Archive for the 'Popularity' Category

02
Aug
09

“Obama’s narcissism is pathological.”

Better late than never, this article by Ali Sina explains a lot.  Didn’t Obama’s recent flip-flop from passing health care urgently before the Congressional recess to urging representatives to take their time to read the bill over the recess seem disingenuous?  How about his overuse of the “straw man” argument?

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15
May
09

Obama's Notre Dame Degree for being "Inspiring"

I’m sure glad I didn’t earn my degree for just trying:

Vincent Rougeau, a professor of law at Notre Dame, said the language was just right.

“I think it’s good,” Rougeau said. “It identifies things he has done or attempts to do. The university invited him and he’s a dignitary that they’re welcoming. They drafted an elegant statement as to why they felt he was deserving of the invitation they extended.”

And what is he attempting to do?

“A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good.

“Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

“Inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics” ? ? ?  Really?  I would venture that there has never been a time in recent history when more have felt alienated toward our government.

28
Apr
09

Second Lowest Approval Rating in 40 Years

The Washington Times reports:

According to Gallup’s April survey, Americans have a lower approval of Mr. Obama at this point than all but one president since Gallup began tracking this in 1969. The only new president less popular was Bill Clinton, who got off to a notoriously bad start after trying to force homosexuals on the military and a federal raid in Waco, Texas, that killed 86. Mr. Obama’s current approval rating of 56 percent is only one tick higher than the 55-percent approval Mr. Clinton had during those crises.

Just as unsurprising is the media’s fawning:

It’s no surprise the liberal media aren’t anxious to point out that their darling is less popular than George W. Bush. But given the Gallup numbers, their hurrahs could be more subdued. USA Today’s front page touted the April poll results as positive, with the headline: “Public thinks highly of Obama.” The current cover of Newsweek magazine ponders “The Secret of His [Mr. Obama’s] Success.” The comparison with previous presidents is useful because they are usually popular during their first few months in office – and most presidents have been more popular than Mr. Obama.