It was probably those, Tea Partiers, or, those evil Trump supporters, or, just possibly, George Bush. After all. He's been the fault of everything, for the last eight years.
I was a mid-thirtyish father of six in that era, flying air transport for a living and enjoying life, as were all my co-workers, friends and neighbors. Lived in LA towards the end of it. Hardly knew all that stuff was going on. I think it looked a lot bigger from the inside than it did from the outside, especially from a distance.