Maybe it was all those vacations people took?
From the Wall Street Journal:
U.S. consumers in early September felt better about the economy as their expectations brightened, according to data released Friday.
The Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 79.2 early this month from the 74.3 final reading for August.
Of course, nothing beats the roaring Clinton years and those enthusiastic Bush years. From Calculated Risk: