proves nothing, as Obama inherited the Bush administration`s legacy, eight years in the making. It will obviously take a while to fix everything.
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Male 1,929
Meaningless.
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Male 45
Wow, only a year and Obama is already starting to catch up to Bush? Thats interesting. It took bush 8 years to do all that, and Obama is working on an even worse job in just a year. By the way, the Dow Jones and Nasdaq should be averaged. Well, let the flamers begin, I`m not even going to come back to this link to see all the cute ignorant people get all upset because I voiced my opinion...
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Female 96
lawl, gotta love all the obama lovers on here.
bitchessss.
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Male 439
I think this is probably pretty misleading. A lot of the stuff we see here are probably effects of stuff done by Bush and his administration. A year is not much time to get poo done when it comes to politics.
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Male 25,416
its only just begun! wait and see how it improves!
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Male 651
umm Better and Worse, not Better and Worst. Get your comparatives and and superlatives right bitches.
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Male 84
This isn`t bullpoo. No where does this say or imply that the current situation can or cannot be done or undone by Obama. it casts no blame, only shows figures. Just you in your hero worship oh the Lord of Change have decided to see this as an attack. Mmm, cult of personality.
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Male 1
this is bull crap!
obama has had one year to undo all the rubbish that bush built up over almost a decade. republian propoganda at its worst
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Male 248
Am I the only one who`s noticed that this isn`t actually a graph? Correct me if I`m wrong, but I don`t see a graph anywhere...
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Male 731
Obama will fix the mess, just give him time, damn it. This graph shows that he`s fixing things now.

The Bush graph was after he was in office for 8 years. Obama`s is ONE Year. What I`d like to see now is Bush`s first year after Clinton`s 8.

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Female 35
Its easy to blame the presidents, sure, but they`re not the only ones trying to line their pockets. There`s more to the economy being where it is than just who`s in office at the time.
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Male 1,383
Well considering Obama entered during a recession I think that you can cut him some slack.
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Female 1,798
the economy is going to get worse before it gets better. Some things have improved, others have gotten worse. You can`t expect him to fix such a huge mess in his first term, he may not even get it fixed before he leaves office. But at least we might be on the right track in some areas.
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Male 2,690
Like I`ve stated many times before, people are going to hate on whoever we elect no matter what.
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Male 42
Im with the Mad-dogg, the explanation "things are going to get worse before they get better" is the obvious answer. Who ever made this chart is an idiot with no understanding of the national debt deficit. It`s all bush`s fault
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Male 139
its idiotic to say that the trillions spent on war by bush is obamas fault too...
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Male 590
while it`s idiotic to just continue saying everything is still Bush`s fault (it`s not his fault we`ve raised our deficit cap or spent trillions of dollars on job-creation programs that created no jobs) - this chart is worthless
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Male 3,369
Yeah...lets blame Obama.

The mess Bush left behind is clearly his fault and could clearly be resolved within his first year!

This isnt how it works people. There is no magic bullet that will fix all the problems!

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Male 3,842
I don`t understand what this graph is supposed to be telling me. Bush Junior followed eight years of Clinton. Obama followed eight years of Bush Junior. So who is to say which president is responsible? If numbers are worse after one year of Obama (in theory) wouldn`t that mean the previous eight years of W Bush before that put them in the tank?

Anyway, most of these measurements seem like they are almost exactly the same. I don`t see a lot of differences one way or the other. So that doesn`t tell us whether it was W Bush who messed everything up or whether Big O hasn`t magically fixed everything yet.

