Good morning, America. How are you? Did you have a nice nap?
While you were sleeping, those of us who were awake have been suffering through the interminable presidency of the worst chief executive you’ve ever elected, a man who believes himself to be a king who can step on, over or around the Constitution whenever he feels like it; a man whose first instinct when he makes an unpopular move is to blame it on his enemies then lie about his own involvement; a man who has blithely presided over possibly the worst economic period in our country’s history while insisting for years that we’re in recovery; a man whose dogmatic agenda and quest for power now endangers thousands of immigrant children’s lives and threatens to transform our society forever; a man whose foreign policy is so bumbling that Iraq is now looking to Iran for assistance and the entire Middle East is in danger of exploding into a regional war.
But now that you’re awake, it’s nice that 51 percent of you finally agree that Obama is as bad as President Bush, according to a new poll that even CNN couldn’t spin.
The poll found that just over half of those surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Man Who Would Be King, and the same number had an unfavorable view of the Man From Crawford.
An inexcusable 47 percent still had a favorable view of Obama, about the same number who still like Bush.
While CNN laments Obama’s falling approval ratings, what’s remarkable about these numbers isn’t just that they’re even.
Bear in mind that President Bush, who is a much more likable guy than the current officeholder, had the entire range of mainstream media on his case, plus a brand-new wave of liberals opening up an Internet front against him. From day one, Bush could do nothing right, no matter the actual support from the public.
Under Bush, even with the fallout from 9/11, the economy was moving along reasonably well for most of his Administration — not great, but tolerably well. Yet hardly a week passed that the Associated Press, New York Times and the rest of them didn’t try to concoct a new recession right around the corner. When one finally hit due to the housing crisis (manufactured in Congress by Democrats, by the way), the media hammers fell with renewed fury until Bush had the worst approval ratings anyone could remember for any president.
President Obama, on the other hand, has been the golden child who walks on clouds — clouds mostly produced by the breathless exhalings of the media who worked so hard to put him in the Oval Office in the first place. For five and a half long years, they have spun, twisted, bent, folded, spindled and mutilated stories to make Obama look good. In addition to their regular “news” coverage, they have liberally sprinkled their reports with ravings worthy only of teenage fans, such as the “Republican” CNN contributor at the State of the Union who squealed that an Obama speech was as good as sex.
So when you consider the numbers in the new poll, remember that Bush’s unfavorable rating is stuck now at 51 percent despite eight years (plus five under Obama) of the media working their behinds off to make him look bad. In Obama’s case, his 51 percent comes despite the media working to build him up and burnish his image. Obama’s rating is heading downward, while Bush’s will probably only increase as Americans realize more clearly how far down Obama has dragged this country.
Another poll, this one by Gallup, found that for the first time, more than half of Americans agree that the words “honest and trustworthy” do not describe President Obama.
Better late than never.