14 Facts About Obama's Presidency Most People Don’t Know

Updated on May 1, 2018
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President Obama visiting Iowa
President Obama visiting Iowa

Obama's Presidency: The Facts

People have many perceptions of how the US economy or the country as a whole has done during the Obama years. Depending on your political views, you may think the country did exceptionally well or was teetering on the verge of collapse.

Listed below are fourteen objective facts, without interjected opinion, about the state of America under the leadership of President Obama. Every statement is followed up with a link to a reputable source where you can verify the fact for yourself.

1. We had 90 straight months of economic expansion.

That’s right: For ninety consecutive months, the US economy has gotten progressively better. That includes a new record for consecutive months of private sector job growth. Forbes magazine (which is no fan of President Obama) crunched the numbers and demonstrated how the economic recovery under President Obama was better in just about every measurable way than the recovery under President Reagan.

Source: Obama Out-Performs Reagan on Jobs, Growth, and Investing; Forbes magazine.

2. We enjoyed the longest period of private sector job creation in American history.

This statistic also comes from the Forbes magazine article listed above. In fact, we've enjoyed 75 straight months of private sector job creation. That is the longest period of job creation since the Department of Labor has been keeping statistics.

Source: Obama’s Claim That Businesses Are in the "Longest Uninterrupted Stretch of Job Creation": The Washington Post.

Source: A Record 75 Straight Months of Job Growth Under Obama: Money

3. Unemployment dropped from 10.1% in October of 2009 to 4.8% by early 2017.

Not only did the unemployment rate dropped significantly, but after the recession ended, the US economy gained over thirteen million new jobs. (You can refer to the Forbes article above or check the article below.)

Source: Democratic Presidents Bring It: Obama Shatters Clinton’s Record For Private Sector Job Growth: PoliticusUsa.

It is also worth noting that during the 2012 presidential election, Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, promised to lower the unemployment rate to 6% by the end of 2016. President Obama succeeded at lowering unemployment to under 6% two full years earlier than Romney had promised.

Source : Romney vows to lower unemployment to 6% by the end of 2016: The Hill

4. The stock market set record highs throughout Obama's presidency.

Since early 2009, there was a steady upward trend in stock market growth. The Dow Jones Industrial averages reached an all-time high of 18,292 in May, 2015. Since most Americans have 401K retirement investments in the stock market, this growth benefits millions of middle class Americans.

Source: Dow Jones Industrial Average Last 10 Years: Macrotrends.

5. The Federal budget deficit was reduced by two-thirds since 2009.

The $1.4 trillion federal budget deficit that Obama inherited in 2009 was in a large part due to the high rate of unemployment. When millions of people were put out of work in 2008 and 2009, it resulted in far less income taxes and less economic activity to generate federal revenue. As eleven million people have regained employment, there have been billions more tax dollars generated. As a result, the deficit has been shrinking each year. The 2015 deficit was $439 billion, the smallest deficit since 2007, and roughly 70% lower than it was in 2009.

Source: What is the Deficit?: USGovernmentSpending.com.

6. Under President Obama, government spending has increased less than it did under President's Bush and Reagan.

You may have heard critics say that President Obama is spending money wildly and running up our debt. According to this article from Forbes, during his first term, Obama increased spending by 1.4% annually, far less than President Reagan (8.7%) or George W. Bush (8.1%). According to a more recent article from the Washington Post, Obama has increased spending 3.3% annually. In either case, Obama has increased spending less than any president since Eisenhower.

Sources: Who Is the Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? Forbes magazine.

The Facts About the Growth of Spending Under Obama: Washington Post.

Federal Spending Grew More under Bush and Reagan than Under Obama

7. For 95% of American taxpayers, income taxes were as low or lower than almost any point in the last 50 years.

After President Obama took office, thousands of Tea Party members all over the country held rallies protesting Obama’s tax increases. At that time, President Obama had actually passed several tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Most of the Tea Partiers who were protesting had only seen their taxes decrease under Obama, yet polls indicated that most Tea Party members wrongly believed their taxes had gone up.

In fact, the only people whose income taxes went up during Obama’s presidency are those making $400,000 per year or more. That's less than 2% of the population. For the vast majority of people, tax rates were lower the same as where they were when Obama first took office. The article below from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains this in greater detail.

Source: Federal Income Taxes on Middle-Income Families Remain Near Historic Lows, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

8. Dependence on foreign oil has shrunk due to record domestic oil production and improved fuel efficiency standards.

While some claim that oil production has declined under President Obama, the truth is just the opposite. Oil production has reached record highs. The United States now produces so much oil that we export more oil and gasoline than we import.

Source: IndexMundi.

9. At least 18 million more Americans now have health insurance than before.

Depending on whose numbers you use, anywhere from 12 to 18 million Americans acquired health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act. Now that those millions of Americans have insurance, the rest of us are no longer on the hook to pay for their healthcare when they get sick. This saves the American people billions of dollars in the long run.

Source: Obamacare Helped Up to 10 Million Get Insurance, Gallup Finds: NBC News.

10. The Affordable Care Act has added years to the life of Medicare.

The Medicare trust fund had been on course to run out of money by the end of 2016. But due to cost savings from the Affordable Care Act and lower healthcare expenses, Medicare’s trust fund will now remain stable until the year 2030 without cutting benefits.

Source: Medicare, Social Security Disability Fund Headed in Different Directions; The Wall Street Journal.

11. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing the slowest rate of increase in healthcare costs since 1960.

Contrary to the Republican predictions, healthcare costs have increased at a much slower pace since the passage of the ACA.

Source: Trends in Health Care Cost Growth and the Role of the Affordable Care Act; White House Report.

12. We currently have fewer soldiers, sailors, and airmen in war zones than we did at any time in the last 12 years.

With the end of the Iraq war and the steady withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, we have fewer people in war zones now than we did at any time since 2002.

13. There have been zero successful attacks by al Qaeda on US soil since Obama became president.

Despite Dick Cheney’s warning that if voters elected a Democrat as president, we’d be “hit again and hit hard” by al Qaeda, we have actually been far safer from terrorist attacks on US soil in recent years than we were under the previous president. There have been several unsuccessful attacks against the US under both Bush and Obama, but under Obama, al Qaeda has been largely unsuccessful in striking the US on our home soil.

Source: Timeline of Al Qaeda Attacks

14. We now successfully catch and deport more illegal immigrants than ever before.

Despite the mythology being spread by President Obama's political opponents about our "open border" with Mexico, the numbers prove that President Obama has turned back and deported more illegal immigrants than any other president.

Politifact checked the claim that President Obama turned away more illegal immigrants than any other president, and they confirmed that under President Obama, the US has turned back or deported an average of 32,886 people per month. That's a far greater rate than any other president in history by far.

Source: Has Barack Obama deported more people than any other president in U.S. history? Tampa Bay Times.

Additional Facts About Economic Gains with Obama's Presidency

Although all of the facts stated above can be confirmed through multiple sources, most Americans are not aware of these positive statistics. I invite you to do your own research and check these facts for yourself.

The truth is, most other presidents would envy President Obama’s record which has flourished despite the fact that he inherited the results of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.

If you feel particularly ambitious, feel free to research these additional facts:

  1. Since Obama became president, our economy has gone from losing 750,000 jobs per month to adding 250,000 jobs per month. That’s a net improvement under Obama of about 1 million jobs per month!
  2. Before Obama became president, our financial system was in ruins and millions of people were at risk of losing their life savings. Now, the financial loopholes have been fixed and we are no longer at risk of another financial collapse.
  3. In just 7 years under Obama, there were more than three times as many jobs created as there were in the whole 8 years under George W. Bush.
  4. President Obama passed credit card reforms that protect consumers from excessive fees, rate hikes, deceptive marketing, and unreasonable due dates.
  5. Thanks to Obamacare, senior citizens have saved billions of dollars on prescription drugs.
  6. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of collected premiums on healthcare. As a result, millions of Americans have received refunds from their health insurance companies.

