USA Today poll shows Obama below 50%

posted at 2:10 pm on December 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has suffered a 36-point drop in the gap between approval and disapproval since Inauguration Day in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of adults.  He started at 64/25, but limps into Christmas with 49/46, within the margin of error.  In fact, Obama fared worse than any other President in the history of the survey:

When he was inaugurated in January, Obama scored a job rating of 64% approve-25% disapprove in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll — a net positive rating by a formidable 39 percentage points.

As the year comes to a close, he’s still in positive territory, but not by much. The latest survey, taken Friday through Sunday, puts the president’s approval at 49%-46%. That is Obama’s narrowest margin of the year, with his approval matching his low point in early October and his disapproval matching his high point later that month.

In comparison to the approval ratings for modern elected presidents in December of their first year in office, Obama’s standing is the worst, though he’s close to Ronald Reagan. In December 1981, Reagan’s approval rating was also 49%, though his disapproval rating was a bit lower, 41%.

What makes this remarkable is the amount of goodwill Obama had available at the beginning of his presidency.  The only President to suffer this kind of beating in the USAT/Gallup polling was Ronald Reagan, who had to contend with a fairly unfriendly media as well as almost a decade of economic stagnation.  Obama, in comparison, got a free ride during the first six months of his first year in office, and only now gets scrutiny for a lack of leadership and even interest in the issues that surround him.

Jim Geraghty notes that David Axelrod, Obama’s political adviser, can’t be too happy with these results:

So that’s a B+, right?

Well, I’m sure passing a health-care bill without a public option or failing to pass a bill entirely will help these numbers . . .

This brings up a point I discussed on my show yesterday.  With Republicans almost entirely united in their disapproval of Obama and the majority of independent disapproval increasing, the real risk for Obama is losing his base.  The increase of troops to Afghanistan disillusioned the antiwar Left, and the failure of both the public option and the Medicare buy-in will further damage his standing.  The insistence on housing Gitmo detainees in Illinois will only rescue that wing’s support if it’s accompanied by full habeas corpus rights for the terrorists, which the administration thus far has signaled will not be forthcoming — although once the detainees are in the US, courts will probably insist on it.

We’ve seen this kind of erosion before.  It happened to George Bush in 2005-2007, when the Right abandoned him after two successive immigration reform efforts and the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court.  Obama may be heading into the same kind of vise in which Bush finished his second term of office, especially if the “recovery” doesn’t produce massive numbers of new jobs — and quickly.


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That high? Seriously? Has he done anything right so far?

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Take another Bow, Barry!

Fake8 on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM


Obama fared worse than any other President in the history of the survey

And in three years we’ll be saying “Obama fared worse than any other President in the history of the United States.”

Tony737 on December 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Come on! Global warming racism caused him to Inherit those poll numbers from Bosh!

Juno77 on December 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Anything above 10% proves this country is full of idiots.

angryed on December 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

But he gave himself a B+

Daveyardbird on December 15, 2009 at 2:19 PM

generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment the rise of the progressives oceans began to slow.

WashJeff on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

It’s Bush’s fault.

bradley11 on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Reagan didn’t have to “contend with a fairly unfriendly media.” He had to fight against the left wing media machine without any Rush Limbaugh, without any Fox News, without the Internet.

There was no way for Reagan’s message to get out without enormous effort battling through the hostile media — the enemedia. Of course they did everything they could to destroy him.

Imagine what Reagan could have done with the Internet, with talk radio, with Fox news!

bonnie_ on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

A for affort

blatantblue on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

But but but…he got a B+ on his term paper!!

NJ Red on December 15, 2009 at 2:21 PM

We’ve seen this kind of erosion before. It happened to George Bush in 2005-2007, when the Right abandoned him after two successive immigration reform efforts and the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court. Obama may be heading into the same kind of vise in which Bush finished his second term of office, especially if the “recovery” doesn’t produce massive numbers of new jobs — and quickly.

In his second term, Bush had to deal with a hostile press, one of the worst natural disasters(Katrina) in our nation’s history, and the Iraq war. And only the last one was entirely of his doing.

Obama on the other hand has gotten a free ride from the drive-bys and most of the American people. Now that this is no longer the case, his numbers will be in a freefall.

Doughboy on December 15, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Kids with crayons.

