Paul Brandus: Trump is lucky he inherited a good hand

If you think this first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has been rough, you might need a refresher course in recent American history. Compared to what our two other 21st-century presidents had to face in their first 12 months on the job, Trump has had a comparatively easy time.

When George W. Bush took over in January 2001, he inherited a recession and a stock market that was in the middle of a 49% crash (S&P 500 SPX, -0.35% ). While dealing with that, the United States suffered a devastating terror attack that soon led to the two longest wars in American history — Afghanistan and Iraq — fought simultaneously.

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