So Obama was sworn in as the recession was nearing bottom. Virtually all post war recessions have only lasted a certain number of months. But he pushed through a number of programs, stimulus, bail outs, cash for clunkers, new financial controls, new agencies unaccountable to anyone to regulate etc etc. What has the result of this been? The most anemic recovery on record, high unemployment, and a soaring unsustainable deficit. This is what Obama must run on in 2012.