It’s no secret that Republican rhetoric is built on misinformation and lies. While all politicians embellish the truth or lie every now and then (even President Obama), conservatives take it to a whole other level. With Republicans, it really is more like cult-like propaganda than normal, every day political rhetoric. It’s become so bad that indisputable facts have suddenly become “opinions” simply because they don’t want to believe in them.
Well, as they say, the good thing about facts is that they’re real whether or not you want to believe in them.
Take for instance the indisputable fact that President Obama has been a successful president. Has he been flawless? Of course not. But many Republicans honestly believe he’s the worst president in U.S. history – which is comically absurd. If someone doesn’t like the president, that’s fine – but to honestly suggest that he’s “the worst president in our nation’s history” is ridiculous. When someone says that to me, all I can do is laugh.
It’s impossible to actually prove who’s been “the best” or “the worst” president in U.S. history considering it’s completely subjective. When people use hyperbole such as “He’s the worst, ever!” that’s just mental immaturity and the words of someone who shouldn’t be taken seriously.
So, while I won’t call him “the best president ever,” I will fully admit that he’s been very successful and one of the better presidents we’ve had. And that’s not partisan rhetoric, the facts back it up as well.
Just take a look at this following chart from WhiteHouse.gov showcasing his record-setting streak of private sector job growth:
Let me reiterate that, at 65 months (soon to be 66), no other president in U.S. history has presided over a job creation streak that long.
Then there’s unemployment, currently at 5.3 percent, which has been nearly cut in half from its high of 10 percent:
Now I know what some conservatives will say: That’s because people have just given up looking for work, which is why the labor participation rate is down!
And it’s true, the labor participation rate is down, but not for the reasons conservatives try to insinuate. It’s actually very simple math. The recession began in 2008 and the typical retirement age is 65: 2008 – 65 = 1943. The “baby boomer” generation is anyone born between 1946-1964. In other words, the labor participation rate is falling – because baby boomers are starting to reach retirement age.
Next up is the stock market. While August wasn’t kind to stocks (mostly due to Chinese instability), they’re still at record levels when compared to President Obama’s predecessors:
Then there’s deficits. While Republicans like to act as if President Obama’s spending has been out of control, that’s just not true. In fact, this president has massively reduced deficits from their highs at the peak of the recession:
And unless you’re the most partisan of the partisan, it’s really difficult to blame President Obama for the massive amounts of spending that were clearly triggered by the economic crash – caused by the Bush administration.
These are just his economic successes, we haven’t even gotten into anything else. During his time in the White House he’s also:
- Done more for gay rights than any other president in history.
- Ordered the killing of Osama bin Ladin.
- Saved the American auto industry.
- Been a strong advocate for combating climate change.
- Pushed the United States more toward green forms of energy than any president before him.
- Been a strong advocate for pay equality for women.
- Passed historic credit card reform.
- Brokered a historic nuclear deal with Iran.
- Championed health care reform that’s provided health care to millions of Americans, dropping the uninsured rate to a historic low of 11.9 percent.
Just to name a few of the many things he’s done while in office.
So, when Republicans say “President Obama has been the worst president in history” – they clearly don’t know what in the hell they’re talking about.