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Male 49
How the hell can you make six figures and barely squeek by. Do you have high dollar prostitutes as maids and servants or are you just an idiot with your money. Speaking of idiots with money, Bush is to blame for our deficit, look at his spending habits and what he allowed to happen while he was in office. Take a hint from your sister and brother in law and get your head out of your ass. :)
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Male 833
you can blame everything thats worse in the obama column on either bush or things that happened while bush was president (that he may or may not have had influence over)
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Male 1,265
kblair4 you`re in the US and complaining about tax on a six figure salary, it`s like 25% for over $100k in england we get taxed 40% on anything over £37,400...then there`s the VAT...forced yearly mot, forced car tax and insurance... so don`t complain about taxes
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Male 2,796
I am sure I am not the only one to say it ( I refuse to read everything... gotta go to the gym :) But in all fairness to both President`s, policies set forth by President`s in the past are only now seeing effects in the Economy. So, really this graph says nothing too factual.
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Male 7,831
in all fairness, everything was already on its way down when Obama took office. also, everything was at a high when Bush took office.
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Male 84
kblair...if you and your wife make 6 figures and are struggling... well, that`s just pathetic. Do you have 10 kids or something?
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Male 807
Truthfully, this graph shows an upward improvement inspite of what was inherited by Bush. Why Americans are so afraid of the government providing socialist programs (Health Care) while blindly following a president into 2 unjust wars with insufficient evidence which has killed hundreds of thousands of more people than 9/11 did-but whatever-Kudos Obama and keep up the good work inspite of your failure at Copenhagen.
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Male 18
obama plans to decrimilize weed
nuff said
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Male 1
Hey burjo7, you`re "18-29" and live in Europe. Obviously it`s under a rock in Europe. Obama hasn`t done a GD thing let alone `improved` anything. The economy tanking had nothing to do with Bush, it had to do with alot of greedy bankers and financial institutions nearly going belly-up. Alot of it was brought on by the Democrats, namely Chris Dodd of Connecticut. Bush had little to do with our economic downfall and so far Obama has done nothing but make it worse and promise to create programs that tax the hell out of those of us who are fortunate enough to still have jobs so we can pay for his asinine programs and pay for the people who sap the gov`t to keep sapping the gov`t while some of us are hard at work trying to just barely squeak by. My wife and I make six figures a year combined and are constantly struggling, while her sister and brother-in-law haven`t worked in years and have iPhones, four kids to feed, all the pay tv channels, etc. So don`t say Obama has done better
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Male 237
Even I can make an A on my first test in a class but I`ll still fail the class if I drat up the rest of the tests.
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Male 206
enigman, the economy was booming for bush because of clinton.
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Male 497
"green_batman, this graph is not when both were one year in. Bush`s numbers in this graph is right before he left office. A year into office for Bush the economy was booming like no tomorrow."

Yeah but right before he left office, the economy was on the verge of depression.

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Male 330
Obama has improved more in 1 year...? Quadrupling the deficit is an improvement? THE LOWEST APPROVAL RATING of ANY modern president after 1 year is an improvement?

Most of the things on the graph are out of Bush/Obama`s control, though. Completely worthless graph, really.

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Male 85
Dont believe this graph! it`s comparing bush`s 2nd term averages with Obama`s current numbers, even then, as far as I know. The debt is currently at 13.2 trillion and I think the USD index is a bit...off
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Male 44
It will take more than one year to fix that retards mess...
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Male 64
green_batman, this graph is not when both were one year in. Bush`s numbers in this graph is right before he left office. A year into office for Bush the economy was booming like no tomorrow.
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Male 310
I am starting to think the posters on this sight are slightly right winged...
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Male 175
yes, this is not fair against obama, as many others have stated. yet despite this, according to this breakdown obama has improved more things in one year than bush did in his entire presidency
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Female 728
The chart is comparing each president a year into their first terms, so it is a fair comparison. And to the point that Obama is inheriting Bush`s problems, doesn`t every president inherit the problems of the president before them? Clinton didn`t exactly leave the country well off with foreign affairs, so that`s what Bush inherited.

Finally, the president isn`t responsible for the entirety of the economy. Frankly, the president doesn`t really have much to do with it at all. Congress passes the laws, declares war, etc., so the expenditure of the national budget falls more squarely on its shoulders. Further, the economy as a whole is dependent on the consumers more than the government. Consumers stopped spending money, so we went into a recession.

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Male 15
Seems like a pretty misleading graph.
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Male 928
They should have included the S&P 500 and economic growth.
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Female 2,509
gatocap....

it just means he`s not the saviour everyone hoped. nothing more, nothing less.

