Is The U.S. Economy Better Off After How America Changed Under Obama 6 months ago   04:25

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President Obama inherited an economy in free fall after a major global recession. So as he leaves office, what will be his economic legacy?

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Navie Sometimes
If you just borrow 8 trillion dollars, divide it by 8 and the amount of the previous year GDP, which grow rate you get and what's the real number? 1/20=5%,
Hung Vu
Nobody better than Trump
betty ritchie
Nothing good. He was out to destroy the USA. With the help of the democrats, it almost worked. Thank god he did not have more time in office. Have you noticed he is willing to take all the credit for President Trumps hard work, but none of the problems he created. He has been a disgrace and will go down as the worst president in US history.
Tony Ashford
The world is a better place since he left
OBAMANATION was the biggest hoax ever perpetrated upon the American people!
He was the most evil person ever to hold office as president! The people that cant see this are blinded by his propaganda and brainwashed by his lies!
mike ater
Obama did nothing but destroyed america and will lead to a civil war.
Reviews To The Point
Over 600,000 new Manufacture jobs under TRUMP and Obama said Mfg jobs are dead. Hillary said - "We are going to put a lot of coal miners out of business" So Obama does not get the thanks for the 600,000 NEW Mfg jobs. Because they would do nothing to help Mfg jobs. Infact Hillary was going to try to put them (Coal Miners and all Non-Alternate energy jobs (Like oil) out of business.
Steezy Mac
Well considering the fact that the majority of jobs created under the Obama administration weren't created from his policies they were created by the startup App companies such as uber and lyft and services provided through smartphone apps. Uber and lyft alone created over 2 million jobs in the US.
Shane Christopher
The America hating Muslim president.
Lame duck president, I don't know about you, but my paycheck went up since Trump. Never did like the leeches in the Tax system.
Vinny B
Obamacare was a job killing idea. The economy got better when Obama left.
Tom Meyers
Of course the economy is better after Obama. During Obama we had no economy.
Aaron E
I had good work thoughout Obamas term. I have barely enough now .. under dmfp to pay my bills; luckily I paid off my house before the dmfp nightmare began! Not to mention the now Trillion + $ debt we now have
44, didu niffin in 8 years..blexit DJT 2020.
Tump Supporter
If we build the wall 1000s of jobs will be open
Vapletrichs Gne
Purple Rain
Repsychler 808
How’d that stimulus package turn out for you? I didn’t see jsck.
Mike Becket
Can you say DUH
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How America Changed Under Obama Is The U.S. Economy Better Off After 6 months ago   05:33

A data-driven look at how the U.S. changed under the presidency of Barack Obama.
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In 2008, Barack Obama was the change candidate. This is a data-driven look at how much America transformed during his eight years as our President. Pause or rewind the video if you need more time with any of the data.

After spiking during the Great Recession, the unemployment rate is below 5% today.

And the stock market has more than doubled.

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, plunged the percentage of adults without health insurance to the lowest level in history.

While the share of income going to the top 1% has continued to increase, average Americans saw the biggest jump in their household income ever in 2015, and the biggest drop in poverty since the great society programs of the 1960’s.

The violent crime rate is down almost 20% from when Obama took office.

America’s image abroad was lifted as President Obama turned away from the policies of George W. Bush and toward a more active pursuit of diplomacy to solve problems.

Today, there are less than 15,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, compared to the 175,000 when he took office.

But this was coupled with Americans themselves becoming more wary of international engagement.

On energy, the Obama administration has reduced carbon emissions by 9.4%, greatly expanded wind and solar power, and cut America’s dependence on foreign oil by more than half.

In 2015, for the first time since at least 1980, the number of inmates in federal prisons actually declined.

8 states have now legalized marijuana and - for first time - a majority of Americans overall support legalization.

A majority of Americans also favor the Supreme Court’s ruling that essentially legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Culturally, the biggest change came when Apple released the first iPhone during Obama’s campaign for the democratic nomination in 2007. In the decade since, smartphone use has exploded and about half of all Americans now own a tablet too.

But all that technology has led to a constant stream of stories and images of violence and victimization, especially at the hands of police, seen all over the social media feeds of many Americans, that’s led to a widespread perception that race relations have deteriorated.

Millennials are now the nation’s largest living generation and the biggest potential voting block.

For the first time in 2013, the majority of newborn babies were racial or ethnic minorities, and a record-high 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race.

Despite some people’s perception, the past seven years has seen little change in the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, there was actually a net loss of over 100,000 immigrants who went back to Mexico.

The biggest religious trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those claiming no religion at all--a group now making up a quarter of the population, and 35% of millennials.

As you can see from President Obama’s approval ratings among democrats and republicans, modern America has never been so divided along partisan lines.

Far more democrats than republicans now say immigrants strengthen the country; and when it comes to guns, far more republicans now think we should prioritize gun rights over gun control.

For various reasons, both democrats and republicans have much less faith in government. Most Americans didn’t think the government’s actions after the financial crisis helped them.

On national security, after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, for the first time since 9/11, the government’s job rating on terrorism turned negative.

And, driven by the campaign of Donald Trump, Republicans have suddenly become anti-free trade and globalization. As you can see, Democrats’ views have remained roughly the same.

Only one-third of Americans used social media in 2008, but by 2015 that rate was 75%.

Obama was also the first Internet video president, as this media genre came of age during his time in office. YouTube now has over a billion users.

In 2016, more American adults learned about the presidential election through social media than through print newspapers, with seven-in-ten getting their news through a mobile device.