Several people have raised the question of when will Obama be responsible for 'everything'. These same people want to mention that a lot of Americans blame everything on Bush and date the 'blame' to Jan 2001. I would agree that it is only fair then that we grade Obama on the same basis starting on Jan 20th 2009.
I think Jan. 21st it is all Obamas responsibility for the reasons you state. Bush now gets no credit from his critics for keeping us safe for 7 years, but was completely responsible for all the mistakes his predecessor made that led up to the bombing on 9/11. Whats good for Bush is good for obama IMO.
So that begs the discussion of what do we judge him on. I like 'measureables', for example unemployment numbers
How about he be held to the same standard Bush was given by the far left. Bush got no credit for having record low unemployment soon after 9/11 and is completely to blame for all the unemployment now. I blame all of congress for allowing sub-prme mortgages and easy credit to go unchecked.
Now with all that said, I would say if he has sustained under 5% by the end of his term he has been successful in this area.
Dow Jones, Nasdaq, GDP in economics.
How about 12500 for the DOW, Nasdaq over 3000 and the GDP to be what it was on Jan 1, 2006 for Bush?
That being said would it be reasonable to take the Jan numbers for those and compare them a monthly/yearly intervals to judge his performance?
Nope, he should not get credit for beginning at such low numbers since it happened while the Dems controlled congress. It was everyones fault. Hell, how can he NOT have better numbers than what he will have on Jan 21st? He will have a Democratically controlled Congress and wide discretion to do what he wants. If he doesn't make huge numbers he will be called a failure by most IMO.
How about he have to have similar numbers to what Clinton or Bush did at the end of their first term for it to be called a success
How do you judge National Security?
This is easy. He must not have any attacks on our soil. Period!
He must also make sure he does not release any bad guys from Gitmo that come back and commit more crimes against us. It happened to Bush and he was only releasing them becuase the Dems demanded it. If he does it it will be by choice, not force.
If he raises taxes and does not lower the deficit significantly he will be considered a complete failure IMO.
What other items could you quantify?
How about "what ifs"? Like what if he pulls out of Iraq and we have to go back? Is that all his fault? What if Iran goes nuclear because his negotiations fail and Israel decides to attack, thousands are killed in a war or a nuclear weapon is used by one side? There are a bunch more, but this will get it started.