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Is Obama in trouble?

No one in the White House is celebrating over the latest polls. President Obama’s job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent in a flurry of recent surveys. Rasmussen has him at 46 percent; Quinnipiac at 45; in Gallup he’s clinging to 50. The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll released Thursday had some heart-stopping numbers for Democrats: The president’s job approval was at 47 percent, down from 61 percent in April. Only 26 percent of respondents said they strongly approved of the president’s performance, compared to 38 percent in April. Just 39 percent said they would probably vote to reelect him, just 23 percent definitely.

To put this into historical context, Gallup’s Lydia Saad notes that:

Obama's initial approval rating in his second year as president is among the lowest for elected presidents since Dwight Eisenhower. Only Ronald Reagan -- who, like Obama, took office during challenging economic times -- began his second year in office with a lower approval score (49%). However, Obama's disapproval rating is slightly higher than Reagan's was (44% vs. 40%).

This augurs poorly for Democrats in the short run -- this year’s mid-term elections -- but not necessarily for Obama. Looking back at presidential approval numbers, it is possible to posit an inverse relationship between a president’s rating at the end of his first year and the eventual success of his presidency. Using the Gallup numbers, the highest two ratings at this stage of a presidency were enjoyed by George W. Bush (84 percent) and George H.W. Bush (80 percent). Bush 43 won a second term but ended his presidency with job approval numbers in the 20s. Bush 41 lost reelection. Gallup’s bottom three were Clinton (54), Obama (50) and Reagan (49). Not bad company for the current president to be in. This inverse relationship doesn't hold perfectly true -- Jimmy Carter had the fourth lowest approval rating; Kennedy and Eisenhower had the highest numbers, after the Bushes. But it does suggest that the year-out snapshot is not determinative.

Moreover, the president’s rating is not likely to go much lower. “We think this is probably the trough” for Obama, said Ed Reilly of Financial Dynamics, which conducted the Allstate/National Journal survey. “We don’t know if we’ve found the bottom but we’re near the bottom.” Republican pollsters Glen Bolger and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies agreed. “Obama’s base is most likely too loyal to allow his approval rating to drift below 45 percent,” they wrote in a recent assessment, although Republicans and many independent voters “are too disgusted with the actions of his administration to allow his approval numbers to surge back into the high 50s.”

But if it’s not time for presidential panic, lawmakers up for reelection could be in a different boat if Obama’s ratings stay in this slump. Examining presidential approval and midterm election results since 1962, Bolger and Hobart found that presidential ratings between 50 and 59 percent the month before the election translated to an average loss of 12 House seats for his party. Approval ratings below 50 percent (Lyndon Johnson in 1966, Richard Nixon in 1974, Reagan in 1982, Clinton in 1994, and Bush in 2006) yielded an average loss of 41 seats.

What to expect in November? At a dinner I attended to discuss the Allstate/National Journal poll, two savvy former congressmen, Republican Vin Weber of Minnesota and Democrat Richard Gephardt of Missouri, agreed that Democrats would maintain control of the House -- but barely. And Gephardt, who went from majority to minority leader after the 1994 Democratic wipeout, said his former colleagues have little ability to affect results that will be driven more by the economic conditions -- or, more precisely, voters’ perceptions of the economy -- than anything lawmakers do. “Whether they like it or not,” Gephardt said, “the people on the Hill are virtually powerless to deal with all this.” Not a comforting thought for a Democratic incumbent, but probably an accurate assessment.

By Ruth Marcus  | January 14, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
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"Looking back at presidential approval numbers, it is possible to posit an inverse relationship between a president’s rating at the end of his first year and the eventual success of his presidency."

Good to know when s/he claims a sudden headache halfway through that first date.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 14, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Subject: A Confederacy of Fools. Author unknown.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Posted by: pauldia | January 14, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Subject: A Confederacy of Fools. Author unknown.

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."

Posted by: pauldia | January 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought Obama was well falling behind on his promises, I was caught up in the media's expectation and that's why I think the polls are reflect those numbers. I thought about health care and his foreign policy, and how much further he came than anyone before,not to mention how the world has warmed up to us now - but what really changed my mind when it came to obama's first year was this article and the allegory it provided check it out

http://keironjackman.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/obama-the-builder-you-have-a-contract/

Posted by: republicanblack | January 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that no one had a problem with Bush's numbers going low, with the opposition party on the posture of NO and a media doing everything to turn public opinion against him. To Marcus, this was a passion when she did everything in her power to turn public opinion against Bush and help undermine his policies.

Yet now that the media is totally trying to keep Obama's up and prop up his failed policies as successful, his numbers are tanking. And yet, it doesn't matter now, right?

Posted by: thelaw1 | January 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Response to "A Confederacy of Fools"

I could not agree more. We have a President who was unprepared for office. But more importantly, a man who does not appear to have reverence for the historical significance of our country, the foundations of our freedoms, or the fundamental tenants that made her great. The voting populace is easily led today, with pretty words, well read speeches and a few styrofoam pillars. I am reminded of the Hollywood fan crowd who worship the rich and famous and spend their time and money to naively fill their coffers. It would appear American voters got what they deserved. Buying into shallow words, hollow promises and a platform six letters deep (Change) without any serious investigation of a candidates background, beliefs or qualifications. Yes, the real threat is a populace that would elect such a man. A man who stands for many of the prinicples that our forefathers fought against on the battlefield.

Posted by: donchew1 | January 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama was in trouble the minute he and his cabal of liars, crooks and thieves, (Axelrod, Emanuel, Biden, Jarrett, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, Michelle O, Holder, et al.) decicded to perpetrate the biggest fraud in the history of the great nation. Why is it that all of his records are sealed? What is he hiding? Axelrod thought he could blow this by us, that no one would question his credentials or where he came from. He was right about the liberal media, but I guess David was wrong about how the citizens of this country would react. Mr. Obama is a fake, plan and simple. He should be impeached.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | January 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Moreover, the president’s rating is not likely to go much lower."

