Fact Check: Pres. Obama: ‘We’re Better Off’ and ‘No WH Scandals?’
by Net Advisor™
WASHINGTON DC. We have had the unique opportunity to research and write about any claims and statements made by the political parties over the last 8 years. We have raised issues with both parties and policies that conflict with the law, and the failure to hear the people.
When the People of the United States feel they are not being heard, most get out and vote. Some people as we have seen increase over the last 8 years choose to riot, loot/ steel, burn vehicles, other property that was NOT theirs, and attack those who are here to protect all of us – called police.
President Obama appeared on CBS 60 Minutes on January 15, 2017. If we were paid to fact check every statement, it would probably be a 70 page report when providing citations. Unfortunately we aren’t paid to cover that time in a report for a President who is going to be out of office in 4 days.
So we will address a couple key points that President Obama stated.
- That we are better off then we were 8 years ago when Obama came to office.
- That there were no scandals in the White House which we refer to his Administration in total.
 Are we better off than we were 8 years ago?
It is true that we were losing jobs at a rapid rate in a shorter period of time, that banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies and other business either collapsed or were near collapse.
Economies or large multi-national businesses don’t collapse over night. It took years of both bad business decision making, government polices, (further) consumer speculation (housing), and a Federal Reserve (rocketing interest rates 425% in 2 years) that created the”Perfect Storm” that negatively impacted people, the economy and the markets.
We can’t blame Obama for the time he was not in office, but we can look at the results of his policies while he was in office.
“By almost every measure, the country is significantly better off than when I came in. If you can look back and say, The economy’s better. Our security’s better. The environment’s better. Our kids’ education is better…”
— President Barack Obama, CBS 60 Minutes, Jan. 15, 2017 (PDF, P7 highlighted)
The results include:
Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate Lowest Since About 1978.
So more people in the U.S. are not working today than we had during the worst of the Great Recession.
More People in America Are on Food Stamp Welfare Under Obama
Consumers are having to borrow more to just keep up living. This should be HUGE concern for president-Elect Trump. Cutting taxes for especially the Middle-Class and lower income can help relive debt by allowing consumers to keep more of their own earned money.
U.S. Home Ownership Rate Lowest Since 1965
With record consumer debt, people can’t afford homes like they once did. If the trend continues the risk is real estate prices will have to come down or else fewer people will ever own homes. With the Federal reserve raising interest rates again, the will put more people out of the home buying market and risks negatively impacting higher cost real estate and other consumer loans.
Student Loan Debt at an All-Time High
If the economy was so much better, why are student strapped with record debt and fewer job opportunities? Did we tell you that the Obama Administration took over the student loan program away from private banks and put the risks on tax payers.
Healthcare Costs Have Soared and the “Affordable Care Act” has not Worked
The “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) or ObamaCare was passed by in a highly controversial way in 2010. Just in the first four years following Obamacare, the U.S. government spent $10.6 Trillion on healthcare. Medicare specialty drug costs up 45.9% just in 2014 alone.
More Americans Living in Poverty, Worst Since 1959
We have addressed this record poverty issue based on U.S. Census Bureau data in more detail here.
Official Unemployment/ Underemployment at 9.7%
For years we have challenged the government’s math on the U.S. unemployment rate.
Last October, I looked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. I calculated that if you take the U.S. population who are deemed able to work (The Employment Population) at 59.8%, then subtract 100%, you get 40.2%. This is the number of people in the U.S. who are part of the official Employment Population, and yet have no job.
As for how the economy grew, it barely budged. We first reported this in early 2016 and calculated an average Real Growth Rate of the U.S. economy of 0.47% a year.
The only major grow we say in the economy was the increase of the U.S. National Debt. As of January 12, 2017, the U.S. National Debt stood at exactly $19,941,807,383,847.05 (or rounded to $19.942 Trillion in debt). So from when President Obama took office to Jan. 12, 2017, the U.S. National Debt increased $9.136 Trillion or 87.67% in 8 years – more than ever U.S. President that preceded Obama – COMBINED.
In total, it is hard to say that we, by the economic numbers are better off than we were 8 years ago.
 President Obama: ‘There were no scandals in the White House.’
