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As Clouds Gather at Home, Obama Administration Buckles Down


President Obama speaks at a press conference following the Major Economic Forum meeting outlining ways to manage climate change on the second day of the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

By Dan Balz
President Obama has spent the past two days in an earthquake zone in Italy but he must wonder if somehow the earth is moving back home in Washington.

From the moment of his election last November, the story line has been fixed and rigid: Obama astride the political world; Republicans in shambles. The president has enjoyed strong approval ratings and generally strong, if somewhat lower, confidence in his policies. He has commanded the stage as few presidents before him, a virtual embodiment of the 24/7 media environment.

Republicans, in contrast, have been portrayed as the basket case of politics -- leaderless and without vision. Their decimated congressional wing has been described as the "party of no." Elsewhere they have been defined by scandal (Mark Sanford's Argentine affair) and surprise behavior (Sarah Palin's Alaska resignation). They are the shrunken party.

Suddenly there are new tremors: hints of slackening faith in Obama's leadership and signals of concern among the president's followers about some of his policies. Gallup's daily tracking has recorded a downdraft in the president's approval from 63 percent at the end of last month to 56 percent on Wednesday. Questions about the administration's stimulus package have grown louder. Republicans sound emboldened, if still beset by a host of problems.

Passage of health care reform legislation is far from certain, with the climate still far better than it was during the Clinton administration but enough divisions and pending decisions about the shape of legislation to keep its fate still in the balance. On the issues of energy and climate change, Obama is buffeted at home and abroad in his effort to broker coalitions to act.

The White House is responding in two ways. The first is with a sense of resignation over the predictability of the is-the-sky-falling chatter that has begun to pop up. Obama has heard this before. As a candidate he faced it repeatedly when his poll numbers seemed to lag or his message seemed flat or his campaign seemed small and back on its heels.

His response in those situations was to hew to the course he had set. He had a sense of self-confidence that his own abilities and the strategy his team had adopted would see them through those periods of discontent. As a candidate, he was proven right. Will the same be the case today?

The other response by the administration this week is a show of campaign-style aggressiveness. In past times of uncertainty, Obama's advice was not just to stay the course with strategy. It also included telling his team in forceful terms to step up and execute, to sharpen their performance. That has begun to happen in the past few days, as administration officials have concluded they must do a better job of selling their economic policies.

Vice President Biden not only hustled out to Ohio Thursday to respond to questions about whether the stimulus was working, but also showed that White House officials are ready to take the fight to their critics. "What would they do?" he exclaimed of the Republican naysayers, according to a report from Cincinnati by the Post's Peter Slevin. Such rhetorical engagement won't produce jobs any faster, but suggests the administration realizes they must do more to push back against their opponents in order to hold the public.

The stimulus package, senior White House officials say, is built for the long haul. It was constructed with a consciousness that a quick fix might result in temporary relief at the risk of a prolonged period of no-or-slow growth, as Japan experienced in the 1990s. This package, these officials say, is meant to continue injecting stimulus into the economy through next year, not to pour everything into the first months of its existence.

The other reality, they argue, is that this stimulus package was designed to offset some of the force of the economic contraction, not provide a full substitute in terms of lost GDP. "It was never intended to fill the magnitude of the gaps we were looking at even then or are looking at now," a White House official told me.

So the administration now must manage both an economic problem and a public relations problem. They remain resistant, or at least cautious about, a second stimulus package, though some of their Democratic allies are convinced one will be needed. The president has led the response by insisting that the package he pushed last winter was the right one.

But there has been a shift in the public relations side of the ledger. The selling of the package last winter was to create a sense of urgency to force Congress to act quickly. The selling today is to urge patience as the federal dollars begin to course through the economy and help begin the healing process.

Some Republicans are convinced there has been a significant turn in how the public assesses the president -- that rhetorical skill cannot compensate for lack of results. If results don't come soon, they argue, Obama will suffer. Certainly that's correct in the long run, but how much time and goodwill does Obama still have?

Administration officials believe the effects of the stimulus package will look more favorable this fall than they may today, although they expect unemployment to continue rising. That presents a dilemma even if the stimulus package is doing what they anticipated, but it gives them hope.

There are so many things in flux right now that broad conclusions about the political impact on Obama's political standing are risky. Certainly the indicators show questions rising about Obama's leadership, though he continues to enjoy majority support nationally on most measures.