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Bet? Stick around.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | January 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"...many independent voters are too disgusted with the actions of his administration to allow his approval numbers to surge back into the high 50s."
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You hit the nail on the head, Ruth -- "disgusted" for a number of reasons (too numerous to list during a short lunch). But first and foremost, he is perceived as a dishonest, quibbling individual who can't be trusted. A person of his ilk would have been drummed out of many of formal organizations long, long ago.

Posted by: JAH3 | January 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

are you still one of Hiatt's right-wing shills?

Posted by: coloradodog | January 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Trouble is media hysterics. Given what he inherited, I am glad to see progress of any kind.

And compared to the alternative? GAG!

Posted by: Dr_JES | January 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama will ride the wave of the improving economy, so I would not worry a lot about him. True, Republicans did what they could to sabatoge health care reform and the economic recovery, but they were not totally succesful. Also, who do the Republicans have that can run in 2012? Boss Limbaugh would only approve of Palin right now, but she is even dumber then Bush Junior. So, the Republicans are not getting the White House anytime soon.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | January 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

His ratings are lower than reported. People have finally woken up and they can now see that he is clueless and has done NOTHING for the American people. Now he cannot keep blaming Bush for everything but his cronies will continue to blame Bush up til 2012. It isnt working .... Obama is finished..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | January 14, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama in trouble? Let's see, the Bushie handed him 3 losing wars, all longer than WWII, massive deficits, skyrocketing unemployment, and the world's economic system destroyed. Oh yes, and Osama bin Forgottin on the loose. Considering Obama has been president less than a year who would not be in trouble.

On the plus side Obama has stopped the growth in unemployment, is pulling out of Iraq successfully, is trying to win Afghanistan and catch bin Laden, and has restored order to the world's economic system, all in less than a year. Come 2012 he will win in a landslide.

Posted by: ryanc22032 | January 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

LOL...perfect audience for such a story...booo the boogy man is in trouble, LOL...and the alternative is teabagers? I can see Russia from my house? Be afraid, be very afraid? Obama is a communist? Obama is not an American?, Barrack the Majic Negro?...and it goes on and on and on, LOL...wake up folks, Obama will be around for the next 7 years so get use to it. That old saying that he who screams the loudest is the only one being heard will not be in play in 2012, nor will it be in play in 2010. I would much rather be a citizen of this country now, that I would have been 12 months ago.

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 14, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

His ratings are lower than reported. People have finally woken up and they can now see that he is clueless and has done NOTHING for the American people. Now he cannot keep blaming Bush for everything but his cronies will continue to blame Bush up til 2012. It isnt working .... Obama is finished..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123
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It's a good thing he didn't have to rely on support from the likes of you when "HE WON" in 2008...I'm sure you "thought" he was finished before he got started. Hey all of you "Obama is the worst thing since slice bread" type folks; I'm pretty certain none of you voted for him in 2008 and yet he won...next!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The "Annointed One" in trouble? With who? He's too big (as is his ego) to fail. Next question.

Posted by: jahoby | January 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The "Annointed One" in trouble? With who? He's too big (as is his ego) to fail. Next question.

Posted by: jahoby | January 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Rather than positing Orwellian "bad is good" explications of the President's declining numbers, it would be far better for his strategists to confront head-on the growing perception that Mr. Obama has failed to accomplish much of anything in his first year.

That, even more than the realization now dawning on many of his supporters that the President is a lot more conservative than they ever could have imagined, is what's driving this downward spiral.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 14, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA------> WWW.AMERICAWAKEUPNOW.NET

Posted by: machelle_18 | January 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ihope the polls are accurate because we need an experienced and qualified individual to be president otherwise this recession and the security situation will never improve. The only thing he and his Congressional coharts bring us is more debt.

Posted by: staterighter | January 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Considering the state of the country last year when President Obama took office he has done remarkably well. Far better to be worried about the effects of deficits in the future than to have a total collapse of the financial system today. We may be in the midst of a recession but we avoid a Great Depression thanks in large part to the actions of President Obama's action. President Obama inherited this economic mess. Conservative fiscal policies created it. My only gripe with President Obama is that he has maintained some of President Bush's policies and that he has not been more aggressive in implementing his policies and confrontational with the Republicans. But if compromising with the conservatives is what is necessary for Obama's health care reforms to get passed that can be forgiven too.
The Confederacy of Fools are those who have already passed judgment on Obama's presidency before he has completed his first year.
Also I am never very impressed with people's who argument consists of cutting and pasting someone else's words.

Posted by: exbrown | January 14, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If Obama were caught buggering a young boy, Marcus' headline would be "President Shows Priestly Qualities."

Posted by: liam358 | January 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is a sham system of governance that can hardly be characterized as as democracy. We essentially have a one party rule with two facts, both controlled by the economic elite and both push corporate agenda. Changing parties does not mean a thing...it is political scam perpetrated on the american people. Just imagine..we have a party called GOP that is full of thugs and criminals who con artists and some ugly human beings. This is the party people turn to register their unhapiness? LOL what a joke.

Posted by: kevin1231 | January 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks get a life. This president inherited a mess and he's working on it to get things fixed. If you like what he's doing or not, is not really relavent. What is relavent is that he is doing something. By the time it comed to getting re-elected voters will ask this question. Are we better off now than we were? I'm sure that we will be. So let's not quibble about making sausage, we have time to enjoy it after it's prepared. Oh, and quit doing polls that mean absolutely nothing, 1 year into an administration.

Posted by: raca1234 | January 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama lost me too, but still think he is better than McSame and Godless Palin.

Posted by: beenthere3 | January 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't believe the President is in trouble.

The President is doing exactly what he was elected to do, and he has my full support as well as the full support of everyone I personally know.

I think there are lot of squeeling Republifreaks out there who fear change and whose leaders aren't giving them any valuable information.

The Republifreaks took this nation down when they were in control, they're power hungry vultures who don't even know how to run this country let alone how to pick a leader who is qualified to run.

Republicans tend to pick the dumbest ones in their bunch to run for office maybe just to be directly opposite of Democrats who put the best and brightest in our bunch up to run for office.