Not a trend.

Hey, look! A Skittle-sh*tting unicorn!

Good Lt on December 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

..boy, the fireworks will start when this Clown Prince Pantload-in-Chief sinks below 40% in one of the polls. It is truly a testament to the wonderful P/R job the Kneepad Media is doing keeping the POSOTUS afloat.

ed’s term is entirely appropriate: a veritable tongue-bath.

VoyskaPVO on December 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Obama may be heading into the same kind of vise in which Bush finished his second term of office, especially if the “recovery” doesn’t produce massive numbers of new jobs — and quickly.

Not likely, of course. Obama has no clue where jobs even come from, much less how to stimulate employment…I mean ‘weatherization’ as stimulus?

AUINSC on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Come on. He’s only been in office less than a year. Give him a chance to clean up the mess the Republicans made! /

Lanceman on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

And in three years we’ll be saying “Obama fared worse than any other President in the history of the United States.”

Tony737 on December 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM

And the White House will be saying “It is unprecendented how bad a president Obama is.”

pedestrian on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Obama is not the story…like it or not we are stuck with him for 3 more years. To defang Obama we need to fire Congress and those folk are the countries real enemies…out of touch, arrogant, corrupt and venal.The only hope the country has is to fire as many in Congress as possible, the worst of both parties…

JIMV on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

That high? Seriously? Has he done anything right so far?

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I am relatively certain the only reason he has anything above, say, 20% (the irredeemable moron fraction), is that folks who voted for him are still trying to reconcile their self-image of a competent, thoughtful voter with the reality that they were snookered into voting for a flimflam man.

This will change over the next year.

Pavel on December 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Reagan didn’t have to “contend with a fairly unfriendly media.” He had to fight against the left wing media machine without any Rush Limbaugh, without any Fox News, without the Internet.

There was no way for Reagan’s message to get out without enormous effort battling through the hostile media — the enemedia enemamedia. Of course they did everything they could to destroy him.

Imagine what Reagan could have done with the Internet, with talk radio, with Fox news!

bonnie_ on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

..FIFY; your point is entirely valid, though!

VoyskaPVO on December 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM

The only President to suffer this kind of beating in the USAT/Gallup polling was Ronald Reagan, who had to contend with a fairly unfriendly media as well as almost a decade of economic stagnation.

You are being way too generous there, Ed.

Vashta.Nerada on December 15, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Bringing terrorists from GITMO to the US and threatening Nelson with BRAC ought to help those approval numbers.

farright on December 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM

What makes this remarkable is the amount of goodwill Obama had available at the beginning of his presidency.

And he blew it all on that $787 BILLION fake “Stimulus”.

GarandFan on December 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Do they seriously think that passing the healthcare bill will help him?

Can that possibly be true?

bridgetown on December 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM

49% is an epic fail…unless…you’re a racist, half-black, cocaine-sniffing deginerate who needs a father figure. Then it’s a B+

SouthernGent on December 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Another racist poll.

***face palm***

Knucklehead on December 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM

These polls obviously do not take into account how many strokes Ogabe has taken off his golf game, how his jump shot has improved, or the high marks that the Lieutenant gave him after the NYC date-night.

Bishop on December 15, 2009 at 2:28 PM

… Bush had to deal with a hostile press, one of the worst natural disasters(Katrina) in our nation’s history … – Dough Boy

And in reality, the disater of Katrina had more to do with the weakness of the Gov of LA (a Dem) and the Mayor of N.O. (another Dem).

Tony737 on December 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM

RAAAACIST!!!
BOOOOOOOOOSH!!!
WE WOOOOOOOOOOON!!!

Damn, none of it’s working!!!

;)

RedNewEnglander on December 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM

If Brilliant Barry can’t do any better than this with a full house of Dems, a slobbering press and nearly 24/7 coverage in the network media, what does that say?

Failure ! Oh, that’s right, B+

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Solid B+ in my book.

El_Terrible on December 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Look, this bill is *going* to pass. Bet on it.

Midas on December 15, 2009 at 2:32 PM

49% is an epic fail…unless…you’re a racist, half-black, cocaine-sniffing deginerate who needs a father figure. Then it’s a B+

SouthernGent on December 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM

SG, my 2 cents – you are awesome. Always love the snark.

alexwest on December 15, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Obviously 46% of the country are racists. Time for more sensitivity training.

