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A claim, attributed to Occupy Democrats (which may or may not be true), that is doing rounds in social networks shows a photo of the current US President Barack Obama raising a toast with these words:

In just six years...

“In just six years, I nearly tripled the stock market, cut unemployment in half, ended two wars, cut the uninsured rate in half, brought gas prices down to $2.75, and cut the annual Bush deficit by two-thirds.
Oh, and I got Bin Laden.
Or as Fox News says, I have failed as President. RIGHT.

Do the numbers in reality match the figures in the claim about the current US President?

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That's 6 claims in one, preceeded by one you do not mention: Did Obama actually say this? The 6 are more a matter of 'attribution': Is saying that you caused this a notable claim? – Jan Doggen Feb 22 at 11:20
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@JanDoggen: I don't think the graphic is intended literally as a claim that Obama said this. Just that (in their opinion) it's something he could say. – Steve Jessop Feb 22 at 12:43
    
When it says "In six years" I think it means 6 years, starting from his inauguration, going to the date of that toast, 6 years later. So it is not "the last six years" as in the title of the question. – GEdgar Feb 23 at 3:56
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The facts are roughly true, though exaggerated a little. However, the demonstrably false claim is the "I": some (though not all) of what happened would have happened with another president in the white house. – PatrickT Feb 23 at 9:25
    
Gas prices are actually at $1.50 here now. – TylerH Feb 23 at 17:32
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Tripled the stock market

False.

There are different stock market indexes, but none of them "tripled" between 2010 and 2016. Also, while 2008 was a historical low, the overall growth trend has been steady since the 1930's -- so we can't really say his result was exceptional.

Stock trend
(source)

The Dow Jones index went from ~8,000 on January 20th, 2009 to about ~16,500 today, February 22nd, 2016, which is double and not triple.

Its maximum range is almost a triple: the Dow hit a minimum of 6,627 in March 2009 and a maximum of 18,273 in May 2015. This, though, is cherry picking.

Dow Jones

Cut unemployment in half

True, but the initial figure was clearly exceptional. As you can see it went from 10% to 5% after growing from 4.5% to 10% after the 2008 mass layoffs. Since many of these layoffs were skilled workers, it stands to reason that the figure would go down naturally as they find new jobs.

Unemployment rate
(source)

Ended two wars

True. The two wars intended here are the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan. This is only true related to the United States involvement. Iraq was left in a state of civil war and Afghanistan is also unstable, and still sees the presence of US troops.

Cut the uninsured rate in half

False. The uninsured rate is lower than 2009 according to Gallup, but certainly not half.

Uninsured rate

(source)

Brought gas prices down to $2.75

False.

According to the EIA the current price is $1.834 per gallon, much lower than that. However it's not correct to say he "brought gas prices down", because the prices were very similar in 2009-2010, six years ago.

Gas prices

(source)

Cut the annual Bush deficit by two-thirds.

False.

While Bush did have a huge deficit on the last year of his presidency (more than $1.4 trillion) because of the banks bailouts, the rest of his tenure was between positive $0.1 trillion and negative $0.5 trillion, which is well in line with Obama's best result in 2015, around $0.45 trillion in the red.

US Deficit (data source)

Got Bin Laden

True.

On May 2, 2011, bin Laden was shot and killed inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, where he lived with a local family from Waziristan, during a covert operation conducted by members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Central Intelligence Agency SAD/SOG operators on the orders of U.S. President Barack Obama.

(source)

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@DougMcClean in 2015 his deficit was 1/3rd of Bush's 2009 deficit, but we need to cherry pick these two specific years. We can equally say that in 2010 Obama's deficit was 10 times Bush's 2007 deficit... – Sklivvz Feb 22 at 14:35
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The ended two wars part is also pretty questionable, since AFAIK the U.S. is still currently fighting in both Iraq (against ISIS) and Afghanistan. And this is ignoring starting another war (Libya) and trying to start another (vs. Assad in Syria.) I'd rate that claim as dubious at best. – reirab Feb 22 at 16:20
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The quote is "nearly tripled the stock market," which is true. It went from 6600 to over 18000 from 2009 to 2015. – Bill the Lizard Feb 22 at 16:46
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I suspect this is a two year old picture and the "just 6 years" refers to his 6 years after inauguration (Nov 2008-2014) rather than (2010-2016). – PVAL Feb 22 at 22:08
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@Voo If we go by actual declarations of war by the U.S. Senate, no wars would be accurate. The U.S. Congress hasn't declared war since 1942. Also, if you go by actual U.S. declarations of war, WWII was 6 wars. – reirab Feb 22 at 23:28

Back-loaded the deficit effects of ObamaCare.

Any incoming president would have benefitted from recovery in the stock market and a recession.

The "unemployment" rate does not take into account how many people left the workforce. Had the labor force participation rate not gone down, the unemployment numbers would still be high.

Gas prices are down in spite of Obama -- newer drilling techniques plus recovery from oil shale have contributed to the glut.

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Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced material may be disputed or deleted.

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Welcome to Skeptics! We don't accept political opinions here. I'll be editing away some parts of your answer that are just opinion. If you want to argue that some of these "achievements" haven't been reached, or that they are not due to actions of Obama, great, but you need to bring your A game and provide some strong references to support your claims. – Oddthinking Feb 23 at 23:37
    
Removed irrelevant sections that don't address the question: Opinion on cause of recession, opinion on Middle East situation, quotes made about Middle East, unrelated metric on oil market efficiencies. Removed conflation of "war ended" and "war won". – Oddthinking Feb 23 at 23:42
    
Note: You still need to add references or this will be deleted before long. – Oddthinking Feb 23 at 23:43

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