Source: Health Insurers Set to Give Out More Obamacare Refunds; Huffington Post Business.

Despite the unprecedented obstructionism and record number of filibusters used by Republicans to kill even the most routine legislation, the fact remains that the American people are profoundly better off today than they were before President Obama took office, in almost every measurable way.

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      CriticalThinking2 2 months ago

      Your facts may not include "opinion" however your selection of facts does. You've picked and chosen the rosiest of facts. In terms of these stats Obama was "lucky" enough to become presidents 2 months before the trough of the recession. Therefore, if there were not major gains in several economic indicators that would be horrific, great depression-esque. Therefore, it's not the fact that there was simply an increase, it's the degree of increase, and; that's only if you're limiting yourself to this selection of statistics.

      You've omitted many focal points of the late-Obama era economic discussion, income inequality, rapid and substantial increases in housing unaffordability, stagnant wages, lack of recovery for the middle class, increases in per capita health care spending and premiums, increases of all sorts of public and private debt (federal, state, credit card, student loan, etc.), the undersupply of skilled labor and the oversupply of unskilled labor... Further, these statistics look only at the country as a whole, if you break out black and non-white statistics, you’ll see how much worse off minorities have become relative to white during Obama’s presidency. In fact in some cases you’ll find depression-esque numbers such as that the median minority family’s income is now 1/5 lower than when Obama took office, 2 months before the peak of the recession!

      Fortunately, now that we have a different president we can begin to put the tepid Obama economy in perspective.

      You're also implying a correlation between Obama and these stats. Correlation is not causation. For brevity, I'll leave that point there.

      These kinds of articles that create a liberal bubble, or "fantasy world", as I like to call it, rather than an honest, truthful reflection of the American situation are the reason people were surprised Trump won. With all due respect, your dishonest manipulation of readers is scary, and I hope you change your ways. When people talk about "fake news" they usually aren't talking about factually incorrect news, they are talking about dishonest manipulative news such as this (as I've explained above) that paint a false truth, a fake perception, a "fantasy world". For the left to correct it's losing ways, it must first acknowledge the problem. Few on the left have done so, most still choose to believe in this fantasy world and deny the inconvenient truth of reality. I'm here simply to blow the whistle to wake these people up to reality. Do you want to continue believing a fantasy because it's convenient or are you willing to acknowledge the inconvenient truth?

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 4 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      14 Facts about Trump...1. He's told more than 4,000 lies since taking office. 2. He is a known sexual predator of teens and women. 3. His only success is failure thanks to over 4400 lawsuits. 4. He needs the KGB assassin Putin to keep his cabinet and the GOP loyal. 5. He isn't the billionaire he claims to be. 6. His reputation for incest with his daughter Iskanka was documented in Vanity Fair Magazine when he asked, "Is it wrong to be MORE sexually attracted to your 14 year old daughter than your wife?" (His wife then was Marla Maple. Not exactly an uggo) 7. He has paid for silence from numerous of his victims, including Stormy Daniels. 8. He has NO idea what the oath of office he swore to means nor does he have any idea what the U.S. Constitution is. 9. His wife "somehow" managed to bypass thousands of other immigrants to enter the US and now Trump complains about "chain migration" from everyone but his wife's chain migrated in laws living in Trump tower. 10. Trump's business deals with Russia go back to the 80s which he now denies. 11. Trump believes all he has to do is deny wrongdoing and it disappears. 12. Trump won't reveal his financials because if he did, it would clearly show the NY, FL and MD AG's how he never paid his taxes. 13. Trump's an anchor baby. His mother came to the US in 1932 and didn't become a citizen until AFTER she married Daddy Fred. 14. Trump is unqualified to be in government and proves it every time he opens his mouth.

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      Akasha 4 months ago

      I thought Barack Obama was good but after reading this obviously not

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      Obama 4 months ago

      You should have played the race card more often.

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      Hragus 5 months ago

      Look at the whole picture!

      Considering Trump is only one year into his “presidency”, effects of any policies were a result of the previous eight years. This economy is very complex and the decisions made by companies and consumers generally take a long time to materialize and are much larger than acts of this administration!

      You can confirm this with the U.S Dept of Labor Statistics and the Dept of Labor!

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      Joe 5 months ago

      Now that President Trump is in office all these figures will continue to climb and the country will be in much better shape in the years to come.

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      8 months ago

      Obama under the circumstances of the cards he dealt with, with previous administration did an outstanding job. Also took out al Qaeda. A humble man that did everything discrete and humble. Nation is definitely in a lot better place then what's it was when he came and left. Also with a republican dominant house. i applued him. Yes couple things I don't agree with but he was a well spoken man, clear to point & did it right way. I be cautious of Trump loud mouth and doesn't think before he talks will get us in trouble. People act Obama didn't do anything he did a lot but he wasn't loud mouth about it. I worry with Trump might have another presidency like Bush administration... recession losing jobs, high payments in living like gas, housing and loss of jobs. Another war spend a lot money. I hope Trump the best I do . I don't believe in parties but believe in individual running office. I am an American not democrat or republican I want what's best for the country. Be wise, efficient, do what's right. We must remember also presidency wants to get things across his agenda but majority of time it's house and senate that get things across. During Obama administration it was republicans. Got to remember that. Obama wasn't perfect by any means but he did hell of job with circumstances. Universal healthcare amazing idea , to bad insurance went up was due to insurance companies being greedy in there ways as usual. If insurance companies could've compromise better we would've had fantastic health care System. We are greedy to greedy but at same time we are very giving country. We must come back to balance and reality. Pray for our country and wish Trump best. Remember president is commander and chief. if we get mad at how our country is going blame it on who is controlling the house and the senate. Presidency do his best to push his policy and some he will win at most of time like Obama got denied denied denied because we are scared to try what's best where 10% wealthy is happy and influence us How we think while 90% of us struggle. God bless America. Thank you Obama and best of luck to you Mr Trump. I will always support our country. But I will be subjective in my opionion. But objective at end will be prevail.

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      Wasted 8 Years of Time For Our Country 9 months ago

      Half of the so called "accomplishments" of Obama are B.S.. 8 years of having the first black president, without a solid 8 years of REAL WORK HE PROMISED WHEN ELECTED! Trump may be unpopular (even though the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS VOTED FOR HIM) but he is working. We didn't hear from Obama for months. If you know how government really works, Trump can't just start passing laws himself, he has the House, Senate, High ranking military keeping him in check. And the damn wall isn't to keep out illegal aliens who could get in legally if they go through the proper procedures (and before you say anything I have done that myself and it's not that hard) the wall is to KEEP OUT DRUGS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS, HALF OF THEM CAUSING CRIME. Trump was a choice over Hillary Clinton who would have done nothing herself like Obama except she would be trying not to be impeached and THROWN IN JAIL. He is doing what we needed at this time which is creating jobs and using his intelligence to do what he said he would do which is rare for a president. They usually say what you want to hear then not do it after being elected! I just hope he changes his global warming stance as there are just too many catastrophes happening (I.E. Texas and Florida just got mowed over again). I served our country for 21 years and not only am I disabled and the time away from my family I will never get back, I just wish we could support our president who we voted for like I supported Obama even though I think it was maybe 2 good years out of 8 that he did some beneficial things. We are embarrassing our country by voting for a president and having Saturday Night Live shows and Bill Maher who even makes fun of religion just battering the president. I think we need to have the party who gets elected have the other party as Vice President but if the president dies the same party has a standby official already identified that moves into the presidential position. We need to concentrate on our country and address the global warming issue before or after Trumps term.

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      Angel Guzman 11 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Overall he did a good job but I wish he was more aggressive and had a democrat congress all eight years.

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      Luv2Rite11 13 months ago

      Man, Linda, you really, truly need to get a life girl.Whatever Obama messed up in his 8 years as Commander in Chief, I can guarantee you 100% hands down that (cough cough), what's his name, Trump will make the word f*ck up look like cream pie in about 60 more seconds. So go float your enigmatic concepts and focus on what the next 4 years of hell truly is going to look like for our country. Leave Obama out of it. At least he didn't line his pockets within the first 4 months of his presidency with our hard earned taxpaying monies. Sheesh, like having a battle of the wits with unarmed person.

