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   The Bush Years -- Then and Now

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1/7/2009 7:35 am

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Entered 1/8/2009, Updated 1/8/2009

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Posted: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 From NBC's Mark Murray With President Bush set to leave the White House less than two weeks from now, here's a "Then and Now" to show what the United States looked like when Bush was entering office and what it looks like now as he's leaving. The "Then" is the best-available figure as Bush was taking office in 2001. The "Now" is the most recent figure. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE Then: 4.2% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001) Now: 6.7% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008) DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE Then: 10,587 (close of Friday, Jan. 19, 2001) Now: 9,015 (close of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009) BUSH FAVORABILITY RATING Then: 50% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll) Now: 31% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll) CHENEY FAVORABILITY RATING Then: 49% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll) Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll) CONGRESS APPROVAL RATING Then: 48% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll) Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll) SATISFIED WITH THE NATION'S DIRECTION Then: 45% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll) Now: 26% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll) CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (1985=100) Then: 115.7 (Conference Board, January 2001) Now: 38.0, which is an all-time low (Conference Board, December 2008) FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY Then: 6.4 million (Census numbers for 2000) Now: 7.6 million (Census numbers for 2007 -- most recent numbers available) AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE Then: 39.8 million (Census numbers for 2000) Now: 45.7 million (Census numbers for 2007 -- most recent available) U.S. BUDGET Then: +236.2 billion (2000, Congressional Budget Office) Now: -$1.2 trillion (projected figure for 2009, Congressional Budget Office)


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