The GOP fantasy version of Obama, weighed against reality

(AP)

(AP)

The unemployment rate is now down to 5 percent, and an economy that was losing 800,000 jobs a month on the day of Barack Obama’s first inauguration has added more than 10 million private-sector jobs since that day.

The stock market, which seven years ago had lost 50 percent of its value in the greatest financial collapse in more than 80 years, is now 30 percent above its pre-recession peak.  The Dow Jones Industrial average has more than doubled, and corporate after-tax profits continue near all-time records.

According to numbers released today by Gallup, the percentage of American adults under 65 without health insurance has dropped to 11 percent, down significantly from its pre-ObamaCare peak. That number would be lower still if states such as Georgia (18 percent uninsured) had not stubbornly refused to expand Medicaid, denying help to hundreds of thousands of our fellow Georgians. The uninsured rates have dropped especially fast for black and Hispanic Americans, many of whom had never had access to health insurance and had no real hope of ever doing so.

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The list goes on:

The nation’s gross domestic product has risen by 29 percent since 2009, and the federal deficit as a share of GDP is projected to drop to 3.3 percent this year, at or below the modern average and well below the range during the Reagan era, just to pick a time frame. Gasoline is selling at $2 a gallon, inflation is almost non-existent, the dollar is strong and because of the availability of jobs, tens of thousands of previously discouraged Americans are rejoining the workforce every month.

All of these things were never supposed to happen, but they have happened. We’ve even uncovered Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate!¹

Given all that, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Gallup also reports that a majority of Americans now approve of President Obama’s job performance, a rating well above the presidential average and also above that of President Reagan at this point in his second term. Given that the hardcore GOP base comprises roughly a third of the electorate, that’s pretty impressive.

Think about all that, and then think about all the dire predictions of utter doom, societal collapse and destruction of democracy that have emanated from the Republican Party over the last eight years. Think about the irrational hatred and scorn directed at this man, the paranoid delusions about Obama’s anti-America intentions that have come not just from talk-radio hosts, Fox News (“terrorist fist bumps” anybody?) and far-right websites but from leading figures in the Republican Party.

Think about what more might have been accomplished with an opposition party that was capable of compromise in the national interest, that had priorities other than ensuring that this president was an absolute and utter failure.

In short, we have a record. We have an extensive record of predictions, and we also have seven-plus years of reality against which to judge both those predictions and those who issued those predictions.

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¹ We also have the birth certificate of Ted Cruz, documenting his birth in Canada.  Yet for some odd reason, the proved foreign birth of Cruz to an American mother and foreign father has proved far less interesting than the disproved foreign birth of Obama. I wonder what the explanation might be …

 

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Debra Ann Farmer
Debra Ann Farmer

Funny thing when gas prices were sky high it was his fault.

Billy McGill
Billy McGill

Hahaha. The President has nothing to do with the economy!

Rick Thomas
Rick Thomas

I never allow My opinion of my President to stem from the opinions of Other's. This Nation will never know of a Leader whose had 100% support from 100% of the People on 100% any Issues 100% of the time---Not even the Lord Jesus Christ has that kinda Fan Club and look at who He is and what He's done, you simply can't please everyone regardless of who You are and what You do.

gotalife
gotalife

Our country is still in great shape as proven by congress by doing nothing.


Those who lie about the President destroy credibility of the American people.


If you can't type without lying, don't type.

Lois Schumate
Lois Schumate

Bob Hunt my Grdma once told me if u don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all. U let people know how ignorant u r. So if u don't know President Obama is the best we've had since JFK , get a life but do not Speak at All.

Jacqulyn Jackie Brown
Jacqulyn Jackie Brown

President Obama is the best president the United states has ever had!! Thank you for leading this country for 8 years!

James Criswell
James Criswell

All I see all black got new cars who. Ant pay for them

Michael Howard
Michael Howard

We could go back to 2008 when we were in a recession, housing market collapsed, gas 4 dollars, double unemployment rate, 2 wars going on, collapse of towers or maybe you should open your blind eyes and see what a good president is..

