what obama did was he took a mild recession and made it into a "big mess", in your words. had he not tried as he promised to bankrupt the coal companies and waste billions on what he admitted was not "shovel ready" and then the biggest disaster obamacare, the recession would have been over quickly. but with EPA and higher taxes he crushed the economy and we see the results. bush is not to be blamed for what came after him, obama did it all by himself. and obamacare is only beginning to make things much worse.