Obama fundamentally transformed America. Trump’s transforming it back.

Michael Busler
4 min readJan 10, 2020

Remember when Barack Obama fundamentally transformed America? He was quite upfront in telling us all what he intended to do. Except for what he really meant. Just days before the 2008 presidential election, Obama said:

“Now, Mizzou, I just have two words for you tonight: five days. Five days. After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that’s taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

“In five days, you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street. In five days, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, and create new jobs, and grow this economy, so that everyone has a chance to succeed, not just the CEO, but the secretary and janitor, not just the factory owner, but the men and women on the factory floor.”

How Obama fundamentally transformed America. For the worse…

After the election, President Obama’s actions began to transform America. To achieve this transformation he implemented some historically un-American policies that resulted in an economy that did not reach any of his stated goals. Obama transformed American in a way that stagnated the economy, reduced opportunities for the middle class, forced millions to become dependent on government and doused the flame that is normally ignited by the American spirit.

Obama did not keep his promises. In the quote, he promised to expand the middle class, create jobs and grow the economy. Obama had the worst record on the economy of any president in recorded history. In fact, he was the only president to serve a term in office without having at least one year where GDP growth was at least 3%. Growth averaged 1.5% annually during the Obama administration.

That meant there weren’t nearly enough good jobs created. That led to vast increases in underemployment and forced millions of able-bodied Americans to leave the workforce. The middle class shrank and the number of Americans living below the poverty line hit record highs.



Michael Busler

Dr. Busler is an economist and a public policy analyst. He is a Professor of Finance at Stockton University. His op-ed columns appear in Townhall, Newsmax.