Obama’s approval rating proves he’s simply average

How will his delicate ego handle the news?

Gallup did a survey of the President’s performance at one month and found him only a point above George H. W. Bush in the same time period. He’s tied with George Bush the elder. HE’S 8 POINTS UNDER JIMMY CARTER!

Gallup also notes the number disapproving of the President’s efforts has doubled since he took office.


  1. Obama is creating trust problems with anyone that has enough self-respect that they don’t take kindly to being lied to. Basically everything with the self-proclaimed most open, honest, and ethical admisistration has been problematic. From his cabinet appointments, to not being able to review Obamulus, to no earmarks, to no lobbyists. It is creating a crisis of confidence.

  2. J. Strupp says:


    I can assure you that a large population of Americans don’t care if they are lied to by the President.

    Secondly, Obama’s numbers will deteriorate along with the economy. Unless he directs all efforts to fixing the financial meltdown, the economy will continue to get worse and so will his numbers. Obama’s administration is at a crossroads. The administration can continue to assume that time and insufficient capital injections will fix our banking system or he can find religion and take the necessary steps towards restructuring a financial system in ruin. Obama can face the latter now and put this country on the road to recovery or wait until the global economy reaches the point where economic recovery is unattainable without a long period of unraveling, zero growth and general misery.

    The clock is ticking.

  3. “…a large population of Americans don’t care if they are lied to by the President.”

    I do.

  4. “…a large population of Americans don’t care if they are lied to by the President.”

    I think that many people do, they wanted something to believe in. Someone different…

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    Libby, Stimpy
    You misunderstand. That statement is the obligatory Bush bashing that Strupp works into most posts.

  6. Oh I get it, it is just tiresome that some will make a broad sweeping generalization to attempt to divert the conversation. The whole basis of the campaign was hope and change, but no press conferences or interviews to learn any details.

    Now we get details, but the people supposedly don’t really care if the words match the actions. We just feel so good hearing his words that we trust all is right.

  7. Randy in Richmond says:

    I feel your pain.

  8. J. Strupp says:

    Divert the conversation?

    I guess you missed the rest of my comment. It was directly related to this topic.

  9. Busta Bridge says:

    “How will his delicate ego handle the news?”

    Honey, you look desperate.

  10. I don’t ever remember a president or his staff lashing out at criticism like this White House does. I sincerely believe Obama’s ego is very delicate – a leftover from his abandonment issues of his childhood. It also explains why when the going gets tough, Obama holds a campaign rally with lots of applause instead of a news conference with reporters.

  11. Busta Bridge says:

    Nice attempt with the pop-psych eval. I’d stick with the day job, or lack of.

  12. Randy in Richmond says:

    Honey is something bees make. You think we conservative bloggers are desperate? You gotta be kidding. There hasn’t been so much fodder since Monica. I think Cindy hits it right on.

  13. It’s a funny coincidence your IP is labeled the Minnesota University Psych department.

    PS I love my day job. Sounds like you aren’t so happy about yours. Or maybe it just an attitude thing.

  14. Busta Bridge says:

    Fodder is something livestock eats. I’m not saying there isn’t material to blog about, it just seems silly to be wasting our time on approval ratings while the economy is tanking.

    It would seem more appropriate to comment on Obama’s ability to turn in high rankings during his honeymoon period; one that has seemingly been filled with more difficult challenges than any of the names he was compared to above. However I realize that would be giving the man credit. Something your delicate ego won’t afford you to do.

  15. Busta Bridge says:

    Way to skirt around the issue, yet again.

  16. My original post, that Obama is not garnering any more rating adoration than the average new president since Richard Nixon, is exactly the point. Obama’s not able to “turn in high rankings during his honeymoon period.” He’s turning in average rankings.

    I’d venture a guess they’d all argue initial challenges.

    Is there any possible way you’ll ever admit to the facts on this one?

  17. J. Strupp says:

    There is a lot of overthinking on this. Obama’s approval rating will continue to sink as long as the economy does.

  18. Busta Bridge says:

    I should have said “ratings are high despite the enormity of his initial challenges.”

    I’m not denying his stats are average. Quite frankly I don’t really care. However I do care that you so freely take swipes at his “delicate ego” before even thinking to look beyond the numbers. Not exactly an evenhanded approach, I’d say.

  19. I didn’t think you’d let it go. Have a nice rest of the day.

  20. The Lorax says:

    Maybe the abandonment thing does ring true, but you can’t really blame a guy for psychological quirks much can you?

    I think when the same assertions are made about Republicans (Bush or McCain for example) then you guys throw up your hands and defend him.

    I am willing to venture to say that being abandoned has had a huge impact on President Obama, one which i’m comfortable with. But also one that doesn’t quite fit with your “The One” theory.

    People who are abandoned are insecure, yes, but also closer to earth. They usually don’t think they are king shit. So is your theory that he has a big ego or that he is delicate?

  21. Randy in Richmond says:

    Busta– See # 2 below.


    Main Entry: fod·der
    Pronunciation: ˈfä-dər
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fōdor; akin to Old High German fuotar food — more at food
    Date: before 12th century
    1: something fed to domestic animals ; especially : coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep
    2: inferior or readily available material used to supply a heavy demand
    — fodder transitive verb ( i.e. fodder for tabloids)

  22. The Lorax says:

    point being?

  23. Lorax, I think to compensate for what is really a fragile ego, Obama displays a rather grand one instead. It may not make sense, but I’ve certainly seen it before.

  24. The Lorax says:

    Okay so he’s compensating. I understand what you are saying but aren’t we all compensating in one way or another? That’s our culture.

    I compensate by being snotty or witty and you compensate by always talk about how great your life is. It’s not a pot-shot at you, just fact. We all do it don’t we?

    I’m trying to get past politics here and talk about a more socio-cultural issue if you will.

  25. Sorry Lorax. There’s always that little chance that my life really is that great.

    I have an enormous fear of failure that I’ve had to stomp on over the years. I’m still rather risk averse.

  26. Extremely Liberal Dot Com says:

    It’s a good thing that Obama’s approval rating is even higher than Bill Clinton’s, because during Clinton’s presidency the country experienced the highest economic growth since the New Deal.