Friday, July 17, 2009

Disapproved

Via Peter Wehner at Contentions, we learn:

President Obama remains in a fairly strong -- but no longer commanding -- political position. The RCP poll average of Obama's job approval rating is 56 percent.

We've been watching Obama's numbers at Rasmussen, and have been wrongfully neglecting the RCP poll average. So let's get a snapshot from RCP:

Obama Approval Rating, 7/16/01: 55.8%

Apart from the obvious trend (converging Approval and Disapproval and shrinking Spread), one thing that struck us was the Approval number, 55.8%.

And what do you know, someone else had a 55.8% approval rating at this time in his first term.

Bush Approval Ratings, 7/28/01: 55.8%

But besides the similarities in their approval ratings at this point in their presidencies, Bush had a 31.0% Disapproval rating while Obama's Dissapproval rating is 37.8%. One can rightfully draw on this dissimilarity between Obama and Bush to make this observation:

Obama: Much more unpopular than Bush

Friday, July 3, 2009

Of Health Care, Family and Pie

Via Rachel Adams at the Weekly Standard, there is a rift in the White House between the first couple, which has huge implications for the current health care debate:

WASHINGTON - Now it can be told: President Obama says one of the best-kept secrets at the White House is the pastry chef's to-die-for pie.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Obama was asked to reveal a White House secret, and he dished about the pie.

Obama says the pastry chef makes "the best pie I have ever tasted, and that has caused big problems with Michelle and I."

Of course it is causing big problems with Michelle. According to her, by eating the whole pie, Obama is preventing us from getting universal health care.

Most Americans, she said, don't want much.

"They don't want the whole pie," she told the women. "There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach."...

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."

Of course, put me down on Obama's side on this.

Just don't tell me that Obama is serious about universal health care.