Assigned Reading: One Year On, Obamamania Gives Way to Lukewarm Support (FROM: Agence-France Presse/Breitbart)
A quick look around downtown Washington confirms that the Obama trinkets are still for sale, but more than one strategically placed street hawker have found little point in displaying the T-shirts, posters, and “Yes We Can” buttons bearing the new president’s image.
“They stay in the truck,” grumbled a vendor who identified himself as “Dick,” as he pointed to a rusty vehicle behind him. “They don’t sell anymore.”
Indeed, Obama’s honeymoon with the American people lasted less than six months.
In the aftermath of his inauguration in January, Obama’s approval rating soared to 70 percent. Early on, he tested Americans’ faith by diving headlong into controversial programs to rescue the economy, including bailing out sinking US auto manufacturers and unleashing a 787-billion-dollar stimulus plan.
In late April, at the end of the first 100 days in office, Obama still enjoyed more positive reviews than his predecessors in the previous 20 years.
But the fall was soon to come as questions started simmering about the president’s ability to pull the US economy out of a nosedive.
In July, his popularity dipped even below that of predecessor George W. Bush in the same period of his presidency.
Since mid-October, it has hovered just above 50 percent, a “significant drop” from his earlier numbers, according to Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.
“In general, this puts Obama’s current ratings slightly below average for all US presidents since World War II,” Newport told AFP, adding that the country’s ongoing economic travails are contributing to the curb in enthusiasm.
On Sunday, even as data released by the Commerce Department last week showed the United States had emerged from the worst recession in decades, a monthly approval index by Rasmussen Reports showed 29 percent of those polled strongly approve of Obama’s performance, compared to 39 percent who strongly disapprove.
That left him with an approval index of -10, two points worse than in September, Rasmussen reported.
“Overall, Americans are not highly satisfied with the way things are going in the US,” said Newport.
And as a consequence, the popularity of Obama gear at the souvenir shops that abound in Washington appears to be taking a hit.
Folks, it’s called reality. It’s the reality that the plans and policies promulgated by the far left simply do not work, regardless of the superficial amiability of the conduit trying to force manifestation of the agenda. It’s the reality that, sometimes, experience does matter. It’s the reality that we cannot spend our way out of debt, that less government is better than more, and that evil knows no negotiation table.
This only underscores the chance that those of us on the right have to wrest the country back from the brink and ensure that our voice rings true in Washington, D.C., and it only highlights the reality that doing so will require reshaping the political vehicle through which we do so.
We have a unique opportunity here. Take advantage of an American public awakening–whether knowingly or unwittingly–to reality, or squander a golden opportunity and hand America her death knell . . . Barack Obama as a lame-duck president. The GOP is imperfect, that’s for sure. But instead of scrapping it and establishing an unknown entity which will require that credibility and trust be built from the ground up, let’s make the GOP what we need it to be: a voice for advocates of small government, responsible spending, lower taxes, national security, and a faithful adherence to the ideas and ideals of our nation’s founders.
Robert Wallace has one heck of a piece of writing coming up here in a little while. Something I read and wish I could have written myself. That good. And I’m glad to know that he and I are on the same page on this.
Barack Obama is losing his faithful. His disciples are shaken, and there’s no going back. Let’s make the most of it, let’s do it responsibly, let’s do it right — because that’s the only way to reclaim our nation, get in touch with core ideals, and make it all last.