Look how bad we have it, boo hoo hoo.
The recession of 1958 was about as bad, and the recessions of the 1970s and the early 1980s were worse.
When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the Misery Index - that combination of the unemployment rate and the rate of inflation - stood at 19.33.
The Misery Index was 7.73 when President Obama took office (down from the 7.93 his predecessor "inherited").
The records on the Misery Index go back to 1948. Only Ike and LBJ had a lower Misery Index when they took office.
Of course, when Lyndon Johnson became president, the nation suffered the misery of a presidential assassination. Johnson showed leadership by rallying the nation behind a common cause: civil rights.
When President Eisenhower took office, the nation was in a much bloodier war than Iraq and Afghanistan combined - Korea.
There was no poll back then on public confidence, but I am pretty sure that through it all, Americans remained optimistic.
A nation unsure about its future would not have achieved the great accomplishments of Americans in the 1950s and the 1960s.
The economy took off, we finally ended 100 years of second-class citizenship for black people - and oh, by the way, we put a man on the moon.
Today, we have record deficits, a national debt on the level of a Third World country, and our astronauts have to hitch rides from the Russians.
When revolutions rise in Arabia and earthquakes hit Japan, today's president can be found on the golf course.
President Bush 43 was derided for saying, "I am the decider," but President Obama's biggest decision last week was how to fill out his NCAA bracket sheet.
President Obama remains popular; this poll showed 51 percent approval, 43 percent disapproval.
But the nation he leads is not doing as well.
The president needs either to lead or get out of the way.