How do we measure a president’s success?

Time has a way of shifting the goal posts. On May 23 of 2012, the United States unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent. One presidential candidate, said "I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we’d put in place, we’d get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, and perhaps a little lower."

Today, under a different president, the unemployment rate stands at 4.9 percent. This represent a significant margin better than the metric for success offered by the candidate that did not win.

Nearly 61 million voters choose that unsuccessful candidate.

Did those voters measure the unemployment rate under Mr. Obama a "success?"

The question I have for those who voted for the current president-elect, what are the concrete measures must be accomplish to be considered a success?

Anecdotal and apocryphal results are an insufficient measure. The story of Carrier keeping 700 jobs in Indiana (at a cost of $7 million for Indiana taxpayers) is nice, but it pays no attention to the estimated 25,000 jobs a month that go overseas.

What are the metrics? Do any supporters dare to put it black and white?

Mike Atkinson

Nashua