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      Maureen Chamberlin 13 months ago

      republicans can not give credit to President Obama who is the Best President ever!

      Trump is insane and stole the election and lost the Popular vote by 3,000,000 votes!

      The Electoral College should not take precidence over the Popular Votes!

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      Wild Bill 15 months ago

      I like where your head is at Linda

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      Lela 15 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      jeff, please delete the lies ASAP. I am sick and tired of these deluded Liars. Thank you.

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      jeff61b 15 months ago

      Linda M.

      If you copy and paste a series of right wing lies that have no basis in fact I will delete them.

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      linda M 15 months ago

      15) The NSA has spied on Americans under Obama.

      16) Under Obama, the CIA spied on the Senate.

      17) Obama’s campaign contributors at Solyndra were handed 535 million dollars of taxpayer money that the Obama Administration knew they would never be able to pay back before they gave it to them.

      18) The IRS targeted Obama’s political enemies including Christian groups, pro-Israel groups, and most prominently, Tea Party groups. The Obama Administration has refused to cooperate with the investigation or hold anyone accountable for the illegal behavior.

      19) Numerous donors to Mitt Romney were audited by the IRS after giving him large contributions.

      20) When the EPA and IRS were asked to provide emails requested by Congress as part of an investigation into their illegal activities, they’ve claimed over and over again to have lost the information because of “hard drive crashes.” Given that it’s quite easy to back up a hard drive and that they’re required by law to retain that information, it seems likely that they’re habitually destroying evidence to hide their illegal activities.

      21) Veterans received poor health care and even died because of the incompetence and cover-ups of Obama’s VA.

      22) Even Barney Frank admits Barack Obama shamelessly lied to the American people to get Obamacare passed – and lie, he did. He promised that Americans could keep their insurance plans, that they could keep their doctors, and that Obamacare would save the average family $2500 per year. Not only were all of those lies, Obama knew they were lies when he made those promises.

      23) Barack Obama has broken the law repeatedly by making at least 23 unilateral changes to Obamacare.

      24) Obama has been illegally trying to force Christians to pay for abortifacients via Obamacare.

      25) Obamacare has been a disaster that cost millions their insurance and sent health care costs spiraling into the stratosphere.

      26) Obama is taking 700 billion dollars out of Medicare to put into Obamacare.

      27) The website portion of Obamacare, healthcare.gov, was a non-functional disaster for months when it rolled out and Obama claimed he was completely unaware that there was anything wrong with it.

      28) Instead of calming people down, Obama helped to turn Americans against each other racially be inserting himself into the Trayvon Martin case.

      29) Obama created so much racial animosity by attacking the police when they had done nothing wrong in the Henry Louis Gates case that he had to have a ridiculous “beer summit” to try to undo the damage.

      30) The Department of Justice failed to pursue a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panthers because they were black and liberal. Former DOJ official J. Christian Adams quit over the case and “accused his former employer of instructing attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.”

      31) George W. Bush quit playing golf in 2003 because he didn’t want the mother of some fallen soldier to see the Commander-in-Chief out playing golf. He also said he thought playing golf during a war sent the wrong signal to the American people. Through June of 2014, Obama was up to 177 rounds and is on pace to play twice as much in his second term as his first term.

      32) Obama chose tax cheat Tim Geithner to be his Secretary of the Treasury and then has had the audacity to spend his whole presidency pushing for higher taxes.

      33) After promising to unite America when he was running for office in 2008, Obama has been the most hyper-partisan President in decades.

      34) Despite the fact that Barack Obama claimed to believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman when he was running for President in 2008, his Department of Justice asked states attorney general to refuse to defend their states’ bans on gay marriage in court.

      35) The Department of Justice has worked overtime to help increase voter fraud by fighting against voter ID. This is despite the fact that you need ID to buy alcohol, drive a car, fly on a plane or even to use Obamacare.

      36) He’s the reason why countless Americans have been groped, molested and harassed by the TSA, even though agents never caught a terrorist sticking their hand down anyone’s pants.

      37) He’s responsible for the dumbing down of our education system with Common Core.

      38) We first landed on the moon in 1969, but because of Obama, we’re no longer even capable of going into space.

      39) His servile bowing to other world leaders is embarrassing and un-American.

      40) Barack Obama engaged in an illegal war in Libya without the permission of Congress that helped turn that country into an unstable basket case run by radical Islamists. How bad is it? America, Libyans and the rest of the world were better off with Muammar Gaddafi in charge. That’s how bad it is.

      41) Radical Islamist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan “described himself as mujahedeen” and yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. The Obama Administration labeled that as "workplace violence" rather than admitting there was a terrorist attack on his watch.

      42) He released 5 Taliban terrorists In exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

      43) Americans died at Benghazi because Obama’s administration didn’t take their repeated requests for additional security seriously.

      44) Russia annexed Crimea while Obama did nothing of consequence to discourage it from invading. That’s not a surprise for a President who is fond of throwing out “red lines” that don’t mean anything.

      45) Obama’s premature pull-out in Iraq and foolish refusal to get a status of forces agreement in Iraq left the country vulnerable and led to the terrorists in ISIS taking over a large portion of that country.

      46) Barack Obama unilaterally implemented the DREAM Act that Congress didn’t pass and illegally handed out work permits to illegal aliens.

      47) Obama is threatening to bypass Congress and simply “legalize” millions more of illegal immigrants even though it’s illegal and unconstitutional and it hurts the American people and will further encourage even more illegal aliens to surge across the border.

      48) The fence on our southern border was supposed to be completed by 2009. The Obama Administration has made it clear that it doesn’t intend to finish it during his presidency.

      49) Barack Obama is deliberately creating a crisis on the southern border by refusing to deport illegal aliens crossing into our country.

      50) For all practical purposes, Barack Obama has already unilaterally implemented amnesty in America because “at least 99.92% of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without known crimes on their records” aren’t being deported.

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      Lyn 15 months ago from England

      Very interesting and informative. As a UK person who was buying from the USA (only personal items, nothing major), I have noticed the strength of the $ and find it harder to grab bargains from USA! Of course, this maybe in part due to the Brexit effect on the UK economy too, but I was noticing before that. Also, if means that now is a good time to travel to the UK from USA as the $ is strong, it will go further.

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      Glen Steen 16 months ago

      It's a shame Donald tRump doesn't read entire articles. He's like an ADHD child with an attention span of 10 seconds. He should at least go on Ritalin!

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      coolkids 16 months ago

      this is so interesting

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      THIS IS BS 16 months ago

      Your stats aren't accurate. Please don't post without fact checking

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      Mark 16 months ago

      Omg this arricle has so many holes i dont know where to start. Sitting in a seat on an airplane does not mean you can take credit for flying it.

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      John Robinson 16 months ago

      The economic gain is smoke and mirrors, using G. Bush ideas. For example, Bush's State Dept. would say "We have put thousands of people back to work", in Iraq. To show how much progress was made. Of course, we were pouring billions onto Iraq at the same time. NATURALLY if you do that, you will create jobs.

      Same for Obama, when you ring up an additional $9.3 TRILLION to this nation's debt, NATURALLY , you will create jobs. All made with debt that has to be paid.

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      Lela 16 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      WHEN are we going to remove this sham of a President called Trump? We, the people do NOT deserve this crazy loony tune horror story.

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      GALoren 16 months ago

      Trump is a total ditz. CNBC just came out with a story this afternoon about Trump sending Presidential emails on his gmail account which has been hacked. Lock him up?

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      Reacher999 16 months ago

      Nice work. Its shocking to me how many people either don't know or don't believe these. The problem is that in 1988 Reagan made the statement at the RNC Facts are Stubborn Things!!" He was right.