But he faces a summer of big challenges and hard slogging and more judgment days ahead. Having won the White House on hope, he can't afford to see that slip away.

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The President's declining poll numbers are nothing unusual and probably are comparable to those of George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.

But eventually the drop in a president's approval ratings reach a floor based on what a president has accomplished. Barack Obama has not yet built a floor of acheivements to stop his decline.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This article reads to me as wishful thinking by the Limbaugh-Coulter led neocon block of what once deserved to be tagged as the "Grand Old Party" but is now truly just the "party of no".

Eight years of Bush-Cheney has condemned the Republicans to twenty or more years of Democrat administration and congress just as Hoover bequeathed upon them back in '28 to '32. They are handling it even worse now than they did back then.

Obama isn't perfect. I hope and expect to see some changes, but with or without changes Obama is one helluva lot closer to the heartbeat of America than the Limbaugh led Republicans can even comprehend, much less achieve.

Posted by: winger1 | July 11, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama will fail because he is a liberal socialist following the blueprint for "Change" set forth by Saul Alinsky.

The crooks among the democrats (Obama, Acorn, Pelosi, Reid, Barney, Kerry, Et.al.) and socialists everywhere will fail because those ideas and plans have always failed wherever implemented.

Idiots that believe in the current Obama mantra of change are simply fools looking for something, anything, they can believe in besides an almighty God.

Posted by: prhornbeak | July 11, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Surely with the most recent survey-- the President's dip in the polls and of course working with this economy he inherited, he's in a tight spot. But if Mr. Obama sticks to his guns on the big picture for change, and gets Summers and Geithner to buckle down for real solutions-- 'clouds' will travel.

My appeal -- get the stimulus package moving from a trickle to a 'stream;' and kick barriers to that approach out of the way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhwPssa8-sc

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 10, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I am wary and weary of Obama. More so than ever before.
I find his supporters are the most arrogant and nasty of the bloggers. Don't dare say a negative thing about their "boss".
Sorry about that...

Posted by: njtou | July 10, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I concur with the most intelligent republican on the face of the earth, Newt Gingrich, our 45th president of the United States, for now, I just watch and listen, play some golf and wait for the next two elections.

Posted by: bconner1 | July 10, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

All you idiotic Repugnigan preppies on here are going to get your lunch served to you in the next election. All this attacking is going to backfire and you will be crushed when we again come out of the woodwork to shut you up. You're disgusting and shameful. Just keep it up = it only helps the progressive cause.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | July 10, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

How can you compare Obama to Bush ? That's like comparing an apple to a spoiled Prune. Most of the stimulus money hasn't been spent yet, the banks don't realize their so called reign of power is over and most of all, who'd believe anything any Republican said. The party of Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney & the idiot from Alaska is sinking fast.

Posted by: wasaUFO | July 10, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tdl62
"During Bush's first year in office Bush received 69% favorable ratings and 67% oapproval on job performance....Look it up an be amazed that people actually liked Bush more after 6 months than Obama at the same point...."

I know. I voted for him. Next thing I know he is hunkered down in Sarasota, fl. while the country is going to hell.
It seems one of his business buddy's relatives was a fellow named Bin Laden. Imagine that.

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Only a Stupid And Ignorant Nonsensical Twit would hope for a presidential failure at this point in history. Republicans would rather drill a hole in the bottom of the boat than row.

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

'Put Nothing in Writing,' Climate Czar Says... GOP Demands Investigation

Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs "to put nothing in writing, ever" regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a congressional investigation of Browner's conduct in the CAFE talks, saying in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, that Browner "intended to leave little or no documentation of the deliberations that lead to stringent new CAFE standards."

Posted by: FraudObama | July 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

George Bush Jr. would've given his left nut for a 56% approval rating. Obama was 63% a week ago.
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During Bush's first year in office Bush received 69% favorable ratings and 67% oapproval on job performance....Look it up an be amazed that people actually liked Bush more after 6 months than Obama at the same point....

Posted by: tdl62 | July 9, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Thus far, the papers I read are afraid to break down the approval ratings by whites vs. minorities. I suspect that there is a reason. If we do not get the predicted V recovery, the devision is going to get worse. Indeed, people do not remember that Ross Perot got 22 percent of the white male vote after a very mild recession that had already ended--and on the anti-Mexican immigrant issue. It will be a long time before people believe if they are disillusioned now, and they never will believe that sacrifice for the uninsured is anything more than aid for minorities.

