President’s Day: How the Stock Market has Performed Under US Presidents

Today is a patriotic red, white and blue day across the United States of America. President’s Day honors not only leadership, but the leadership of capitalism. Take a look at two insightful Presidential performance charts. The first graphic shows Real Gross Domestic Product from 1945 under Truman to today under Obama:

(hat tip: Doug Short)

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The second graphic shows the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) performance from a President’s inauguration day to the end of their second year starting with Eisenhower and ending with Obama:

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