      Whereas today's Republicans say these are just alternative facts!! I don't have time do it but

      I would like to see more traditional numbers broken down by term. Things like income going way down poverty rising we lost over 5 million jobs and food stamps went through the roof. All during his first term...Mostly his first 18 months.

      But everyone of those trends have reversed. And are now heading in the other direction extremely fast. If Trumps first and hopefully only term is as positive as Obama's 2nd term. He'll be considered by republicans a raging success!

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      jeff61b 17 months ago

      Jeff532110 -

      Your ridiculously long list about Obama was removed because it contained a multitude of easily disproved lies.

      You are welcome to comment about the article but don't just copy and paste lies here.

      Pictom -

      My hat's off to you for taking the time to begin debunking some of the lies from Jeff532110 but it does not deserve the time and effort to respond to all 40 statements.

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      pictom 17 months ago

      Rev Apostle Joseph TOUBI,

      You lost all credibility when you brought a fictional god into the conversation.

      But your rant has little to do with the article. Perhaps you meant to create your own HubPage article but feared no one would read it.

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      pictom 17 months ago


      So You don’t have a thought of your own but like to copy and past false info.

      Well, I guess I can copy and paste a response.

      1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.

      Photographed? That’s not the same as the first president to smoke “a joint.” But camera’s were not around when George Washington was president. Washington routinely smoked marijuana to alleviate the pain from his ailing teeth. Washington's diary recounts his efforts to cultivate better and enhance his crops of marijuana.


      2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

      False. One of the most widely-cited among “Obama’s accomplishments,” Snopes debunked this years ago. The rumor originated as an April Fool’s Day hoax.


      3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

      This is easily debunked through the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

      Social Security Administration was in fact informed of Ludwig's death, and

      The Social Security number assigned to Ludwig is not the same as assigned to Barack Obama. Ludwig also didn't pass away until 1981, by which time Barack Obama had long since been assigned a Social Security number of his own.


      The first three claims are easily shown to be #AlternateFacts so there is really no point in me completing the list.

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      Rev Apostle Joseph TOUBI 17 months ago


      Obviously OBAMA has been not one of the worst but the ultimate worst president that America has ever had.

      Doubt about it? Let us consider one fact and this will completely convince thee.


      You have surely understood that we are talking about this foolish “Affordable Care Act” nicknamed “Obama care”.

      Since many centuries, strategists and economists know that you never apply tactical solutions to structural strategic problems. The best example: just open thy Bible and thou will discover therein that GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has designed a plan spanning over millenaries and universe to solve a single problem named Lucifer which is Satan. This is why Men and Women of GOD systematically work within visions spanning over centuries and space.

      So what is the structural problem in America? Everybody knows it: the country is built upon Indian Americans’ blood (genocide) and upon African Americans’ blood (centuries of slavery and genocide). The Bible says that human blood shed illegally cries for revenge through millenaries, meaning that every country or nation built upon human blood is cursed and doomed to final destruction. This is what president Donald TRUMP who claims to have been offered a Bible by his mom must know and acknowledge.

      So how to solve this America’s structural problem? Here again, economists have the answer since a century. If you have a human group which is lagging behind, the best way to foster and push its emergence is education.

      Given the genocide and the slavery heritage, Indian Americans and African Americans have been lagging behind for centuries now. If you want to have them emerge and bring an authentic spiritual reconciliation in the country then you educate for free an entire generation of them. So you do not implement this foolishness of “Affordable Care Act” but you set up a “Redemptive Education Fund”. Redemptive for who? For thy country whose foundations are cursed because despite the “prayers” and “blessings” from false masonic and rosicrusian “pastors” the human blood upon which thy country is built is cursing the very foundations of thy country.

      Then you set up a management committee made of Indian Americans and African Americans specialists who will manage under government control this “Redemptive Education Fund” (REF) and use its financial resources to finance the education of an entire generation of Indian Americans and African Americans.

      Is not it obvious that a poor lagging behind since centuries will still go back to health care insurance the next week because he will still have some sickness? Is not it obvious that a well educated person will become a valuable asset in the society and will even have means to care about the next generations without the Federal or local State having to intervene? And guess what? Dozens of prisons will be emptied for lack of pensioners, crime frequency will collapse, VAT payers will increase, all this rebalancing the Federal budget in the long term. Why was it so difficult for the Hollywood style African American to understand this? What do people learn in Harvard? Intensive Bible studies are needed now in Harvard university.

      Do you need an example of redemptive action? Just ask the Germans. Modern Germany has paid after World War II a quite heavy redemptive price (yes material and financial redemptive price) to Jews for the Nazi’s crimes against the Jews but may be the constitutional law professor from Harvard has never studied this to understand the move of the world. The man is just spiritless. Can the spiritless African American cure his country during eight years by doing for Indian Americans and African Americans exactly what Germany did for the Jews after World War II? No he can’t, no he can’t. When he dances singing “hope”, “yes we can” he is just executing folk dances which African Africans use to refer at as “culture”. True culture which is one’s specific vision of the world coming from one’s ontological nature is unknown to African Africans, African Americans, African Asians and so forth because they have not concentrated on reviving their own spirit.

      At this juncture, you may be crying that it would have been quite difficult to find funding for such Redemptive Education Fund.

      Contrary to what you think, there are many funding solutions for such a Fund and as a matter of example we are going to share few solutions with thee.


      The FED is not « owned » by anyone as it is clearly written by FED in its web site.

      Is not this a very bright example of transparency and total democracy which should be spread and shared all over the world? So the Constitutional law professor from Harvard spent eight years in the White House with a FED which is not owned by anyone.

      Let us continue to read in the interesting FED’s web site.

      “In fact, the Reserve Banks are required by law to transfer net earnings to the US Treasury, after providing for all necessary expenses of the Reserve Banks, legally required dividends payments, and maintaining a limited balance in a surplus fund”

      Read for thyself and get it: Guys transferring net income to US Treasury, but after withholding for themselves “necessary expenses” and “legally required dividends payments”

      What is the level of this “legally required dividend”? The FED’s web site is silent on this but may be it is our fault because we did not search very well all the hidden rooms of this FED’s web site. We will check this again very well and even seize this opportunity to verify were has gone the revenue generated by the massive Quantitative Easing (Q.E).

      In the web site www.globalresearch.ca we have found information according to which private banks holds 100% of FED’s shares and are entitled to a guaranteed 6% annual dividend on their shares. But we have not been able to find any official confirmation of this information and we will just consider this as a hypothesis for the “legally required dividend”.

      So to conclude on how to Fund thy Redemptive Education Fund (REF), you just act as a sound constitutional law professor from Harvard. You push for a law pouring into thy REF every year, 6% of all the interest generated to FED by the public debt held by FED. Let us see what thy Redemptive Education Fund would have received during eight years spent by the African American in the White House. The current level (January 2017) of US total public debt is 19 573 billions USD. Out of this total, an amount of 2 460 billions USD is held by the FED (which belongs to nobody as you remember). The average interest rate yielded by US total public debt was 2.232% by December 2016 and 2.331 % by December 2015. Let us assume that all trough the eight years spent by the spiritless African American in the White House, the public debt generated annually a mere 2% per year. This means that during those eight years the public debt held by FED has yielded for FED’s pockets roughly 393.6 billions USD interests.

      So if the spiritless African American had pushed for a law assigning 6% of 393.6 billion USD to a Redemptive Education Fund, Indian Americans and African Americans would have received for free 23.6 billion USD dedicated to an entire generation’s education. This would have been a true way for an entire nation built upon two races’ blood to say “We apologize”. Seeing such act of repentance GOD the Lord JESUS CHRIST would have reconsidered his Holy Position towards the United States ( In the Bible, trusting in GOD as written on US bank notes means acting in a godly manner and not writing empty statements on banks notes).

      Yes you will surely complain that the principal amount of public debt actually held by FED was not stable during the past eight years and we agree on this. Figures for precise computation are available but let us just do some rough estimates and even accept that if he had acted intelligently the African American would have gathered some pretty 17 billion USD to finance free education of an entire generation of Indian

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      vito bovino 17 months ago

      To bad those that should read this will pass it up because of prejudice

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      Jim K 17 months ago

      About #1, the economic expansion has come with a huge cost of debt. The debt soared compared to GDP growth.

