Not much Hope but a whole lot of Change. ObamaCare plus stagnant unemployment plus dithering on Afghanistan makes for a magical brew indeed, my friends.

In fact, the 9-point drop in the most recent quarter is the largest Gallup has ever measured for an elected president between the second and third quarters of his term, dating back to 1953. One president who was not elected to his first term — Harry Truman — had a 13-point drop between his second and third quarters in office in 1945 and 1946…

More generally, Obama’s 9-point slide between quarters ranks as one of the steepest for a president at any point in his first year in office. The highest is Truman’s 19-point drop between his third and fourth quarters, followed by a 15-point drop for Gerald Ford between his first and second quarters. The largest for an elected president in his first year is Bill Clinton’s 11-point slide between his first and second quarters.

When you think about the last three months and how far his support on major issues has deteriorated, it’s almost miraculous that he’s above 50 percent. The public must simply adore him on a personal level. What has he done for anyone lately? He got a health-care bill that’ll end up being completely rewritten through the Finance Committee and he got Iran to kinda sorta maybe agree to a nuclear deal that’s really just a bunch of hype annnnd … anything else? Winning the Nobel counts as something, I guess, even though a heavy majority thinks he didn’t deserve it. Oh — he chaired that meeting at the UN about ridding the world of nuclear weapons. So there you go. You’re welcome.

Actually, here’s some good news: North Dakota’s showing a net gain of 1,800 jobs since the stimulus was passed in February. Follow the link for the bad news.