The President has not tried to educate, but inspire. He propagates the basic point about jobs that Pearlstein criticizes as a myth. He never criticizes banks or insurance companies or corporations like Roosevelt did. He travels on symbolic trips as if he is running away from problems and lets the news be dominated by deals with the health industry. The President needs to start acting like a serious reforming President.


Obama has been concerned only with criticism from the

Posted by: jhough1 | July 9, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Its self-inflicted wounds from lack of conviction. A loybbist could have written the administration's health care plan and probably did. Who cares about conventional stimulus plans when the equivalent of 10 large companies worth of employment disappears every month. Whose impressed as infrastructure falls apart with commuter transport accidents in DC. Bottom line, more of the same.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | July 9, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Mr. hz9604 has been howling at the death of the GOP nonsense coming out of everybody at WaPo, the commnters, the White House, etc. I saw Carville on The View saying "Thay ain't got no lidership in that pawty" and having the Libs like Behar yap in agreement.

Every WaPo reporter has had a turn going to the well of the "GOP is Dead" article and running to their bosses and showing all of the Bush/Cheney haters and the wealth envy losers commenting like salivating Pavlovian dogs.

Obama's numbers are down. The urban, liberal, big labor (three BIG Obama constiuencies) candidates got THRASHED in the "new blue state" Virginia Democrat primary. McDonnell (Rep) is leading the conservative Democrat Deeds in the polls 49-43. Deeds was asked by Obama to appear at the Annandale town hall and Deeds declined saying "I've go this thing going--- I'm trying to be the Virginia Governor". Obviously appearing with Obama would not help that cause.

I don't know anything about the Republicans other than a lot of people will be voting for them in Virginia November 2009 and everywhere in November 2010.

Posted by: hz9604 | July 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

3/4 of Americans have confidence in Obama, which I know hurts the feelings of the right-wing lunatic fringe who suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome, an affliction which strikes sore-loser Republican babies like an epidemic.

Nobody with a brain blames Obama for Bush's Depression, and nobody thought he would magically turn it around in 6 months.

Now that the housing and financial markets have stabilized (much to your disappointment, I'm sure) the beginnings of recovery are evident by the leading indicators.

We know who and what got us into this mess: utterly failed conservative ideology. That's why we voted for CHANGE.
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Obama is quite popular but where in the world do you get the 3/4 of the public number from ?

Now I understand how democrats can raise taxes and budgets and call them cuts, the people that support them can't add and don't understand percentages.
As far as stablization of the housing and financial markets they may have solidified slightly but go try to raise operating capitol and you will find the financial markets are not functioning.
I work in the lumber industry we are totally dependent on housing, if housing has stabilized our industry sure has missed it.
I guess if I hired a democrat for a book keeper and thought happy thoughts in a week or two I'd be profitable again.

Lastly,what leading indicators are are pointing to recovery? Are we talking housing starts,building permits, durable goods orders,factory orders.

What planet do you live on?

Posted by: saw1 | July 9, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

We are on one hellof a roller-coaster ride. There must be 10 political commandments written on thousands of toilet paper rolls in bathrooms throughout Washington DC that could be deciphered if the political machine would stop with all the crap and realize that the American taxpayer has not benefited from the financial institutions bailout. The real deal would have been to roll the dice and send big, really big checks to the American taxpayer for them to pay off their credit cards, pay down their mortgages, pay off their car loans, the litany goes on indefinitely. Had this been done already, this would be Boomtown, USA.

Clearly, the traditional ways of pulling a country out of depression is not working.

Posted by: mzbond | July 9, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Can't do nothin about it. Why, that would be a double negative. I guess that means something can be done about it. And that would be true. For I too am smiling.

Posted by: donchew1 | July 9, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the only 'gathering clouds' are status quo shills like Dan Balz and a whole host of other 'journalists' doing their best to begin undermining this progressive President. Because progress is the enemy of the status quo, and people like Dan Balz serve the status quo utterly. Because Obama wants to really reform and progress our health care system, there are a legion of insidious people who will do anything to prevent progress and preserve the status quo. Look for every dirty trick in the book to come out in the next year so as to manipulate public opinion and sabotage any real health care reform. This piece is just the beginning...