      If the economic growth does not accelerate, the country will be crippled with the amount of debt borrowed. The rates will forced to go up either way.

      About # 13, I thought both San Bernardino and Orlando shootings were done by people linked to Al Queda or ISIS. There are many other incidents too.

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      Lela 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Anita - Here's a thought - why don't you present some evidence that "these so called facts are minipulated (sic)"?

      I would be surprised if you could recognize a true fact if one dropped into your lap.

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      Anita 17 months ago

      Don't be fooled. These so called facts are minipulated to appear good to people who don't know any better.

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      D. Duncan 17 months ago

      The naysayers here do realize the GOP blocked and impeded as much progress as possible during the President's term, right? If growth was slow and the economy didn't turn around fast enough for you, look at the Republican party and how they voted. And let's not forget the billions they cost us in their government shutdown tantrum. But, oh, hey, it's all President Obama's fault, because he wasn't the dictator everyone accused him of being and didn't force them to comply.

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      Rosemarie. 17 months ago

      I find it incredulous the comments that are being, made here. That are drawn, from closed minds and even poorer inaccurate information; Of course, one shouldn't. Be surprised at the comments when you realize from where they emanate. We have now a president with dubious morals, ethics, and no respect for anyone or other's opinion. I doubt he even understands what is in front of him so that we will have to wait and see. TRUMP is for TRUMP.

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      Marilyn 17 months ago

      This is such a piece of fiction it makes me nauseous.

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      Junior 17 months ago

      Don't forget that the federal debt has more than doubled in the past eight years. Way to go, Osama!

      1. Slowest recovery in history

      2. Part-time jobs...that's not fully employed, is it?

      3. ONLY 4.9% unemployment which counts only those who are registered. What about the 'out of work' and those who are no longer in the filed they are supposed to be in? We have the lowest labour participaction rate since the 70s as many have given up on finding good full-time employment. The unemployment numbers give only a warped view of the actual situation. "twelve million new jobs" - the author forgot to mention that most of those are part-time, so they don't count.

      4. True, but whenever the stock market tumbles, it always recovers. For this reason, Bill Gates is now worth more than three times then before the recession. When prices fell, he just bought more stock!

      5. True, but what about the DOUBLED federal debt...from 9 trillion to nearly 20 trillion now that Osama is leaving...

      9. WHAT a load of crap! Many people like myself don't qualify for Medicaid in Virginia, yet I can't get Osamacare subsidies because they tell me I should be on Medicaid. I fall into the grey area....I earn too much to get Medicaid, yet I can't get Osamacare. So now I have NO health insurance as it would cost me over $500 a month when it used to cost me only $75 before this socialist health plan. Hopefully I'll be able to get my old plan back soon, now that Osamacare is being repealed.

      11. Are you kidding me? What are you drinking? The costs have spiraled out of control and many can no longer afford insurance...including me.

      12. That's because Osama is no fan of the military and has slashed it. Shen he announced the withdrawal date of our troops in Iraq (WHAT?) ISIS formed in the vacuum that he created. Thanks Mr. President! Generals NEVER announce the date of withdrawal! I guess he forgot to consult them on that one...

      13. So...What about the radicalized American Islamist terrorists? We are in FAR greater danger now than we were before Osama (see, even his name proved his allegiance to Islam!) San Bernardino, Orlando, Fort Hood, what about those?

      14. Right...yet Osama tried to employ the 'Dream Act' through dictatorial presidential memoranda (mandates) and executive orders. I always thought that Congress made and changed laws....yet this president thinks he can rule with an iron fist and avoid Congress just because he wants something. Did he ask Congress before re-establishing ties with Cuba? Of course not! He just wanted it...

      The so-called 'Affordable' Care Act is not so affordable and was passed by Democrats ONLY when they held both houses of Congress....then they not only lost them, but also The White House! I guess the people don't like this 'affordable' healthcare. Nancy Pelosi said, We have to pass the bill so that YOU can find out what's in it!"

      Guess what? We already knew what was in it. We didn't like it then and we don't like it now. It's history!

      States issue marriage licenses...not the federal government, so The Supreme Court should have stayed out of it and let the states decide for themselves. Since the States were here before the creation of the federal government, many have chosen to ignore 5 unelected judges and refuse to issue licenses to same-sex unions and civil ceremonies. There is no such thing as a same-sex 'marriage' as the very term is an oxymoron as is a man having Fallopian tubes....can two men procreate?

      The feds during this administration are extending their power into areas where they have no power, so now we know why Trump was elected....we didn't not want four more years of Osama, giving Bill Clinton a third term.

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      GALoren 17 months ago

      Don't forget George w Bush "donated" $2,000,000,000,000(trillion) of our tax dollars to go to war in Iraq. Geez, have we found the WMD yet?

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      Aaron 17 months ago

      President Barack Obama economic stimulus bill he signed shortly after taking office seven years ago.


      1. $4.3 Billion To Build High Speed Rail Between Two Sparsely Populated Rural Towns In California. (Daisy Nguyen, "Critics Pan Proposed High-Speed Rail Segment," The Associated Press, 12/1/10)

      2. $535 Million For Loan Guarantee To Now-Bankrupt Solyndra. (Solyndra Offered $535 Million Loan Guarantee By The U.S. Department Of Energy," Press Release)

      3. $128 Million On Bridge Connecting Communities Of Palm City And Stuart Despite The Fact That "There Is Already A Bridge That Connects The Two Communities Less Than Three Miles Away. (Abbie Boudreau and Jessi Joseph, "Stimulus-Funded Florida Bridge Draws Criticism," CNN, 5/4/09)

      4. $121.9 Million For A Wind Farm Finished Before The Stimulus Began. (Russ Choma, "Millions In Grants Went To Wind Farms Built Before Stimulus Passed," MSNBC/Investigative Reporting Workshop , 10/21/10)

      5. $118.5 Million Grant To Ener1, An Energy Storage Company, That Filed For Bankruptcy In January 2012. (Andrew Restuccia, "Obama-Backed Electric Car Battery-Maker Files For Bankruptcy," The Hill's E2 Wire, 1/26/12)

      6. $107 Million Given To Wind Capital Group, Owned By Obama Donor Tom Carnahan, Brother Of Former Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO). (Jake Wagman, "Blowin' In The Wind: GOP Pans Stimulus Cash For Carnahan Sibling," St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 9/20/10)

      7. $61.8 Million For A Wind Farm That Was Finished Before The Stimulus Passed. (Russ Choma, "Millions In Grants Went To Wind Farms Built Before Stimulus Passed," MSNBC/Investigative Reporting Workshop , 10/21/10)

      8. $59.1 Million For A Wind Project Finished Before The Stimulus Passed. (Russ Choma, "Millions In Grants Went To Wind Farms Built Before Stimulus Passed," MSNBC/Investigative Reporting Workshop , 10/21/10)

      9. $54 Million In Stimulus Funds To Operators Of Mohegan Sun Casino, Which Grossed $1.3 Billion In 2009. (Coulter King and Marianne De Padua, "Mohegan Sun Casino Owners Received $54 Million In Stimulus Money," ABC News' The Blotter, 6/17/10)

      10. $24 Million To Companies Owned By Kentucky Construction Magnate Indicted For Bribery. (Allan Chernoff, "Stimulus 'Fraud Will Occur,'" CNN Money, 1/28/10)


      the Obama administration may have exposed national security information through Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, who has deep personal and family associations with the Muslim Brotherhood. Another key figure with Muslim Brotherhood ties is Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.

      Obama secretly sent $400 million in cash on an unmarked cargo plane to Iran on January 17, 2016 as a ransom.

      Obama releases terrorist and drug dealers but fines and possible jail for law abiding citizens not having health insurance.

      You wanted facts, well here ya go. This article and most posters here seem to think Obama is infallible and that I must certainly be a racist because I do not think he did a good job. The truth is he never had US in his best interest. I don't know who he worked for but it wasn't US.

