@ Ahlex, point well taken. My point is that this" recession" was so serious it was compared to "THE Great Depression" which, by conservative est. took 10 years to recover from. Everyone seems to expect this to turn around in just 4 years?! I dunno, but that seems unrealistic if you look at the headlines around Oct-Nov 2008. IMO, Obama should get at least as much time to show some progress as the last president.