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“Public opinion is with the president”

posted at 12:41 pm on May 2, 2013 by

The White House is apparently feeling a little defensive about the president’s press conference earlier in the week, during which he tried to make the case that he’s not a lame duck.  Here’s the spin from one top administration official, via ABC News’ Jon Karl:

“A White House official told me that the real source of the president’s juice is the American people.  And on the big issues, this White House believes — big issues like guns, immigration and the budget — public opinion is with the president.”

Fact check, via actual public opinion:

Federal Budget Deficit: 38% Approve, 58% Disapprove
Illegal Immigration: 44% Approve, 50% Disapprove
Gun Policy: 45% Approve, 52% Disapprove

It’s weird how the Democrat-controlled Senate still hasn’t acted on Obama’s FY 2014 budget, isn’t it?  I mean public opinion is with the president on it, so it should be political gold for these guys.  Maybe Harry Reid & Co. are waiting for that huge backlash on guns to materialize before bringing other items to the floor, or something.

UPDATE – Another data point: “The latest poll from Quinnipiac University indicates that a majority of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of gun-control policy by a margin of 52 to 41 percent.”

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“A White House official told me that the real source of the president’s juice is the American people. And on the big issues, this White House believes — big issues like guns, immigration and the budget — public opinion is with the president.”

In the immortal words of Channel 7 sportscaster Scott Clark ‘Spin, spin, spin, you dazzling divas of death defying and devious denotations.”

smfic on May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

And on the big issues, this White House believes — big issues like guns, immigration and the budget — public opinion is with the president.

“Today, the tide has turned, we are destroying them.” — Baghdad Bob

farsighted on May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Unfortunately, enough public opinion is with the President for him to continue to ride roughshod over our rights and our country. Get back to me when a poll will change this.

GWB on May 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Oh, so an approval number lower than a higher disapproval number constitutes a ringing endorsement for the Obamuh sadministration and the WretchedHive has now anointed the Low Cogs (low info, low cognition voters) as the “official” public opinion? Go figure!

stukinIL4now on May 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

L’etat c’est moi!

Glenn Jericho on May 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

You know what’s really interesting about those numbers is this.

The longer the White House makes it an issue, the worse it looks. It’s best number, with a mere 50% disapproval, is on immigration, an issue the White House only really started pressing on just a few weeks ago.

OTOH, they’ve been battling with Congress over budget issues since the GOP takeover of the House. And how does America think the White House is handling the budget? 58% disapprove.

Chris of Rights on May 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I’d say Obama is more along the lines of a lame f___ (ryhmes with ‘duck’)….

zoyclem on May 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Doesn’t matter what the numbers say. Remember when they were talking about this huge groundswell of support for ObamaCare, when it didn’t exist?

changer1701 on May 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Underwater on immigration?
Not good for Obama & his acolytes.

22044 on May 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Maybe this “Public Opinion” of which he speaks is a new gangsta rap singer.

(I could see a rapper callin’ himself Public Opinion.)

No Truce With Kings on May 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Obama is just waiting for the media wing to get enough propaganda out there to change the polls. Let’s face it, if you aren’t with the President in one poll, after hearing week after week how wrong you are, a certain percentage will change their minds.

bflat879 on May 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Those polls are inaccurate.

They don’t reflect the growing number of people who now realize Obama is a failure, but can’t bring themselves to admit it.

Add 10-20% to the disapprove numbers to get an accurate count.

Lame Dork walking.

MichaelGabriel on May 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Google bandwagon advertising…

Skywise on May 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Pipeline?

Axeman on May 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Oh, so an approval number lower than a higher disapproval number constitutes a ringing endorsement for the Obamuh sadministration and the WretchedHive has now anointed the Low Cogs (low info, low cognition voters) as the “official” public opinion? Go figure!

stukinIL4now on May 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Let’s just call the low information voters LoFo’s. Or does that sound too raaaaaaacist?

HiJack on May 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I’d say Obama is more along the lines of a lame f___ (ryhmes with ‘duck’)….

zoyclem on May 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Fluke?

HiJack on May 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

“Public opinion is with the president” – Proof positive that there is still a segment of the ruling class that thinks if they repeat the lie enough that it will become the truth* **. And they certainly are aided in that practice by a compliant left-leaning media more worried about hero worship (of “their man” in the WH) than they do of actually serving as journalists that should keep ALL pol’s feet to the fire, not just those with whom they disagree.

*Also known as insanity (repeating things over and over again, expecting different results).

**Also known as being delusional (repeating things as fact that you know to be false).

GuitarSlinger on May 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

They don’t reflect the growing number of people who now realize Obama is a failure, but can’t bring themselves to admit it.

MichaelGabriel on May 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

I would really like to agree with but, the same was said most of last year.

cozmo on May 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Ayotte? She voted for gun control!

AnnaS on May 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Questioner to Ayotte at town hall: “I followed you on television a lot, and you’re looking very presidential.” (Applause.)

Um no. No stooge of McAmnesty is a serious candidate. I’d never and won’t vote for Rube-io but would prefer him to her.

LtBarnwell02 on May 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

LtBarnwell02 on May 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Isn’t it a little early to trash all the “not my guy” candidates?

cozmo on May 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

After the 1984 election, SNL ran a bit in which they had Mondale sitting in some secluded spot in Minnesota whining that he had his finger on the pulse of America. Maybe that’s how Øbama feels.

Odysseus on May 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM

OFA astroturf

Wigglesworth on May 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

from the link:

Millerick also noted that the protestors were mostly from out-of-state, and as such could not effect the outcome of Ayotte’s re-election bid in 2016, even though the Astroturf rally made it seem, on the surface, like that were the case.

Wigglesworth on May 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

You know, since Wall Street has proven that they’re willing to keep their eyes shut and play Wile E. Coyote, and the entire rest of the world has proven incapable of providing any kind of store of wealth less bad than the US Dollar, I would actually be enjoying the Obama presidency if it weren’t for the looming and likely permanent Sovietization (in both the sense ideology and failure through bureaucratic sclerosis) of health care.

I mean, the entertainment would be second to none if it weren’t for Obamacare.

HitNRun on May 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

To borrow a quote from Vikings, “Here is a man who does not respect our laws!”

The problem we have is that not only the top levels of our federal government have been taken over by Marxists who do not respect our laws, but so have the universities and much of the media. We are undergoing a slow-motion revolution, and though the changes seem rapid to us political junkies, they are barely noticeable to the inattentive public.

claudius on May 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM


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