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      Joe Chirchirillo 17 months ago

      With 10 trillion dollars anyone could make things look great! Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will pay the price for the debt that has been run up to make things look good these past 8 years!

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      jeff61b 17 months ago

      VDuggins and Glrosario -

      There have been zero successful terrorist attacks by foreign terrorist groups on US soil.

      There have been a few individuals in this country who have committed serious crimes inspired by Islamic radicals but no foreign terrorists have successfully struck us.

      President Obama has successfully made us better at stopping direct attacks by foreign Islamic terrorists while preserving our relationship with Islamic countries that can help us fight against these extremists.

      We have killed thousands of Islamic terrorists during the past 8 years and driven ISIS back while drawing down the number of ground troops deployed in foreign countries.

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      Will thompson 17 months ago

      Wow, and still the sceptics. Some people will never grow up. Walk around their whole lives with blinders on, losers.

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      VDuggins 17 months ago

      I strongly disapprove of President Obama's performance because He has basically waged war on America by deceiving and betraying the American people. He actually wants ISIS to grow and become more and more of a threat to the U.S. and that is a cold hard fact. He is a pathological liar and desperately needs Jesus.

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      Wow 17 months ago

      "Feel free to tell me this article is BS but put some thought into your comments and don't just waste time with pointless insults."

      Why you wasted my time with biased, cleverly worded arguments?

      Forcing millions of people to buy insurance they can't afford and can't afford to use is a good thing?

      The cost of lifesaving drugs like Insulin for example has tripled in recent years, what has Obama done about this, nothing at all.

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      glrosario 17 months ago

      While many of these facts are questionable to say the least, #13 and #14 need to be fact checked. We need to understand that #13 is an extremely misleading statement because you are simply saying that ONE of the many terrorist organizations targeting our nation has had no success, but are ignoring the fast rise of many other anti-American terrorist groups that have been created DURING the Obama administration and have carried out successful attacks against our people in our own land. Let's be real now.

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      The Doanld 17 months ago

      This article is PURE Liberal TRASH.

      NEVER has ANY president had a growth rate of less than 3%...until O.

      We are FAR less safe in our own country (and abroad) than any time in living history. The entire world laughs at us because of O.

      Obama has embraced hate groups like BLM and the Muslim Brotherhood while vilifying the police.

      Even though he could have used his race/position to UNITE us, he has decided to DIVIDE us at every turn.


      Only Herbert Hoover comes close.

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      Pamela Biafora 17 months ago

      The best President we have had since the Clinton era. President Obama, Thank you for steady hand, for your professionalism, your honest and sincere concern for middle class americans. With such Class you ran this country. Looking out for our best interest and keeping us safe. I want to impeach trump on his first day.

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      Lela 17 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Why do the right wing politicos NOT believe these facts? What is blocking their sense of right and wrong? We really need to get to the bottom of all this obstructionism and hatred.

      @BK - "What about keep you doctor keep you plan? Millions of people lost their doctors and insurance plans."

      All you have to do is ASK your doctor which plan he/she accepts and then SIGN UP for that plan! It's a simple thing. So, YES, you can keep your doctor.

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      LAC 17 months ago

      Why do the right wing politicos NOT believe these facts? What is blocking their sense of right and wrong? We really need to get to the bottom of all this obstructionism and hatred.

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      GA Loren 17 months ago

      J, you sound frustrated. You criticize Obama on what.....jobs? I wish you would be more specific. For instance, are you saying Obama hasn't created real high paying jobs? Actually, the biggest problem with putting a man back to work, who is over 50 yrs old and lacks the technical skills for today's workforce, is a pipe dream. Let's look at today's world. In Asia, people with college degrees are making $10-$15 bucks an hour. So if you are a businessman, do you build a plant/office/tech business in that nation with cheap talented labor, or do you build your business in the USA and hire HS grad for $35 an hour? What would Trump do? Sadly, any jobs coming back to America will be taken by robots. No pay, no health care, no 401k, no vacation, no down time. Sadly, our older, uneducated workers in the USA are going to have to flip burgers, or drive for Uber

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      Dj 17 months ago

      Liberal wet dream. Clueless. Separating fact from opinion. Your numbers are so misleading and your extinction and lack of mentioning one mitigating factors shows how dishonest or stupid you are. Decide which. I guess if so many people hadn't dropped out of the work force and have of Obama's jobs were part time jobs that dominated the market as a result of the policy abortion Obamacare.

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      GALoren 17 months ago

      Funny, but the author of this articl asked anyone posting, to use facts, rather than hyperbole, to back up an opinion. I have seen a lot of posts here that are basically shout downs trying to bully posters who do use facts. Grow up bullies and do some research. This forum is for educated ideas, not trash talk.

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      GALoren 17 months ago

      Try to come up with one Obama or Hillary Clinton scandal. You say Hillary had her emails left unprotected? Well, if that is so, tell us what do those emails reveal. Secret government info? If that is true, what was revealed? So far, there has not been a single piece of evidence from a Clinton email that has compromised national security. Mr Comey of the FBI seems to have controlled all the information and turned the emails into a fake news scandal, not once, but twice. His 2nd expose of Hillary Clinton, one week before the election, finally accomplishing the job to take Clinton out.

      Bush, (take your choice of either one) we're both failures when it came to economics 101. So is Donald Trump. If he was such a successful business tycoon as he claims to be, lwould have revealed his taxes BEFORE he ran for President. After all, Trump is a showoff as we all know. I find it comical that the people who voted for Trump were mostltly white, unemployed, uneducated, over 50 yrs olds and their wives voted for Trump also, hoping Trump would bring back American industry that left over the last few decades. These poor white guys voted fo a billionaire who will do nothing to improve the lives of these people who once held high paying factory jobs. These jobs are gone forever. Robots will now perform menial labor. As we all know, there are tens of thousands of jobs for these people, but only if they have the tech skills to fill today's high paying jobs, of which thousands exist, but lack candidates due to required skills/education.

      So let's get back to Trump. He has a disgraceful record of immoralality, insulting people and also of pedophile activity when it comes to entering dressing rooms of Miss Teenage contests while contestants were undressed. This alone should have put Trump behind bars, locked up for years and placed on a sexual predator watchlist

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      JP 17 months ago

      You're right, they would call it BS yet fail to provide factual data to debunk your claims, just puppet echoing the mindless propaganda passed out by his opponents. The problem with Americans and their political affiliations is that they (both party followers) don't do the due diligence to find out facts before taking sides. They just repeat the misleading information posted without bothering to research and verify.

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      BK 17 months ago

      Funny how the liberals forget that they created a lot of the financial disaster they love to lay at Bush's feet. They were warned that letting Fanny May and Freddie Mac give house loans to people who couldn't afford the mortgages was going to lead us into a big recession. They would disclaim those warnings, saying that Republicans didn't want people to own homes. They got what they were warned about and blamed Bush. Exactly why they lost the Presidency, House, Senate, and Governorship's. Keep up the good work!

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      Suse G 17 months ago

      Hummm, seems like we all have our facts about President Obama. The last eight years have brought the lowest labor participation rates since the '70's with 95 million Americans out of the labor force. Over 11 million more Americans are on food stamps since he became president and more than 43 million Americans now live in poverty. When he leaves office he will have added more to our national debt than all the other presidents before him combined. What about keep you doctor keep you plan? Millions of people lost their doctors and insurance plans. This year Affordable Care Act premiums are exploding by 25 percent on average. Foreign Policy, there is basically none. Can he say "ISIS" no he says "ISIL", who says that? So you see my facts are very different than yours. How wonderful would it be if we all stopped perpetuating this great divide between Republicans and Democrats and become one, one for our great county we call "America".

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      GA Loren 17 months ago

      These last eight years have been amazing. We have seen our nation grow after the terrible eight years of war and near financial disaster that proceeded Barack Obama. Thank you Mr President!

