While not a fan of either party, you seem to have forgotten that Bush actually set the stage for Obama's inheritance. IMHO what is happening now was result of letting the financial companies and their greed have their way on Wall St. It really has nothing to do w/Obama who is/has tried to reign that in. I would say though that he's not been terribly successful. I wonder if there is really any answer to the dilemma created by the mortgage lenders who went wild w/greed.