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Obama’s Job Approval Slips Below 50 Percent

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Posted on Nov 21, 2009
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The long health care debate and weakness in the economy have combined to drag down the president’s popularity.

President Barack Obama’s on-the-job approval rating is slipping, with two polls in the past week showing that fewer than half of those surveyed are happy with the way he is conducting the business of the presidency.

Reuters:

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a second major poll in an indication he is suffering from the long healthcare debate and weakness in the economy, Gallup said on Friday.

Gallup said 49 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s job performance. A survey by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday had a similar finding, putting him at 48 percent support.

It was the first time he had fallen below majority support in those two polls. He had been polling in the low 50s for months after taking office in January with an approval rating just under 70 percent.

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By ardee, November 25, 2009 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

john crandell, November 25 at 12:59 am #

Interesting how Israel Inc., the Israeli government and AIPAC never figure into Go Right Young Man‘s diatribes and rationales.
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Nor, for the most part, does any real political analysis, only attempts ( schoolyard feeble as they may be) at character assassinations….

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By john crandell, November 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

Interesting how Israel Inc., the Israeli government and AIPAC never figure into Go Right Young Man‘s diatribes and rationales.

No, not even the Israeli mob!

Of course not.

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By ardee, November 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

Blame is where one finds it. Asking those on the left to abandon their goals and visions is a loser…..

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By Virginia777, November 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

Can’t you just hear the right-wing cackling and glee over this one? “Obama’s approval rating falls”

The left needs to stand behind Obama and the many attempts he is making to break up the right-wing power machine, so thoroughly in place in America today.

Its the division of the left, that is fostering this decline.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

Manchild has no idea what an erudite is….LMAO smile

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By ardee, November 24, 2009 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

RAE, November 23 at 6:48 pm

Erudite….and wasted.

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By KDelphi, November 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

It is because he has catered to those that could never approve of him and taken those that couldve supported him for granted…this was so predictable.

BobZ—If health insurance “reform” passed , his numbers will only go up until people figure out how crappy it is. But, his poll numbers should really not move at all of this “
reform” (lol) as he had almot nothing to do with it, except supporting the ouster of the only civilized option—universal care paid for by taxes.

gerard—ok, so we have no freedom of speech now. We should just be neolibs and act like Obaam is doing ok by the poor and working classes…great. I submit that they Dems have set the stage for it and that people of conscience cannot stop criticizing. Its supposed to be our work as citizens, to hold DC accountable.

Dominick—You are the downer, becaue it makes true progressives realize that you guys just do not see…and will not do anything that isnt corporate, and, actually have no idea why you are going to lose in 2010…

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By Go Right Young Man, November 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

RAE,

I’ll display my research abilities on past and current events against the best of them.  And I’ll do it largely without relying on the media sources we both appear to despise.

In regards to my last post: I can prove each of my contentions using thousands of pages of congressional testimony, global intelligence reports, United Nations reports and resolutions and public statements by all of President Clinton’s National Security teams.

I can supply anyone willing to do the research hundreds of quotes from world leaders, intelligence officials and multiples of dozens of democrats, past and present, making the exact same claims (incuding Nacy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Tom Daschle, and now Vice President Joe Biden).  I can show you what First Lady, then Senator then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has opined on most of what I’ve shared here today.

Care to compare sources?  I’m all for it.

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“BTW, while Saddam & Sons were “threatening” those countries just how many countries was the USA “threatening?”

The all too common response from a “progressive” thinker when anyone points out the dangers and/or threats from others around the globe.  Blame America First and change the subject as quickly as possible.  It’s America’s fault others are bad.  America is the cause of the world’s ills.  American’s are the greedy one’s.  American’s are the terrorists.  No one on the entire globe is as aggressive as the United States.

I’ll listen to that no longer. It was a crock 40 years ago and it’s a crock today.  Continue to obfuscate from the issues in that manner and I’ll bid you good luck.

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American’s are some of the most generous people on earth.  Only the United States, in all of human history, would completely destroy it’s enemies and build them back up again, leaving them to their own autonomy.

To be extremely blunt: You and all who believe as you do should hold your heads in shame for not paying attention to the world. For never listening past your own beliefs and politics.  For ignoring liberal thinkers all over the globe. For ignoring unimaginable suffering, pain, violence and forced submission.  If you believe the United States is the icon of what’s bad about humans you have completely blinded yourself in your all engrossing and self centered self-loathing.

Yes, I am blunt. And I can actually prove my claims.

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By RAE, November 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

It struck me, Go Right, as I read your response, that I didn’t know even ONE of the “facts” you presented. Oh, I heard them on radio & TV, but I’ve been around long enough to understand that 90% of that stuff is, to put it charitably, erroneous. So I wondered how you came to “know” them.