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      G A Loren 17 months ago

      President Obama saved us from another Republican disaster. George W Bush was a disaster. Bush did not protect us on 9/11, let the banks and lending institutions nearly bankrupt America, attacked Iraq based on pre fabricated lies, raised unemployment to almost 11% and left Obama with a nearly impossible task to save our nation from financial disaster Thank you President Obama. God help us when Trump and Pence reverse all the good Obama accomplished

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      Keith Taylor 17 months ago

      Pure crap. Dude is the worst president in US history. Jimmy Carter is a far distant second.

      Cuba, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Russia, retarded health plan, anti police, anti military, perpetuating poverty thru giveaways (Obama phones, etc), etc. etc.

      Thank God we survived his elitist run. He is just garbage.

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      George Tallabas 17 months ago

      Under Obama the national debt is the highest in the history of our nation, exceeding 22 trillion. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost and that is why the upper mid-west where a lot of those jobs were lost voted for Trump. Obamacare left hundreds of thousands unable to afford health care, International relationships deteriorated and large corporations went overseas to create plants due to over regulation and taxation.

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      Randy in Portland 17 months ago

      Your slant is clear and your bias is noted. Your statements that give this guy credit for everything good that occurred during his presidency remains ridiculous. Remember, government has no money. All money belongs to the people. Always has. When someone gets something given to them, it is funded by the American people.

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      James 17 months ago

      I appreciate that you try to always discern fact from opinion but the majority of your research is only secondary, citing news articles. Even though the author of this article has a conservative bite, he cites statistics from government bureaus and it paints a different picture:


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      PG 17 months ago

      And the US standing in the world has taken a severe beating as there has been error after error , added to which the Free Trade agreements have proved to be the last thing that any country wants .

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      Bernie Seeman 17 months ago

      Interesting analysis, a lot of truth. It's too bad that Hillary didn't stress these points instead of insulting half the populations as "deplorable." Not a way to run a winning campaign!

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      Randy Sage 18 months ago

      15. Under Obama, government stats were totally dummied up and used as propaganda.

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      spencer chad 18 months ago

      Reagan had nothing to do with the interest rate. Paul Volcker cranked up the interest rate at the fed, and that's one of the biggest reasons Carter lost to Reagan. He raised it even higher when Reagan took office and it led to a recession. It took several quarters but eventually that move cooled down inflation and set off the turnaround you give Reagan credit for. Volcker was as much the hero as anything Reagan did.

      Regarding fewer Americans owning homes? Really? Remember 2006-2008? We all know why fewer Americans own homes now. This destroys the credibility of everything you say. Blaming Obama for the housing crisis? Pitiful.

      We all know why the recovery was slow. When you have two handcuffs named McConnell and Boehner obstructing everything you want to do that is exactly what happens. Reagan had congressional leaders who we're willing to work with him. Besides, today you right wing extremists would have laughed Reagan off the ballot.

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      cjimmytotal 18 months ago

      Sounds like this came right out of Obama's White House. Who wrote this, Valerie Jarrett?

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      times 18 months ago

      yea i agree not hahah

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      me 18 months ago

      Thats a lot of Obama down your throat lol.

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      Jim Perconi 18 months ago

      Propanda. Not true at all. He is the worst president in US history.

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      18 months ago

      You better do your homework about these so called accomplishment. You might want to tell the truth!

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      Kuffer 18 months ago

      About employment, due to normal population growth, we consider 250000 jobs a month as normal.

      So POTUS created nothing! Plus he should be stripped of his Peace Nobel Prize. Ask Yemen or Afghanistan...

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      Junebug 19 months ago

      It is very sad that Conservatives twist the facts & statistics & beleive that 44 previous WHITE PRESIDENTS did a good job, some outstanding from your point of view but PRESIDENT OBAMA is the worst presi dent you have ever witnessed & in the history of the USA however Trump is going to best he will make America great again we'll hold on to your hats because we are going on a wild ride & whatever happens I pray that it will af fect the fools that voted for him & not the rest of us! Too bad you let your rac ism blind you & you can't see that Am erica is great because of its diversity & the knowledge & creativity that all eth nic groups bring to the table there is nothing special about Anglo Saxons you have taken, pilfered, raped, fooled as sets from every nation on this planet tried to make yourselves exclusive elit ists & claim your superiority & that's why we are hated all over the world you idiots!

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      KnittingDiva 19 months ago

      You forgot one - Obama will go down as the only President in United States history to never have a year of GDP growth more than 3% in any year of his administration.

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      Nora Olave-Shibusawa 19 months ago

      Mr. President, ever since you decided to run for President over eight years ago I decided you were the best: You and your family made us PROUD. You showed us how to overcome racism, how to respond with grace, respect and intelligence when many pretended to humiliate you because you happen to have dark skin. I am incredibly proud of having put my grain of sand to get you elected and re-elected: I did it with GUSTO and PRIDE. I know it was only a few hours of work, but I did it with the conviction that you deserved it. I thank you for the Christmas cards and other examples of your gratitude that I have the pleasure to receive from you, and that I treasure because they mean a lot to me and my family. May God bless you and your family Mr. President. All the best,

      Nora Olave-Shibusawa

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      dave Iava 19 months ago

      wow, incredible how you cherry picked stats. The way unemployment is calculated now is completely different than it was 30 years ago. for example Reagan had 10.8% unemployment. Lowered it to 3.2% in 8 years. US population was 220 million. Obama lower it from 10.1% to 5.3% not 4.3% with a us population of 330 million. Now here is the odd part. Reagans economic recovery created 20 million new jobs. Obamas Recovery created 9 million. Would you care to explain the math.

      Also the worst economic down turn since the great depression is fiction and promoted by the media and the liv\beral left.

      US stock market lost 50% reagan faces 70% collapse. Interest rates were at 6% for obama and a high of 21.5% for reagan. Inflation was at 3.2% for obama and 18.5% for reagan.

      You can try to rewrite history all you want but the Office of Budget and Management keeps all the stats. Obama also has the slowest post recession recovery in US history. Reagan the fastest in history. Under Obama US wealth (all citix\zens value vs Debt) fell almost 1.3 trillion dollars. Under Reagan the US increased its net wealth by 25.7 trillion in adjusted dollars. for the record keepers out there thats more wealth than was created in the entire history of the United States in the previous 2oo years. This is not a recovery it is a status quote.

      The economy is a house of cards build on the shaky foundation of quantitative easing and the central planning of energy restrictions. When the fed bumped interest rates 1 quarter of 1 percent the stock market fell almost 1,500 points. That's a house of cards and a stock bubble. why do you think businesses are hording profits as cash on hand. Watch after the election. The feds havent bumped interest rates for political reasons. We are going to take a massive hit before christmas then we will revisit this nice little peice of fiction

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      George Vreeland Hill 19 months ago

      You can post all the great numbers you want, but the country is still not in great shape.

      Obama is the only U.S. chief executive in history not to preside over even a single year with 3 percent GDP growth.

      During the Obama years, the number of Americans below the poverty line is up 3.5 percent.

      Real median household income: down 2.3 percent. Americans on Food Stamps — 33 million then, 46 million now: up 39.5 percent.

      Americans who own homes: down 5.6 percent.

      National debt — $10.63 trillion then vs. $19.19 trillion last Wednesday: up 80.5 percent.

      George Vreeland Hill

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      Hragus 19 months ago

      don sallee Since 1961 our economy has produced 66 million jobs , 24 million during Republican administrations. Do I need to say more!

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      SmokedWeed 19 months ago

      not weed

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      don sallee 19 months ago

      another example of how figures lie, when liberals figure,,the largest majority of the so called jobs created are service industry washing cars fast food work ,pizza delivery and cab drivers and not to mention the thousands of largely foreign owned temp service companies that have popped up over the last 8 years who not only extort half of wages charged for the temps they supply but due to foreign status operate tax free

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      J Rietman 19 months ago

      I am 1 of the millions of victims that lost my job and have never been able to replace with a decent paying full time job. I know many people my age that are working 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet when they should be thinking of retiring.

