Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Low, Low, Low, Low, Low, Low..."

Since Obama likes Rap so much, I figured a title taken from Flo Rida's "Low" song would be the perfect title for Obama's current poll ratings. Let's put it this way: they could be better. In fact, they could be a LOT better. You know, this is when the politician claims that s/he doesn't pay any attention to polls. Yeah, like that. The title of this article pretty much sums it up:
"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

Mike_in_the_Tundra said:
I really don't remember voting for Olympia Snow during the presidential campaign.

Montiel said:
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.)

PresPlatitudes said:
why isn't obama pushing for the PO, instead of parading around on letterman like a vain opportunist?

(Below is my favorite comment!)

Judas Peckerwood
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!)

Fireblazes(CheetohsandCatfood) said:
Obviously, he was lying about wanting the public option. No money in that, after all it takes a billion to become president.

godwillsortyouout said:
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!" )

vkobaya said:
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...


Nellie said...

Rev. Amy,

The focus on Afghanistan is so appropriate right now.

In your previous post, you correctly stated (paraphrasing here) that at some point a president had to own his presidency.

IMHO, we do not have a President, which to me is an adult of stature able to bear responsibility for his choices. We have a narcissistic 16 year old, who will NEVER grow up. He will waffle until and unless he can find someone and someway to blame another for any losses, as well as position himself for any credit.

The people I ache for are those like Katmoon and the families, and the troops themselves. It breaks my heart that young lives will be wasted for the ego of someone who is not only a perennial teenager, but someone with no ability to empathisze with others.

Hopefully someone in Congress has the cajones to go sit the BRAT down and give him a good shake and let him have it full volume. Otherwise this situation will just drag on and on and on I fear.

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO at Nunley's comments.

I do not feel one bit of pity for those kool-aid drinkers who are sorry now (especially because I can't get Connie Francis' song "Who's Sorry Now" out of my head!).

Hmmm, if Corzine and Deeds both lose, do you think Big O will complain that he doesn't like the way the voters are holding the mops and wiping the dems out of office?

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Nellie -

You are so right - we have a petulant, immature, teenager who wants what he wants when he wants it and doesn't give a damn who he hurts in the meantime. That is, when it comes to HIM.

When it comes to making a decision regarding policy, though, he just wants to go back to his adoring crowds and bask in their Kool Aide infused glow.

You are so right abt people like Katmoon and Ferd, and the troops themselves. To not understand that REAL people's lives are being affected by the indecision seems beyond him. Disturbing.

And wouldn't you just LOVE to be a fly on the wall whenever that grown-up shows up??? Oh, I would. I hope they do, or else, you're right again...

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, SF!

I know, that Nunly is so, so funny. Yes, that is the PERFECT song! Thanks for getting it stuck in MY head! ;-)

That will be interesting indeed to see what happens if Corzine and Deeds lose. We don't have too much longer to wait. But will that stop his prancing all around the country doing these fundraisers? I doubt it. Anything that keeps him from doing the work of the people, right?

Anonymous said...

Hi Rev!

Here's Connie Francis singing the song, maybe it'll help to get it out of your head (so sorry to have placed it there!):

Nothing is going to keep BigO from prancing and dancing around the country and basking in the glory of his holiness. After all, he's proven from the get-go that he's only out to win, not to work. He wants the glory, not the responsibility.

You know, Michelle isn't my favorite person, not by a long shot, but if I were married to that preening peacock, I'd probably have a permanent scowl on my face, too!

My brother (the one in Australia) is a writer and speaker. He recently posted this on twitter:
If we want to know what we value, then we have only to watch what we do and how we do it. Our actions, not our words, express our values.

I guess we can all see very clearly what BigO values - HIMSELF


Mary Ellen said...

Hiya Rev.Amy- You hit the nail on the head, when Obama says he's not paying attention to something, or not "losing sleep" over something that means he's seething inside.

Obama has continually diminished the importance of the office of President with his childish revenge driven attacks on anyone who doesn't agree with him. I truly believe that he has no idea what his role in this government is.

I'm happy to see his poll numbers drop like this, but will feel a lot better when they drop to 45% or less and stay there. He may get a health care bill passed, but it won't be a good one and once the American people...particularly the so-called "progressives", find out what a piece of crap legislation it is, maybe they'll wake up out of their kool-aid stupor.

I always know what excuses the Obots will use because my Obot husband tips his hand whenever the subject of the health care bill comes up. He usually says that there may not be a pubic option per se, but Obama is "smart" (ha!..yeah, right) because he's just planning on "adding that later". Ugh-huh.

I also love the Obots who say that Obama is failing, he's just playing a multi-level chess game. Again...HA! Riiiight. The only game Obama knows is checkers and the only term he knows is "King Me"....and he says it every few seconds, even if he's stuck in a corner.

(PS: Thanks for the link love and nice stuff you said about me. Be careful or I might turn into a narcissistic conceited asswipe like Obama...King Me. :-D )

Mary Ellen said...

OMG! I just looked at AmericaBlog and they are trying to use football analogies to explain Obama's views on Public Option. It's the funniest thing I've ever seen. I don't think any of them has ever watched a football game! I can't stop laughing!

I think that's my new favorite site to read when I need a good laugh. Oh geez...(wiping tears from my eyes.)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SF, thanks for the youtube link! I appreciate it! It really is perfect.

And what your brother wrote is right on target. I imagine you are proud of him! :-)

You know, I hadn't thought abt it like that, but that's a GREAT point abt Michelle and her scowl. I reckon I'd look like that, too, if I were married to someone like an ego like that. Yep, probably so...


Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Mary Ellen, there is no way on God's green earth you could have an ego as big as Obama's. And besides, wouldn't I have to "Mother Superior" you? Teehee!

You know, you can be our spy into the Obama camp with your husband and all. So when he gets his marching orders, and lets it slip out, you can pass it along to us!

It must drive you nuts...

Yeah, I'd love for his poll numbers to drop a little lower and stay there, too. If he keeps going the way he is, I think that's just what we'll see, too.

Cracking me up abt going over to AmericaBlog. They do sound a bit desperate, that's for sure.

And football analogies?? HILARIOUS!!! Made me laugh just to read that!

Okay, Mother Superior, it's back to the very exciting Yankees game. Prayers are always appreciated! :-D

Mary Ellen said...


Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

THANKS, Mary Ellen! You know I'm going to be writing abt that this morning! WOOHOO!!!!! What a night!

I admit, I'm beat from staying up for the game, and my uncle got up at 6 this morning to get ready to leave (which he did at 8), so I am one whopped pup, I'll tell you. But ECSTATIC!!!! Yay!!

Thanks again!