McClatchy-Marist Poll: Is Obama a Great President or the Worst Ever?


A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds what we already know about current politics of today, its polarized. According to the poll, some consider Obama great, however, plenty find him among the worst. Personally, I would never consider him great, as I would challenge those who do to name what he did to attain greatness? During his presidency Obama increased the national debt more than all previous presidents combined. His signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, is a disaster and imploding. It will eventually be repealed and replaced. As Obama leaves office, the Democrat party is in ruin. As we ring in 2017, the Republican party will control the presidency, the House, the Senate, the state governors and the state legislatures. The Democrat party has been pushed far left and has no bench as well. The 8 years of Obama can best be described as uncertain. The meddlesome regulations crushed industry and his Pollyanna, politically correct views on terrorism were dangerous. However, what might be most disappointing and considered an epic fail on the part of Obama is his promise of change. Many took that as Obama would be a bridge between the races and he would bring a welcome change to race relations in the United States. Instead, he did just the opposite. Obama was the divider in chief, pitting black against white, rich against poor and the political establishment against the common everyday people.


America’s first vote on President Barack Obama’s place in history teeters on the edge as some find him a great president – but plenty find him among the worst, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds.

As Obama heads toward the exit, almost the exact same number of Americans put him at the top as put him at the bottom: 16 percent said he’ll be remembered as one of the nation’s best presidents; 17 percent called him among the worst chief executives ever.

The rest are in the middle, with 24 percent calling him above average, 28 percent calling him average and 14 percent saying he was below average.

Obama’s current job approval numbers are near his all-time high. But that doesn’t translate into a comfortable place in history. He has been and remains a polarizing figure.

“It follows party lines,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey, of the longer views of Obama’s presidency.

Barack Obama might not be the worst ever, but when it comes to accomplishments and benefits to the US, he cannot be considered great. He belongs in the bottom 4th of those who have held the office. At no time will we ever confuse Obama with George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.

Barack Obama’s Job Approval Poll Numbers Fall … Only 37% Approve of his Handling of the Economy

He’s fallen and he can’t get up …

A new McClatchy-Marist poll has President Barack Obama’s job approval numbers in free fall. Just 41% approve of the job that Obama is doing now as president and worse yet, only 37% approve of his handling of the economy, while 56% disapprove. Thus the reason why Obama suddenly feels the need to talk about the economy today and give another yawn inducing, failed policy speech on taxing the rich, infrastructure spending and finding a way to provide jobs for his union buddies. Barack Obama appears to be pivoting from his race-baiting speeches on George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin back to his class warfare ones. Let’s go out on a limb and predict that Obama will talk about all the investments that government needs to make. Code for more government spending.


The disappointing results come as the White House this week looks to turn the national conversation back to the economy. Obama will deliver the first of a series of speeches Wednesday aimed at offering his vision for boosting economic growth, even as the new poll found that just 37 percent of the respondents approved of his handling of the economy, while 56 percent disapproved.     

Overall, the poll found Obama’s job approval at 41 percent last week, a sharp drop from April’s 50 percent and his worst showing in the poll since 39 percent in September 2011. Forty-eight percent disapproved in the latest poll, up from April’s 46 percent.

Have the scandals finally caught up to Obama? The closer IRS-gate gets to the White House, the more Obama will have to deflect attention and “wag the dog”. The Benghazi scandal, once thought to have been silenced, now appears to have found legs again. The NSA spying on Americans does not seem to be going away either. Barack Obama then had to interject himself once again into the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case and provide his opinions on race. Instead of looking forward and bringing people together in the wake of the “not guilty” jury verdict, Obama did what a community agitator does well, agitate. However, with all of these scandals going on, the Middle East in turmoil, Obamacare falling apart before his very eyes, suddenly Obama remembers that the economy stinks and the economic recovery has been anemic at best.

Barack Obama Aides Call His Recent GOP “Charm offensive is a joke” … More to do With Tanking Poll Numbers

The ‘Smoozer” in Chief: Please tell me that you did not think that Barack Obama was being sincere with all this outreach and charm offensive?

According to Obama aides, President Barack Obama’s recent charm offensive with Congressional Republicans is nothing more than a joke. Wow, with former and current aids like this, Obama must be asking who needs the GOP?  The thought of Obama ‘s ”Charm Offensive” is being mocked by his own advisers makes one really want to be a fly on the wall in the White House at the next staff meeting. However, does it really come as a surprise to many, that the dinners, the lunches, all the recent “reaching out” were all for show? Really? Did Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey, Bob Corker, Kelly Ayotte and Ron Johnson actually think Obama was sincere? No wonder the GOP lost the last election to the worst president in modern time.

Ok, who let the truth out to my nefarious plans?

He is dining with Republicans after advisers openly mocked suggestions that he do so. He is visiting Capitol Hill after telling aides that such a gesture was beneath him and the dignity of his office. And, as an ultimate indignity, he is talking to reporters. What’s gotten into President Obama?

A better question might be what has left the president – and the answer would be: Much of his political capital.

Obama’s sudden burst of public outreach coincides with a drop in his approval ratings, noted first by Democratic pollsters advising the White House last week and now surfacing in a spate of public polls. This raises the uncomfortable question: Is this schmooze-a-thon a legitimate act of humility and leadership or a cynical public display?

I can’t answer that question because I don’t pretend to know Obama’s state of mind. I can tell you that some of his advisers are no more convinced that this strategy will work than they were a few days ago.

“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” complained a senior White House official who was promised anonymity so he could speak frankly. “I hope you all (in the media) are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

Another said the president was sincerely trying to find common ground with stubborn Republicans. “But if we do it,” the aide hastened, “it won’t be because we had steaks and Merlot with a few senators.”

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