Hoover - Great Depression
FDR - out of Great Depression
Reagan/Bush - huge deficits
Clinton - surplus
Bush - huge deficits, great recession
Obama - out of great recession, greatly reduced deficits
So when the Republican politicians and pundits claim that Obama must fail, their real meaning becomes crystal clear. Indeed, what incentive do they have to help Obama bring fiscal sanity to America when by doing so they would be cutting the political throat of their own party? No, the Republicans have no intention whatsoever of bringing America's economy back to solvency.
At least, not while there's a Democrat in the White House.