The data on Obama's and Bush's job creation records are culled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data arm of the U.S. Department of Labor. Factcheck described the comparative jobs data as follows:
By the time of Obama's second inaugural in January, the economy had added a net total of 1,208,000 jobs since he was first sworn in four years earlier, according to current figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That beats George W. Bush's eight-year total of 1,083,000. And so far, Obama is extending his lead over Bush in job creation. Counting the jobs added in February, Obama's job creation total now stands at a net gain of more than 1.5 million.The numbers can't be argued with. Obama's stimulus package worked creating millions of jobs according to the independent Congressional Budget Office.
While there is no denying that job creation still lags and the dependence on food stamps are on the rise some scholars and pundits suggest that it doesn't make sense to judge this presidents' performance on these statistics consider the devastating "lagging" effects caused by the economic policies of the previous administration.
Here are a few extra points of interest to share with your Republican friends if they'll even listen...
- Domestic oil production has soared
- Oil imports have dropped by one-third
- New cars are getting 17 percent better mileage
- Wind and solar power have increased 157 percent