Probably the economic statistic that has been of the highest focus of critique for both the Bush and Obama administrations has been the unemployment rate. One thing that everyone agrees with is lower = better. Where people disagree is whether the current administration lowered the unemployment rate as much as it could, and as fast as it could. The answer to that is, of course, complex and must take into account a variety of fiscal, economic, and monetary policies. In terms of perspective, however, what is certain is that the unemployment rate decreased by a greater amount during the Obama administrative term then any other presidential term in the last 25 years. Couldn't have decreased buy more? We may never know. Could it have decreased faster? A great topic for armchair quarterbacking. Do we have a precedent in recent history for anybody doing better? No.