Kevin Lane Patrick
Kevin Lane Patrick

The ignorance of obama supporters is stunning they are all riding the short bus over the cliff.

Richard Anderson55
Richard Anderson55

Based on your reading list, I am not surprised by your level of delusion.

Patrice Wilbourn
Patrice Wilbourn

I can't thank you enough President Obama! You made me realize that yes I can! \U0001f603\U0001f60d\U0001f61a\U0001f619

Prcs Mbesa
Prcs Mbesa

Does Ted Cruz or anybody in the GOP read these articles? Believe me, they mean nothing for Democrats and those like me who knows this. Yet the Republicans including Rush Limbaugh have their own facts. Where do they get them?

Denise Ross
Denise Ross

A all the way 100% Excellent job perfectly done

Shirley Pelfrey
Shirley Pelfrey

Does he include the 1300.00 that lost there job this week alone in Mich.

Richard Anderson55
Richard Anderson55

That would be the same Michigan with a GOP governor that poisons kids?

Patricia E. Cosgrove
Patricia E. Cosgrove

I am so happy I voted for Obama twice. I would vote for him again if I could, but I will vote for any Democrat running rather than support the pathetic Republicans running.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Well then thank you for the $19 trillion debt, black unemployment in double digits, overall true unemployment at around 10%, the smallest work force since 1974.......should I continue. ....

Jules CRush
Jules CRush

Patricia E. Cosgrove you are an idiot..

Patricia E. Cosgrove
Patricia E. Cosgrove

Jules CRush, I bet I am better educated than you are, and I bet I can read better.

Richard Anderson55
Richard Anderson55

You do know that a big part of that debt started with St. Ronnie's trickle down gospel?

Patricia E. Cosgrove
Patricia E. Cosgrove

Jan Marynowski you can continue all you like, sweetheart, but you are ignoring the facts and I can read.

Bobby White
Bobby White

You deserve to be slapped twice for your idiocy. You belong in special ed

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

No borders, weakened military, other nations laughing at him, you can keep your own doctor lie, Isis a jv league, obamacare prices sky rocketing. People have stopped looking for work is why unemployment is down. Ignoring the torture of Lybian ambassador , raised the debt by 10 trillion dollars . Every baby owes over 50,000 dollars of debt at birth.etc....

Dadde
Dadde

Blah blah blah... Another internet troll. Boring.

Bruce Downs
Bruce Downs

I know many of people who are no longer looking for work because of the rebound in the stock market. They were able to retire early.

Karl Henry
Karl Henry

Things r better fa the locked up. Getting out nonviolent things

Marcia Wyckoff
Marcia Wyckoff

So if Obama didn't have nothing to do with gas going down.. yall are saying Bush didn't have nothing to gain with it going up..

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

Absolutely nothing to do with it. Nor he had nothing to do with it going up.

Marian Chapple
Marian Chapple

He has plenty to do with us fighting In a War we had no business in.Bush left a mess for President Obama to clean up.

Kevin Webb
Kevin Webb

Everything to gain with it going up, for him and his friends.

Dennis Lopez
Dennis Lopez

The white people that didn't want Obama in office are just mad that a black guy came into office and saved the country from the recession that their last white president put us through. Come people, you'll never be able to grow until you come to terms with the idea. So say it with me guys, in unison.......The black guy did better than the white guy. I know that took a lot out of you but now that that's out the way can we just focus on continuing the improvements with the next administration please

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Dennis Lopez, you are racist bigot. This has nothing to do with race. Obama is just doing a lausy job. Debt over 19 trillion, the Black unemployment is in double digits, overall unemployment is over 10% (work force is the lowest since 1974), should I continue. .....him being black has nothing to do with this. ...he is probably one of the worst president ever. Only maybe Carter was worst then him.

