The Last Eight Years…Mapping Life Under Bush

The Atlantic online magazine has this fascinating look at America in the Bush years, all presented in a map filled with graphics and stats.  Did you know:

  • There were 298 billionaires in 2000.  The number grew to 454 by 2008.
  • 28 out of 50 states had obesity rates below 20% in 2000.  By 2008, the number dropped to 1 state in 50.
  • Gross federal debt as a percentage of GDP was 58% in 2000; 67.5% by 2008.

And the list goes on and on.  It makes for a fascinating look at stats and changes both important and silly…and you’re free to interpret it as you see fit.  As the President gave his exit interview to the press corps today, you may find this of interest.

More to come…

DJB

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