Posted by: errinfamilia | July 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant MO not ME, and possibly in LA, not MO...

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | July 9, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Nissl--2010 looks "promising" for Republicans!?!?!? Are you nuts? The Democrats look comfortably poised to probably hold almost every seat in the House, and in the Senate, are looking at almost certain pickups in NH, ME, PA, OH, and KY, and possibly even in MO or NC. I think a 65 seat majority for Democrats in the Senate is a real possibility by 2010. Can you shed light on exactly what the "bright spots" are in the 2010 Congressional elections for Republicans? They look pretty damn dismal to me!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | July 9, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha, Barack Obama is the President of the United States and will be for another 7 and 1/2 years and all you rightwing barstool activists can't do nuthin' about it. I love it, and I love it even more because it ruins your day and makes you sound like crazy old fools on these comment boards. Goin' home with a smile on my face!

Posted by: benjaminanderson | July 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

While the administration is buckling down, how can I get a piece of the $9.5M that is being spent on the new stimulus web site?
Sounds like a tremendous investment and if I can land that one, I can retire now. Buckling down indeed.

Posted by: donchew1 | July 9, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse


You dumb-@sses who vote for irresponsible and/or corrupt politicians are ruining the country. We are now surviving on borrowed and printed money.

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Posted by: Billw3 | July 9, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

IMO Obama's drop in the polls is from 4 major factors:

1. The economy. It was looking like it was going to recover a few months ago, then it started to look terrible again for the last few weeks. The last few days it has started to look slightly better again.

2. The long, long trip abroad. The main problem is that Biden got a lot of leeway and stuck his foot in his mouth repeatedly. Which can mostly be smoothed over but also makes the admin look less competent.

3. The realization of at *best* major disagreements in his governing majority over health care and climate change. Not to mention interest groups like gay rights advocates feeling slighted.

4. Nice summer weather finally arriving on the coasts. I'd swear there's a correlation. Obama has a lot of youth support and we stop answering our phones. His numbers melted last summer too.

Each of those 4 above is worth a point or two.

Republicans haven't exactly gained ground though. 2010 congressional races are looking just a bit more promising than a few months ago for the first time in years. However, they are still in worse shape than ever for 2012.

Posted by: Nissl | July 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaquenauax- LOL! :-D

What Planet are you on, and what color is the sky?

$Trillions WASTED, and now calls for even More! Unemployment at 9.5% and half a Million new files last month!

That was JUNE! One of the most productive months of the YEAR!

Before the Summer is over, and the chilling realities of the SLOWDOWN that is Fall/Winter kicks in;

as this hobbled Nation surpasses 10% Un-Employment;

Before the REAL Un-Employment during Fall/Winter kicks in!;

I hope and pray YOU, and anyone with Your delusional Notions, are in that final Half Percent!

Or, if you want to play Age insinuations...

Your supporting Parents! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Nobody with a brain blames Obama for Bush's Depression, and nobody thought he would magically turn it around in 6 months.
Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | July 9, 2009 5:14 PM

Mr Obama didn't inherit the recession, it was paid for by George Soros.

The day that Pelosi took over as Speaker, the jobs in this nation has crashed.

When Obama/Pelosi began their great attack on the 'wealthy' producers, the economy started falling.

Losing less jobs than the month before is not an improving economy.

It is clear that the Democrats do not understand this economy any better now than they did last January as Biden said.

Posted by: jdcw | July 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse


LarryG62 whined: "Seems like some of the class envy nitwits who voted for the A_hole are waking up and realizing that wanton spending got us into this mess, and the incompetent in chief's plan to spend even more irresponsibly isn't going to help. The arrogant liar keeps on promising, but he cannot deliver."
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Actually, Obama is MORE popular now than he was on election day. Try again.

3/4 of Americans have confidence in Obama, which I know hurts the feelings of the right-wing lunatic fringe who suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome, an affliction which strikes sore-loser Republican babies like an epidemic.

Nobody with a brain blames Obama for Bush's Depression, and nobody thought he would magically turn it around in 6 months.

Now that the housing and financial markets have stabilized (much to your disappointment, I'm sure) the beginnings of recovery are evident by the leading indicators.

