Is The U.S. Economy Better Off After How America Changed Under Obama 1 week 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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General Kenobi
Obama did so much for America. He even said that most of his work will take affect after his presidency which Mr. Chump is taking credit for.
2:46 Clinton had the best Job gains
3:03 Obama did the best job leaving the least people unemployed
Interesting fair video.
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How many people here think Bush should had started the prosecution of the bankers that murdered the economy ?
steve gary
Obama imported millions , muslims
Dr. Richard Peter Johnson
My paycheck is better off without obama.
Christopher Phillips
My name is Christopher and obviously, this gentleman, Mr. Dominguez is obviously a supporter of President Obama and a liberal. He is dead wrong. President Barack Obama was the worst President in my lifetime. Yes, I am a black man and I am saying this. President Barack Obama more than doubled the national debt during his time as our President. America is over 20 trillion dollars in debt. President Barack Obama signed all of these government regulations into law making the government bigger. Obamacare is the worst piece of legislation that has ever been signed into law. It has ruined the health care system. President Obama signed the stimulus package into law. Where did the money go? 95 million people were out of work. Under President Obama, we saw the lowest employment participation rate since the depression and we saw the slowest economic growth in American history. This is President Barack Obama's legacy. One in which his administration failed this country. While Donald Trump has a toxic tongue, he has improved the economy. It is not great, but better. I'm sorry Sir, but Barack Obama was a terrible President. If you want to debate me,bring it on.
Avinash Singh
I knew this video will say Obama
Nelson De Los Santos
Obama’s economy could only have an upside after the economic crises. That’s true. But Trump’s economy is not riding on Obama’s back - whose GDP didn’t surpass 2%. Trumps economy bedrock was propulse though tax & regulation cuts. I voted for both and i don’t idolize no men. Trump has surpassed my expectation - 401K, unemployment, GDP, manufacturing (not coming back according to Obama) is at a half million manufacturing jobs & growing. Plus Trump has outdone Obama creating more opportunities & jobs for Blacks, Hispanics & minorities.
You're telling me this dudes answer to our recession was to take out debt and invest it into building windmills and repave roads? I mean it sounds alright but we probably could've spent that money on something better that doesn't only benefit people working for the state and would have a longer lasting impact on the economy. I'm all for clean energy man but windmills ain't the future. Shoulda gave that money to Elon Musk and we'd all be using self driving electric cars by now
Joe Flo
The Obozo Clown said the jobs that have left are not coming back.
He said you would need a magic wand...
That means Donald Trump found that magic wand as jobs are coming back with 4.3million new jobs and the fastest growing economy in history. The Obozo Clown almost destroyed America.
This is shy education is so important, the fact that so many Americans can't seem to understand that even if ObamaCare is not great, more people were covered under it than before. Am not saying it does not need work but it's some FAR better than what you guys had before. No 1st world country should have it's PEOPLE dying because they can't afford it. Am not an AMERICAN LEFTIST in any shape or form but I stand by my comment.
steve gary
name 1 thing good , you cant
steve gary
Obama was a joke
Beaux Dup
Obama fooled you all! Look at the stock market dum dums!
Dave Thomas
He might think he deserves credit. So does Hillary and Bernie. Those people are sick for holding minority AMERICANS HOSTAGE
Kim Anh Tran
Make sure to arrest Crooked Hillary Clinton Barrack Hussein Obama, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Diane Feinstein etc…! Then I will believe it. Lock up the idiots criminal crime Crooked Hillary Clinton! Make sure to “Arrest any Majors or any Governor Sanctuary Cities”!! Then I will believe it!!
Sven Nielsen
Obama was a complete failure.

Internationally he made the US a third class country. During Obamas years Russia invaded both Georgia and The Ukraine, ISIS grew, China developed its imperialism and so on. The US role in international economics was that of a landfill.

Domestically, more people went on food stamps. In reality unemployment grew. Also, US became more inflicted with hatred and racism because of Obama. Black people were worse of than ever before in modern history. Poverty grew to new records.

State debt doubled. Full stop.

In short: it was the biggest disaster since New Deal (which also failed completely).
arun kumar
I am not from US, but honestly I have reason to believe that Trump is a much better American president than Obama.
michael anderson
I'm glad he is gone !!!! TRUMP 2020 !!!!!
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How America Changed Under Obama Is The U.S. Economy Better Off After 1 week 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.