Seriously, I have to wonder about these polls. Is there one single McCain/Palin voter who approves of Obama’s performance? Hard to believe there are any, so then the entire rest of the country is OK with Obama? Huh?

jwolf on December 15, 2009 at 2:32 PM

And the White House will be saying “It is unprecendented how bad a president Obama is.”

pedestrian on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

And that will be the one and only time the word “unprecedented” will be warranted!

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Wow. 49% of the nation are still “enlightened”?

What will it take for them to wake up?

portlandon on December 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

All it took was for him to start actually doing his job for his ratings to fall to earth.

ProfessorMiao on December 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

It’s really past time for some serious hostility.

Midas on December 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Anything above 10% proves this country is full of idiots.

angryed on December 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Yes, but the growing negative numbers are encouraging. It shows that at least some Americans are resistant to leftist indoctrination and are able to think for themselves.

Barry boy can sit in the WHite House all day and pretend that he doesn’t know about the Tea Party going on down the street today, but his party is going to pay a high price next election year.

UltimateBob on December 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Just an observation, and it is off topic, so I will apologize in advance…..

Why are we worried about Caulking windows and doors IF Global Warming is real????

PappaMac on December 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

We’ve seen this kind of erosion before. It happened to George Bush in 2005-2007, when the Right abandoned him after two successive immigration reform

The next thing on the Dems list seems to be amnesty for illegals although if, if, health care dies, they may not be too interested.

The Dems may pass some sort of health care travesty, but watch out for amnesty. These guys certainly know how to light a fire.

Cody1991 on December 15, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Maybe he should go on Oprah or 60 Minutes again…

I am sure the American people aren’t getting tired of seeing his smug puss on TV or listening to his endless lies.

Seven Percent Solution on December 15, 2009 at 2:37 PM

That high? Seriously? Has he done anything right so far?

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Well strengthening our relationship with India is a good move. Then there’s ah, um, er, well, hold on, . . .

rbj on December 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Not likely, of course. Obama has no clue where jobs even come from, much less how to stimulate employment…I mean ‘weatherization’ as stimulus?

AUINSC on December 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Let’s all be fair here. How can you expect the filthy lying coward to understand the concept of “job” when he has never held one? He’s been employed by various public institutions and activists groups but the rat bastard traitor has never actually had a job in his life.

To expect him to understand what a job is would be like demanding that a child raised on a tropical island to understand snow.

highhopes on December 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Why are we worried about Caulking windows and doors IF Global Warming is real???? – PappaMac

Because Global Warming is making the world so freakin’ cold! … Didn’t you see “The Day After Tomorrow”?

Tony737 on December 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM

The numbers will only get lower because of the political realities Obama is creating himself. Most people (56% if I remember correctly) believe Obama to be a good guy at heart, but everything Obama advocates is severely disliked by the majority of America. In every single poll all of this policies are at or below 50% save his handling of Afghanistan. You can’t have that many trailing indicators and not have it affect you. Eventually the people will begin to associate the man with the policy and once that happens his goose is cooked. Since he has never shown any inclination of changing this possibility looks very probable.

txaggie on December 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Wow. 49% of the nation are still “enlightened”?

What will it take for them to wake up?

portlandon on December 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Youth – NO JOB CREATION

“non-whites” – NOTHING (definition of racists)

marklmail on December 15, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Don’t you know that it pains the management of USA Today to have to publish that poll?

kingsjester on December 15, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Worst peformance President ever.

Jaibones on December 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM

but his party is going to pay a high price next election year.

UltimateBob on December 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I’ll see it when I believe it. These clowns with R’s after their names are so freakin’ weak, that if they gain 20 in the House and three in the Senate, I’d be surprised.

Lanceman on December 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Didn’t mean to strike.

Lanceman on December 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Look, this bill is *going* to pass. Bet on it.

Midas on December 15, 2009 at 2:32 PM

The week and especially today the media is full of reports of the scheme falling apart. I believe they are reporting a wave effect, every scheme and every deal is unraveling and the rats are heading for the lifeboats before it crashes completely…

That said, I also believe we will end up with some scheme…a mess thousands of pages long full of bad ideas, added costs, government mandates etc. The only truly horrible thing still in the bill, as near as I can tell, is the individual mandate. The scheme where healthy young folk will have to buy expensive care to subsidize sick oldies, and they still plan to gut Medicare Advantage to allow AARP to sell medicare supplemental policies.