We know who and what got us into this mess: utterly failed conservative ideology. That's why we voted for CHANGE.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | July 9, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The Obama administration claims, no doubt with sincerity, to consider job growth its highest domestic priority. Officials alluded to in this article seem to think spreading the "stimulus" bill over two or three years will provide more steady economic recovery than during the months when there was actually a recession, such as during the fall, winter, spring and summer. They seem to have little confidence when the economy begins to show positive economic growth, as is likely within a few months, there will be sufficient economic growth and job creation without massive government spending for at least a few years.

The problem with the so-called "stimlus" bill is that, administration propaganda to the contrary, it was partly an economic stimulus and at least equally so higher government spending on programs favored by most Democrats in Congress. The "stimulus" bill therefore cannot be expected to facilitate significant economic growth or create large numbers of jobs.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | July 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse


To SAINT---The:

Despite your hysterical ranting, Obama enjoys popularity at home because he's doing a good job. He also ran a great campaign and is on the side of the American people on most issues, which is why he WON in a landslide.

I swear...I have never seen people react so childishly to LOSING an election. All you do is rant and rave and generally act like an extremist fool. Aren't you embarrassed? "Phony Messiah/ Anti-Christ Barry Hussein?" What are you? 12 years old?

Keep up the great work, Mr. President. The people are with you.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | July 9, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


Correcting our country's course and re-orienting ourselves towards the future will not be easy. Obama is taking the longer view that great leaders take, and of course the American people overwhelmingly support Obama especially when compared to Republicans -- whom we don't trust on a single issue. Not one.

Keep up the great work, President Obama. It will be tough.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | July 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Seems like some of the class envy nitwits who voted for the A_hole are waking up and realizing that wanton spending got us into this mess, and the incompetent in chief's plan to spend even more irresponsibly isn't going to help.
The arrogant liar keeps on promising, but he cannot deliver.
The Eurpeans along with the Chinese and Indians told the mor on to shove it. Maybe there is hope.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama should spend more time working on the economy than checking-out young womens butts while he's at the G8 summit. The 'Drudge Report' photo shows him clearly scoping-out the hinney of a young woman.

Posted by: sperrico | July 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

As long as the 'Prez' continues to speak clearly He will be OK. Truth has that effect with most people. Has any previous President ever faced so many ongoing major issues simultaneously? I think not. The Man has what it takes. He has clearly shown that He is not devoid of compromise. He has also shown that He is 'open' to a potential 'better' idea. He has a lot of backing from the 'peeps' in the every day, working population. Maybe, at times, not so much from the 'well connected'. But He is Obviously the best man for this job.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | July 9, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Give me a Frigging Break!

It is not so much O'Bomba trying to cover his butt;

as it is his sycophantic and delusional Media Supporters!

Their sacred cow;

the Phony Messiah/ Anti-Christ Barry Hussein;

is becoming a MAJOR Liability for them now!

Simply put:

As the Chief Executive and Commander in Chief;

he is left "Wanting" in EVERY Regard!

Impeachment should be skipped! Just FIRE HIM!

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

SHOVEL-READY?!?

Dip in polls is inevitable. The "new" WH has been in power for 6 mos, they pretty much OWN the economy. Especially now that they are holding the position that the delay in stimulus was "right". 6 mos ago, the criticism was that the stimulus does not do much for 2009 even though WH kept talking about "shovel-ready". Unfortunately, all those so-called "shovel-ready" are not so ready after all. WH's plea of patience and talk about carbon emission, health-care savings, nuclear weapon reduction do not matter much to voters who are currently out-of-work. If they keep talking like this, he'll look like George Bush Sr - out-of-touch with the sufferings of the common voters.
Also, with 2010 coming right around the corner, his own party is getting worried about being shoved in the mid-term election even if the Republicans are in such disarray. WH should talk to Clinton about "IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!"

Posted by: ryip | July 9, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I recall some 18 months or so back when many of us on here tried to downplay "rhetorical skills" and the fanatics for Obama would not listen. And where does it now look like we are headed folks? This is what I am wondering and I am NOT a Republican.

Posted by: nana1ellen | July 9, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

HELLO AMERICANS!

WAKE UP!