We refer to his Administration in total when counting scandals. If one only means sex scandals involving the President that were proven, then, that appears to be the correct answer. As for sex scandals in the Administration, there were a few that were reported:
Obama Admin Sex-Related Scandals
Oct. 16, 2014: State Dept. Sex Scandals
Mar. 03, 2015: Government Can’t Fire Feds Who Spend Hours Watching Porn
We actually have an archive of over 22,000 major event files covering just the Obama years (and separately, coverage of other Presidents and other major topics). If someone was interested in research for a book we have probably one of the most organized files by year, by topic, then sub-topic and by date. This doesn’t include a separate 4,500+ files on 907 topics covering elections, just to give you an idea on the depth of our research work. So there is a ton here we are leaving out to get the full picture. We just don’t have the free time right now to publish something that big. Here is a healthy broad sample of the last 8 years.
“…I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re probably the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House.”
— President Barack Obama, CBS 60 Minutes, Jan. 15, 2017 (PDF, P7 highlighted)
Let’s now review a modest handful sample scandals during the last eight years of the Obama Administration.
1. General Controversy
Jan. 12, 2009: 44 to Reverse 43’s Executive Orders
Jan. 21, 2009: Obama Team to Undo Bush Rule Changes
Apr. 29, 2009: Obama’s First 100 Days: Undo Bush Administrations Policies
Nov. 17, 2011: Solyndra $535 Million Loan Mostly Lost to Taxpayers
Aug. 23, 2011: Obama Starts Suspending Deportations
Sept. 14, 2011: Obama campaign goes on the attack against ‘attacks’ Launches “@AttackWatch”
Oct. 5, 2011: U.S. Secretly Met Afghan Militants (Anti-U.S.)
Jan. 20, 2012: Obama – Religious employers must offer free birth control
Jan. 20, 2012: US announces easier visa arrangements for foreigners’
Sept. 17, 2012: Obama – ‘I pretend I’m going to work’ and ‘switch on Homeland’
Apr. 25, 2012: Obama embraces Islam
Sept. 17, 2012: FBI considers sovereign citizen – biggest domestic terror threat
Oct. 19, 2012: Equal pay? Women in Obama’s WH earn less then men
Mar. 05, 2013: TSA lifts post-911 ban against small knives
Apr. 04, 2013: HHS resurrects ‘Acorn’ Through ObamaCare
Oct. 31, 2013: Obama’s Senior DHS Advisor: America is an “Islamic Country”
Feb. 10, 2014: Obama – ‘I can do whatever I want’
June 12, 2014: Gallup – Majority Says Obama Not ‘Honest and Trustworthy’
July 28, 2014: Obama – Muslims Built ‘The very fabric of our nation’
Sep. 25, 2014: Fact Check – Obama has bombed more nations than Bush
Oct. 15, 2014: Houston Democrat Mayor Targeting Christian Churches
Nov. 12, 2014: 11 Countries Have More Freedom Than USA
Dec. 04, 2014: Poll – 52% Of Voters Under Age Of 25 Would Recall Obama
Dec. 30, 2014: Obama Will Shut Border Agency To Aid Illegals
June 02, 2015: FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities
Nov. 10, 2015: 13,000 drug felons to be released starting Nov 1
Feb. 10, 2016: Supreme Court deals blow to Obama climate plan
Oct. 22, 2016: VP Biden Threat to Trump
3. Anti-American or Anti-Foreign Allies
Sept. 13, 2008: Obama’s Pastor – God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 911
Apr. 03, 2009: Obama Apology Tour
Mar. 25, 2009: Obama Returns Churchill Bust to England – Snub to England
Apr. 16, 2009: Obama in Mexico – Still Apologizing
Apr. 17, 2009: Obama apologizes for America’s runaway capitalism
June 04, 2009: Obama’s Cairo Speech text – ‘U.S. Apology Tour’
June 04, 2009: Obama Quotes Koran Verse 5-32, Omits 5-33
Nov. 18, 2009: Obama Criticizes Israel Over Settlement-building
Sept. 23, 2010: Obama OIC Envoy to Address Brotherhood-linked Event
May 03, 2012: Obama Downsizing America
Aug. 31, 2012: Five Times Obama Has Apologized for America
Sept. 18, 2013: Dick Durbin’s Dreamer – ‘F—Israel’
Nov. 23, 2013: USPS Ad for ‘Holiday Stamps’ Omits Christmas
Feb. 27, 2014: Not safe to display American flag in American high school
May 21, 2014: (D) Congressman – ‘We’ve proved Communism works’
Oct. 27, 2014: Democrats Threaten Internet Free Speech
Apr. 01, 2016: Obama White House Censors Phrase ‘Islamist Terrorism’