Regardless of what we end up with and how far from what the left threatened us with, they will rally around whatever mess they jam through and pretend they have what they wanted all along, then will pretend Bush did it when the unexpected outcomes appear over the next year or so unless the new republican majority next year can reverse the mess.

The best possible outcome would be for the mess to crash completely, not a trace of anything in either the House scheme or the Reid scam left, and they go back to the start next year and are forced to listen to Republicans…then they pass law that

1. Allows policies to be bought across state lines
2. Make health care expenses 100% tax deductible
3. Allows drugs into the country from other countries

Those things alone would do more to cut costs and spread coverage than anything the schemers for bigger government have dreamed of.

JIMV on December 15, 2009 at 2:41 PM

B+

That is one hell of a curve he is being graded on.

I was taught…
If one student in the class fails, it is most likely the student’s fault.
If the whole class fails, it is most likely teacher’s fault.

With a curve this bad the whole Obama class of 2009 must be a bunch of morons.

mechkiller_k on December 15, 2009 at 2:42 PM

This guy has put tens and hundreds of billions of dollars in the hands of czars who have not been vetted by Congress, the media, or really anyone who matters…This is how we got a hack Communist like Van Jones and Pedophile Kevin Jennings…I eagerly await a John Stossal or Lou Dobbs getting midevil on the scum that Obama put in charge of our economy…Really, these could be historical times for true journalists. Watergate was a veritable boyscout jamboree compared to what the Democrats have been doing for quite some time.

Nozzle on December 15, 2009 at 2:43 PM

That high? Seriously? Has he done anything right so far?

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Some portion of that 49% is his dedicated black following. Another portion (possible overlap, too) doesn’t pay attention to what’s going on, and many don’t even know the name of our VP.

Daggett on December 15, 2009 at 2:44 PM

B+ presidency!!!!!!!!!!11111

Smart Power!!!!!11

jukin on December 15, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Imagine what Reagan could have done with the Internet, with talk radio, with Fox news!

bonnie_ on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Exactly: There is no comparison between how Obama has been lauded in the media and the way in which Reagan was relentlessly blamed for every aspect of the poor economy in his first year of office.

For Barry to be this unpopular after a year of butt-kissing and celebration by the media is……impressive

B+ in Screwing Things Up

Janos Hunyadi on December 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM

….It is truly a testament to the wonderful P/R job the Kneepad Media is doing keeping the POSOTUS afloat….

VoyskaPVO on December 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

100+

ROTFLMAO!

belad on December 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM

F- in handling the economy

A+ in Nobel Peace Prize winning

A+ in bowing

Averages out to a B+. So he was correct.

angryed on December 15, 2009 at 2:53 PM

USA Today poll shows Obama below 50; MSM Reporters struggle for way to blame Bush

LASue on December 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Looks like a trend to me. Oooooh, Obama’s gettin’ all trendy with his polling numbers. Oooooh, tingle up my leg. Oooooh.

t.ferg on December 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM

It may take a bit of time for the numbers to go lower; you are, after all, asking Liberals to acknowledge their fallibility.

Doorgunner on December 15, 2009 at 2:55 PM

That high? Seriously? Has he done anything right so far?

WesternActor on December 15, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Well, I was happy he increased the troops to Afghanistan. But really, that’s about it.

Rosmerta on December 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I read the other day TV ratings are going down big time…perfect time for the “LiL ‘Bama” cartoon show to premiere!Instant hit!

theTarCzar on December 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

USA Today poll shows Obama below 50; MSM Reporters struggle for way to blame Bush

LASue on December 15, 2009 at 2:54 PM

In all honesty they won’t blame Bush, but do look for some serious hand-wringing as they blame the American people for being so impatient and so susceptible to gloom and doom politics from the political right.

PackerBronco on December 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

….It is truly a testament to the wonderful P/R job the Kneepad Media is doing keeping the POSOTUS afloat….

VoyskaPVO on December 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Kneepad Media=B+!

theTarCzar on December 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Well, I was happy he increased the troops to Afghanistan. But really, that’s about it.

