Politico.com is reporting as President Obama’s approval rating drops, George W. Bush’s goes up. According to polling fifty percent say they would rather have Obama in office, while forty-four percent say they want Bush back. Many attribute the decline in Obama’s ratings to the president inheriting a faltering economy from the Bush administration.
Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.
For me President Obama seems much like meet the new boss, same as the old boss. His slogan was Change we can believe in even though he really didn’t describe what kind of change that would be. Now we know. More and bigger wars, socialized medicine where you can be forced buy something you don’t need or cannot afford. And if you don’t you can be fined or prosecuted. Not to mention microchipping is in the bill. More ignorance of the Constitution is to be expected as bills that number 1,900 pages slows down the process of government. What about Obama’s oppoosition to NAFTA? That must have been more political talk.