June 23, 2009: A Weak American President
July 09, 2014: Putin sees ‘weak Obama’ as chance to seize Ukraine
Oct. 11, 2014: In Asia, Obama seen as ‘weak’
Oct. 23, 2014: Top Iranian Adviser – Obama is ‘Weakest of US Presidents’
Feb. 11, 2015: Critics_ Obama’s Weak ISIS Response Is Dangerous
June 24, 2015: White House says more than 30 Americans held hostage abroad
5. Government Takeovers, Bailouts & or Government Control
May 22, 2009: Obama Steers General Motors Toward Bankruptcy
Mar. 29, 2009: Obama Requests General Motors CEO Step Down
Mar. 30, 2009: Obama to GM & Chrysler: Restructure or Else
Sept. 09, 2009: Taxpayers Unlikely to Recover GM, Chrysler Investment
Sept. 16, 2009: Obama’s Student Loan Takeover
Nov. 16, 2009: CNN (Government) Bailout Tracker
Jan. 11, 2010: SEC order helps maintain AIG bailout mystery
Sept. 2013: EPA Control Over all Water – Land Areas (64pps)
Dec. 06, 2015: Loretta Lynch Vows to Prosecute Anti-Muslim Speech
July 06, 2016: Obama Lost Supreme Court More Than Any Modern President
Aug. 08, 2016: Justice Department Will Phase Out Its Use Of Private Prisons
Mar. 08, 2016: Report_ Obama denied a record 77% of FOIA requests
Feb. 11, 2014: Pelosi (D-CA) Threatens to Shut Down the Government
July 22, 2014: Top 10 Bipartisan Jobs Bills Blocked by Senate Democrats
Dec. 12, 2014: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Blocks Quick Budget Deal
Dec. 29, 2014: Obama – Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was my pocket veto (P5-6)
Mar. 08, 2015: Senate Dems block trafficking bill for second day
Oct. 01, 2015: Senate Democrats block VA budget bill
Jan. 04, 2016: Government Named Number 1 Problem in USA
July 08, 2016: Senate Democrats block defense spending bill
Sept. 6, 2016: Senate Democrats block measure to battle Zika virus
Sept. 27, 2016: Senate Democrats block government funding bill over Flint aid
7. Blame Game
We left out most of the Obama Admin who blamed Bush Admin for _(insert issue)_ (even thought Obama reversed many of Bush’s Executive Orders right when Obama got into office in 2009.
Apr. 22, 2009: Obama Blames America
Oct. 26, 2009: Christina Romer – Bush, Health Costs to Blame for Deficit (FYI Romer was the architect of the Obama Stimulus/ bailout package, resigned shortly after. Went back to teaching at Harvard).
Feb. 09, 2010: Obama Won’t Abandon Blame Bush Strategy
Aug. 02, 2010: Obama Blames Bush and GOP FYI: (D) in control from Jan 2009-Jan 2011)
Aug. 04, 2011: OBAMA BLAMES ‘DEMOCRACY’ FOR HIS FAILURES
Oct. 08, 2011: Obama to blame for S & P downgrade
Dec. 09, 2011: Obama Blames the Rich
Jan. 19, 2012: Obama blames press for his ‘cold and aloof’ image
Jan. 30, 2013: White House GOP responsible for contracting economy
May 09, 2014: Four Pinocchios for Obama about Republicans (WP)
June 29, 2014: Obama_ Congress Obstructs, So I Act Alone
Jan. 30, 2015: VP Biden – It’s Mostly Bush’s Fault
Mar. 17, 2015: Obama Blames Bush For Rise Of ISIS
July 29, 2015: Obama Threatens to Veto VA Accountability Act
8. Hurt U.S. Tax Payers / Destroy U.S. Jobs
Feb. 2, 2009: Obama’s Budget – Almost $1 Trillion in New Taxes
Feb. 15, 2009: Obama trade policies threaten 585,800 US jobs-study
Sept. 15, 2009: Obama – Cap and Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year
Jan. 11, 2016: Obama’s regulations cost $197 BILLION…$784 Million PER DAY
9. False Promises
2007: Obama to end war in Iraq
Feb. 27, 2009: Obama to end Iraq war by August 2010
Aug. 22, 2011: Obama Admin – The War On Terror Is ‘Over’
Jan. 17, 2014: WAPO – ‘3 Pinocchios’ to Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
July 13, 2014: Chicago Slams Obama – ‘Worst President Ever Elected’
Sept. 16, 2015: U.S. Poverty at 30 year record high
10. Higher Scandals (Constitutional & Other Scandals)
Nov. 14, 2008: Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Linked to Real Estate Scandals
Sept. 21, 2009: Campaign Fraud – U.S. Charges Obama Fund-raiser in $290 Million Fraud
Apr. 17, 2009: Obama’s Car Czar Caught Up in Investigation
July 10, 2009: Obama’s U.S. Domestic Spying Program
Oct. 27, 2010: DOD $8.7 Billion spent, no records kept
May 03, 2011: ATF Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico
Oct. 05, 2011: ATF officials reassigned in latest Fast and Furious fallout