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      nicomp 19 months ago

      HSchneider , As an American I can attest that Obama vastly improved the conditions of health insurance companies because my rates shot up, my deductible doubled, and my copays exploded. That money is going into the pockets of Big Insurance.

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      Haeli 20 months ago

      Wow, he should have been a math professor instead of a law professor because he can really manipulate those numbers!

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      Vishwasji 20 months ago

      Wonder what was Obama's contribution in these growth? It is the free capitalist economy that resurged. His contribution is actually negative. His tacit support to Muslim Brotherhood created a lot of problems and demeaned the US President's prestige. During his Presidentship, China grew as a baiter of America, Russia became aggressive. Turkey issue created a lot of distrust. He then divided America on the basis of race by appealing black to vote for Hillary. He always considered himself as a Black President as a matter of pride. ..............Rather the most damaging President of America yet. A very intelligent man otherwise wasted for good of the World.

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      nicomp 20 months ago

      @Sully, rates are low 'cause Obama's government is printing billions of dollars from thin air and pumping it into the economy at 1% interest. If you are a bank you can get money from The Fed for 1%, then loan it out at 3%. In other words, the rates are being held artificially low so folks like you think all is well. Watch what happens when rates are permitted to float again.

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      Sully 20 months ago

      No mention that rates have been at lowest level for 8 years.

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      guy 20 months ago

      why no source for number 12?

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      nicomp 20 months ago

      @LCBrown Indeed Obama is a great leader. I love that I was able to keep my health insurance plan and keep my doctor and see my premiums decrease $2500 per year, just as he promised. It's simply wonderful.

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      LCBrown 20 months ago

      This is a fantastic article. I wish people would read before they speak. They would be surprised about how wrong a lot of their views really are. Most don't have a clue of what their talking about. They should get the facts before speaking or posting. That's why I'm here. I wanted to get the facts before I posted my views. I think that President Obama has been one of our greatest leaders as of today. I think in years to come that this will before more apparent to everyone. When President Obama took office the economy & everything had already started on a downward spiral, & people have forgotten about that. I think the President of the USA should always want what's best for our country, the people of our country, & strive to do whatever it takes. That you again for sharing this article.

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      William Salas 20 months ago

      Great article consisting of facts, unlike the negative comments left by the haters.

      To the man who states the US paid millions for 4 hostages.

      The funds were released from the Nation of Irans bank acts here in the US. It's their money.

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      Caleb 20 months ago

      Nice article. Too bad you failed the objectivity test and failed to report on the following issues:

      1. Decline in small businesses and start ups actually hiring employees other than themselves -- Obama contributes to the historical trend - most job growth with Obama is government sector and large corporations (cost of regulatory compliance);

      2. Continuing rise in tuition costs which regularly outpace inflation (keep subsidizing -- the prices will increase;

      3. Continuing rise in health care costs which outpace inflation (keep subsidizing -- the prices will increase); and yet another factor contributing to decline in small business growth;

      4. Continued rise in student loan defaults;

      5. Home ownership decline for millennials falling to historic lows (48-year low);

      6. Mortgage default rates on the rise.

      But hey -- you've got everything figured out. These issues are obviously not all that important. The rest of us have you and Obama to save us. We just need to listen to you. Or even better, we all need to go out and get a government job so we can see our GDP growth explode – or shucks – I forgot, government employment doesn’t really count for GDP growth as the government subsidizes the resulting consumer spending.

      No argument from me on whether GWB or GHWB were good presidents. Since LBJ, Democrats and Republicans keep learning how to "buy" votes by creating more government programs -- whether for consumers or for large multi-national corporations. A day of reckoning will eventually come for the U.S. While it will not happen soon, one day some sort of economic shift in global currency will dethrone the dollar as the reserve currency. When that happens, the house of cards all comes down.

      The only question is which politicians and political parties will get us to that economic cliff the quickest. Gore and Kerry would have arguably been better than GWB as we would not have the mess in the Middle East and the cost of two wars on our backs. McCain and Romney would have been better than Obama -- as he has now set the standard for buying votes -- free healthcare for the perpetually poor and citizenship for those flooding the southern border.

      Maybe, just maybe, if we are lucky, the Democrats will decide to allow 1 million natives of the Pacific Rim into the U.S. Who am I kidding -- the Dems are too smart to let fiscal conservatives into the states.

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      Tanner 20 months ago

      If all this is true how come more people than ever are on foods stamps?

      Why has the debt increased over 80%

      Why is home ownership down?

      Why are more Americans below the poverty line??

      Why is household income down??

      Why are insurance companies bailing on Obamacare??

      Why has the GDP growth rate not been over 3% in any single year of his presidency?? This is a first for any president

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      Mark 20 months ago

      Please read an article from the National Review from May 2016. I know you will criticize the source but the information provided is true. You ask that we accept your information on its merit and without your bias, please do the same here and respond to their points. I would of listed much of the information hit though it would be more efficient for you just to look at the article like I took the time to do yours. Thank you

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      Mike 20 months ago

      Can his explain why the national debt has increased so dramatically but you say the deficit is at records low and spending is down. Seems like that money would be going to pay down the debt. Also is spending is down how is the debt so high?? Again wouldn't those savings do to pay down the debt.

      I also wouldn't site no attacks in America. That seems to be a play on words.

      This is the only place I've seen that references Obamacare in a positive way. Many have been forced into paying penalties and dropping their insurance. I know I for one lost my doctor.

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      German 21 months ago

      Some of the postings are incrompehensible for an European citizen. You have since years a president which tries everything to to for the population, must fight 8 years against a blockade from the republicans, and created more jobs than in the 8 years before. GWB created the biggest desaster after 1945 in the world, started a war based on lies and nobody want him and his supporters in jail? Whats going on in America? It is only a discussion about power between two parties, but NOT about humanity, not about better life, not about security, but about business, to be the most powerful country in the world (lost by GWB). Make America great again? Other leaders made that statement in the past and one of them created the biggest desaster in the world between 1933 and 1945. Sorry, I can say that, because it was my country, my forefathers which believe that guy. Don't follow such populist people and their statements. The opposite will happen.

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      Jack Lee 21 months ago from Yorktown NY

      In that instance, it is a matter of precedence that in an election year, both parties have deferred appointment of Supreme court justice until a new President is in place. I would have personally preferred to have the case go through the nomination process and allow the Senate to decide whether to approve or deny. BTW, I am a conservative and don't a

      Ways agree with the Republicans. They have certainly not done their duty this past few years and hold the President in check with regard to spending. That was a huge disappointment to us who wants a balanced budget from out national government.

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      Andrew C. 21 months ago

      Jackclee lm The last time I checked it was the Republican majority that was failing to uphold the Constitution. Can you say Judge Merrick Garland.

      jackclee lm 7 weeks ago from Yorktown NY

      Actually conservatives are winning because of Obama. It is his fail liberal progressive policies that have awaken the silent majority. I guess all dark clouds have a silver lining. I realize you are an Obama supporter no matter what. But know this, our country is only strong when we uphold the Constitution. This President has done so much damage to our structure it will takes years to recover.

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      Killtoy 21 months ago

      Jeff, the problem you have trying to convince millions of people who are living worse today than they was 8 years ago that they really are doing better but you see they live their lives they know if they are doing better or not. I personally am not and many others seem to think they are not as well so what you call facts dont ring true to the real blue collar man. I am sure the 1% and all you wall street yahoos probably are doing better but unfortunately you guys make up a small part of the population.

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      Puglug1 21 months ago

      These "facts" were obviously compiled by Loretta Lynch,in concert with Pelosi,Reid Clinton and Biden. Such crap!

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      Robert 22 months ago

      In 2008 the US national debt was $10 trillion, today it is nearly $20 trillion. I don't think the president can take all the credit or blame for how good or bad the state of our Nation/Economy is, but personally, I am worse off financially than I was in 2008. Being forced to retire early from the military because of budget cuts, but I do have a smaller mortgage payment due to lower interest rates.


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