President Obama has a Harvard Law degree and so does the First Lady.

Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin is the former "Ms. Wasilla" who has an undergraduate degree in journalism that took her 6 years to earn.

President Obama is the Democrats' choice.

Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin is the Republican choice.

See what I mean.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Profile of the Failed Obama Presidency

what to expect from a failed Obama Presidency??

In his monumental work "Hitler and Stalin" Alan Bullock notes both Hitler and Stalin were narcissists. ProCounsel is NOT stating Obama is either Hitler or Stalin. But his analysis, written long before Obama's ascendancy, is a useful model.

Bullock explains narcissism on page 11:

"In such a state only the person himself, his needs,feelings and thoughts, everything and and everybody as they relate to him are experienced as fully real, while everybody and everything otherwise lacks reality or interest."

Bullock describes the effects of narcissism and provides a predictive model useful for Obama on page 343:

"Narcissistic personalities are convinced of their special qualities and their superiority over others, and any threat to this self image--such as being criticized, shown up, or defeated--produces a violent outrage and often a desire for revenge."

Bullock cites 3 psychological reactions Stalin used to guard his narcissistic self image. Bullock credits Robert Tucker for these insights on page 356. The 3 reactions to expect for the Obama profile would be:

a. Repression–simply blankly deny the truth, no matter how obvious or even if caught on video

b. Rationalization-Admit but use the fault as proof of his zeal

c. Projection-Obama will attribute to others the motives and attitudes he refuses to admit in himself

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

pssstttt..obama

unemployed desperate african americans

are

ALSO going to DUMP you.

see unemplyement comes in all colors

and obama--YOU FAILED

"We don’t know if we’ve found the bottom but we’re near the bottom.” Republican pollsters Glen Bolger and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies agreed. “Obama’s base is most likely too loyal to allow his approval rating to drift below 45 percent,” they wrote in a recent assessment, although Republicans and many independent voters “are too disgusted with the actions of his administration to allow his approval numbers to surge back into the high 50s.”


Posted by: ProCounsel | January 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What is interesting about Obama's Gallup numbers is the breakdown.

Those above 50% approval are women, divorced, non church goers, non whites (whatever that means), under 40s, East coast dwellers with post grad educations, and those earning less than $2000.

Average Americans are a heterogenous lot but have more in common and cover the population more broadly.

I'm not sure the description of Obama supporters above is not one of multiple interest groups having little in common so not really able to work together (reflexion of the Democrat party?). That of itself does not carry much promise for unity, openeness to the good of the whole nation or constructiveness.

Posted by: sally62 | January 14, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of all this silly hand-wringing. The press has bought hook-line-and-sinker the fable of Republican strength.

I am old enough to remember the "McGovern Phenomenon"in the spring of 72. This was 100% a press-created phenomenon. He got killed in the fall general election. The press is now worked by pros and you have all (including you Marcus) fallen into place.

Can you actually say that after Republicans vote against health care and roping in Wall Street bankers that they will win elections next fall? And vote against an energy bill and trash a new job stimulus measure?

Americans are not that dumb. Tea Partiers and the NRC are in fact that dumb but that is not close to America. Shame on you. Gehpardt is no expert on the future of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: walden1 | January 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama is nowhere NEAR the bottom of where he'll be in approval ratings.

Unemployment is still rising (and will continue this year). Only big banks and Wall Street are prospering thanks to the Wall Street liberals running our government.

Retail sales are lower than ever. There will soon be 7 Americans for every job opening. Stimulus almost completely spent and nothing has changed. Just more Democrat debt.

It will be nice to see MA get a Republican in the Senate to quash the Big Health Insurance Stimulus Plan. Then after Nov, we can being to have some balance in our government.

Posted by: RobParker | January 14, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Not everyone was fooled by Obama during the primiary election.Millions of us supported the most competent candidate.The Press and the media were instrumental in electing him instead.Senator Clinton was treated shamefully by the media and even her own party.I think that is now coming back to bite them in a big way.I hope they every one lose their seas come the next election.That includes the Kennedy seat in Mass.

Posted by: nannieturner | January 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Obama haters in this comment thread at 50%+. Boy they really crowded this corner.

Posted by: NoCoffee | January 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Did she just forecast an economic recovery for the second half of 2010?

Posted by: blasmaic | January 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

What is interesting about Obama's Gallup numbers is the breakdown.

Those above 50% approval are women, divorced, non church goers, non whites (whatever that means), under 40s, East coast dwellers with post grad educations, and those earning less than $2000.

Average centrist Americans are a heterogenous lot but have more in common and cover the population more broadly. These are the 40% who consider themselves conservative (also Gallup) as opposed to the 20% calling themselves liberal - diehard Obama followers.

Posted by: sally62 | January 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What we are seeing today is the development of a new psychotic condition: just read the posts from the right-wingers. Does the Obama they write about sound even close to the reality? It is a kind of dementia, "wingnutism" or whatever you want to call it. It is an uncontrolled rage. A blindness. Is this the future of political discourse in this country? I hope not.

Posted by: gposner | January 14, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment is at 17.3% and rising, jobs are being outsourced at record numbers (more than 3 million during Obama's first year in office), Obama approves of ever more H1-B and L-1 visas even though more than 4.5 million U.S. hi-tech workers are unemployed, the real "revised" numbers show that December retail sales FELL, virtually every dime of the bailout money handed to banks and corporations has gone overseas into investments and factories creating jobs in China and India, and the Fed and Geithner and Summers and the idiots making economic policy for this President trot out happy news that a recovery is just around the corner while the Financial Times and every European newspaper is reporting that the U.S. economy is on a precipice, about to fall into another trough. Oh, and those same European newspapers have stopped calling this a "recession". It's a DEPRESSION! I'd say Obama is in deep trouble and so are the Democrat's. They are blind to the plight of ordinary working men and women and are perpetuating this free trade Ponzi scheme on behalf of their Wall Street masters. No one expects the Republican's to be any better, but the Democrat's knew better, ran on a platform of ending outsourcing, ending the H1-B and L-1 visas. They will pay a terrible price for this.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Have we forgotten Bush: unprepared, lied to get us into war that killed thousands of Americans, ruined the economy, hired Alberto
Gonzales, took our troops out of Afganistan
and put them in Iraq, took no action after Katrina.

