Are You Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Four years ago millions flocked to Washington to see Barack Obama sworn in as President. Sunday January 20 2013 he has "no public schedule."

Four years ago millions flocked to Washington to see Barack Obama sworn in as President after a two year campaign on a promise of hope and change.

Now he will be officially sworn in as required by the Constitution at noon on Sunday, January 20 in a small White House ceremony. The official White House Schedule posted on the Whitehouse.gov website lists "no public schedule" for the day the President will take the oath of office for his second term.

That will be followed by the ceremonial sweaing-in during the Presidential Inauguration Celebration Monday, MLK Day, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

The nation is in a different place than it was four years ago. The word "historic" is always used for every presidential inauguration. In 2009 it was used in virtually every mention of the inauguration as the first African-American president was sworn in.

Now with four years of the Obama Presidency in the history books, we'd like to know what his administration and policies have meant for you.

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

How has Mr. Obama's presidency impacted you and/or your business personally? Are you and your family better off than when President Obama took office on January 20, 2009? What would you like to see happen in the second Obama term?

Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

Mary January 21, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Am I better off now than 4 years ago? NO, I AM NOT!! Obama's 2009 inauguration, I was unemployed. His second inauguration today, I lost my job Friday, 1/11/13 due to budget cuts. I am just tickle my tummy, knee slapping, kick my in the crotch happy 4 years later.
Kate January 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM
marion1 January 22, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Much worse off. Health insurance premiums thru the roof (self employed) and business down. Can't change insurance plans cause then we MUST buy a drug plan too with even higher premium. Remember our president saying if you like your plan you can keep it- HA! Wonder what is in the rest of the 900 pages that kicks in over the next two years...we're gonna find out....
Chris Sullivan January 22, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Definitely better off. In 2008, Lehman Bros. had collapsed, my friends and some of my coworkers were losing their jobs, the US was in two wars it couldn't pay for and things were looking pretty grim on all fronts. Now I'm a home owner, a (relatively) new father, I've started my own business (and business is good) and we've left Iraq and we're leaving Afghanistan. I can't imagine what things would have been like with McCain - maybe we'd be at war with Iran? GM gone? People think that the stimulus didn't work, but it did (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/dont-tell-anyone-but-the-stimulus-worked.html) - without it, unemployment might have reached as high as 12%. It's better not to even think about what things would have been like.
Kate January 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Great points Chris. I agree things would very likely be worse now if Obama had lost in 08. And grateful he won again as we likely would have back tracked rather than continue to move forward in a positive direction.
Jenna Reese January 23, 2013 at 01:38 AM
The stimulus didn't work except for all useful idiots that got "bonuses" - pay for playing along with Obama. This admin has raised the number of welfare/govt assistance recipients - we have an entitlement society and when people don't continue to get what they believe they are entitled to, you get anger, increased violence and a populace that is no longer self sufficient or free to determine their own destiny. The govt is too big. Our constitutional rights are being attacked and the people who only get their news from the lamestream media are being played for the useful idiots they are. If you think for one minute this admin is "for the people" I suggest some antipsychotics with your kool-aid. Why not just tell the people the truth about what the real agenda is - the rise of the collective and the demolishing of the individual. - the ultimate agenda is the New World Order - the rulers and the ruled. The progressives have taken G-d out of the equation, broken down the family structure with the govt becoming the parent to our children by providing for all their needs. So what do you need parents for? Your children, down the road, will be raised by the govt, not you. Your privacy is being attacked with all the data mining going on. Obamacare will follow the Whole Lives System - First they lure the sheeple with promises of fairness, equality, and being provided for.
Jenna Reese January 23, 2013 at 01:46 AM
As they demolish the "individual" and replace it with the "collective" you will not matter. The needs of the collective will take precedence. Then without checks and balances, without G-d or a higher power to be accoutnable, decisions will be made that you won't like. Progressives don't advance society - they tear it down. They are trashing our freedoms, dismantling our economic system, killing the job market, emptying the treasury, taking more and more control over our lives, our money, our families. Am I better off than I was 4 fours ago? hell no. No one is
Alice Riley January 23, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Wow Jenna, I sense a lot of anger. Perhaps anger management will help along with taking personal responsibility for your own circumstance instead of blaming others.
Jenna Reese January 24, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Um Alice? You are projecting and assuming. In addition you seem to miss the point. Don't confuse anger with a passionate feeling about certain truths. And don't be so quick to dismiss the comments. Do your homework. You ass-u-me I do not take responsibility for my own circumstances. Put aside the kool-aid and read the comments again. This country is being destroyed from within. We are all not doing better than we were 4 years ago. Maybe you just believe what the mainstream media report. They do not report on most of these hidden agendas of the shadow government ....The shadow govt own the media - Geoprge soros, Cass Sunstens, the CFR, triateral commission, the Fed and the banking elites Our . Get thr ook, the shadow govtand a book om progressives sovereignty is being slowly and secretly being passed on to the UN
Alice Riley January 24, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Sorry to disappoint Jenna, but I am much better off now. And I think Obama is great! .


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