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A Rebound for Obama?

By Ben Pershing
Is President Obama on the rebound? Events from the last 24 hours provide a mixed answer to that question, suggesting the White House may have reason for optimism on the domestic front even as trouble brews abroad.

First, the Senate Finance Committee began its markup of health-care reform legislation, a concrete step toward passage of Obama's signature priority. Second, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests the president's ratings on the issue are improving -- approval of Obama's handling of health care ticked up four points since August, from 41 percent to 45 percent, while the percentage who think Obama's plan is a good idea is up three points. (If no bill passes, 37 percent of respondents said they'd blame the GOP, while only 10 percent would blame Obama). "On the economy, Americans aren't euphoric, but the mood is clearly improving," the Journal writes, as the percentage of respondents who are "satisfied" with the state of the economy went up 10 points. At the same time, the survey provides a warning sign about a crucial voting bloc: For the first time in this poll, a plurality of independents (46 percent) disapprove of the job Obama is doing. (A new American Research Group survey pegged disapproval among independents even higher, at 57 percent.)

More worryingly for the White House, pessimism about the war in Afghanistan continues to increase. The poll found only 28 percent of respondents said they were "more confident" of a "successful conclusion" to the conflict, and 59 percent were "less confident." While 51 percent opposed sending more troops into battle, 55 percent opposed "an immediate and orderly withdrawal" from the battlefield. "Strikingly, the poll shows that there's a generational split over whether to send more U.S. troops into Afghanistan," notes NBC's Mark Murray, pointing out that a majority of those over 50 supported expanding the war while younger respondents opposed it.

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Posted at 8:25 AM ET on Sep 23, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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JRM2 writes :Re: Palin's speech in Asia-
I thought it was unpatriotic for someone to criticize the President and America while on foreign soil, especially in a time of war?
You must be new to Earth. That only applies when the President is Republican.

Posted by: Cyclopsina | September 24, 2009 4:08 PM

At stage of the game-- eight months into the presidency-- Mr. Obama, given with the on-going problems with the economy, the poll results are encouraging.

Money in our pockets affect everything one usually thinks about. Not to mention how he/she sees the world. So my advice to the president-- get the economy rolling, since it now belongs to him. When the bells signalling 'jobs available' increase, there is no doubt the numbers on his approval will pick up.

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 24, 2009 10:46 AM

Re: Palin's speech in Asia-
I thought it was unpatriotic for someone to criticize the President and America while on foreign soil, especially in a time of war?

Didn't she slam Obama for giving his speech in Europe admitting the the U.S.A.'s recent foreign policy was less than perfect?

Posted by: JRM2 | September 23, 2009 12:20 PM

Hopefully not.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2009 11:36 AM

I've heard about this poll and read about it on another news link, but the interpretations seem to be in the eye of the reader. The President looks a little better overall at the time of the poll, but there are still concerns about everyone in government.

You might state the facts of the poll and let people draw their own conclusions.

Posted by: annetta3 | September 23, 2009 10:46 AM

These poll numbers show that Obama must seize the initiativeMio and take advantage of what could be a limited boost in momentum for reform. More public appearances are tolerable to Americans and must be part of the strategy. Passing the buck to congressional Dems has only been a disaster.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 23, 2009 10:42 AM



President Obama has been co-opted into becoming an enabler of a secretive, federally overseen "multi-agency coordinated action" program of extrajudicial targeting and inhumane high-tech punishment...

...misusing federally-funded volunteer organizations and secret weapons programs to subvert the rule of law.

This nationwide, federal-local apparatus has deployed a civilian vigilante army fronted by federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism units that covertly places GPS tracking devices to stalk, persecute, vandalize and harass many thousands of unjustly targeted citizens and their families...

...reportedly, even when they seek medical treatment at health care facilities.

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

An array of programs of personal financial destruction decimates the finances of "target" families -- facilitated by the allged local interception of U.S. mail and the alteration of billing and financial statements.

And microwave / laser "directed energy weapons" are deployed to silently TORTURE...

...degrading their health, inducing weakness, confusion, illness, even "slow-kill" death -- a gross violation of human rights, government-enabled crimes against humanity.

An American genocide, hiding in plain sight.

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

Team Obama: Wake up and smell the police state that is co-opting your administration, making a mockery of democracy and the rule of law at the grassroots.

BAN the warrantless tracking and/or surveillance of American citizens...

BAN the use of silent, injury- and illness-incuding "directed energy weapons" on American citizens -- weapons of mass destruction that have no place in domestic law enforcement.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 23, 2009 10:22 AM

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