Summarizing Obama's Undisputed 2010 Numbers

Tyler Durden's picture

2010 was not a kind year to the president. While Obama's economic policy was prevented from being an all out catastrophe courtesy of two last minute fiscal and monetary stimuli, US unemployment ended the year virtually where it started, a whisper away from 10%: a fact which many believe resulted in the democrats' rout following the midterm elections. And with the unknown variables surrounding the economy on par with a year ago levels, there are a few certian numbers that can be used to describe Obama's term in 2010. Marc Knoller of CBS News breaks down pretty much all of them.

Speeches, statements and remarks: 491

-Since taking office: 883 [ZH: in the spirit of bread and circuses, the US peasantry is at least entertained by Obama's more than once a day on average teleprompter affair since becoming president]


News conferences and press availabilities: 27

-Formal, solo White House Press Conferences: 6

-Since taking office: 69 total, 11 WH.


Town hall meetings: 17

-Since taking office: 40

-Backyard chats: 7


Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days

-Since taking office: 111 spanning 176 days


States visited for the first time: 9

-Since taking office: 38


Vacation trips: 6 (all or part of 32 days)

-Since taking office: 10 spanning 58 days


Foreign trips: 6 trips to 8 countries spanning 22 days.

-Since taking office: 16 trips to 25 countries spanning 70 days.


Flights on Air Force One: 172

-Since taking office: 328


Flights on Marine One: 196

-Since taking office: 386


Unemployment Rates:

-January 8 2010: 10 percent.

-December 3, 2010: 9.8 percent.


National Debt in 2010: Up $1.56-trillion

-January 1, 2010: $12.311-trillion

-December 28, 2010: $13.871-trillion


Bills signed in 2010: 203.

-Since taking office: 329.


Cabinet meetings: 6

-Since taking office: 12


Visits to Camp David:

-In 2010: 4 visits, 8 days.

-Since taking office: 15 visits: 35 days.



-Golf: 29 rounds in 2010

-Since taking office: 57 rounds.

-Basketball: 20 basketball outings.

-Since taking office: 28


Interviews: 107 in 2010

-Since taking office: 254


Meetings with foreign leaders: In 2010, President Obama had face-to-face meetings with 61 foreign leaders, 30 for the first time.


Days of no appearances: 24

-Since taking office: 45



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bigdumbnugly's picture

babe ruth is still having better years than the president...

"I know, but I had a better year than Hoover." – Ruth to a reporter who objected that Ruth was demanding a salary higher than President Herbert Hoover's ($80,000 vs. $75,000)

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Millivanilli's picture


bugs_'s picture

The Obama Bounce is in progress.

Generalisimo Fransisco Franco is still watching underground movies.

Boilermaker's picture

You forgot the most *important* number, the DOW and the SPX.  Becaus that is clearly the only thing they can 'stand behind' and, obviously, control.

BTW, Obama's posse just jacked the futures by 50 points on the DOW in about 30 seconds.  Just finished the Colts game, they were down, took a piss, came back and BANG!, they're up by 35.

People will forgive all (sadly and temporarily) if he lights up their 401(k) like the 4th of July.  I work with plenty of completely ignorant people who watch it daily and prance around like show-ponies when it goes up.

Propaganda is a powerful drug (as is cocaine, if Rick James is correct).

Future Jim's picture

If the Obama administration can control the stock market, then why did the Bush administration let it crash right before the election?

Boilermaker's picture

Because the Chairman of the Federal Reserve is appointed by the President of the United States.  Bush was out and the reappointment was going to be in the early stages of Obama's term. 

It isn't "Obama" and you know that also.  He's just a puppet to the larger interests and the super elites (same as Bush was).

Give me a fucking break.  Bernake, and ergo Obama are juicing the market like hell to try to create a false 'wealth effect'.  Honestly, I didn't even know there were babe-in-the-woods dumbasses that didn't openly accept it anymore.

Oh, futures now up 70 and, I'm sure by the open we'll be in for a festivus triple digit open to get the numb nuts worked into a frenzy.  It's the same old sleepy-time pump job that's been going of for 2 plus years now.

Future Jim's picture

Yes, we all know that bush and Obama are front men, but wow, you didn't address any of my points.

If administrations can control the market as you say, then why would a Republican administration let the market crash right before an election knowing that the Democratic candidate would therefore win. It sounds like you are implying that the powers behind both parties decided to back Obama instead of McCain and thus made the market crash as an "October surprise". Perhaps they did this by letting (or causing) Lehman to fail when they did. Why would they be so eager to get Obama instead of McCain?

jesse livermoore's picture

lol  he said show ponies   lol

f16hoser's picture

Unemployment is really in the upper teens to low 20's. A spade is a spade. Cmon people.... and what about unfunded liabilities? How long can they keep pretending the wars don't cost anything? In terms of defecit spending that is. Wasn't Iraqi oil going to pay for the war? How about all the drug money (CIA) Afghanistan generates? Just a few questions I have.....Chow

Problem Is's picture

"Unemployment is really in the upper teens to low 20's"

Agreed f16
22% if you use the BLS 1980 definition of unemployment...

