it certainly didn't seem to help Bush
This puzzles me because we had a good economy under Bush and even with his expansion of the government he still managed to keep our economy at a growing rate and yes, even through war time. I'll say it again, he fucked up the last three or so months of his presidency. Those three months were not even close enough to blame for the six years of disaster almost the day Obama was "elected".
Carter was a peanut farmer - did that help him?
If it profits Carter it doesn't matter. He still has a socialist/marxist mentality and that's what he fed the American people
Not having private sector experience didn't hurt Clinton, Kennedy, Roosevelt and I'll even give you Reagan
Clinton benefited from the dot com era, this isn't anything new. Towards the end of HIS presidency the economy was starting to decline FAST. It was a slow start but at the end we had a GREAT economy under Reagan
Being a governor tends to be helpful but being in the "private sector" doesn't mean jack shit when it comes to being an effective POTUS
If Obama really gave a shit, he would be listening and caring about the polls and what people say and who is turning on him, he doesn't. To me this tell me he doesn't give a shit and this done for pure power and ego. When things started going south for Clinton and realized what he was doing during his first term wasn't working and people didn't want what he was spewing, he quickly turned it around and came back to center/left and worked with rebublicans....it won him a second term. I might not like what Clinton stood for but I wouldn't mind having someone like him back in if it came down to having a Dem back in the presidency.