According to the latest Gallup Poll.
Asked to compare Barack Obama with George W. Bush, Americans are more inclined to say Obama has been a better (43%) rather than a worse (34%) president, with 22% seeing no difference between the two. Obama compares much less favorably to Bill Clinton, with half saying Obama has been worse than Clinton and 12% saying better.
These results are based on a Sept. 15-18 USA Today/Gallup poll. Obama succeeded Bush as president during a down economy that is still struggling to recover. Thus, a key comparison voters will make is whether Obama is doing better than his predecessor, which would enhance his chances of re-election, or worse than Bush, which makes it less likely Americans would reward him with a second term.
It could be argued that saying Obama has been about the same as Bush is also a negative evaluation, given that Bush left office with low approval ratings and Americans generally did not judge his presidency to be very successful.
Indeed, those who say Obama has been about the same as Bush generally view Obama negatively, with 27% approving and 62% disapproving of the way Obama is handling his job as president.
Thus, in order to win re-election, Obama likely needs to convince voters he is doing a better job than his predecessor did.
After the debate last night in Florida, unless another candidate enters the field, it looks like Mitt Romney will be the candidate that will limit President Obama to one term and one term only. With economic conditions the way they are nobody will buy the argument that Obama has been doing a better job than Bush.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on Fox News this morning
“We’re old pals, and we cut cards, and I drew a two.
No, actually, I was very interested in what Governor Barbour was thinking, but it would’ve been fun to be in it together.
I tell you what — you all would have had a little more fun, a few more laughs if we were both in there.
And it would’ve been very clean and upbeat, which I hope it will be, anyway.”
But, why say, “I hope it will be anyway?”
Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels revealed Tuesday he has consulted with his former boss, former President George W. Bush, about a potential run for the White House in 2012.
Although he wouldn’t divulge details of the discussion, Daniels, who served as Bush’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, said he is aware he owes people an answer about a bid. Daniels has said he would make up his mind at the conclusion of the legislative session in Indiana, which ended Friday.
When asked if he would like to run, Daniels responded “Would I like to? No. What sane person would like to?”
“Believe it or not, I’m not one of those people who’s ever sat around scheming and dreaming,” Daniels said on “Fox and Friends.” “Never entered my mind, but I’ve agreed at the behest of a lot of people to give it some thought.”
The thought is that Mitch Daniels will very likely run – especially since he has been discussing the race with Bush donors for some months now.
No real surprise here, especially with the fall of Jimmy Carter who should be at the bottom anyway.
Of the nine U.S. presidents who have served in the past 50 years, John F. Kennedy continues to earn the highest retrospective job approval rating from Americans, now 85%. Ronald Reagan ranks second, with 74%. While these presidents’ ratings are largely unchanged from 2006, Bill Clinton’s rating has improved, putting him in third place, while Jimmy Carter, at 52%, has dropped from third to sixth. Richard Nixon remains the lowest rated.
I disagree where W is in relation to Carter and LBJ. Those two Democrats were downright horrible. History will judge the second Bush better over time.
A book was thrown at President Barack Obama yesterday in Philadelphia – at second 24 when he moves his hand down H/T Gateway Pundit
Everyone wants to know if the book was the United States Constitution?
But, seriously, when President Bush had the shoes thrown at him in Iraq, the MSM was all over the story. But, so far, mainly crickets here in America while the Brits have picked up the story.
This is the astonishing moment a book was apparently hurled at the head of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.
The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President yesterday.
It is not clear what the book was, where it came from in the crowd, or why it was thrown at Mr Obama – who did not appear to notice the danger.
The Obama Economic Stimulus or Porkulus signs are typical “Big Government” methods to toot their own horn, so to speak.
Are they a waste of taxpayer money?
You bet, unless you are the sign maker and the guys who install them.
Why does “Big Government” need to publicize its efforts? This is how they roll – more and more government spending until they surround the American economy, and isn’t it grand?
As far as missing President Bush – I don’t. He was an ineffective communicator and has caused much consternation for the RIGHT – much like his father who followed President Reagan. It has taken almost two years to repair the damage to the GOP.
The Day By Day Archive
Then Senator Barack Obama on President George W. Bush and the Iraq War
And, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Iraq War was lost. Remember?
President Barack Obama has asked the television networks for fifteen minutes tonight to address the nation about the ending of combat operations in Iraq from The Oval Office and what will he say?
Will he acknowledge his political judgment was incorrect in opposing the Iraq War surge?
Will he thank President George W. Bush for staying the course and to win the war (with the surge) so that Obama could bring the troops home?
Or will the President continue his narrative that Bush should have not started the Iraq War in the first place?
All of the above?
DNC Television Ad: “Big Choices”
Guess the Democratic National Committee forgot the internet has a memory as they pull this morning’s George W. Bush campaign ad.
The Democratic National Committee released an advertisement, posted on the DNC’s “Rapid Response” YouTube Channel, mocking George W. Bush. The ad was laughable, and much derided.
Here is how it appeared in my post earlier today, Extremely Effective DNC Ad:
Alas, there will be a take down notice so enjoy the derision of the Democrats while it lasts.
DNC Television Ad: “Big Choices
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) channels President George W. Bush in their latest television ad.
Democrats again used former President George W. Bush as a foe in their latest TV ad campaign, driving home the point Republicans would restore policies that helped create the economic downturn.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a new cable ad Friday that harped on their campaign message that the November midterm elections will be a choice between Democratic policies that will bring the country out of the recession versus Republican policies that helped created it.
No Republican is used in the ad aside from Bush — who is shown saying “you can fool me but you can’t get fooled again.”
Looks like an excuse to me from a losing political party.
The Dems took down the ad later in the day. Go here to see it before the take down notice.
Day By Day by Chris MuirYes, Chris Halloween is coming up next Saturday, Obama is President and isn’t it scarey?
Speaking about tolerances, did you know today President Obama finished his 24th round of golf since being in the White House. This was accomplished in less than a year.
Does anyone realize before President Bush quit playing golf (because America was at war and he deemed it inappropriate) it took 2 years and 10 months for him to play 24 rounds? This was from CBS White House Correspondent Mark Knoller’s twitter stream – @markknoller.
Wonder if Obama will obtain any tolerance in the matter? You know because of the continuing war in Afghanistan and the 130K troops continuing to be deployed in Iraq.
The Day By Day Archive