No matter who replaced Bush, they would have to take a popularity hit to find and undo all of the problems created by Bush.

Where was all the noise when Bush took us to almost third-world country status?

Posted by: fmg617aolcom | January 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus:

You need to get out of Washington. Polls won't make the journey for you.

Posted by: rogied25 | January 14, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight... Republicans are complaining that Obama is unqualified but their candidate in the last election, a man who used "Country First" as a slogan, chose as a running mate a woman SO utterly unqualified that she didn't know what "the Fed" does, why there are 2 Koreas, or why her claim to understand Russian foreign policy because of physical proximity was ludicrous. When asked by Matt Lauer (a journalist who is as hard-hitting as a nerf ball) why the vetting process failed, he claimed not only to "have no idea" but that he "didn't really care." So much for Country First. Elections have become a perennial choice of lesser evils, but unlike the previous two, I think the electorate got it right last time.

Posted by: waltek001 | January 14, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Employment numbers are not going to improve, so get over it. Small business is going to continue to sit this out until conditions improve, and that means when government stops its spend and propose-yet-another-tax strategy. This administration has done NOTHING about private sector jobs and sends NOTHING but the wrong messages to business. Those in the Obama administration are certifiable if they think that anyone is willing to extend themselves further, or to hire people that they will have to layoff. Frankly, it isn't going to happen.

Unless private sector jobs numbers improve, this administration is doomed. People are tired of seeing growth in government jobs that will tie us to tremendous legacy costs and today's pie-in-the-sky claims of jobs saved or created. Increasingly, these irresponsible developments (and fantasies) are eliciting everything from cynical snorts of laughter to utter outrage.

Thirty-three percent of this country's voters identify themselves as liberal. Absent practical change that we can see (as opposed to believe in) it is distinctly possible that President Obama's poll numbers will free fall to that point.

Posted by: suzehanktn | January 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Subject: A Confederacy of Fools. Author unknown.

Posted by: pauldia

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Response to "A Confederacy of Fools"

Posted by: donchew1

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Don't get your sheets in a knot.

This president is doing a great job in spite of the ankle biting of bottom feeders, and the pundits who (intentionally) got everything wrong while idiot George was in office.

The vast majority of American support our president and his efforts to undo the wall to wall mess left behind by his predecessor.

Regarding your mention of forefathers fighting in wars and all that, I figure you are referring to those fighting in the Civil War wearing GREY.

AS I understand it, ANYONE who fires on the Stars and Stripes when it comes marching over a hill is an enemy of the United States of America.

Period.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled delusions.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time for Obama to get me a cup of coffee!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

No worries, he has another crisis at hand that should not go to waste . . . as Rahm Emmanual likes to say. Saint Obama will pledge support for Haiti, he will tilt his head back as he does so often in his speeches and strike the Mussolini pose, wave his hands and all will be well.
Unlike the evil war-monger Bush, who did just about the same as Chief Executive of the United States for Katrina as Barry is doing now for Haiti at the time in the disaster (about 72 hours in).
However, Saint Obama will be held as the savior of Haiti, columnists like Ms. Marcus and the rest of the scribes for Obama at the Washington Post will see to it that he portrayed that way, whether or not he does any more or less than his predecessor. And his poll numbers will rise.
All hail Obama!!

Posted by: xcannons | January 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The selective reality demonstrated by the those who call themselves conservatives borders on the unreal. The socialist nonsense they spout about President Obama doesn't corresponds to any shred of reality. Our political discussions are now contests between two sides one of which has lost touch with reality and entertains a fantasy that the other side is an intractible evil bent on destroying the country. And until the majority of those subscribing to this fantasy wake up we're all in a lot of trouble. My hope is as the economy recovers and the stressors on our country abate we will come to our senses and see reality.

Posted by: kchses1 | January 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The right wing trolls who elected the thoroughly unqualified George (What Me, Worry?) Bush twice and then applauded while John McCain picked an utterly unqualified and vapid Palin to be VP are complaining that Obama is unqualified?

The idiots who supported the ruinous Bush polices that nearly bankrupted us and put millions of people out of work are complaining about the unemployment rate?

What planet are these people living on? The only solution is to institute an IQ and logic test for voting!

Posted by: sambam | January 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

46% approval rate! I am astounded!! I thought that it would be around fourteen percent. The man is leading us to the edge of the precipice and the clowns are simply waiting for him to yell, JUMP!

Posted by: Bannockburn1 | January 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


donchew1 said re the American voters:
"Buying into shallow words, hollow promises and a platform six letters deep (Change) without any serious investigation of a candidates background, beliefs or qualifications."

Much of popolation's morals and interest in what best has deteriorated in the last 50 years or so. The result of not being taught respect early on and indulgence. Too bad.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Classifying conservatism in it's extreme form as a quantifiable dysfunction would go a long ways towards getting America back on the right track.

Evangelical Christians who seek the "end times", racists who try to legislate their delusions under the umbrella of the GOP, war mongers who double as war profiteers and prod us into senseless conflicts....

They should all be treated like sex offenders, not allowed to own weapons, not allowed to vote, not allowed to drive and have to announce their presence when moving into new neighborhoods so as to forewarn existing communities...

THEN and only then will these polls be valid and honest, because I've gotta tell you, watching entertainment like FOX news has definitely dumbed down a LOT of Americans.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Some wonders say that George Bush almost bankrupted the United States. To them I say congratulations, Barack Hussein Obama has suceeded.

Posted by: Bannockburn1 | January 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

How can you possibly say his numbers have bottomed out and he won't go much lower!

He can go way lower. The unemployment rate is really close to 20%, retail sales are worse than "expected", he's shoving a bad health care bill down America's throat so of course his numbers will continue to crater.

In fact, it's probably a sham that they are "reported" as being that high.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

@ pauldia: Just substitute George Bush for Barack Obama and your "unknown" author would be correct.

You see, Bush wasn't trying to fix a broken country, then broke it in nearly every imaginable way.

I dare you to name any President in American history who has had more problems to clean up than Obama.

Bet you can't.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama's polling numbers

Democratic Congressional polling numbers

repuglitarded congressional polling numbers

which would you rather have

Americans rate the trustworthyness of these three in the following order

Barack Obama is trusted more than congressional Dems and repuglitards

Congressional Dems are trusted more than congressional repuglitards

congressional repuglitards are the least trusted amongst the the group

what does it mean ???

great news for John mcstain ???

we're gonna reject the guy we trust most, and turn to the political party we trust the least

maybe in sarah palin's America

not in the real world ...

Posted by: nada65931 | January 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

are you kidding Poll Ratings are the least of Obama's worries.

After yesterday's disgraceful parade of wall streeters and today's revealations of the complete corruption of government agencies and congress the country is clearly in the midst of a constitutional crisis.

the fact that Obama is in the white is a failure of this country and the political system not a triumph.

I never thought I would ever see the meltdown of american democracy but that is indeed what is happening right now.

It would be a blessing for the country if Obama would just resign.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | January 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What is bad about health care changes? Apparently someone is not part of the 45mil and growing number w/o insurance, is satisfied with no coverage for pre-existing conditions, is satisfied with the continuing year-to-year growth in insurance rates that are going to overhead expenses and huge salaries for insurance companies, is satisfied that even small countries can get the same prescription drugs much cheaper than we do, is satisfied that as more and more jobs are exported overseas, fewer and fewer people can afford coverage, is satisfied that insurance companies can afford to spend millions and millions of $ to lobby against changing this system, is satisfied that we are at the bottom of worldwide rankings in the quality of health care, etc., etc.

Posted by: fmg617aolcom | January 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would ever see the meltdown of american democracy but that is indeed what is happening right now.

It would be a blessing for the country if Obama would just resign.

Posted by: JohnAdams1
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Spoken like a true wing-nut. (denial of reality being their specialty)

Thanks for demonstrating why Right-siders are a danger to themselves and others.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I would say he is in a lot more trouble today than yesterday after caving into union demands over healthcare and allowing them to escape their shared burden and taxing banks who have paid back their tarp loans with interest while exempting union led car makers and Fannie and Freddie.
This President is unbelievable!

Posted by: justmyvoice | January 14, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy, stupid!

Reagan began his term with Stagflation that Volcker turned into a massive recession.

Clinton won based on the 1991 Recession that had only begin to recover in 1993.

Obama was elected soon after the biggest crash in US history since the Great Depression. Things just started turning around, and his numbers will rise as the economy recovers.

All this talk of what can the President do ignores the obvious fact that people vote based on their bellies, and the only thing Republicans offer is criticism.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow all these polls but few got the call. Now I have noticed that no columist/report/Journalist ever did such poll on President Bush. Americans are hurting because of the mess left by Bush yet the Media is all over Obama as if he has a magic wand to wave and correct this. Even Bank CEO's are blaming the stealing they have done for 8 years on God. Republicans with the help of the Media/Press are reporting there was never a terrorist attack on Bush's watch. Yes Ms. Marcus people like you are reporting 9/11 happen on Obama's watch and even the Recession and the Wars started on Obama's watch. So you know where the Poll's can go along with the rest of the dog dropping being reported.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

My 401k rose 29 percent in 2009.
The small company I work for, which was really struggling a year ago, has been doing really well since last November.

As far as I'm concerned, the Obama administration is a huge success.

Posted by: Henry13 | January 14, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I think a good question would be - if you could, would you change who you voted for in the last presidential election.

I suspect relatively few people would switch. I voted for Obama then, and I still would. If you're disappointed by Obama, then you really weren't paying attention in the first place.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I sure am not voting for this nutcase again especially after passing "The family smoking prevention and control act" in june 2009. Im just so sick of big brother infringing in on my rights and with him in office gun owners better watch out too, because this nutcase obama is out to abolish the 2nd amendment. DONT BE FOOLED PEOPLE NOBAMA 2012!!!

Posted by: zmoqed | January 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

American and fickle are fast becoming synonyms.

Posted by: Crucialitis | January 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I really do not care all that much about the President's popularity numbers. In fact I think that he is doing a better job than I expected.

HOWEVER, I CANNOT SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT CONGRESS! Both parties have been hijacked by their extremes, especially the Democrats. The Republicans got a well earned spanking in 2008, but when we voted a lot of Republicans out we did not want the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Robert Byrd, Jesse Jackson Jr, Bobby Rush, Luis Gutierrez, Bernie Sanders and the other assorted odious, socialist leaning, America hating, Representatives and Senators to have free rein with America and run us into the ground.

Please remember tha Congress makes the laws, and the President enforces the laws.

We can endure President Obama, we cannot endure a leftist or rightist Congress.

Vote the bums on either side of the aisle out, and vote in centrists, Democrat, Republican or Independents.

Thank you.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 14, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

what's entertaining are the remarks from the republican clowns amening any msm comment on obama's supposed falling popularity. no, he is not in trouble. all he has to do is remind the electorate of who is opposing him. the republican theme is that he's unqualified. this from the party which gave us bush and cheney. obama is one of the most qualified presidents in this country's history. the hilarious part is watching that simple fact burn them like a cross burns dracula.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | January 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Vote the bums on either side of the aisle out, and vote in centrists, Democrat, Republican or Independents."

Centrists split the difference and do nothing though.

Posted by: Crucialitis | January 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus makes use of prior poll numbers in making her argument. However, in citing the poll numbers and eventual defeat of President Bush (the elder, number 41) she neglects to mention that he was defeated for reelection because of a particularly strong showing by a third party candidate, Ross Perot. It is well settled that Mr. Perot took most of his votes away from the Republicans, as opposed to the Democrats, and had a respectable showing among Independents.

