On his eponymous program last night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly pondered the terrible approval numbers for President Obama that come out of a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. “President Obama receives low numbers on just about every vital issue,” railed O’Reilly.

A history lesson came with O’Reilly’s presentation, as he noted that Ronald Reagan persevered in spite of the “mess” he inherited from Jimmy Carter. Abraham Lincoln, too, “prevailed” in spite of the obstacles he faced upon entering office, argued O’Reilly. Contrast that with the present set of circumstances: “President Obama did inherit a terrible economy,” conceded O’Reilly, “but a fairly stable foreign situation. Not only has President Obama failed to improve the economic story, but on his watch, foreign policy has nearly collapsed. By nearly every measure things are worse in America than when President Obama took office.”

Every measure, that is, except for, say, unemployment:

 

(Courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics)
(Courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics)

And job openings:

(Courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics)
(Courtesy Bureau of Labor Statistics)

And the stock market, despite its recent drop:


(From Macrotrends.net)

But those are meaningless benchmarks of economic performance.