Obama’s approval ratings are the lowest of any president at this point in their first term, since they started keeping records:

President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.

Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama’s immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage. Bush’s support came shortly after he launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

It’s best not to get too excited; Ronald Reagan’s numbers were only two points better at this point in 1982, and Bill Clinton was only five points better – and we know how both of those turned out. 

Yes, we do.  Reagan had a solid plan for solidifying our tanking economy and fixing the foreign-policy nightmare of the seventies.  And Clinton was well on the road to getting chastened for his overreach on healthcare, after which he triangulated so far to the right that he actually ran a more fiscally-responsible adminsitration (with the aid of GOP majorities in both houses) than his successor.

Obama?  So far, we haven’t gotten to that point yet:

President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to “spend our way out of this recession” until more Americans are back at work.Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of new spending for highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects, deeper tax breaks for small businesses and tax incentives to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.

Great news if you’re a highway worker!  Or a window installer!  Not so much elsewhere, of course.

I’ll await details on how Obama next plans to spend his way out of deficit.

11 thoughts on “Superlatives!

  1. Most of my friends are in construction or contracting, so I’m all for it.

    After all, if you want to make an omelette, you have to buy a few eggs.

    However, JPA: I don’t entirely disagree with you. My benefit of the doubt for Barry expires after his first year in office.

  2. After all, if you want to make an omelette, you have to buy a few eggs.

    Bought on credit, of course, with an interest rate so high, future generations probably won’t even be able to make minimum payments.

  3. My benefit of the doubt for Barry expires after his first year in office.
    One more month before reality bites you in the ass.

  4. Obama hasn’t made himself very popular over in Norway, either. He’s cashing the check for the Nobel but not making nice with the King. What a boor! Can somebody give him a crash course in etiquette? How about spending some of the stimulus money or the returned TARP funds? What did a recent presidential candidate say about putting lipstick on a pig?

  5. Obama’s approval ratings….

    Yeah, those poll things are REALLY important. Sure am glad Obama has the balls to not govern by polls, you know, like Bush getting strong-armed into ‘the surge’ – that change in tactics which he fought for 3.5 years that, oh, I don’t know, actually worked, and was in fact really the approach the OTHER party advocated for about, oh 3.5 years. I mena, if you were a gutless little sack, you’d let polls force you into a change, and have your political apple-polishers claim it was your idea all along. Now, you and they might have to pretend not to notice that you fought that change for sooo long.. but hey, at least you’ve got poll numbers..kinda.

  6. Sure am glad Obama has the balls to not govern by polls

    Sure. Until he quits because of them. (Polls, not his balls – that was Clinton’s problem) Remember this? It wasn’t that long ago.

  7. I’m wondering when Obama will start to govern. It seems to me Andy Stern and the SEIU and a pack of Marxists are running America today.

  8. Is Peevee claiming Iraq was the Democrats’ war?

    How many times did she blather on about Booosh’s numbers?

    … ….

    “gutless little sack”

    This, from the coward of cowards; too shicken chit to talk to Bachmann over the phone.


    Now run along back to PenisBlog and do whatever it is that you think you do.

    …. …. …. ….

    Kermit, speaking of Marxists, Peevee doesn’t think Obama is going far enough. Liberal Fascism, indeed.

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