To answer my own question: You couldn’t possibly know any of that to be FACT unless, of course, you’ve actually been to, and lived in, all those places, had access to all the politics, inner secrets and future plans of the regions, a full understanding of the languages, cultures, and values that underwrote those philosophies, and so on.

Since I doubt you possess any of that first hand knowledge and evidence there’s nothing left but to conclude that your offering is purely glib opinion and untested assumption as told to you by others, equally ignorant, such as lying politicians and superficial media (CNN, Fox, etc.) But I’m certain you believe, as fact, every claim you made.

However belief something doesn’t make it fact. Not by a long shot.

BTW, while Saddam & Sons were “threatening” those countries just how many countries was the USA “threatening?” You do realize that since WWII the greatest threat to the most countries on the planet has been the… wait for it… the USA! (30+ at last count, but that includes those that didn’t know they were under threat until they were actually invaded by US storm troopers).

It’s amazing. There is no end to the hubris of the American people. HUBRIS: a term used in modern English to indicate overweening pride, haughtiness, or arrogance, which, when fertilized by a deliberate and profound ignorance about the rest of the world, results in the greatest threat this planet has ever experienced.

And you all think you’re the good guys in the white hats ordained to save the world’s populations from themselves.

Good grief.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

RAE,

As unpopular as it is these days I’m very pleased in regards to where President Bush had lead me. I voted for him twice and worked for his second campaign.

On Sept. 11, 2001 there were nine nations supporting extreme Muslim terrorists. Today there’s only one. On Sept. 11, 2001 Libya was stridently working on WMD and the Kahn network was in full swing. Today both have been halted. On Sept. 11, 2001 Saddam Hussein and his Son’s were in power raping and murdering hundreds of thousand of people and threatening Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Israel (not to mention the entire globe’s oil supplies).

In Sept. 2001 Usama bin Laden was fully in control of Al Qaida. Today he enjoys almost no command and control of where he’ll sleep this evening.

Love him or hate him George W. Bush meant what he said and said what he meant. I can only hope the current president begins doing the same. In the mean time, on domestic policy issues, I will actively work to thwart his every move.

On most foreign policy issues President Obama has my unbending support.

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By Glen Wayne, November 23, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

Yes We Can     empirePie     November 23rd, 2009


Do you recall the ‘yes we can’
when change was commin
and status quo was spittin?

with the branded mantra of…

‘Yes we can’

The can still has lots of plinks,
to think;.... with proper thinks.

The economy is still in the can.:
‘Yes the can’

One Made-off is in the can
‘Yes the can.’

World finance is a Ponzi scam.
Cheery exuberance is for the man.

‘Yes we can’; if you’d just do the fill.

Put all your gold in this here can.
The masters of the bankers have a plan:
‘Yes they can.’

Put your bonus in the can.
Pink is the new black ink.
The dither is the clog that’s in the sink.
Deficit doldrums are the new truth think.

To do is done.
Yes we did it to the can;

‘Like truth think;
It’s in the can.

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By RAE, November 23, 2009 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Well, Go Right… I was willing to follow along for a while where GWB led, but I gave up waiting. He didn’t lead… he was following too (from everyone from Daddy to God).

The other “half” of America followed GW and look where it got you.

Obama cannot succeed in leading America another step or two out of the mindless GWB quagmire and towards a more civilized society unless/until enough Americans are willing to let him try. Why elect someone and then do everything you can think of to make sure he fails?

What a waste of time.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 23, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

RAE, - “It’s beyond me why most Americans don’t get behind their leader and just follow his/her lead for a while - not blindly, of course - but at least give his/her way a TRY. But, oh no, gotta challenge and obstruct every little step of the way.”

I’m curious. Were you pleading the same when George Bush was in his first year in office? Or were you disgusted when democrats put up every legislative roadblock ever devised?

Just asking.

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By RAE, November 23, 2009 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

Blaming/penalizing Obama for the state of the economy is ridiculously unfair.

He didn’t cause the problems. Those who’ve been elected to both Congress and the Senate are clearly NOT helping him find solutions. All they’re interested in is playing games with one another.

It’s beyond me why most Americans don’t get behind their leader and just follow his/her lead for a while - not blindly, of course - but at least give his/her way a TRY. But, oh no, gotta challenge and obstruct every little step of the way.

Well, you get what you give. Enjoy.

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By diman, November 23, 2009 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Just look at this photograph, he looks like the American pride itsef has been shoved up his ass, loosen up pal.

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By bogi666, November 23, 2009 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

Just as G.W. Bush’s approval rating were below 50% it should be of no surprise that President Obushama’s approval rating would b under 50% as well. This is no surprise.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 23, 2009 at 5:08 am Link to this comment

Outraged - “The term “universal healthcare” could include single-payer, but the TERM does not mean single-payer.”