Steven Stalvey
Steven Stalvey

That's the biggest crock BS I've heard in awhile. Rotflmao

Dennis Lopez
Dennis Lopez

Lol. You've stated your statistics like no one fact checks you.smh. It's 2016 you can't throw around baseless numbers around and people believe you. You should check those numbers one more time and look somewhere other than irrelevant Facebook pages

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Dennis Lopez yes check them out, debt 19 trillion and the rest are facts financial publications and government data .....please don't show your ignorance. ...LOL

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Dennis Lopez I give you another statistics that is a fact.....13% of our population commits 50% of ALL murders in USA.........FBI table 43.......LOL

Dara LeangSor
Dara LeangSor

Black guy who raised by white folks and grow up in Malaysia... He's only white at skin but all in all has little to nothing related to black American when it comes to life style.

Marian Chapple
Marian Chapple

Stephen Scruggs,you don't know if you want to Hate and Disrespect The President or Give Him Prop's For Having White Ancestors.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Patrice Wilbourn "well said" ? You are also showing your ignorance, educate yourself first before you open your mouth because you are looking very foolish. Do you even know what debt means? LOL....

Dennis Lopez
Dennis Lopez

Bobby your cowboys hat already shows the type of judgment you have and your comment just reiterates it.

Michele Crumley Coffey
Michele Crumley Coffey

It has absolutely nothing to do with skin color! You are racist! It has to do with integrity, morals, leadership skills, compassion, wisdom, business sense, ethics, loyalty, passion and pride in the red, white and blue! Much of this, he is seriously lacking.

Dennis Lopez
Dennis Lopez

You say to-ma-toe I say to-mat-oe. Alright let's say your right and no one has an issue with the president being black (which we all know is the biggest crock of bs). We'll just call it a direct example of cognitive dissonance. You guys come up with any reason to say he's not better than Bush. Bush implemented the Patriot Act which allowed government to spy on citizens which is so against the Constitution of the United States. Bush had the Bin Laden family safely flown out of the country as soon as the 9/11 attacks happened which would be aiding and abetting a terrorist AND Bush plunged the economy to it's lowest point since the great depression. Do y'all not remember paying $5 a gallon for gas? Not being able to sell your house because the market value was half of what your house was worth? The country is in a way better place than it was during Bush's administration and the simple fact that none of y'all can acknowledge that, is the result of cognitive dissonance. The quality of life in this country is way better than it was during Bush's era and people can see it because we are actually living it but to say "the country is worse than it's ever been" or "Obama has failed" is just proof that you don't want to see the truth or maybe you do see it but your pride can't bring you to actually agree with it. Now whatever reason that is you can call it what you want but the rest of the world already knows what it is.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Dennis Lopez first you say that all my statistics were a lie and we all know that they are facts. Now you come up with this BS. Again you only showing your ignorance and your bigotry. It is sad to watch. So let's see: $5 gas during Bush presidency, I also remember $5 gas during Obama presidency, so what is your point. "The quality of life" - during Obama presidency our quality got worst, another fact, our medium income fell over $3000.00. Should I continue. ......

Dennis Lopez
Dennis Lopez

Jan that's the cognitive dissonance I was referring to. My mother purchased a home at the beginning of the Bush presidency. The home was priced at $230,000. When the recession hit she had to downsize to a smaller home that was priced at $190,000. Today that same smaller downsized house is worth $240,000. So with that timeline under Bush her home lost $40,000 in equity but under Obama the smaller homes value grew $50,000 and still counting. So like I said, the quality of life has improved. I didn't even vote for Obama during neither of his presidential elections but the proof is in the pudding. I never voted for him but the country is way better than it was under your gop leadership

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Dennis Lopez first I'm independent. I'm not defending Bush even though I have to say that I voted for him and because of him we have 8 years of disaster, Obama. On housing you are correct but other issues overrides that. The jobs that Obama created are low paying and most of them under 30 hrs per week because of Obamacare. That is a disaster. Income growth is not existing. Debt is killing us or it will soon. The black youth unemployment in some areas is around 30%. Our economy is barely growing around 2% GDP. Normal economy should be at a minimum 3-3.5%. A good economy 3.5 and over....... Our military under Obama got much weaker. So Obama is still the second worst president.