When one examines the popular vote in both of President Clinton's victories, we find that President Clinton never got more than 49% of the vote, and that in only one of his election bids, the other being less.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

and with him in office gun owners better watch out too, because this nutcase obama is out to abolish the 2nd amendment. DONT BE FOOLED PEOPLE NOBAMA 2012!!!

Posted by: zmoqed | January 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse


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I've seen NOTHING to suggest any gun control measures are in the works with this president's approval or blessing, yet I hear this all the time from conservatives - perhaps you could back it up with something concrete.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 14, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The question is: "is the economy in trouble?"

If the answer is to turn the country back to the administration of the Republicans, who glorify the policies that give full reign to the wizards and warriors of profit and greed, and who were, indeed, the very ones who created the present mess, then the economy and America are in for a complete disaster.

History suggests, rather, that a people adversely affected by bad economic times tend to POLL their frustrations against the government, which they regard as their only hope for betterment. BUT THEY VOTE for the candidates and the political party that work in THEIR DIRECT INTERESTS. Republicans regard government programs for the people as a detestable "socialism." And they look upon the free reign of the oligarchy as divine democratic capitalism.

The economy (not President Obama) is in trouble. But it is clearly recovering from near-disaster. And the policies that are bringing it back under this President are as much in the direct interests of the people (not just "filtered down" through the capitalist hierarchy) as they are in the interests of the financial sector, which is ground zero of the crisis.

And for that, there is hope both for the economy and for President Obama.


Posted by: paultaylor1 | January 14, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrats were foolish to put this man in the Oval Office with but a whisper of the qualifications of the Clinton's. It was foolish beyond belief. He simply does not understand the enormity of his words, he simply over played his hand.

The sad truth that we have a racist in the WH. That is if he and his wife are held to the standards as white folks. Think that will happen!! Hardly, the first couple and their supporters play the race card, when there is none to play, for political advantage.

He's beginning to turn my stomach.

Posted by: billbridgesmaccom | January 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

obama is one of the most qualified presidents in this country's history.

Posted by: jimfilyaw

Let's see, the Messiah takes 4 months to dither on Afghanistan, has already spent more than Clinton did in 8 years, worst tax revenue since great depression, unemployment around 10%, tried to create jobs by growing the government instead of the private section, Government Motors, healthcare reform that no one wants, appeasing terrorists, appearing weak in front of foreign leaders, 3 attacks from terrorists within first year-only a fu kin idiot would think Obama is the most qualified to be POTUS. My dog is more qualified, better looking and is always PROUD to be an American!

LIBERALISM....A TRUE MENTAL DISORDER!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Our society is too pollarized so when polls try to tell me what to think I usually think the opposite plus or minus what I really think times the number of times I have seen the poll results minus the time it takes for me to stop paying attention to it at all!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 14, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is clearly the best president in a generation, and Americans don't like him? Idiots! These are same dimwits who voted twice for GW Bush, right? Enough said.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | January 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

pauldia, you hit the nail on the head.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

jrm2, try abraham lincoln.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 14, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

i guess it boils down to the dems trying to take from some and give to others, unlawfully. don't be surprised at what happens in the end.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Polls are always loaded with acorns voting twice and often, so it is even worse than they think.
Look at the voter registration changes away from the DNC and RNC for just ignoring "No" on bailouts.
They were all done ...way, way, way, back then.

Posted by: dottydo | January 14, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why my Dad was always so upset during the 70's when Carter was in office. Obama is worse.

Posted by: akwa01 | January 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I will support him again.
I will vote for him again.
The more the republicans plot to destroy America the stronger my support for Obama will be.
Just wait.

Posted by: TOMHERE | January 14, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

In writing Federalist Paper #10, James Madison cautioned us that one of the disadvantages of our form of government is that “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” Unfortunately for us, we have discovered during this past year just how true that is.

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | January 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why my Dad was always so upset during the 70's when Carter was in office. Obama is worse.

Posted by: akwa01 | January 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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Not even close. Seriously, you're way wrong. Carter would not have tried to go after the Somali pirates.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 14, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The saving grace in all this is that the polls also think that the devil has a better chance of turning our economy around over the Republicans in Congress.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | January 14, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"Riding the wave of a rising economy?" You should really try something besides what your handlers force feed you. Do you still believe the economy rose last month? Poor baby libby.

Posted by: Deano2009 | January 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Ryanc22032; Unemployment going down? Where is your head? Pull it out!

Posted by: Deano2009 | January 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

In writing Federalist Paper #10, James Madison cautioned us that one of the disadvantages of our form of government is that “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” Unfortunately for us, we have discovered during this past year just how true that is.

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | January 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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LOL, I thought you were writing about Bush. I guess it all depends on your political bias.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 14, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

"Riding the wave of a rising economy?" You should really try something besides what your handlers force feed you. Do you still believe the economy rose last month? Poor baby libby.

Posted by: Deano2009 | January 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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Politicians and partisans can say anything they want. This I know: We had great prosperity during Clinton's time with budget surpluses. Bush gave away the surpluses and left the economy (and my portfolio) in a mess. Right now, my portfolio is back where it was before before it tanked.

So, say what you will. Predict whatever you want. I'll just watch the numbers.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 14, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Like the passengers on a sailing ship, caught in a stormy sea, we scan the gray horizons looking for our rescue, not knowing that we, the captives that we are, must do it on our own.

Posted by: joe100821 | January 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, the vitriolic right sure loves to read its own typing. The problem here is that public opinion polls have little to do with effective policy- both the Republicans and the Democrats have pushed unpopular policies that have had positive outcomes, and have pushed popular policies with awful outcomes.

Given that the Republicans have been systematically destroying the American middle class for 29 years, it's going to take a while to get the country back on the right path.

Posted by: Ilikemyprivacy | January 14, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only hope is for a Republican sweep of Congress.

He can't rely on Harry or Nancy for adult supervision, and has no chance of growing up with the current crop of lunatics running the Congress.

Posted by: pkhenry | January 14, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama is totally incompetent.

Hell will have frozen over solid when I vote for another Republican. There are no independents. There are no qualified Democrats.

