Only 1.5% ? Not bad considering the total devastation when Bush wrecked the economy. What did he lose, like, 750,000 jobs a month? Trillions on unneeded wars based on lies? A drug benefit with no way to actually pay for it? It's a wonder Obama has kept it to just that.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address