That’s a nice little game you play, however, I’m sure you understand the concept of context.  And I’m sure you understand the context of this conversation of universal, single payer, health-care in the way today’s progressives, conservatives, independents and indigenous Indian’s of the Amazon understand it.  I’m also sure you understand how wrong you are but loath to admit it.

Honesty will advance a conversation.  Not kill it.

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By Outraged, November 23, 2009 at 1:57 am Link to this comment

Re: hopeychangey

Your comment: “So, dear misguided Obamatrons, what’s next?  Does the apology-fest continue for the next three + years?  Do you continue to actually believe that your candidate is either relevant or even close to qualified for this job? 

Hey, I’ve got an idea, let’s get health care done, whatever it smells like because that’s what he said he would do. Brilliant! Such overpowering intellectual promise he projects.”

Obamatron (no matter how ridiculous the assertion at least it puts us in the 21st CENTURY!) all that aside, “hopeychangey”.... me say your “diappie needy changey”, when you grow up and are a “big boy” and potty on the big boy toliet all the 2yr. olds will be enamored with you.  The four year olds, not so much.  Keep at it “big boy” you’re bound to get there…... well,, at least we’re all HOPING you do.

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By Outraged, November 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

Re: Go Right Young Man

Your comment: “Universal health-care IS single payer.

I will guess there are no more than 10 people on the planet that do not understand that universal health-car is synonymous with single payer.”

You guess wrong.  Additionally it is you who it seems are one of the 10 people on the planet who are ignorant of the definition of universal healthcare.

The term “universal healthcare” could include single-payer, but the TERM does not mean single-payer.  In the same way the TERM “vehicle” could include car, truck or motorcycle, the term does NOT mean car specifically, nor does it mean truck or motorcycle SPECIFICALLY.

Skew the facts, skew the facts, skew the facts…....no, no, no…. Yep, I see where you’re coming from, you betcha’.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Universal health-care IS single payer.

I will guess there are no more than 10 people on the planet that do not understand that universal health-car is synonymous with single payer.

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By Outraged, November 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

Re: tahitifp

Your comment: “In that speech six years ago,”

Exactly.  SIX YEARS AGO Obama was NOT campaigning for president.

Again, like I said…..“Pres. Obama NEVER campaigned on single payer.”

Quote from your source, USA Today: ”“The time has come for universal health care in America,” Obama said at a conference of Families USA, a health care advocacy group.”

Exactly.  Universal healthcare is NOT single payer, this was well hashed over during the election.  The only Democratic candidate campaigning in support of single payer was Kucinich, that was during the primary.  Nader, running as an independent was the only candidate endorsing single payer during the general election.

Again, Pres. Obama NEVER campaigned on single payer.  Skewing the facts, skew the facts, skew the facts…... hmmmm, what does that remind me of….I’ll bet your a “lefty socialist” too. Sure…. all lefties ape Beck and Limbaugh.  Sheesh, you’re so transparent that if you were a glass door people would be running right into ya!

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By tahitifp, November 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

I’m all for spending money on the people and infrastructure, but not on wars and bankster bail outs.  Nor lining the pockets of the insurance companies.
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I thought this was interesting.


The Obameter Scorecard

  * Promise Kept 54

  * Compromise 14

  * Promise Broken 7

  * Stalled 17

  * In the Works 154

  * Not yet rated 269

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

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By hopeychangey, November 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

So, dear misguided Obamatrons, what’s next?  Does the apology-fest continue for the next three + years?  Do you continue to actually believe that your candidate is either relevant or even close to qualified for this job? 

Hey, I’ve got an idea, let’s get health care done, whatever it smells like because that’s what he said he would do. Brilliant! Such overpowering intellectual promise he projects.

Now, about those 10.2% of willing, able and desperate people who want to work.  Maybe we should get around to that some time next year when the inconvenience of it all becomes a little too hard to ignore.

Well, I guess we can all take heart in the awesome outcomes of his trip to China last week.  That trip completely crystalized the issues we face as a country today.  We’re getting weaker by the day through liberal spending on government entitlements while China finances our addiction.

While you wring your hands and sweat your bullets waiting for O to actually validate your vote, try to view his absence of accomplishment objectively. 

Ain’t gonna happen love bugs…..

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By tahitifp, November 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

Oops, those links were for Dominick, not outraged.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

Dominick J.

Senator Obama did indeed talk about and advocate a single payer, universal, health-care system in the United States numerous times before being elected.  Only after the democratic primaries did Senator Obama deny ever advocating a single payer system.

Check my facts before you reply. Obama is on record for all to see.

Don’t be a blind follower. Check the facts.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Dominick J.,

You can claim all day long that you’re right and I’m wrong but, in the end, your understanding of current and past issues is sorely lacking.

