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Obama Will Fix Everything, Cont'd

The economy, our relationship with the world, and now the floundering movie business—what can’t Barack Obama fix? The Hollywood Reporter notes that since 1980, the inauguration of a Democratic president has always coincided with an uptick in box-office receipts. Republicans sport a more mixed record, with three inaugurations coinciding with a good year at the box office and two with a plunge. “Most striking, the two worst years for box-office in past thirty years came the year after a Republican candidate was re-elected (after Reagan and Bush were given second terms).” The case of the latter, the movies were hopeless to match the real-life spectacle.