Obama’s 1st Term – By The Numbers


From the health care overhaul to the killing of Usama bin Laden, President Obama’s first term was marked by major changes, major accomplishments and major controversies.

As the president launches into the next four years, the following is a look back — by the numbers — on the first four.

  • 1 Obama Stats

  • Number of countries visited: 35
  • Number of recess appointments: 32Number of pardons: 22

    Number of vetoes: 2

    Addresses to the nation: 9

    Addresses to Congress, including State of the Union: 6

    Current approval rating: 47 percent

    Approval rating in January 2009: 65 percent

    Major pieces of legislation: 

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka, the stimulus)

    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare)

    Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (made it easier to file an equal-pay lawsuit)

    Budget Control Act of 2011 (ended the debt-ceiling crisis, enacted spending cuts)

    American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (averted the fiscal crisis, extended tax rates for all but top earners)

  • 2 National Debt

  • National debt when Obama took office:$10.6 trillionNational debt today: More than $16.4 trillion
  • 3 Unemployment

  • Unemployment rate in December 2008:7.3 percentUnemployment rate in December 2012: 7.8 percent
  • 4 People Without Health Insurance

  • Number of people without health insurance in 2009: 50.7 millionNumber of people without health insurance in 2011: 48.6 million
  • 5 Stock Market

  • The Dow on Jan. 20, 2009:7,949.09The Dow on Jan. 18, 2013: 13,649.70
  • 6 Poverty

  • Number of people in poverty in 2009:43.6 millionNumber of people in poverty in 2011: 46.2 million

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