How does Obama stack up to past two-term presidents?
A look back at history by the numbers
- Duration 3:13
- Date Jan 22, 2013
A look back at history by the numbers
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Operation is now over it's time for the president get to work so compared to other two term president.
Where -- president Obama's stand at the start of his second term our presidential historian nick Oregon is here good morning neck when and it was immediate.
Good to be with you -- let's talk about unemployment this morning where did he stand President Obama at the beginning in 2009 compared to -- is now starting his second term.
Ironically enough he started at about 78.
Seven point 8% which is where we are now but if you remember its fight -- took office of course we have the stimulus package which did very little to bring -- -- down.
And so and now it's settled just around the 8% mark so.
Overall it's been flat I think.
FEC is popularity ratings are still in the low fifties which historically is pretty low for re elected president.
I think it's directly correlated to that number popularity at the fact that it hasn't really come down at all the last four years let's get through some of those other presidents George W.
Bush Clinton and a you have a list for us here they are on the screen tell us what.
How what about their unemployment numbers yeah I -- need to look at those unemployment owners President Bush obviously got hit with economic crisis.
His numbers were historically pretty low increased towards the end of his presidency and his popularity -- with the President Clinton on the other hand.
Very popular his unemployment -- numbers historically we're extremely low and again you can -- correlation Reagan's number interest violently enough seven point 3%.
Was hide it came down -- was much -- is closer to 10% we started so.
He was reelected with a huge margin and Nixon's number came up his was started at 3.5 -- went up to almost five.
And again even though he was reelected -- we're a landslide he was not a very popular parlay it wasn't likable but -- -- really that popular.
You say there's direct correlation popularity in unemployment numbers because those two presidents Clinton and Reagan we did see improvements yeah that's.
And those are two of our most popular exactly it's it's the trajectory of unemployment so if you bring it down your popularity goes up almost.
In adversely in the other way around even if you have a low number to start with if you go up even incrementally.
Your popularity -- -- those -- the popularity numbers right there you can see 51% for President Obama.
Let's talk about the national debt at the start of the second term for some of these presidents President Obama.
I mean it's of epic crisis proportions I think it will positioning about his speech yesterday you didn't hear him talk about unemployment -- here and talk about the national debt either.
Two intractable problems.
It started he inherited a bad situation from President Bush but clearly it's compounded by the end of his presidency our national -- the debt -- -- be close to.
Twenty trillion dollars which is about.
Double the size of the economy that.
-- criticizing many people saying it it's unsustainable price saying he's focusing more on the social issues I will let's -- through some of those other presidents with George W.
Bush Clinton Reagan Nixon how does he compare.
Maybe not favorable -- President Reagan we know increase the debt but if you look back it was quite compare to where it's been now.
The same with Richard Nixon increased I -- all president increase the debt the last that it was Eisenhower.
But nothing that we've seen really the last year President Bush with the two wars and then the financial crisis but under President Obama it's been.
Of historic proportions I think the big challenge for the next for years will be.
You know what are they -- do over the next ninety days on the fiscal cliff and then beyond that those problems need to follow it thanks so much -- CNET to see you.
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