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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A new Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday morning finds that only 44 percent of voters approve of the president’s overall performance, which mirrors the 45 percent approval measured at the end of May.

“President Barack Obama is in a slump,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll shows that as approval of Obama’s handling of foreign affairs is dipping, his popularity among voters is quickly declining.

Support for President Obama among women and independent voters — voters who have usually strongly supported the president — has also dwindled. In April, 44 percent of independent voters approved of his performance, down now to 36 percent. Only 48 percent of women voters approve of the president – a significant drop from the 56 percent that supported him in April.

Eighty-three percent of Democrats support the president, as opposed to the 89 percent that said they did in April. Unsurprisingly, only 9 percent of Republican voters approve of Obama’s job performance – a number that has hardly changed over time.

Quinnipiac found that voters disapprove of the way Obama is handling foreign policy by a 52 to 40 margin, marking his lowest grade ever on that score.

A majority 61-27 percent of voters, Republicans and Democrats alike, say that it is not in the United States’ national interest to be involved in Syria, and 59 percent oppose providing any support or aid to Syrian rebels and other anti-government groups.

The president did receive a positive 52 percent approval rating for how he deals with terrorism, and a basically even 46-45 percent score for his handling of Afghanistan.

Another positive for Obama, Brown said, is that voters still “trust Obama more than Republicans [by] 44-38 percent to fix the economy.”

This aligns with recent research from Democracy Corps, which found that voters — even in red areas — are worried that the Republican Party is “so uncompromising that Washington is gridlocked” and too focused on “blocking Obama’s agenda.” Sixty-nine percent of voters in Republican districts said they hoped their representative would work with the president rather than block his agenda.

Voters also find the Republican and Tea Party “toxic” and “inflexible.”

President Obama’s personal characteristics also maintain positive ratings. Fifty percent of voters believe that Obama is honest and trustworthy, and 52 percent feel that he possesses “strong leadership qualities”; 52 percent also say the president cares about their needs.

“Generally, voters don’t seem happy with some of the president’s policies, but they still give him majority support on his personal characteristics, such as honesty and leadership,” Brown said.

The poll was conducted from June 28th to July 8th and surveyed 2,014 registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/-2.2 percentage points.

Photo: Official U.S. Air Force via Flickr.com

  • charleo1

    Well, gee. When only 9% of self identified Republicans approve of President
    Obama’s job performance, that’s going to tend to skew the averages down.
    With 83% of Democrats approving, can we assume he’s too partisan then?
    How many of his own Party then, would one estimate he needs to sacrifice
    to increase his Republican numbers? 10%? 20? 83%? No, Republicans will
    never support Barack Obama. Their disapproval has nothing to do with his
    policies. So, these things tend to be mostly meaningless. For another example.
    When are most Independents, Independents? When they are bashing both Democrats, and Republicans. When are 99% of Independents, Republicans?
    On election day.

    • FredAppell

      It probably hasn’t helped that Obama isn’t as radical as Republicans built him up to be so they found a different way of making him look bad. Ironically, I have been disappointed with him for not going far enough.

      • charleo1

        That’s undoubtedly true. But, given where the Republican Right
        started calling center, after the election of President Obama, it’s
        hard to find one of their own elected before Nov. 2008, by their
        new standards, who wouldn’t be a wild eyed Liberal Commie!
        Including Bush. Who they seem to bounce to, and fro. Between defending him, and his war on terror, and the Iraq War. To
        discrediting him, for his spending, and increasing the size of government. Which were largely one, and the same things. It
        helps, if you decide to blame the bank bailouts, and economic
        collapse on Obama. Republicans got so tired of hearing Bush
        blamed for so many of the problems. Some just decided they
        were just going to start blaming Obama for the crappy economy.
        The rest said, “Hey, why didn’t we think of that?” “Thanks T-Party!”
        And, I think with that, the entire Party broke some kind of barrier.
        And now, they wouldn’t know the truth, if it jumped up, and
        slapped ’em! Which is an idea I’m promoting. But, President
        Obama is way too nice to ever do it. So, I totally agree with you!
        I’ve been very disappointed he hasn’t gone far enough.

        • FredAppell

          You nailed it. On a couple of different occasions I have pointed out to Republicans that some in their party have managed to create a new radical standard. In response, they recoil and say nasty things to me instead of being objective and having a dialogue with me. I learned that they don’t want to know us…they see us as a threat that must be dealt with harshly. They view us as a true enemy to their precious and selfish beliefs instead of having faith in our Democratic system. I never seek confrontations but they are always looking for one. How long have you been bringing up Bush only to be told that Bush is no longer POTUS so it’s irrelevant to mention him? Here’s my personal favorite, I have yet to meet one single Republican voter whom admits to voting for Bush…all I ever get in response is I didn’t vote for him. Funny how nobody voted for the guy but he managed to serve not one but two full terms. This is what we are up against and it makes it twice as difficult when one side refuses to talk.

          • Landsende

            Wow, we must know the same people because my republican friends say the same thing. Bush is no longer president so it’s irrelevant the things he did although they continue to revere him. They also didn’t vote for him which begs the question, how did Bush get enough votes to be elected. Oh wait, the Supreme Court decided.

