A test of conservative and progressive presidencies: who is Michael Phelps?
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Reagan percentage of popular votes: Reagan was in a three-way
race, still winning 50.9%.
Obama percentage of popular votes: Obama was in a two-way race, winning 52.9%
In a two-way race between Reagan and Carter doubtless Reagan would have received — at a minimum — another 2.9%. But the presence of Congressman John Anderson as a credible third candidate — a situation Obama did not face — has Reagan technically behind in this one category.
But in the standard two-way race? In 1984 the situation for Reagan changes dramatically.
–1984 (Reagan re-election) and 2012 (Obama re-election):
Reagan carries: 49 states — a gain of five states from
Obama carries: 26 states plus the District of Columbia — a loss of two states from 2008.
Reagan percentage of popular votes: Reagan wins 58.8% of the
Obama percentage of popular votes: Obama wins 51% of the vote.
Which is to say, between the two men, the myth of Obama’s popularity is just that — a myth. Distinctly unlike Reagan, Obama barely got over half of the 50 states and when it came to popular votes, he could never manage to get beyond 52%.
Reagan wins the Gold.
• Domestic Policy
So each man won a second term, although Reagan’s re-election far outdistanced Obama’s. How did each man start off that second term after a full four years in office?
Reagan: Unemployment rate on January 20, 1985 — 7.3%.
Obama: Unemployment rate on January 20, 2013 — 7.8%.
And black unemployment? When Reagan left office the black unemployment rate had dropped from 20.4% to 11.4% — a nine point drop from the day he took office in 1981. In Obama’s first four years? Just last month black unemployment shot up yet again — from 12.9% to 14%. The clock ticks — and results in the black community other than pride (admittedly no small thing) are on the line as to which president did the better job by African-Americans.
Having lost the unemployment rate medal to Reagan after one term, what must Obama and progressive policies achieve by January 20, 2012 to prove the success?
Reagan: Unemployment rate on January 20, 1989 — 5.3%.
Obama: Unemployment rate on January 20, 2017 — ?
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