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A by-the-numbers look at Obama's first year

As the 2012 election is now over, Barack Obama has won a second term. Many wonder how his policies, his administration, and how the entire political arena, will change our future.

Postby blackvault » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Highlights of Obama's first year, by the numbers:
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7,949.09—Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 20, 2009.

10,609.65—Dow Jones Industrial Average close on Jan. 15, 2010.

13 million—Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of January 2009.

14.7 million—Number of people 16 and older unemployed as of December 2009.

7.7 percent—Unemployment rate January 2009

10.0 percent—Unemployment rate December 2009

$787 billion—Cost of economic stimulus approved by Congress.

$10.6 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 20, 2009.

$12.3 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 14, 2009.

$296.4 billion—Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund before Jan. 20, 2009.

$173 billion—Federal spending from the financial crisis bailout fund after Jan. 20, 2009.

$165 billion—Amount of bailout funds repaid by banks and automakers.

139—Bank failures between Jan. 20, 2009, and Jan. 14, 2010.

274,399—Number of properties that received forclosure-related notices in January 2009.

349,519—Number of properties that received forclosure-related notices in December 2009.

34,400—U.S. troops in Afghanistan in January 2009.

70,000—U.S. troops in Afghanistan as of Jan. 12, 2010.

319—U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

139,500—U.S. troops in Iraq in January 2009.

111,000—U.S. troops in Iraq as of Jan. 12, 2010.

152—U.S. military deaths in Iraq from January 2009 through Jan. 15, 2010.

539—Appointments to top federal policy positions submitted to the Senate

352—Appointments confirmed by the Senate.

180—Appointments in top policy positions carried over from the Bush administration.

12—Formal news conferences.

21—Foreign countries visited.

29—States visited.

10—Visits to Camp David.

2—Vacations.

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Sources:

AP reporting and analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Treasury Department

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

RealtyTrac Inc.

Defense Department

White House Transition Project
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Postby blackvault » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:08 pm

$10.6 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 20, 2009.

$12.3 trillion—Outstanding public debt Jan. 14, 2009.


I assume the AP made a typo here, and the 12.3 trillion is for Jan 14, 2010??

Regardless, interesting numbers!
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Postby greeney2 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:34 pm

And not a day goes by he doesn't get on TV and make a speech.
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Postby BloodStone » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:45 am

CAN YOU SAY EPIC FAILURE







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Postby vulcan6gun » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:16 pm

'Epic Failure'.

Typed, not spoken. Close enough? :lol:

Nah, he's doing alright so far, and par for the course. His health care plan is going to join the T. Rex soon, but he seems to be driven to try to do something dramatic. President Obama's current agenda is to find a way to break up the monstrously oversized banks that somehow found a way around the Sherman Anti-Trust laws. I wish him luck with that.
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Postby blackvault » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:09 pm

With respect, his first year doesn't show up to par.

In fact, he has the quickest plumeeting approval rating, I think ever.

I hope he does know what he's doing. Our country needs it...
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Postby greeney2 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:25 pm

Worst part is we have 3 more years to go. We can't afford him to fail further, and the Democrats have to stop thinking a majoriety control of Congress, doesn;t mean cut the Republican out of any input.
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Postby BloodStone » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:51 pm

The man is destroying our economy.

He want's to ruin the banks. It's obvious his plan is working perrfectly.







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Postby rath » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:40 am

Lets face it people ........


Barack Obama, is going to need more then 12 months to fix all the mistakes of the last U.S
president.

Who the people of the USA, elected not once but twice. ( 2001 - 2008 )

Let's be honest .......... any body who thinks that Barack Obama should have fix all the errors & mistakes of the George W Bush' adminastration, in just 12 months.
( is just NUTS )

George W Bush spent 8 years in power , All but DESTROYED the USA.

It will take more then 12 months to fix.


Hell ............ George W Bush completely, screwed the pouch.

So it may even take more then just one term in office ..... & even more then one President,
to fix many of the problems created by George W Bush.
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Postby sheye » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:37 am

Hell ............ George W Bush completely, screwed the pouch.

So it may even take more then just one term in office ..... & even more then one President,
to fix many of the problems created by George W Bush.


So very very true..and sadly I think George W (and his cronies)still have way too much power behind the scenes.
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