Obummer, like all liars, lies with everything he can lie with...

the rookie cynic's picture

Incredible ROI under Obama! Since 2008, borrowed $5.7 trillion to increase GDP by $100 billion. We're saved!

f16hoser's picture

It could have been worse: Hillary's Humps, Her Humps Her Humps Her Bumps



weinerdog43's picture

The biggest part of Barry's failure is strictly self induced.  In his desire to pre-capitulate to the Villagers and his corporate bosses, he ignored the signature crisis of our time.  It was the hiring of Rubin's cronies that should have tipped off most of us Liberals and Moderates.  The war against the Middle Class would continue unabated. 

I think Barry is going to be pretty surprised when the 'base' stays home in 2012. 

YHC-FTSE's picture


Yep. Don't want to be smug but his top 15 campaign contributors tipped me off, which made me very unpopular with people I usually find delightful whenever I warned them about him.

Doomer_Marx's picture

Don't stay home, vote 3rd party. Once we get enough people voting 3rd parties, it'll no longer seem like a waste of a vote, we may reach a critical mass and get some non-corporate owned candidates in office. Maybe a long shot but I've at least have to try myself. It has to start with those that have woken up first - be part of the solution don't just give up. I'll vote Green party myself but would rather have Libertarians than either major party at this point.

tictawk's picture

I don't know how one can honestly call themselves "liberal" when every program introduced under the "liberal" agenda (for the working class) is in fact a FAILURE evidenced by the huge liabilities to the taxpayer.  The exceptionalism of America has been the protection of individual rights which have eroded greatly by so called "liberals".

Liberals never examine the RESULTS of their programs which are failures except that they take solace in claiming that it was done with "good intent".  "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

Problem Is's picture

When Obummer marched out the Rubinites in Dec. 2008 including Robert "What Me Worry About My Massive Insider Trading at Citibank" Rubin... I stated then and there:

There's the Change
Now we will get ripped off from the Citi side of Wall Street instead of the Goldman side...

Unfortunately I Was Wrong
The Change is we got ripped off by every side of Wall Street.. Nice job Puppet Soetoro...

Pants McPants's picture

Nearly all of my friends were completely swept away by Obama's rhetoric and (IMO) ethnicity in 2008.  After the election the consensus among my friends was that failure was impossible due to the Obama's popularity.  The funny thing about politics is all progress/success is measured in relative terms (which is why we still hear Bush's name as well as the silly "it could always be worse!" line of reasoning) rather than absolute terms.  Of course this is true of my friends, who have slowly discovered the idea that it is much easier to bash the other party than it is to cheerlead your favorite empty suit.  



PD Quig's picture

According to Gallup et al, Bush's popularity = Obama's popularity. So, it definitely could get worse for Obambi. Wait until the equity markets no longer support the myth.

nmewn's picture

Avowed known communists appointed: 1

Avowed known communists resigned: 1

Elitist Keynesian economic professors appointed: 3?

Elitist Keynesian economic professors resigned: 2

Sexually deviant Safe School Czar appointed: 1

Sexually deviant Safe School Czar resigned: 0

Healthcare Rationing Czar appointed:1

Healthcare Rationing Czar resigned: 0

Feel free to add your favorites.

Mercury's picture

Political facsimile of self in a dress appointed to Supreme Court: 1

First Lady BFFs transported on Air Force One: 746

nmewn's picture

Car Czar under investigation appointed: 1

Car Czar under investigation resigned: 1 (ten million dollar fine, Rattner)

Bozo-like VP appointed: 1

Bozo-like VP resigned: 0

Executive Order to close GITMO: 1

Enforcing Executive Order to close GITMO: 0

Blubbering about FISA courts & wiretaps: 9,322

Allowing FISA courts & wiretaps: 1

Allowing the FCC to try and regulate the WORLD WIDE WEB:1

gwar5's picture

They're all marxists and commies. They just rebranded their name again to "progressives." Not that there's anything wrong with starving millions of Ukrainians or shutting off the water in central California.

70 democratic members of congress are card carrying members of the Socialist Democrats of America (SDA), I think the others just forgot to pay their dues. SDA is intimate and organizes with the commmunist and marxist groups in America.

Over 70 members of a MSM media group, "journolista" cabal who were caught red-handed colluding on narratives to propagandize for Obamao,  were also card carrying SDA members.

And get this. The Socialist Democrats of America national offices are at 75 Maiden Lane, NYC. That's right. Next door to the FRBNY, where the money and US gold is located!



Whatta's picture

Number of tax evading persons appointed?  100's?

Number of steps closer to Fasco-Socialist State. Several.

mynhair's picture

Only moron MSMs can mispell cretin:  "certian".

red2893's picture

There is no way Obama will get re-elected

mynhair's picture

Check the average IQ in CA or NY lately?