For example: You seem to chastise others for not understanding the machinations of the Legislative -vs- the Executive branches of government, however, you credit the president for extending “unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend(ing) taxes on these benefits?”

Stop being a follower. Check my facts! It’s not that difficult.

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By tahitifp, November 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Outraged,here you go.

Listening to a 2003 Obama speech, it’s hard to believe he has become such an enigma. Back then, he declared himself “a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare program”

In that speech six years ago, Obama said the only reason single-payer proponents should tolerate delay is “because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

Sirota

http://www.openleft.com/diary/14576/obama-vs-obama-on-single-payer

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Obama calls for universal health care
Updated 1/25/2007 1:27 PM ET   E-mail | Save | Print | Subscribe to stories like this
 
Sen. Barack Obama  
USA TODAY
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Every American should have health care coverage within six years, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday as he set an ambitious goal soon after jumping into the 2008 presidential race.

“The time has come for universal health care in America,” Obama said at a conference of Families USA, a health care advocacy group.

“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country,” the Illinois senator said.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-01-25-obama-health_x.htm

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

Outraged you also right.  President Obama Never, ever campaigned for a Single Payer plan.  He was for a Strong Option right from the git go and he’s sticking to his guns.  Those here who say he’s a quiter, he’s not, he’s been asking for a Strong Option right along It’s the GOP folks and the Conservative Demo-rat folks in who want the public option removed!
And for of you complainers——Obama doesn’t write the bills Congress does!  You make it sound like all he has to do is write it.  All he can do is ASK for it!  AND if he doesn’t like it NOT sign it!

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Thank you “outraged” and you are most welcome.

As for you “Go Right Young Man”
ROTHFMAO at your comment to me! 
By the way the only revisions to the list is it needs to brought up to date.
As far as your tag name, maybe you should make a U turn and go left a bit more.

Good luck.

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By Outraged, November 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Re: Dominick J.

Your comment: “I get so tired of those who say he’s done nothing!!
He has no balls.
This is for all those naysayers who don’t think President Obama did anything since he’s been in office. AND that was ONLY the first 6 Months!!  You need to wake up and DRINK the coffee you’ve been smelling.”

I agree.  Additionally you’re correct when you say of C.Curtis Dillion “you’re reciting eveything that the GOP is putting out there.”  Kinda funny that we have this group of “lefties” that ape the GOP isn’t it?  You betcha’.  These folks need to flip their calendar, thats Thanksgiving coming up…..not Halloween.  What will they be “present"ing us with for Christmas…..lol

Of course, as GOPers we’ll be lucky to get a lump of coal, since usually all they give America is NOTHING…. like they did yesterday in the Senate.  Scrooges.

BTW, thanks for the list.  Hope you don’t mind but I saved it for future reference.  I’ll just keep ADDING to it as we go.

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By Outraged, November 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Re:  tahitifp

Your comment: “Obama is trying to please everybody all the time, which makes sense, knowing his background.  But it makes for an ineffective prez.  He campaigned on single payer…and look where we are with that.”

Pres. Obama NEVER campaigned on single payer.  If this is accurate there should be LOADS of news articles regarding it.  Prove it.

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By john crandell, November 22, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Hey folks, just scroll back up to the top and look again at the picture of O.  I mean really LOOK at it.

Not hard to figure what he’s thinking to himself:
“What da hell did I get myself into?....”

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By tahitifp, November 22, 2009 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

Dominick J. said:

Not tied to either of the partys really makes me not trust anything you say more.

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Not tied to *either* party means we can often see more clearly; for instance, there are no longer two parties, but now we have the One Bi-Polar War/Money Party. To think otherwise is naive.  The repugs are falling apart and nature abhors a vacuum…so many of the seemingly progressive dems who voted for Obama are rushing to fill the void left by the repubs…and are still enchanted by our Blue Dog prez, if he’s even that liberal.

My party, right or wrong, does not work.  Neither does * my Prez, right or wrong.*

Obama is trying to please everybody all the time, which makes sense, knowing his background.  But it makes for an ineffective prez.  He campaigned on single payer…and look where we are with that.  He did not take the lead but left Congress to muck it up.  He could easily have said, “I will veto any bill that is not medicare for all.”  Why didn’t he do that is the question. My guess is that he said during the campaign what the electorate wanted to hear, so he could get elected and continue to do the corporate bidding.

Meanwhile FISA continues its spy program, the MCA is alive and well, the wars continue, our soldiers are still in Iraq, there’s no peace settlement between I/P, drones have increased their indiscriminate killing, unitary executive powers have not been rescinded,  DOMA, DADT continue, the banksters have our money and won’t lend it to us and he continues to speak in platitudes ... pretty but empty.

To quote a friend, “He’s an empty suit.”

