Reagan vs Obama: Raw Numbers of the 1st two years

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    Reagan, February 1981 (beginning of 1st Term):

    Unemployment: 7.4%
    Approval Rating: 55% (the 66% approval ratings were in March)

    Reagan, February 1983:

    Unemployment: 10.4% (+3.0%)
    Approval Rating: 35% (-20%)

    Obama, February 2009 (beginning of 1st Term):

    Unemployment: 8.2%
    Approval Rating: 68%

    Obama, February 2011:

    Unemployment: 9.0% (+0.8%)
    Approval Rating: 50% (-18%)

    Sources:

    Presidential Popularity Over Time

    The United States Unemployment Rate

    Just the numbers. Let the spin begin.
     
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    'Reagan vs Obama'

    For some weird reason...I am having a 'Blazing Saddles' flash back...
     
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    As far as the numbers go, Obama is looking significantly better than Reagan.

    Now, I'm not Reagan bashing here, personally I kind of liked him, but it just seems odd to me that the same people who idolize Reagan are loud critics of Obama's performance so far.
     
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    Its called revision of history.

    The facts are not in their favor so they change them
     
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    You sound experienced in this field of study.
     
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    uh huh..when did the recession end in Reagans term?
     
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    tell yus how you feel about the numbers presented by the OP?

    history is not in your favor
     
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    Why? Does it change the situation that it took longer for Reagan to end the recession?
     
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    There were two entirely different recessions.

    The first recession, known as the "Second Oil Shock Recession" was over in July of 1980, before Reagan took office.

    The second recession in the early 80's, known as the "Volcker Recession" began in August of 1981 and lasted officially for 16 months.

    http://www.econ.tcu.edu/harvey/50453/recessions.pdf
     

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