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Jobless Rate Same As When Obama Took Office

From the CBS radio affiliate in Washington, DC, WNEW:

Unemployment Rate Same Today As It Was When Obama First Took Office

January 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Even though much has changed the past four years, President Barack Obama begins his second term with one thing that hasn’t: the unemployment rate.

When Obama first took office in January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent. Today the unemployment rate is once again at 7.8 percent….

So where is the outrage?

Unemployment rates fell in less than half of U.S. states last month, as steady but slow hiring is making only gradual improvement in the job market…

The hell you say.

Meanwhile, perhaps not coincidentally, we have this from Gallup, via CNS News:

Gallup: Obama’s 1st-Term Approval Rating Among Lowest of Post-WWII Presidents

By Susan Jones | January 21, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama averaged a 49.1 percent job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages in their first terms, Gallup reported…

And they weren’t re-elected. So what happened? Why was Obama different?

We suspect it was two things. The ‘takers’ turned out in droves. (Just as they did in 2008.) And the news media fooled the low-information voters into thinking Obama had turned the economy around. Just a Reagan had done in reality.

First-Term Average Approval Ratings:

Johnson – 74.2%

Did not run for re-election.

Kennedy – 70.1%
Eisenhower 69.6%
G.W. Bush – 62.2%

Not re-elected.

G.H.W. Bush – 60.9%
Nixon – 55.8%

Hounded from office by the news media after winning re-election in a landslide.

Truman – 55.6%
Reagan – 50.3%
Clinton – 49.6%

Only won re-election because of a three way race. (Perot.)

Obama – 49.1%
Ford – 47.2%
Carter – 45.5%

And, of course, these last two were not re-elected. So, again, what happened?

According to Gallup, Obama’s first-term approval average, like those of most presidents with lower first-term averages, "was likely dragged down by a sluggish economy."

Which he helped to make sluggish.

Approval ratings for both Clinton and Reagan climbed in their second terms as the economy improved. The same thing happened to Obama: His approval rating increased from a dismal 44.4 percent average in his third year, to a 48.1 percent average in his fourth year in office.

Reagan’s approval ratings went up because it was clear his policies were starting to turn the economy around. There was no sign of that with Obama. Even though our news media tried to pretend there was.

But maybe that was enough.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Jobless Rate Same As When Obama Took Office”

  1. yadayada says:

    in January 2009, the unemployment rate WAS 7.8 percent. Today the unemployment rate IS once again at 7.8 percent…..
    Unemployment rates FELL in less than half of U.S. states last month, as STEADY but slow HIRING is making only gradual IMPROVEMENT in the job market…

    wonderfully contradictory statements

  2. USSFreedom says:

    The amount of voter fraud (I know, it didn’t exist, so they say) played in many, MANY districts throughout the swing states. More votes than voters, not one vote for the R&R ticket and ballots being tossed as the machines continued to switch the vote cast and were unavailable for inspection moments after the tally was taken. Illegal aliens unable to read or write English but, able to cast a ballot in a US election my major complaint and election inspectors banned from precincts while poll workers wore O campaign paraphernalia.
    Believing fraud much better than thinking a majority of this population is just that damn stupid after the results of the last 4 years with “I WON” and his many lies exposed daily on sites, unaffected by diktats of comply with the agenda, such as this and many others unafraid to point out the hollow pillars and hollow promises which are a telling sign of what is to come as long as it isn’t exposed in second coming type by MSM with courage and standards of the journalist patriots of long ago.

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