Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Why is Anyone Surprised?

It appears that the bloom is off of the Obamessiah rose:

At One-Month Mark, Obama's Approval Rating Lower than Jimmy Carter's

Gallup has evaluated first-month job approval for U.S. presidents going back to Richard Nixon. A few points deserve note.

First, Obama’s 63 percent approval level is about the same as the average of all presidents (62 percent) going back to 1968 during their first month in office. Barack Obama’s “disapproval,” at 24 percent, however, is slightly higher than the average of the other presidents (16%).

Second, Obama’s approval among self-identified Democrats and pure independents rose slightly over the last month. Yet his standing with independent-leaning Republicans and conservative Republicans dipped. The president’s numbers crept up 1 to 4 points among Democrats but dropped 14 points in the last month among conservative Republicans.


Finally, in hindsight, one president’s numbers at the first-month mark jump out--Jimmy Carter’s. The Gallup report notes that his 71% approval rating at the end of his first month was the highest of any president going back to Richard Nixon – and 8 points higher than Barack Obama’s.

Read Gallup’s full report on Obama’s first-month job approval here.

It is said that you can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. It therefore comes as no surprise to me, given his associations with Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Bernadin Dohrn, Rev. Wright, et al., that we're stuck with the incompetence and the type of government with which we are now faced. I don't know what people were thinking before the election when they stated that Obama's choice of his circle of friends would not be emblematic of his judgment nor how he would govern as POTUS. I don't know what people were thinking when they thought that a half-term Senator with zero administrative experience was equipped to lead the most powerful nation in the world. I have no clue as to the mindset of people thinking that Obama's cutting his teeth on the teachings of Saul Alinsky didn't mean that he was a radical socialist at heart and mind.

Collective brain fart, perhaps?

I didn't get it then, and I guess I don't get it now.

As I have stated before, with his doomsday economic rhetoric, his big government solutions and his eschewing free market solutions, Barack Obama has more than earned the title of, "The New Malaise President."