I actually compare our economic performance to how, historically, countries that have wrenching financial crises perform.By that measure, we probably managed this better than any large economy on Earth in modern history.
This, of course, ignores a number of important factors. The president's early economic policy initiatives were responsible for extending the "wrenching financial" crisis. To the degree we can say we are in a recovery is not because of Obama policies but Federal Reserve money manipulations that have simply put us in the boom phase of another Fed-created boom-bust cycle.
If Obama leaves any significant economic legacy, it will be Obamacare, If not reversed in a Donald Trump presidency, Obama's healthcare plan will ultimately result in a health economic system that sees life expectancy crashing.
And for this reason, Obama should be considered just a few notches below Mao as a horrific leader.