By the Numbers: President Barack Obama



Despite then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s warning that if voters elected a Democrat as president in 2008, we’d be “hit again and hit hard” by al Qaeda, the number of successful al Qaeda attacks on U.S. soil since Obama became president.



The percentage government spending has increased annually under Obama, the lowest rate since Eisenhower was president.



The percentage of unemployed Americans when Obama took office. Today the rate is 4.9 percent.



There have been 78 consecutive months of economic expansion, including private sector job growth. That is the best record of any president.



Percentage of Americans who have seen their income taxes reduced during the Obama Administration. Income taxes are as low or lower than they have been at almost any point in the last 50 years.



Medicare’s trust fund is stable through the year 2030 due to cost savings from the Affordable Care Act and lower health care expenses, which have risen at the lowest rate since 1960 because of the Affordable Care Act.



The average number of people who were denied access to the U.S. each month Obama was in office, a far greater rate than any other U.S. president.



The number of barrels of U.S. crude oil exported in the month of Sept. 2016 (the most recent figure available). In comparison, only 35,000 barrels were exported in September 2004, which was one of the high points for oil exports during the Bush Administration.


18 million

The number of Americans who now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.


$439 billion

The 2015 federal deficit, which has been shrinking each year of the Obama Administration. He inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit, which has been reduced roughly 70 percent since 2009.


$1.637 trillion

Annual corporate profits, after taxes. Compare that to $671.4 billion when Obama took office.


Sources: Forbes, The Washington Post,, U.S. Energy Information Administration

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