Barack Obama completed his first term. Are we better off than we were 4 years ago? What are the facts.....
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Then: 7,949.09 (close as of Jan. 20, 2009)
Now: 13,534.89 (close as of Jan. 15, 2013)
Gross Domestic Product
Then: -5.3% (1st quarter of 2009)
Now: +3.1% (3rd quarter of 2012)
Consumer Confidence (1985=100)
Then: 37.4 (Jan. 2009)
Now: 65.1 (Dec. 2012)
Americans without health insurance
Then: 49.0 million (Census data for 2009)
Now: 48.6 million (Census data for 2011)
Federal spending as a percentage of GDP
Then: 25.2% (FY 2009)
Now: 24.3% (FY 2012 projected)
Median sales price of new homes
Then: $208,600 (Jan. 2009)
Now: $246,200 (Nov. 2012)
Number of U.S. troops in Iraq
Then: 139,500 (Jan. 2009)
Now: 200 (Jan. 2013)
Number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Then: 34,400 (Jan. 2009)
Now: 66,000 (Jan. 2013)
Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction
Then: 26% of adults (Jan. 2009 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 41% of adults (Dec. 2012 NBC/WSJ poll)
This is Obama's Record in the face of the biggest obstructionism in history.
We're heading in the right direction. The Afghan war is winding down and will end in his second term. Spending has slowed down. Forbes is reporting that President Obama has actually been tighter with money than any President since Eisenhower.
How is it possible republicans have managed to trick Americans into believing the whole “Obama as big spender” narrative? They listen to propaganda and the first year of Obama's first term (2009) the budget was set by Dubya and congress in progress four months before he took office.
So, yes, we are better off than we were 4 years ago, thanks to President Barack Obama!