Rosmerta on December 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Thats about the only campaign promise he kept so far,too.

theTarCzar on December 15, 2009 at 3:01 PM

It’s storybook, man!

Sowell Disciple on December 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

A+ in bowing

Averages out to a B+. So he was correct.

angryed on December 15, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Good one, angryed.

Speaking of bowing, I hate The New Yorker’s politics, but I have to admit I liked this week’s cover. (If you get the window asking you to register, just click somewhere on the picture to enlarge it and make the registration message go away.)

Rosmerta on December 15, 2009 at 3:07 PM

If Obama continues to follow the trajectory of Reagan, I believe Sarah Palin will get the nomination (like Walter Mondale) and will pick a House member (like Geraldine Ferraro). I’m thinking Paul Ryan because of his healthcare expertise. I don’t know at this point if his popularity could go back up like Reagan’s. Reagan was certainly classier than Obama. Obviously, Obama will not win every state except for one. I think he will lose Indiana but squeak it out in Ohio and Florida.

NathanG on December 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

He believed his own PR and acted accordingly.

AnninCA on December 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

It’s storybook, man!

Sowell Disciple on December 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Yea, Little Red Riding Hood.

NJ Red on December 15, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Did they list the polling percentages(of who they polled?) Was it like 60 percent dEMOcrat, 35 percent Ind. and 5 percent republican like most of their polls?

Corsair on December 15, 2009 at 3:15 PM

If Obama continues to follow the trajectory of Reagan, I believe Sarah Palin will get the nomination (like Walter Mondale) and will pick a House member (like Geraldine Ferraro). I’m thinking Paul Ryan because of his healthcare expertise. I don’t know at this point if his popularity could go back up like Reagan’s. Reagan was certainly classier than Obama. Obviously, Obama will not win every state except for one. I think he will lose Indiana but squeak it out in Ohio and Florida.

NathanG on December 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Obama is doing everything the opposite of Reagan…Economic Policy…Foreign Policy..pretty much everything.Reagans numbers didnt zoom up because he was likable,its because his policies(especially economic)worked!And Reagan DID have a hostile press against him.I was a kid at the time,didnt pay tons of attention ,but the meme that he was dumb as a rock(ala Bush) and a warmonger who was gonna get us all killed was clearly out there.Also,he was a racist,who caused all homelessness,hated gays because he somehow didnt cure AIDS(or hmm maybe even caused it).Yep the media was working overtime back then as well.Just not as over the top as today.Compare that to the fellating of Obama by the media today.I mean they put halos around his head in pictures!

theTarCzar on December 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

-He stole GM and Chrysler from the rightful owners using taxpayer money.
-He gave the queen an IPOD as a State gift, she already had one.
-He gave Gordon Brown a DVD set of American movies that he couldn’t use in a european DVD player.
-He declared war on the CIA and Fox news while ignoring the terrorists and dithered while troops died in Afghanistan.
-He bowed to the Saudi King…Breaking protocol and honoring the head of a theocratic dictatorship.
-He glad handed Hugo Chavez and Col Gaddafi.
-He allowed the Pan Am bomber to go free after serving just eight years for killing 270 people.
-He approved 787 billion dollars of wasteful spending that has done nothing to stop our economic freefall.
-His budget plans will double and triple the National debt over the next decade.
-He is imposing rights that should reside with US citizens to terrorists killers and is bringing them to this country to spend hundreds of millions on pointless show trials.
-He appointed an avowed communists as his Green Czar, Van Jones.
-He appointed a known pedophile as Safe Schools Czar.
-He has a legion of un-vetted Czars running billion dollar programs.
-His Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan are putting our troops in danger as once again he tries to give “rights” to terrorist killers.
He accomplished all this in just one year. Way to go…

Nozzle on December 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Obama may be heading into the same kind of vise in which Bush finished his second term of office, especially if the “recovery” doesn’t produce massive numbers of new jobs — and quickly.

This is as likely as a reversal of the Laws of Thermodynamics in hell. You know something like hell freezes over.

chemman on December 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Please, please, PLEASE! I hope this clown is a 1 termer like Carter. 3 more years of this kind of damage is going to be hard for us to fix.

mozalf on December 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Please, please, PLEASE! I hope this clown is a 1 termer like Carter. 3 more years of this kind of damage is going to be hard for us to fix.

mozalf on December 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Its cool.Looks like hes doing his second term right now.

theTarCzar on December 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I told EVERBODY that he would be the worst President in history…they just laughed at me, NOW who’s laughing?

royzer on December 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Reagan didn’t have to “contend with a fairly unfriendly media.” He had to fight against the left wing media machine without any Rush Limbaugh, without any Fox News, without the Internet.