Our country is in very deep trouble.

Posted by: MrZ2 | January 14, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I sure am not voting for this nutcase again especially after passing "The family smoking prevention and control act" in june 2009. Im just so sick of big brother infringing in on my rights and with him in office gun owners better watch out too, because this nutcase obama is out to abolish the 2nd amendment. DONT BE FOOLED PEOPLE NOBAMA 2012!!!

Posted by: zmoqed | January 14, 2010 5:35 PM


Right on zmoqed

not to mention the cig tax increase last April and he said no more tax increases!!! yeah right

Posted by: ryanjmd | January 14, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

No the President is not in trouble. The media and Obama haters think if they say something often enough and loud enough people will believe it. I have come to the conclusion that those people who want so much for Obama to fail are inundating the news, written print, talk radio and polls with all the doom and gloom, negativity and hatred they can dish out. They are not the least bit interested in the well being of our country. They hate our President and will do anything they can to see him fail.

President Obama is doing an excellent job given the shape the country was in when he was sworn in. The American people won't easily forget that. We also won't forget that Republicans have done absolutely NOTHING to help bring this country back. We see that they seem to be doing everything they can to help this President fail. And judging from all the hateful, mean spirited, bigoted comments that have been coming non stop from the right, most Americans would never align themselves with people like this. These people DO NOT represent the United States. These people are an embarrassment to our country. It is a shame that they seem to align themselves with Republicans/conservatives and the right wing. What person who really cares about this country would want people like them to represent America? And guess what, Republicans are not even bothering to condemn them. Says a whole lot doesn't it?


The world has been watching and reading and some of the horrible comments being posted on the various blogs since the Haiti earth quake. We are witnessing the ugly American and it is really sad. The ignorant nonsense coming from Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh is showing the American people and the world that these people are not true Americans and certainly not the kind of people we would like to see run our country. So don't even believe that President Obama is in trouble. He is looking better and better considering what we are witnessing from people who obviously didn't support him. Thanks for showing your true colors. Thank God for President Barack Obama.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 14, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone in his or her right mind say that President Obama is looking better and better? He's destroying this country and paving the way for China to be the world's next superpower. He should be tried for teason!

Posted by: georges2 | January 14, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Hi All You Repugnant Obnoxious/Obstructive Goose-Steppers,Both Pat Robertson, and the leader of your party Rush(me to the toilet) Limberger are with you in their thoughts.
Thought I might give you a few things to cheer about my President:
Of the bills that passed in congress last year, 96.7% of those supported by Obama, the largest in our history since Johnson. And, by the way Johnson wasn't trounced by Nixon, as an American realizing his mistakes, he elected not to run again.
Today, the conservative Washington Times ran the numbers on Obama's sucesesses in spending cuts last year winning 60% of his proposed cuts and managed to get congress to ax several programs that bewildered G.W. Bush for years. 60% was better than any previous administrations best year. Bush had 40% in FY '06, and under 15% in "07'/'08.
"If you Republicans stop telling lies about we Democrats, we'll stop telling the truth about you.
Retired U.S. Army combat veteran.
P.S. Check the service records (really) of both George 1, and George 11. Birds of a feather?

Posted by: sandan | January 14, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

"The Confederacy of Fools are those who have already passed judgment on Obama's presidency before he has completed his first year."

So you're saying we need to wait another 5 days to pronounce him an idiot? What's going to happen in 5 days?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"Of the bills that passed in congress last year, 96.7% of those supported by Obama,"

I'm glad to known that a supermajority by Obama's party supported him last year.

What's next? Praise by SEIU on the great progress by our jejeune president? Or maybe a speech by Biden on why Obama is his favorite boss?

If you set the bar any lower for Obama, you might as well dig a trench

He's even more skilled than anyone suspected!

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

You don't know if you have found the bottom ??? People are slowly realizing how much of a FRAUD Obama is. Once someone is lost, they are not coming back.


For some reason, many democrats are delusional about Obama.

Obama has broken all his main campaign promises - transparency - bipartisanship - post-racial by giving Harry Reid a pass.

The American people DO NOT want the health care bill.

Americans do not want to see their soldiers RISK their lives and die - only to see Obama release the terrorists which our young men have captured.

Obama released terrorists to Yemen right before the Detroit bomber.

People are slowly waking up to how back Obama is.


Obama has been sinking faster than any recent President - and there is nothing to stop his fall.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 14, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Check the service records (really) of both George 1, and George 11. Birds of a feather?

Posted by: sandan


Atleast they are Americans and they served! OUCH!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 14, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Check the service records (really) of both George 1, and George 11. Birds of a feather?

Posted by: sandan


Atleast they are Americans and they served! OUCH!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 14, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhh....

LOL!!!! :-D

The phony Messiah is finally having to accept reality!

You know...

The one that says you have to accomplish something at least ONCE;

to be able to keep Blurping out how "Great" you are...

Or, what it is you can ACTUALLY Do! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 14, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not soothing the Democrats, he is hypnotizing them and telling them, repeat after me, we are not committing suicide....., we are not committing suicide.....we are not committing suicide.

But there is no escaping the realization, as the pre-emptive blog "Robbing-America" exposes, and that now is being picked-up by the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal;

"Why Are Democrats committing Suicide?"

Their majority will be taken away, and the matter is when, rather than if. This is part of what RA says........"Democrats are committing Political suicide by ramming through in a perfectly unilateral way, using tactics that are better identified with gangsters than with the people’s representatives, and against the will of the majority of Americans, a legislation that will negatively "transform America". Without something that they can call bipartisan, every single bump, denial, higher cost, and consumer complain, even those that are unjustified, related to Healthcare, will be blamed on Democrats for the next decade and beyond;......"

The indictment is accurate if you care to see it: http://www.robbingamerica.blogspot.com Democrats need not apply.............just repeat after me........we are not committing suicide....

