Dow Jones Returns by President Since 1929
Kedrosky regularly comes up with these little gems. It seems that by any metric you want to measure him the current President Bush has been a bust.
People seem to be in a historical frame of market mind this weekend, so here is a chart of Dow Jones index returns by U.S. president since Herbert Hoover obtained office in 1929. Note that I have given this result in compound annual terms to compensate for the differing lengths of presidential terms over the period.
As an aside, while President Bush is currently running neck-and-neck with Jimmy Carter for the third-worst presidential market returns in history, President Bush is the leader of the pack as far as worst market returns go for two-term U.S. presidents.