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.”