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | January 14, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Hi Guys,
Anytime I need a laugh, I now know where to go.
I know it's yesterday's news and not worthy replying to by repugnants, but let's try a few:
President George W. Bush's accomplishments:
1. Attacked and took over 2 countries which involved a lot of lies and deceit.
2. Spent our surplus and bankrupt the U.S. Treasury.
3. Shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in our history.
4. First president to enter office with a criminal record. And a pretty good one.
5. Set the all-time record for the most days on vacation.
6. After taking the whole month of August on vacation, presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
7. Cut health care benefits for war vets.
8. 1st to have all 50 states go bankrupt simultaneously.
9. In 2 years, created the most divided America since the Civil War.
10. Dissolved more international treaties than U.S. president.
11. 1st to attack a sovereign nation.
12. Appointed more convicted criminals that any U.S. president in history.
13. Most secretive and unaccountable presidency in U.S. history.
I have bundles more, but my fingers are getting tired.
In closing, can anyone out there in neocon never-never land tell me "ONE" yes one thing that President George W. Bush did for all Americans during his 8-years?
Retired U.S. Army combat vet

Posted by: sandan | January 14, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be a one term failed Democrat president. He has already surpassed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in the last 100 years. Perhaps when he leaves office in Jan 2013 he can become a teleprompter coach or salesman.

Posted by: fenoy | January 14, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Worst. President. Ever.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 14, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

We are a nation of sheep not thinking for ourselves but just following what others say. This is why the poll numbers are lower than they were a few months ago.

President Obama inherited a lot of problems from security issues to the economy. It takes time to resolve these things, more than month, more than a year and maybe longer. Yet, the sheep complain of the lack of instant gratification.

The question for the sheep and the pollsters how would you resolve these pressing issues.

Oh, the silence is deafening.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | January 15, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

fenoy and watery,
Can't you guys do a little better than that?
Based on your juvenile comments, and the ones previously given by your equally juvenile companions, Bush has to be the worst. He left office with a 20% approval rating. Isn't that proof enough for both of you?
In your own juvenile words, what his Obama done or not done, in your estimation, to warrant such harsh words? I hope I'm not using too many big words for you both?
And I'm curious, why hasn't either one of you responded to my remarks about Bush?
Hurry up and try to answer, tomorrow is a school day.
Retired U.S. combat veteran.
P.S. George W. Bush was also a deserter during time of war, an offense punishable by death. Gen. Eisenhauer had a young soldier executed in Europe for the very same offense. Check it out!

Posted by: sandan | January 15, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

In a nation of over 300 million people, it's amazing to me that we ended up stuck with this inexperienced, arrogant, cowardly empty suit who says whatever is expedient and then renegs (campaign finance, C-span coverage of the healthcare debate, not one dime of increased taxes on those earning less than $200,000 per year...or was it less than $250,000 per year?, etc.).

And unlike others posting on this website, I don't have a problem whatsoever with someone cutting and pasting a suscinct, brilliant take on the issue at hand as shorthand for what the poster believes. The quote from "A Confederacy of Fools" has a great deal of truth to it, and at the very least should serve as a wake-up call that we'd better start thinking and voting in a more rational and mature manner.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | January 15, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Conan said: “According to a new TV Guide poll, 83 percent of voters want me to stay at 11:35. When he heard this poll number, President Obama asked, “How can I get NBC to screw me over?”

Posted by: jahoby | January 15, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

sandan's comment has been removed due to political expediency.

Posted by: jahoby | January 15, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The other day in Turkey, villagers in a small town were shocked when a sheep gave birth to a calf with a human face. Sounds like sandan has a lot of explaining to do.

Posted by: jahoby | January 15, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | January 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

No one in the White House is celebrating over the latest polls. President Obama’s job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent in a flurry of recent surveys.
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Oh really?
They have been throwing a party or having a dinner event every three days over there at the White House. It is Party Central! Woooo Hoooo!

And he has a lot to party about! Most of his minions still don't have a clue as to who he is and what he has planned.

46% are still blinded solely by the glare shinning from his smile.

It is an absolutely amazing spectacle to behold for those who can reckon the number.

We knew he would be good; but not this good! Congratulations Barrak you did work hard for it!

Posted by: rexreddy | January 15, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I give up ! It just dawned on me that there is NO WAY for a conservative or any one else to beat "Dear Leader". While we get to count the votes collected in FIFTY states,his "WONDERFULNESS" gets to count the votes of FIFTY SEVEN!

Posted by: slingshot1 | January 15, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

President Obama inherited a lot of problems from security issues to the economy. It takes time to resolve these things, more than month, more than a year and maybe longer. Yet, the sheep complain of the lack of instant gratification.

The question for the sheep and the pollsters how would you resolve these pressing issues.

Oh, the silence is deafening.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | January 15, 2010


Gee, he must be the first President that did not take office in a perfect world.

First of all, he should have focused on economy. The stimulus was completely botched Should have been smaller projects soley on infrastructure (Bridges, roads, smart grid, etc). Then tax credits for hiring, investment in capital equipment (I'm a CPA-I saw first hand the expenditures soley created due to TRA 86's investment credits)

Health care could have been reformed at much lower cost...allow interstae comp. take away prexisiting clauses, tort reform) THis would have solved many issues at zero cost.

The mullahs are LAUGHING at this fool. Navy should have blockaded Iran after first deadline missed. Outright support for demopstrators over there. Afganistan has tbeen completetly botched.

If this fool had sdone NOTHING, we would be better off economically. When people start doing their taxes this month guess what..you did not get a tax CUT they just lowered your W/h. People who never had to pay wiull now have to. The stimulus pork now hads to be repaid. ALl drags on recovery. We lost millions of jobs under this moron as every single one of his policies is anti-business. Will NEVER have a recovery while dems are in power. No one will invest not knowing what the Obams-Pelsoi-Reid creww is capable of. Taking away rights of creditors at Chrysler. reulating CapandTax when they could not get legislations. Milking the banks for BILLIONS of dollars .Taxing the crap out of everyone who makes money.

Oh look, we are now only losing thousands of jobs each month in stead of tens of thousands, You applaud this?

My god, we have 45% COMPLETE idiots IN THIS COUNTry.

Posted by: randyfaria | January 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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