I don't mean to point out the obvious, but both of those charts clearly show that the recession began prior to Obama taking office. In addition I went to that website and clicked on the Real GDP for the US(Quarterly) and it shows an awfully large jump from `08 to `09. Again, would this be possible with McCain or any other person to take office? Who knows, we just know what the result of our actions are and what information we have available to present.
Of all the comments on this post, you have presented the least emotion-and-politics-driven argument. Good job!
I would hope that the rest of you folks on here can see what an unbiased and thoughtful contemplation looks like. Too many people are in the tank for their political party, blaming everything--EVERYTHING--on the other guys. But let me tell you: Neither party has more blame than the other. I just smile and nod when someone jumps up on their soapbox and tries to tear down the other party in order to make their party look better.
"The really sad part is the liberals blissfully igore that fact that the economy started going in the crapper about two years before Bush left office. Oh wait...that was when Democrats won control of Congress again. An inconvienient truth?"
A house burned down the other day. Curiously, the fire got really bad at around about the same time the firefighters showed up.
I can only conclude that the firefighters caused the fire to get worse.
(In case you're thick and didn`t get it; ever consider that the Democrats got power because the economy went bad, not that the economy went bad because the Democrats got power? Or even that the two events aren`t causally related?)
It`s a sure sign of an idiot that you think A MUST cause B, just because they happened at the same time.