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Remembering Barack Obama

posted at 4:02 pm on October 10, 2011 by

Before you start tweeting or dashing off emails, the president is fine—as hail and healthy as any cigarette smoker can expect to be. And the current name of the leader of the free world is still Barack Obama.

So why are so many columnists beginning to refer to his presidency using the past tense? It’s worth noting that these references are not by conservative bloggers engaging in wishful thinking. Rather, they are emanating from the liberal commentariat.

Here is Mother Jones’s Kevin Drum:

Ezra Klein has a really, really good piece in the Post today that looks back at the Obama administration’s response to the Great Recession and explains why it wasn’t enough. [Emphasis added]

Looks back? Wasn’t? Isn’t the administration’s response to the recession ongoing—a work in progress? The last time I looked, Obama was vigorously lobbying Congress to pass a second stimulus bill.

The article Drum links to has an equally ominous title: “Could this time have been different?”

Even the almighty New York Times, maker and breaker of presidents, ran an article on August 6 asking “What Happened to Obama?”

What I believe is happening is that the left is reading the handwriting on the wall and resigning itself to the harsh reality the man they trusted to “fundamentally transform America” is on the verge of being unelected. The polls may not be the ultimate arbiter of elections, but Obama’s approval ratings, which have followed a steadily downward trajectory, are now at a low of 42%. It is a point far south of the widely accepted cutoff of 47%, from which no incumbent ever recovered.

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He was the worst president ever.

justltl on October 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Ignominy…that is the word I am waiting for the MSM and the Left to finally use to describe the disaster they foisted upon us.

coldwarrior on October 10, 2011 at 9:11 PM

It is a point far south of the widely accepted cutoff of 47%, from which no incumbent ever recovered.

According to Gallup, Reagan’s approval rating was 35% in January of 1983.

Owen Glendower on October 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

According to Gallup, Reagan’s approval rating was 35% in January of 1983.

Correct, and G W Bush was at 25% in January 1983. The 47% figure is at the time of the election. Obama has been falling like a rock. I am doubtful that he will recover the needed support unless he is magically able to turn the economy around by Nov. 2012.

Howard Portnoy on October 11, 2011 at 12:32 PM

He was the worst president ever.
justltl on October 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I was born in 1956 and only Jimmy Carter comes close. America hiccuped in 2008, time to make up for that mistake. Nov 2012 cannot come fast enough.

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