Jadr's picture

I'm guessing it's 100?

Boilermaker's picture

I said the exact same thing about Elmer Fudd...errr..."W".

suteibu's picture

I'm seeing a correlation between Air Force One flights (328)and bills passed (329).  Keep him off that plane!!!!!

Also....what no tally on the beer summits since they seem to go over so well?

mynhair's picture

Beer summits were expanded to include the little people.


max2205's picture

And be has the best market performance of all prezz. Figures he'd get that one

Eric The Red's picture

And the point of this entire post was.....what?

Bob Sacamano's picture

The same as other sites, cable tv news, etc -- got to keep filling space despite lack of real meaningful content -- in order to try to drive traffic (in order to drive revenues).  Reality is there is just not much truly new newsworthy events on a weekly basis much less on a daily basis. 

Just be glad the post was not labeled "must read."  

sasebo's picture

We'd all be better off if goofy Barry would have stayed in his room & jerked off. And required Bernanny Nothing & Cute Little, Delusional Little Geithner to stay in there with him & watch. 

Royal Fleming's picture

Having lived in So. Cal all my life..I'm not gonna argue your IQ remark...At work we always go by the 98% rule...That 98% of americans have an IQ under 100...cheer up, could be


strannick's picture

I dont thnik it was so much 2010 being a bad year to be president, as it was Obama being a bad president

gwar5's picture

Obama's conciliatory speech to America: "Su caca es mi caca"

thecoloredsky's picture

Did anyone else see Obama's campaign as a total marketing ploy? He used that color complimentary red, white, and blue portrait you see everywhere as he poses for the camera.

It's almost Stalin-ish, looking up to the visions in his mind. Or replace "Stalin" with whatever diabolical leader in world history.

Then there was his fake seal. He used this damn thing on his plane and on podiums everywhere he went:

Apple CEO was probably blushing for the fact that he took the page right out of is book. It didn't matter what the hell he was saying, he had a whole marketing campaign that rivaled multi-billion dollar corporate companies.

Next election should be interesting if he can whip up the same amount of propaganda as he did in 2008. Will he use the Presidential seal? He shouldn't! He might as well go back to that seal or even have it re-worked to look like and iPad or some shit. People love them iPads. Maybe have not only text messaging but take over facebook's homepage with Obama background logos all over the place.

Tea Party people need to figure out their marketing because politics isn't about what they say, it's how fucking cool their marketing campaign is.

nmewn's picture

He stole "Yes We Can" from a kiddie cartoon show.

Bob the Builder.

This is what he thought about his voters...children.

Well, he was right.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

The water bottle incident(s).  Has got to be the gold medal winner.  Now that's marketing.

zenblkboi's picture

why do people on here make such stupid bickering comments?  do you all really have that much free time?

Pike Bishop's picture

US unemployment ended the year virtually where it started, a whisper away from 10%:

And a major fucking lie away from the 20+% it is in reality.

Was it a big surprise when Obamanation turned out to be a marketed tube of toothpaste, after we put Chimpy McFlightsuit in office in 2000?

The characteristic they had most in common, right after we voted them in because we like to vote for pretty, empty boxes of cereal, was their vacuousity. And they proceeded to surround themselves with ideologically bankrupt assholes, who took control of the Executive narrative.

Chimpy's  Neo-Retarditives and their "6 month" "$80B" "war" as the hegemonic preamble to "The Project for a New American ShitHouse." This while, cheap money was the currency of the land and stuffing it in your crony's pocket was only slightly less fun than your own pocket. And to this day, as he plans to flee the country and incarceration, Tom Delay stands by his "greatest achievement" of the creation and consolidation of "K Street" as the power and money center of the Beltway ShitHole.

In similar fashion Obamarama yielded to the basic law of physics and filled his vacuum with the same Neo-UpperClassicalists who caused the nukular economic destruction in the first place. And he can't figure out why it hasn't worked out for him. Seldom in history have we run into someone who so lacked the conviction of his convictions. Meanwhile he has loosed The Bernanke on the most blatantly no-win quest in history. Which is nothing less than identity-crisis-Randroid Greenspan's original recipe for nuclear winter washed down with a gallon of chilli pepper sauce. It's tough watching it go down, but you know it is going burn a million times worse coming out of the other end.

These two monkeys were cleaned, pressed, packaged and delivered to us like tubes of toothpaste.

When it came down to it, they were just the same brand, in different packaging.

FinanceSeer's picture

The UNEMPLOYMENT figures of 9.8% is just a piece of shit Barometer! Who the hell are these unemployed? I will tell you who: mostly the HARD WORKING (grossly uneducated) poor who always get laid off when MASSA caint get a loan from his rigged bank. You take them out and that Unemployment figure drops to under 5%!! Those poor suckers are the last hired and the FIRST fired!