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Dominick J.,

Your list of Obama accomplishments needs some serious revisions.

1. Signed executive orders to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, ban torture and end the CIA’s secret overseas prisons and define treatment of Detainees

a. Signing an exec. order is not a meaningful action. Gitmo remains. As does Begram in Afghanistan and another of the like in Jordan (Begram and Jordan are never mentioned. Gitmo is symbolism over meaningful substance)

b. Press Sec., Robert Glib, when pressed, hesitantly admitted that the president “reserves the right to use ‘enhanced interrogations’ in cases of national security”.

2. Created a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.

Task forces are a dime a dozen. It’s not considered real action in Washington. -Meaningless!

3. Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.

This was the Congress. Not the White House. Not President Obama.

4. Signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act to curb wasteful spending by the Pentagon. Intended to price contracts and budgets lower; may potentially save billions of dollars in defense.

LOL….designed entirely by none other than the evil Donald Rumsfeld (the reason Bush hired Rumsfeld) and completed in time for President Obama to sign.

5. Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which serves to protect two million acres of land and creates a new system of land conservation for the Bureau of Land Management.

Again, an action which began in the Bush EPA and completed in time for Obama to sign.

6. Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Wherever you copied this misleading and uninformed list from needs a bit if updating.

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Those are but a few of the many examples of a failure to pay attention to details. The President has yet to accomplish anything of real substance that he campaigned on.

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

C.Curtis.Dillon you’re right I don’t know anything about you except you are a downer.  And you’re reciting eveything that the GOP is putting out there.  AND you obviously know nothing about me.  You admit not reading the Health Care bill and now you claim it’s because it’s unintelligable, and you know that how?
Please never mind telling me save your breath and the space.

I’ve also been in contact with “sources” who are writing the Bill and I can tell you it isn’t anyone on the GOP side of the aisle…
You don’t know any of the stuff you have written above in your dirge to be true.  It’s all negative stuff coming from the GOP.  And because you’re Not tied to either of the partys really makes me not trust anything you say more. 

You keep saying Congress needs to do something.  Again I ask you who do you think the members of Congress are?  The majority of them are Republicans and Democrats,& those Independents who either swing from one side of the aisle or to the other side.  The part of Congress you need to address is the Conservative, NO Nothing part of Congress, NOT all.

And attacking me really shows the level of your intelligence.

In the end the proof will be in the pudding—-well Health Care Reform, that I will be happy to particpate in.  I hope Stay well…

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, November 22, 2009 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Dominick J:

Oh, how little you know about me.  I have not read the bill because it is unintelligible.  However, I have read as much analysis as I can from many sources who have read it.  I’m hardly a Republican or even a supporter.  I’m also not a Democrat but someone who believes that congress should do what is right for the people.  This bill does little for anyone other than force a lot of people to buy insurance they can’t afford.  And, history has shown that the bill we have today will only get weaker as time progresses.  So you can count on a victory where everyone is required to get insurance but the public option (which is already opt out ... meaning optional based on the prejudices of the state legislatures) which will not cover many.  Most estimates are that the public option will only cover 3-4 million of the 47 million uninsured.  Not a good start.  And, if you have been listening, the public option policy will cost MORE than private policies.  A really good start ... don’t you think?

My guess you haven’t read the bill either nor have you listened or read much other than the crap being shoveled to get you to buy into it.  Unfortunately, most people won’t find out how bad it is until after you’ve reelected Obama for a second term (most of the bill takes effect in 2013-14).  Why do you suppose they are delaying it until then?  Take your time .... because you won’t like what you get when it does appear and they want plenty of time for the insurance industry to assault whatever emerges and remove anything they don’t like.  If this was really comprehensive reform, it would cut in within 6 months of passage ... not 4 years.

As for Obama ... what guns?  He has said almost nothing about this bill other than vague platitudes.  He just wants a bill ... any bill ... so he can claim a grand victory.  I’m old enough to have watched LBJ work congress and that was leadership.  Congress did what he wanted ... not the other way around.  Obama is spineless ... and this comes from an INDEPENDENT who has been around for a long time and seen a lot of crap shoveled in Washington.

If you had been reading these streams for any length of time you would know that I do not get my news or anything else from FOX.  If I had my way, their building in NYC would be razed with all of them in it.  Sorry ... your intelligence is showing when you make stupid accusations with no knowledge.

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

I hope the rest fits here:

Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.

Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.

Created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers to help auto industry workers transition to new manufacturing opportunities, including jobs in alternative energy.

Stopped raids on medical marijuana dispensers.

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to ever serve on the Supreme Court.

Appointed more than 60 openly LGBT persons to positions in the executive branch.

Issues Presidential Proclamation for Pride, proclaiming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

Signed a mercury reduction pact with 140 other nations.

Signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act to curb wasteful spending by the Pentagon. Intended to price contracts and budgets lower; may potentially save billions of dollars in defense.

Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which serves to protect two million acres of land and creates a new system of land conservation for the Bureau of Land Management.

Phase out government payments to crop producers making more than $500,000 a year and eliminates subsidies for cotton storage to help trim the U.S. budget deficit.

Cut funding for a proposed U.S. nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain.

Restored Endangered Species Act Provision requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

Orders The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration “to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation’s largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed.”

Signed the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act designating two million additional acres of public wilderness areas the highest level of government protection from logging and other forms of commercial use and development.

Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act which will expedite the search for cures and treatments for millions of Americans living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and many other diseases and disorders.

Established The Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women both during and after their military careers.

Established the White House Office of Health Reform

Created new and stronger safety standards to safeguard the country’s food supply.

and

Got his daughters a new puppy!

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

SORRY I HAD TO CONTINUE THE LIST HERE:

Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners.

Created a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.

Appoints Vice President Joe Biden to Oversee Stimulus Plan Payouts.

Granted a reprieve to Liberian immigrants facing imminent expulsion.

Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq.

Allowing Caskets to be photographed when the return from Iraq with family approval.

Released nine previously secret internal Justice Department memos and opinions defining the legal limits of government power in combating terrorism.

On Arab TV Network, Obama Urges Dialogue.

Gave a speech in Cairo engaging the Muslim and Arab world.

Bars independent contractors from conducting interrogations of terror suspects.

Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.

Ordered the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush.

Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program.

Released presidential records.

Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors.

Invites gay families to the Easter Egg Roll as part of the Obama administration’s outreach to diverse communities.

Created a White House Office on Urban Policy.

Increased funding for the NEA.

Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy.

Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps.

Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees.

Investment in all types of alternative energy.

Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars.

Support for high-speed rail.

(For some reason there isn’t enough space to so I have to add ONE more section to this HUGE list of accomplicements)

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

I get so tired of those who say he’s done nothing!!
He has no balls.
This is for all those naysayers who don’t think President Obama did anything since he’s been in office. AND that was ONLY the first 6 Months!!  You need to wake up and DRINK the coffee you’ve been smelling.

Signed executive orders to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, ban torture and end the CIA’s secret overseas prisons and define treatment of Detainees.

Reversed restrictions on stem cell research.

Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Reducing discrimination based on gender, age, religion, or race.

Signed an executive order reversing the ban that prohibits funding to international family planning groups that provide abortions. Gag rule revoked (Mexico City policy).

Creates the White House Council on Women and Girls “to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.”

Signed a Presidental Memorandum extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers and announced support for the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.

Reverses U.S. position on LGBT Issues at the UN: At the “Durban Review Conference,” U.S. supports language condemning “all forms of discrimination and all other human rights violations based on sexual orientation.”

Signed executive order requiring federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.

Reversed a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.

Signed executive order preventing federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.

Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners.

Expanded eligibility for the refinancing portion of the Making Home Affordable plan to help Americans struggling with distressed mortgages refinance at lower interest rates, even if they owe up to 25 percent more than their homes are now worth.

Established a credit card “bill of rights”.

Expanded loan programs for small businesses.

Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch.

Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP).

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By Dominick J., November 22, 2009 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

Yea C.Curtis.Dillon YOU read the bill.  You know every nuance of it.  You are only repeating what the GOP is telling you.  They’re the ones with no balls. Obama is sticking to his guns.  It’s the righteous right of the consrevative party that doesn’t want Health Care reform to happen.
They want all of us to be at the mercy of the health insursance companies so They, your wonderful elected officilas, can stay neatly wrapped in their pockets and reap some financial rewards!

Obama never compared himself to anybody.  That comparison came from, again, from the GOP and those idiots at FOX.  You must watch a lot of FOX, oh excuse me FAUX news?

He is the man we voted for.  He is doing his job.  He’s trying to fix what GW did and he can’t do it all in 10 months.  Why don’t you go after those lame Conservative Demo-rats.  You also should be attacking the GOP. You do realize they are a BIG part of Congress??

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, November 22, 2009 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

Once people realize what an disaster the health reform bill is, his poll numbers will go down ... not up.  By the time congress finishes with this piece of crap, it will do nothing but steer millions more to the insurance companies where they will be screwed.

Obama was quick to compare himself to FDR and Lincoln but he has shown conclusively that he has no spine for the hard fight.  He gives in too easily to those who scream the loudest or have the most cash.  That is not the president we voted for and is not change anyone can believe in.  Obama needs to find his brass big ones and start whipping these Dems into shape.  If he continues as is, the climate bill will be gutted along with any jobs support and financial reform.  Sitting in the WH and waiting while congress messes everything up is not the type of president I want.  He needs to LEAD ... like the heroes he so often points to as his inspiration.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

Purple Girl,

I believe if you study the internals of polls conducted in the United States you’ll find that the far right make up roughly 15%, the far left roughly 9% and the remaining population (roughly 75%) make up the middle.

