5 Charts Proving Just How Successful President Obama Has Been

obama-thumbs-up-4Recently I’ve been on a bit of a mission to disprove all this nonsense that I’m constantly reading from people who claim President Obama has been a terrible president. While I know he hasn’t been perfect, it’s just stunning to me how often I hear people say how awful he’s been despite how successful he’s actually been. And this is a president who’s had practically no help from any Republicans in Congress. But not only have Republican not helped him at all, but they’ve done their best to sabotage his presidency at every turn.

So I thought I’d present 5 different charts proving just how successful this president has been. (You can click on any of them for a full size view.)


Our first one comes from BLS statistics put together by the fine folks over at the LA Times, showing the drop in our unemployment rate since Obama’s been president:

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Next up is the one we’ve all seen plenty of times (this one put together by MSNBC) showing the record-setting streak of consecutive months of private sector job growth since March 2010:

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We can’t forget about the stock market, either. Here’s a 5 year look at how stocks have done under President Obama from Yahoo Finance:

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Then there’s the deficit. This one is from WhiteHouse.gov showing that we’ve reduced our deficit by more than half since Obama’s been president. A statement Politifact recently rated as “True”:

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I should also mention that this chart doesn’t even include 2014, where our deficits have been further reduced to $483 billion. Meaning that in less than 6 years, the president will have reduced our deficits by $1 trillion.


And just because Republicans constantly try to claim that President Obama’s policies have been terrible for domestic oil production and our energy independence, here’s some great information I found from the New York Times:

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Notice the drastic upward slope of the line just about the time President Obama took office. I think it’s important to point out that at no time during Bush’s eight years in the White House did the United States produce domestic oil at the rate we have during Obama’s presidency. While some might see this as a “bad thing,” I felt it was important to debunk this common Republican myth they often spread that Obama’s policies have been bad for domestic oil production.

And again, this is just a small sample of what he’s done during his time in the White House. These charts don’t tell the story of the millions of Americans who now have health insurance; his policies that saved the American auto industry; how his administration found and killed Osama bin Ladin; the work he’s done to try to get our minimum wage raised; his repealing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and other moves he’s made to help gay Americans and their families to finally obtain equal rights; and a whole host of other achievements he’s accomplished that are simply too long for me to list.

Though I’m sure even when confronted with these indisputable facts, Republicans won’t believe them. After all, when have facts or reality really ever mattered to the average conservative voter?

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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