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Female 2,509
brat worst.... lol
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Male 1,297
stoooooooooopid
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Male 20
So obama entering bush`s poo and not being able to save the world in a year equals bad president? What mean personasaurus
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Male 774
Red: worst
Black: better

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worst?

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Male 472
these two are incomparable, they both went into office with two different challenges:
Bush went in facing the challenge of a changing globe.
Obama went in facing the all the challenges Bush created.
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Male 1,931
This is not fair at all. Bush had 8 years in office, and Obama has just had one. Not to mention when Bush went INTO office, the country was in one of it`s highest economical standings in history.
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Male 214
The graph is a bit misleading in all fairness. They seem to be figuring in all 8 years of the Bush presidency as opposed to Obama`s 1 year. I`d rather see the graph show both of their 1st years.
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Male 1,399
This is nothing.

In a few years, especially if this abortion of a health care bill is forced upon us...

...the entire graph will be awash in red.

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Male 18
Honestly all the political posts lately have been pretty off-putting. I find myself not compulsively checking IAB as much. In the short term it generates more traffic, but is that the kind of reputation Fancy is aiming for? Political trolls pooting all over the comments?
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Male 15
Full disclosure. I voted for Bush twice and I voted for Obama. Let`s not forget that there are 535 members of the House and Senate who have a say in most of this. Granted the President is the leader, but he can`t do much without at least the approval, if not help, from Congress. Not to mention that most of the items on this list can be drastically effected by things out of the governments control ie OPEC.
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Male 1,678
These figures would be more or less exactly the same no matter who the president is or was, I don`t see what exactly this chart says other than "the people who made me are completely retarded."
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Male 14,331
VV That would make to much sense for politicans.
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Male 7,378
We need a new tech bubble. I hope it`s marijuana.
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Male 486
Bush poured gasoline on all of my babies and set them on fire; Obama ate their crunchy corpses. It`s just politics.
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Male 518
Yes because obama didnt inherit the recession....... (sarcasm, where the drat i that new sarcasm symbol anyways)
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Male 424
Why you blame the running of a whole country on one man? Shouldn`t you be blaming the whole party that is in charge...
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Male 14
This data is useless. You can`t normalize the economy and see what would have happened if Obama wasn`t elected.

The economy rebounds by itself because the market or people fix the problems. It is next to impossible to measure the marginal effect of governmental policy.

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Male 535
quick completion to muy post:

They want you to go "Look at all that red! Bush was a bad prez!" when in reality both of them have done a terrible job of maintaining the financial health of this country.

Screw this political drivel.

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Female 9,572
Now how to get Fox to look at this.
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Male 535
Hrm...

Some of this is arbitrary and unrelated to the actual president in office - and - in others, after a year in office simply isn`t enough time to judge the differences. These "mid-teerm reviews" are often folly.

Take gas price for instance. The price of gas is almost directly related to the amount of oil that OPEC allows to come out of it`s holdings and has nothing to do with the acting president.

The number of bankruptcies is also a rolling trend from the previous damage done by the "housing crisis" thanks to the US and our incredibly stupid habit of overbuilding and moronic obcession with "showing" our credit limit... er... "wealth."

Again, very little to do with the prez.

FIANLLY (almost done here) I can go back three months to where the Dow was at ~9500 under Obama`s "reign" - so is that dow number supposed to be an aggregate or an average? `cause that don`t work out either.

They want you to look at this and go &

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Male 4,290
Well it`s hardly fair to compare economies when only one of these presidents inherited a global recession when they entered office.
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Female 268
yeah but obama got this country right when teh recession hit. Did he cause said recession? So far as I know, no he didn`t.
so we can`t exactly blame him for the high money numbers..
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Female 1,780
Link: Bush Vs. Obama: By The Numbers A Year On [Graph] [Rate Link] - A year ago Obama was inaugurated as the 44th US president. What`s changed since he`s taken office? Here`s the breakdown.
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