There was no way for Reagan’s message to get out without enormous effort battling through the hostile media — the enemedia. Of course they did everything they could to destroy him.

Imagine what Reagan could have done with the Internet, with talk radio, with Fox news!

bonnie_ on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Reagan also had to deal with a hostile Congress controlled by Democrats, and needed to twist lots of arms to work his tax cuts through the House, while Obama has majorities in both Houses of Congress.

Reagan lost ground early on because his remedies to Carter’s stagflation required tightening the money supply, which temporarily worsened the recession through late 1981 and 1982, until the economy came roaring back in 1983. He knew he had the right solution, and had four years to implement it.

Obama benefited from an extraordinary good will from the press, but has done little to revive the economy, wasting his (and Congress’) time with the socialized-medicine bill, which voters have opposed en masse. If Obama was smart, he would dump the health-care bill and cap-and-trade, and look toward a supply-side stimulus to revive the economy, with the hope of keeping a Democrat-controlled House in 2010. Instead, he is following Bill Clinton’s lead in 1993-94, with “socialized medicine or bust”, and will probably reap the same rewards as Clinton did in 1994–a GOP-controlled House. Obama also does not benefit from a strong recovery from a weak recession, as Clinton did in 1994.

Obama is heading over a Clinton cliff. Ya gotta wonder what Hillary must be thinking right now.

Steve Z on December 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Who are these freaks who approve of Obama?

Elizabetty on December 15, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Nozzle on December 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Imagine what this bastard would do by 2012. Thats partly why the GOP should at least try winning the house in 2010.

nyx on December 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Nozzle on December 15, 2009

But you must admit he has a nice jump shot and looks faaabulous in mom jeans.

SKYFOX on December 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Bush’s bad poll numbers used to dominate entire news cycles; two whole days of coverage and side stories about how unpopular he was and how it was tearing the country apart.

Likewise, Obama’s early high poll numbers got lots of media attention; it supposedly proved how he was the great uniter, the ‘anti-Bush’. But now that Obama’s numbers are tanking, we don’t hear much about it. What a surprise.

Go RBNY on December 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

it’s unprecedented!

ginaswo on December 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

YAAAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
I’ll drink a toast to this!!
SO SWEET!!!!

Cybergeezer on December 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Obama to Contest His Grade in Prime Time Address http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/12/obama-to-contest-his-grade-in-prime.html

Mervis Winter on December 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I felt so alone last year as I tried to warn people about this guy. It’s nice not to feel alone anymore. But it still breaks my heart to watch this disaster unfold. I pray America survives the next 3 years. Marxism sucks.

redwhiteblue on December 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

In fact, Obama fared worse than any other President in the history of the survey:

Well that tends to happen when you’re the worst President in American history. Somewhere Andrew Johnson is smiling.

elduende on December 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM

-His Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan are putting our troops in danger as once again he tries to give “rights” to terrorist killers.

Nozzle on December 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Is Obama directly or indirectly responsible for setting the Rules of Engagement? Whatever his involvement in these disgusting ROEs, it should be exposed and trumpeted. If we are not going to fight to win and protect our troops to the max, we need to come home, because as of now the ROEs are deadly and demoralizing to OUR TROOPS, not to the enemy.

tigerlily on December 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

“Unprecedented”

mydh12 on December 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

It’s easy to approve of someone who doesn’t have any sort of record to disapprove of (read: no experience), but as soon as that person actually starts accumulating a record of possitions and actions, well, you get the nose-dive that is Obama.

Scrappy on December 15, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Is Obama directly or indirectly responsible for setting the Rules of Engagement?Is Obama directly or indirectly responsible for setting the Rules of Engagement?

National Command Authority, POTUS, SecDef, with recommendations from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff and others as required. Obviously, POTUS is the decider as Bush described himself…Theater Commander will of course make recommendations and he is the one who has to implement the ROE and win the battles…

Nozzle on December 15, 2009 at 9:05 PM