As a whole the majority in the United States are right of center.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 22, 2009 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

Wooffi - “And…. what makes you think Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher or Pope John Paul II deserve any mention?”

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Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul -the troika- worked in concert to keep the Solidarno?? movement alive in Poland and, through various economic, diplomatic and military machinations, colluded to bring down the Soviet Union.  Those concerted moves, in part, helped to facilitated the demise of the East/West German wall.

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By Purple Girl, November 22, 2009 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

About Right
A quarter of the country are Far Right psychos and about 1/4 of the country are self absorbed Far Lefties. We’ll get to gay marriage and military service as soon as we pull ourselves out of the economic ditch and get some medical attention.
so that leaves the 50% called ‘Moderates’ who have no interest in gearing up for ‘End of Days’ nor continuing to line the pockets of Robber Barons nor going back to the equivolant of the technological stone age.
I’m not sure which infuriates me more, listening to the idiots (and criminals) who destroyed this country, or listening to those who think their personal issues, and causes, are more important than the country’s.
The up side- that 50% that oppose him, can’t come to an agreement on anything amongst themselves - they are diametically opposed. Can’t win elections with only 25% folks!

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By Dominick J., November 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

Obama has handled everythning pretty darn good since GW screwed us up so bad and as far as I’m concerned being one of those 36 million Americans in need of health care reform He’s done a stupendous job.  No need to listen to the GOP though, they would turn a small pile of shit to dinasaur size piles. 

Prophecy:  His ratings will soar in another year!

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By john crandell, November 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment

WILL the Democratic Party shatter? We should have a pretty good picture on that in about two months.

All the recent talk of shattering has been in regards to the Republicans. Interesting that it could happen to the Dems instead.

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By wooffi, November 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

I stand corrected,  ‘That does not mean I do not support the man’.

The english language got the best of me…. I do apologize.

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By wooffi, November 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

John,

I hate to disappoint you but sadly I do not qualify to join the US Army, I am just a
permanent resident (probably deserve to get my butt kicked out of this country
according to your values).

I do not at all agree with the presidents Afghanistan policy, that does not mean I
support the man.

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By wooffi, November 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man…...

How wrong you are, do not glorify the reunification. I am German I have heard
the voices.

The sad fact is the most ‘West-Germans’ still resent the ‘Ossies’ (East Germans)
for taking funds from the West, having to pay extra solidarity tax and so on.

Sadly it has created a kind of racism in Germany.

So I do understand if one is a little apprehensive to join all the glorification of
the fall of the wall.

And…. what makes you think Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher or Pope John
Paul II deserve any mention?

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By john crandell, November 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

Well, since you’re so enamored, Wooffi, why don’t you run down to the local recruiting office and volunteer your ass for Afghanistan?

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By wooffi, November 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment

It is what I predicted from the beginning… Another black guy getting a
whopping for what ‘W’ did to these USA.

Just how fast do we forget who is really responsible for the mess we are in.

This country sadly is known of evading history. Denial is always an easy place
to be.

So no matter what this president will do, he is already set up to take the fall for
what our previous president had failed in.

I agree, some of the financial decisions where ill advised and Geithner and
Summers really need to be looked at with a microscope.

But com on folks, cut this president some slack, look a little deeper, don’t you
think there is still a fresh breeze in theses US and for sure all over the world?

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By Go Right Young Man, November 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

President Obama chose not to travel to Germany for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Instead, he graced the occasion with a video address. He didn’t have time in his two-and-a-half minutes to mention Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher or Pope John Paul II. But somehow he did find time to mention .??.??. Barack Obama:

  “Few would have foreseen on that day that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it.”

Obama tried (unconvincingly) to disguise his remarkable self-absorption, by adding Angela Merkel to himself as a culmination of the world-historical events of the last 20 years. But what do the victories of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel have to do with the character of human destiny anyway? If the recent German and American elections had gone the other way, and a united Germany were now led by a man from North-Rhine Westphalia, and their American ally by a man of Scots-Irish descent, wouldn’t human destiny still be what human beings make of it?

The narcissism of this man is evident. The haughtiness and arrogance is an embarrassment.

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By Outraged, November 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

So….. half of America is sane, one third are wingers and tea-baggers and another sixth are easily misled.

Seems to be making the wingers happy around here, though.  That’s alright because look at what the wingers/tea-baggers in the senate did today….. NOTHING.  That’s what we got from the wingers/tea-baggers in the past, that’s what we’ll get from the wingers/tea-baggers in the future and what we got today.  Nothing.

