"Barack Obama Sees Worst Poll Rating Drop In 50 Years"
Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of the year, a sharp drop from the 62 per cent he recorded from April.
His current approval rating – hovering just above the level that would make re-election an uphill struggle – is close to the bottom for newly-elected president. Mr Obama entered the White House with a soaring 78 per cent approval rating.
The bad polling news came as Mr Obama returned to the campaign trail to prevent his Democratic party losing two governorships next month in states in which he defeated Senator John McCain in last November's election.
Jeffrey Jones of Gallup explained: "The dominant political focus for Obama in the third quarter was the push for health care reform, including his nationally televised address to Congress in early September.
"Obama hoped that Congress would vote on health care legislation before its August recess, but that goal was missed, and some members of Congress faced angry constituents at town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. Meanwhile, unemployment continued to climb near 10 per cent."
Unfortunately for Obama, the People had something to say about the legislation that would so impact each and every one of us. I bet those legislators just HATE when their constituents throw a wrench into their grand plans, don't you?
Things aren't just bad for Obama, though:
Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey is in severe danger of defeat while Democrats are fast losing hope that Creigh Deeds can beat his Republican opponent in Virginia. Twin Democratic losses would be a major blow to Mr Obama's prestige.
Campaigning for Mr Corzine in Hackensack on Wednesday night, Mr Obama delivered a plea that almost seemed as much for himself as the local candidate: "I'm here today to urge you to cast aside the cynics and the sceptics, and prove to all Americans that leaders who do what's right and who do what's hard will be rewarded and not rejected."
Mr Corzine, a former Goldman Sachs executive and multi-millionaire, is currently running even in New Jersey, which is normally comfortably Democratic, while Mr Deeds is trailing badly in Virginia, a swing state that was key to Mr Obama's 2008 victory.
Let's just pause for a second and soak that in - Gov. Corzine is a former Goldman Sachs exec who made a gazillion buckaroos, and Obama is stumping for him. Perhaps this is one of those moments when Obama's minions might just get sobered up just a tad from the Kool Aide and realize that they bought a bill of goods.
It gets worse:
Mr Obama is also facing widespread criticism for his drawn-out decision-making process over what to do next in Afghanistan.
Republicans sense Mr Obama is in a vulnerable position and this week saw the return to the public stage of his perhaps most vehement opponent – Vice-President Dick Cheney.
Holy crapoli - Cheney? The man to whom we affectionately (cough) referred to as Darth Vader?? Whooey - this should be interesting:
In a blistering speech on Wednesday night, he accused Mr Obama of failing to give Americans troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals and of being seemingly "afraid to make a decision" about Afghanistan "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said at the Center for Security Policy in Washington.
"Make no mistake, signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries."
He hit out at Obama aides who suggested that the Bush administration had failed to weigh up conditions in Afghanistan properly before committing troops.
"Now they seem to be pulling back and blaming others for their failure to implement the strategy they embraced. It's time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity."
Yikes. Nothing like being called on the carpet by the president, I mean, VICE president, from the past 8 years. Ahem. I reckon Obama and his Chicago pals thought all of their blaming of the Bush Administration would silence that Administration. Apparently, they were not paying attention to how Cheney rolls over the last 8 years, either. I'm sure Obama/Emmanuel/Axelrove will come up with SOME dismissive statement about Cheney's remarks, and still not do anything about Afghanistan, because that's how THEY roll.
Just in case you are keeping score (or want to), the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll at Rasmussen Reports has Obama's approval ratings at 49% as of Friday, Oct. 23rd.
But hey, these are just numbers. What are the people who formerly approved of Obama but are now sobering up saying? My good friend, Nunly, of Bad Habit fame, braved the Obamablogs, and found some mighty interesting comments by the Obama faithful. She was kind enough to leave this at my blog, and the comments in italics are her's (she's funny):
I went to look at AmericaBlog last night (I love to see what the Obots are up to) and thought you would LOVE to see what they think of Obama now. I've never seen so much whining, crying, gnashing of teeth since I told my kids they had to pay for their own car insurance.
...Aravosis has been covering the health care bill negotiations and I swear, the comments about Obama had me rolling on the floor laughing.
Here are a few of my favorite from that post. You could read the rest if you want, but they are all about the same.
Here goes..get your tissues out because you're gonna laugh until you cry:
I really don't remember voting for Olympia Snow during the presidential campaign.
Obama campaigned on a strong public option.
When push came to shove he ran the other way.
What does it matter now what he says - we already know who he is.
(Mary Ellen's note: Then the following guy is trying to put the kool-aid stains on somebody else's upper lip and throws in a little Christian bashing to finish it off.)
JohnnyG [Moderator] 10 hours ago 2 people liked this.
Even if this is proven true, the kool-aid drinkers will still ignore it. All they care about is his "historical presidency." They'll be more than happy to let his dirty dealings be swept under the rug. Much like how Christians view God, anything good is credited to Jesus (Barack) and anything bad is credited to the devil (Rahm, anyone else handy.)
why isn't obama pushing for the PO, instead of parading around on letterman like a vain opportunist?
(Below is my favorite comment!)
If Obama's ultra-secret overarching goal for his presidency is to make the PUMAs look sane in retrospect, then all I can say is "Well played sir, well played indeed."
(ROTFLMAO! They hate it that the PUMA's were right!)
Obviously, he was lying about wanting the public option. No money in that, after all it takes a billion to become president.
For what it's worth, in the 2008 Presidential campaign, McCain raised $8 million from people who worked for healthcare companies, including lots of executives.
Obama raised ** $19 million **. You do the math.
(They just figured that out? And HOW many times did we try to tell them that before and how did they reply? "Racist!" )
if President Obama isn't trying to scuttle his own campaign promise
No, no, of course, he isn't trying to scuttle his own campaign promise. No, like any card carrying Republican, he is trying to scuttle America, drag it down the tubes, destroy our nation, which he hates and despises.
I'm sick of the man. Revolted, bitter, and angry that I and so many others were played for suckers into voting for him. Would we have been worse off under McCain and Sarah Palin? Beginning to wonder. Probably would have been no different.
(More laughing...I thought "we" were the "bitter and angry" ones? Look who's bitter now!)...
Oh, how low they have gone, just like Obama's poll numbers. I would be more sympathetic if they hadn't treated all of us like Pure-T crap, or demeaned and belittled Hillary Clinton at every turn, demonizing her, downplaying her vast accomplishments, the warmth, the compassion, the intellect, the experience...So, yeah, I hate it for them, but they have no one to blame but themselves for how they're feeling now. See? Vetting the candidate really DOES matter! Wowie zowie, just like we said!! Sigh.
Well, all I can say is stay tuned - it's bound to be interesting at any rate, right? Can't wait to see what the coming week brings...