Oct. 24, 2011: Obama to bypass Congress on mortgages
Jan. 04, 2012: Obama Sidesteps Congress on Consumer Pick
Jan. 05, 2012: Obama to Congress – I’ll decide what’s constitutional
May 22, 2012: White House is “strangling” Catholic church
Jun. 22, 2012: Imperial Presidency by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
June 28, 2012: Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress
July 10, 2012: Obama signs order outlining emergency Internet control
July 13, 2012: Obama’s Imperial Presidency Guts Welfare Reform
Oct. 24, 2012: Solyndra-linked fundraiser still boosting Obama campaign
Oct. 24, 2012: White House Cover Up Benghazi Attack (emails)
Dec. 31, 2012: Obama Seizing Sole Authority for US Defense
Jan. 02, 2013: Obama Bypasses Congress, Shifts Rules on Immigration Again
Jan 07, 2013: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates The White House
Jan. 25, 2013: Court rules Obama’s appointments unconstitutional
Apr. 04, 2013: Obama- Constitution ‘Constrains’ Me
May 20, 2013: DOJ LEAKED DOCS TO SMEAR FAST & FURIOUS WHISTLE-BLOWER
June 04, 2013: FEDS Get CT Order to ALL Verizon’s call records
July 29, 2013: Democrats call on Obama to rule like a dictator
Aug. 14, 2013: Obama’s unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon’s
Dec. 09, 2013: Obamacare’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations
Dec. 23, 2013: Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations Of 2013
Dec. 30, 2013: State Dept whistleblower’s emails hacked, deleted
Dec. 31, 2013: Obama To Americans – You Don’t Deserve To Be Free
Jan. 01, 2014: American companies respond to new NSA hacking claims
Feb. 14, 2014: Obamacare Recruiting Illegals in California
Feb. 26, 2014: Enforcing POTUS Constitutional Duty to faithfully Execute the Laws (testimony)
Feb. 27, 2014: Tech industry slams NSA webcam spying
Mar. 11, 2014: Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) Says CIA Spied on Congress
Apr. 04, 2014: $6 Billion Missing from State Department
May 07, 2014: IRS Official Lois Lerner Held in Contempt of Congress
June 6, 2014: How the NSA can ‘turn on’ your cell phone remotely
June 26, 2014: SCOTUS Overturns Obama’s recess appointment power (108pps)
June 30, 2014: Obama to BYPASS Congress AGAIN to enact immigration reform
July 09, 2014: VA apologizes to whistle-blowers facing retaliation
July 10, 2014: Justice won’t probe CIA, Senate spying allegations
July 23, 2014: GAO Report Obamacare – Fake info given get subsidies (27pps)
July 24, 2014: Obama: “I don’t care if its legal”
Oct. 28, 2014: AG Eric Holder’s Wife Is Granted Executive Privilege
Nov. 03, 2014: Attkisson – Hacking Software Was from FBI, CIA, DIA or NSA
Jan. 29, 2015: Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Dept. (2011: FBI Said MB terror org)
Jan. 22, 2015: Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu During Washington Visit
Jan. 29, 2015: John Podesta Caught In Conflict Of Interest Over ANWR Push
Mar. 00, 2015: IG Report: Massive Deleted email records by Obama-Hillary gov (30pps)
Mar. 16, 2015: White House office to delete its FOIA regulations
Mar. 25, 2015: Feds Paid Politico $432,000 in 2014
June 22, 2015: FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family
Aug. 03, 2015: State Department watered down human trafficking report
Aug. 11, 2015: Five GAO employees accused of school lunch fraud
Dec. 23, 2015: Obama’s Top Ten Constitutional Violations of 2015
Jan. 7, 2016: (75) Times Obama Broke Law During Presidency
May 16, 2016: A List of Obama’s Constitutional Violations
Aug. 09, 2016: ISIS Intel Info Was Cooked, House Panel Finds
The aforementioned are just a handful of public controversy, scandals and the similar. We conclude that it would not be accurate to say that the U.S. economy is better off when for example, more people are not working, on welfare, and in higher poverty than before the last major recession.
Nor can one truthfully say that there were no scandals in the Obama Administration. We left out most all the scandals involving Hillary Clinton. Clinton did serve in the Obama Administration for two years and this should be included and is named in a few instances here during here tenure. Read more our report on the Clinton Scandals:
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