They’re proud of this too….. apparently it doesn’t matter to them how many people suffer or die.  What a sordid mentality…..  It looks like they define “solidarity” the same way Mussolini did.

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By USN (Ret.), November 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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The President has retained the ‘experienced’ in the field of Defense, and that has reduced his effort to get the U.S. military out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan like he promised in his campaign.

I really could care less about the banks—they’ve upped my interest rate to an astounding 30 percent!!  That would have happened with any president because our Congress is so weakened by special interests that it cares not a whit about what happened to ethics, responsibility to the American people, and only wants to line their pockets.

I would get rid of the Clintonites (all of them) and keep the left-wingers.  Remove the chairmanship of a traitor (Joe Lieberman) and at least hold someone responsible!  Keep and Promote those who want peace and an investigation of the Bush regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Obama inherited a mess—let’s hope he realizes the folly of continuing down the path he is on.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, November 21, 2009 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment

Let’s hope that Obama’s numbers are dropping as a direct result of his belly crawling cowardice and the fact that he is the kept punk of the ruling classes.  He will not change but it would nice (though ultimately meaningless) if those really were the prime reasons.

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By Aaron Ortiz, November 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

After reading your comments, I’m a bit saddened that this site is biased toward the democrats. I hoped that it was truly seeking the truth. Ah well.

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By john crandell, November 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment

Now imagine that come January, Howard Dean, Al Gore, Jim Hightower, Jerry Brown, Tom Haden and Ralph Nader were to get together and compare notes… Imagine that Bill Moyers and James Webb also were in attendance.

Not since the 19th Century has there been a situation so ripe for the emergence of a viable third party. This situation is soon to proceed beyond a matter of dumping the chump in favor of simply ignoring him, as well as ignoring an archaic party apparatus.

It would be rather astounding if James E. Carter were to show up as well.

The Clintons, John Kerry and Fish-Breath Carville and Mr. & Mrs. Vanity Fair would be history.

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By ardee, November 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

If Obama continues to ignore the criticisms, especially the false ones that distort the realities, as he has been doing in some misguided spirit of ( one way) partisanship, his numbers will continue to drop. I think he is being perceived as weaker each day. Standing up to GOP bullshit would certainly gain him a better image.

I do not approve of his handling of :
a. the war
b. the economy, or
c. the health care reform debacle

I think him an inexperienced and much waffling President these first ten months. But his apparent cowardice in the face of the stupidities coming from the far right is much worse for his image than either a,b or c.

But they do make a nice looking first family…....

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By bobloc, November 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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Recipe for 75-80% favorable ratings:  Fire McChrystal and Gates, end wars in Afghanistan & Iraq.

Or will the mad ones start new 9/11?

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By Kevin, November 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Dear President Obama,

All we want you to do is to STICK IT TO THE MAN!

Duh,

Sincerely,

Seniormoogle

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By Miko, November 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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The unfortunate thing is that Obama and Congressional Democrats seem to be responding to their sinking poll numbers by doubling down on their mistakes (“People don’t like our give-aways to the health insurance lobby?  Well, if we make the bill even worse, they’ll come back to us.”).

They need to look to the growing number of voters labeling themselves as Independents.  By and large, independents don’t like either party.  Obama was elected not because most people liked his policies, but because they hated the Republicans’ policies even more.

If he wants to increase his poll numbers, all he has to do is announce that he’s scrapping the health-insurance mandate bill, immediately pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and pledging not to give any more ‘bailouts’ to the FIRE economy.  However, while this would vastly increase his popularity with the public, it would destroy his popularity with Wall Street and the insurance companies, which is currently quite close to a 100% approval rating.  And, since they’re the one’s who will finance his re-election campaign, they’re also apparently the only group whose opinion matters to him.

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By scotttpot, November 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

Hey-That was Bush*s approval rating right before terrorist attacks on 9/11,2001.
By ignoring the warnings ,Bush got his approval up to 85%. Sad but true.

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By gerard, November 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for setting a reasonable tone here to start with. Negative criticism helps push polls down and feeds the Republican Right.

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By BobZ, November 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

Once health care reform passes, his poll numbers should go up, however if the
job numbers don’t improve in the next year, the Democrats will be in trouble in
2010 and 2012. Biden was correct. The economy was in worse shape than
Democrats thought when they took office. But now they own it, and they will get
no help from Republicans. Obama needs to start making more FDR type moves
like putting money into actually hiring American’s rather than these indirect
stimus activities which are taking way too long to have any significant jobs impact.
Obama should also cut the cord with Afghanistan and accelerate getting out of
Iraq. Both are money losing propositions. We have way too many problems right
here at home to deal with. We can’t afford to spend six trillion dollars over the
next ten years on the military.

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