Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Dream is Over

There was a fantastic piece by Charles Krauthammer in
Friday's Washington Post
about how and why Obama is now polling at a lower approval rate than Gerald Ford after he pardoned Nixon:

"Just look at Obama's behavior as president, beginning with his first address to Congress. Unbidden, unforced and unpushed by the congressional leadership, Obama gave his most deeply felt vision of America, delivering the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by
a U.S. president. In American politics, you can't get more left than that speech and still be on the playing field.

In a center-right country, that was problem enough. Obama then compounded it by vastly misreading his mandate. He assumed it was personal. This, after winning by a mere seven points in a year of true economic catastrophe, of an extraordinarily unpopular Republican incumbent, and of a politically weak and unsteady opponent. Nonetheless, Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one's own image."
"For a man who only recently bred a cult, ordinariness is a great burden, and for his acolytes, a crushing disappointment. Obama has become a politician like others. And like other flailing presidents, he will try to salvage a cherished reform -- and his own standing -- with yet another prime-time speech."

Really is a must read.



The Sunday Times poll in mid-August had Cameron on a similar level of 55% approval and 35% disapproval.

So if you're drawing the conclusion that this is a poor level of approval, how do you defend Cameron's approval rating?

Tory Bear


a) cameron isn't the a president of the usa elected on near hysteria. anointed the saviour of the universe.

b) in terms of presidential, first year, approval ratings this is very low. look at clinton and bush.

there was so much hype and expectation and now it has turned to dust.

Anonymous said...

This is well-worth a read

Hurf Durf said...

So Cammy Babe has a higher approval rating and lower disapproval rating than Lord High Chancellor Barack I?


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