August 28, 2009
a new poll reveals obama's approval ratings have fallen again and are now at 50%, reaching this decline at a much faster rate than former presidents have.
from the LA Times' Mark Silva:
"Aides to the president said he was not fixated on polling data. Obama entered office with high ratings, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said Thursday, but never thought they were "something he should put up on a shelf and admire."
"It's real easy to stay popular in Washington if you don't do anything at all," said Burton, adding that the president doesn't believe in working that way."
this is truly an amazing comment. what happens to politicians when they move into the white house? do they lose all contact, all understanding, all ability to interpret the comments, become totally deaf to the responses of the people who voted them into that house?
66 million americans voted for this man. we believed him when he said he wanted to restore transparency to washington. that he would close guantanamo. that he would use diplomacy first and guns only if necessary. when he said he was going to bring health care coverage to everyone of us, rich, poor, young, old, employed, unemployed, we believed him. he said it wouldn't be easy, that we'd have to commit to hard work, relentless effort and we were ready for that long hard grind. but, he said, he would lead. he said he would reach across the aisle.
here's the thing behind that drop in polls.
he's not leading. he's CRAWLING across the aisle whimpering. but he's NOT leading.
we're disappointed, disillusioned. we feel taken, forgotten. let down again. leader-less, hopeless.
that's what that poll represents, Mr. Burton. his popularity isn't dropping because he's been doing difficult, controversial things. his popularity is dropping because he isn't doing anything.