Obama's first term -- by the numbers

From the health care overhaul to the killing of Usama bin Laden, President Obama's first term was marked by major changes, major accomplishments and major controversies. 

As the president launches into the next four years, the following is a look back -- by the numbers -- on the first four.

Former White House chief of staff Andy Card on the challenge that awaits the president


  • 1. Obama Stats

    Obama Stats


    Number of countries visited: 35

    Number of recess appointments: 32 

    Number of pardons: 22 

    Number of vetoes:

    Addresses to the nation:

    Addresses to Congress, including State of the Union:

    Current approval rating: 47 percent 

    Approval rating in January 2009: 65 percent

    Major pieces of legislation: 

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka, the stimulus) 

    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare) 

    Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 

    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (made it easier to file an equal-pay lawsuit) 

    Budget Control Act of 2011 (ended the debt-ceiling crisis, enacted spending cuts) 

    American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (averted the fiscal crisis, extended tax rates for all but top earners)

  • 2. National Debt

    National Debt


    National debt when Obama took office: $10.6 trillion 

    National debt today: More than $16.4 trillion

  • 3. Unemployment



    Unemployment rate in December 2008: 7.3 percent 

    Unemployment rate in December 2012: 7.8 percent

  • 4. People Without Health Insurance

    People Without Health Insurance


    Number of people without health insurance in 2009: 50.7 million 

    Number of people without health insurance in 2011: 48.6 million

  • 5. Stock Market

    Stock Market


    The Dow on Jan. 20, 2009: 7,949.09 

    The Dow on Jan. 18, 2013: 13,649.70

  • 6. Poverty



    Number of people in poverty in 2009: 43.6 million 

    Number of people in poverty in 2011: 46.2 million

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