WE AREN'T WORKING BECAUSE THE EXECUTIVE PAY CUTS THOUSAND OF JOB IN EVERY STATE

EXAMPLE

A EXECUTIVE MAKES 4MM A YEAR

IF THE AVERAGE EMPLOYEE MAKES ONLY 50K a year

HOW MANY JOBS HAS THAT IDIOT TAKE AWAY FROM SALARY EMPLOYEES???

WAKE UP AMERICA

YOU KNOW LIKE I KNOW SINCE 2003 AMERICANS HAS BEEN OVERWORKED AND UNDERPAID

WE CAN'T MAKE COMPANIES START HIRING NOR CAN OBAMA....

LODDY-DODDY TO USA AND GALLUP WHITE CONSERVATIVE POLLING

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT SUSAN PAGE AND YOU'RE GET AN IDEAL OF WHAT SORT OF PAPER USA TODAY IS

I DON'T THINK ANY MINORITY READS THAT PAPER

Posted by: danson1 | July 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Guess the crisis has abated now that the Administration is getting push back from it's own party and more of the specifics are getting out to the voters. Even the Europeans are backing away from similar policies as their voters ask, "Why aren't they working"?

Polls show people still like the Prez but not his proposals. And where is the stimulus bump?

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 9, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We all need to remember this in 2010 and again in 2012.

WHERE IS THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WAS PROMISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN??

HE WILL NOT FOOL ME AGAIN!!


www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-07-08-redblue_N.htm

Posted by: wheeljc | July 9, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The only "clouds gathering" are those ginned up by an increasingly unhinged anti-Obama press...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 9, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

THIS is the most ominous threat to Team Obama and to the personal liberties of all Americans...

POTUS CO-OPTED INTO BECOMING ENABLER-IN-CHIEF FOR SECRETIVE MULTI-AGENCY VIGILANTE 'GESTAPO'

• Bush-legacy extrajudicial targeting/punishment network makes a mockery of the rule of law at the grassroots -- violating civil and human rights.

• Is Team Obama unaware, naive -- or purposely misled by Bush holdovers?


President Obama is being co-opted into becoming the enabler of a federally-funded and overseen "multi-agency coordinated action" program of nationwide extrajudicial targeting and punishment...

...a vigilante Gestapo that is misusing federally-funded volunteer programs to subvert the rule of law -- deploying a civilian vigilante army that covertly implants GPS tracking devices to stalk, persecute, vandalize and harass unjustly targeted citizens and their families.

This secretive multi-agency "program" also misuses government surveillance operations to censor, and maliciously tamper with, the telecommunications of many thousands of the unjustly targeted -- and funnels surveillance data to citizen "community stalker" harassers.

An array of "programs of personal financial destruction" decimates the finances of "target" families -- contributing to economic distress. And microwave "directed energy weapons" are being used to degrade their very lives -- a gross violation of human rights, government-enabled crimes against humanity.

And no authorities will investigate -- invoking the "Gulag" tactic of dismissing those who seek justice as "delusional."

Please, Team Obama: Wake up and smell the police state that is co-opting your administration and making POTUS a pitchman and enabler for an American Gestapo.


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 9, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Dan Blatz

Please tell USA TODAY AND GALLUP TRACKING POLL...

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS PEOPLE DON'T TRUST THE POLLS WHO LIED FOR GEORGE BUSH NOR THE MEDIA ITSELF FOR THAT MATTER...

WE KNOW DANM WELL THOSE POLLS ARE TAKING BY WHITE AMERICANS WHO ONLY POLL WHITE AMERICANS MAKING OF 200,000

RAMDONLY POLLING MY ASSS!

EVERYONE ALWAYS WRITE - WHO DO THEY CALL? THEY NEVER CALL ME?

TO HELL WITH YOUR 1,000 RAMDONLY CALLS!

ONLY PEOPLE OVER 65 HAS LANDLINE...

HIS NUMBERS HADN'T CHANGE WITH THE YOUNG, MIDDLE-AGED AND MAJORITY OF MINORITIES INCLUDING THE HISPANICS

THEY ARE GOING TO COME AFTER YOU THE WAY YOU TRY TO GO AFTER IMMIGRATION REFORM!

WHERE IS FOOMKLIN - THIS PAPER STINKS!!

Posted by: danson1 | July 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

lol your last name is Balz

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

George Bush Jr. would've given his left nut for a 56% approval rating. Obama was 63% a week ago. Is this the new media narrative now that MJ has kinda gotten old?

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | July 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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