          • FredAppell

            Lol! That’s one of the wonders of the world isn’t it? Try this one on for size. Ever notice how Obama is expected to own our current problems even though he inherited most of it but Georgie Boy and his cohorts got away with passing the buck on a constant basis? If you do a little research, you can easily find
            Forums where many conservatives, Rush Limbaugh included,
            have the audacity to blame our problems on the New Deal.

          • charleo1

            I have often noted the inconsistencies of those that opposed
            Obama on every single issue. Especially during his first term.
            As if they considered themselves, loyal team members, and shared in the goal of denying Barack Obama a single victory.
            And didn’t spare the rod on those of their own Party, that so
            much as appeared to acknowledge his legitimate title, by
            referring to him as, “President,” Obama. I think they should
            do a study of the first year Obama was President. And count the times Fox referred to President Obama, as Mr. Obama,
            or simply Obama. Or, like the case of Charlie Crist, a popular, Florida Governor at the time. Kicking him entirely out of the Party, for essentially putting his arm around President Obama, and thanking him for using his good offices, to provide some financial help to the State. Admitting, the obvious. That the State was, like a lot of States, a financial basket case, because of the recession. So Crist told the truth. The other GOP Governors, bashed Obama for his proliferate spending. Money the Country didn’t have, they said. Or, had to borrow from China. In long stem winders, told the, “Kenyan,” (not to his face however) what they, and the good,
            and decent people of their State, thought of his bribe money!
            Rick Perry threatened secession! Then, like all the rest, quietly took the, “dirty,” Washington money, that pulled their fat lying asses out of the fire. And even showed up later at ribbon cutting ceremonies, for projects paid for with the stimulus funds they refuse to this day to admit created one job in their States. So, as I stated earlier, they wouldn’t know
            the truth, if it jumped up, and slapped ’em! Which I am still
            promoting as an alternative to attempting to meet them half way, in search of a compromise solution.

          • FredAppell

            You’re a tough act to follow lol. Have you also noticed that Repubs claim that they knew all about President Obama way before he was elected? That is some amazing insight to a man that no one else seems to have had. All the vetting that was done and yet only Republicans claim to know the truth. I should have known then that President Obama was going to face an uphill battle. In hindsight, it isn’t clear whether or not another Democrat would have had it as tough but my heart say’s no.

          • charleo1

            Your heart is not wrong. I’m sure the election of Barack
            Obama, will eventually tell future generations more about
            who we actually were at the beginning of the 21st century,
            than perhaps any other single event. In many ways it
            kinda peeled the bark off some of the illusions we had been
            harboring about the progress we had made as a Nation
            since The Civil Rights Bill, and the assassination of M.L.
            King. The answer seems to be, definitely some. But not
            nearly as much as we’d hoped, or as much as we in White
            America had convinced ourselves we had. Even living in
            the South, I have discovered my own estimations as to the
            progress, or at least the elimination of the overt racism,
            that was so prevalent in the 60’s, in the Old Confederacy,
            had been wildly over optimistic. Because, the election of
            an African American to the office of President, presented
            such an affront to certain segments of the population,
            that had obviously been as covertly so, but every bit as determined as their 1950s, and 60s parents had been, to overtly, continue the Civil War. There is no other explanation for for the reaction. The spike in hate groups, and Right
            Wing militias, that had been on the wane, swelled in their
            numbers. Neither the fact they had lost the election to a
            Democrat. Or, the moderate policies of a President who
            reached out to them, time and again, accounted for their
            behavior. Or, tempered their visceral opposition to another Northern elected President from Illinois. This one, representing the unavoidable, reality. The war they had determined would not end at Appomattox. No Sir! By God, would never end, until the South prevailed. Was being lost to the same attrition and Northern dominance that had doomed Lee. Obama proved it! So they redoubled their efforts. Their Southern agenda renewed. Reestablish State’s Rights, end affirmative action, and The Voting Rights Bill. Gather, and consolidate our White coalition. Remind them, what’s at stake. And fight the Federal Government with everything we’ve got! All that’s left, is to dig up
            Lee, put him back on his horse, and attack Ft Sumter.

          • S.J. Jolly

            It is said that it takes five generations to change people’s minds. Call it a century, more or less. The civil rights movement of the 60’s was a century after the end of the Civil War, and the (official) end of slavery. It may take another century to fully end anti-Negro racism.

          • charleo1

            It looks to be every bit the truth. Sad to say.

        • highpckts

          I think he needs to pull a little “Harry Truman” ! The buck stops here! Quit trying to make “friends”! They are having nothing to do with that! Never have!

          • FredAppell

            I like that idea…too bad the right wood still find a way to spin it and use it against President Obama. On the other hand, it could completely back fire on them.

  • FredAppell

    This is not a new phenomenon… historically, presidents are less popular in their second terms. We tend to grow more weary of our leaders in a relatively short period of time due to all sorts of reasons. Every president has had opposition that complained the president isn’t keeping his promises. Here’s a newsflash, they all break their promises, not a single one has gone without making mistakes and not all their ideas are popular. Obama is no different, he has made mistakes and backed some very unpopular policies but there is one distinction of note, Obama has given into opposition more than past presidents. Republicans have been getting more of what they want while Dems have been getting less. I don’t care who the next president is, we will continue to see this occur over and over again until we stop fighting each other and learn how to communicate.

    • Dominick Vila

      You are right. I think it is also important to consider that the recent drop in President Obama’s popularity is the result of disillusioned Democrats who don’t approve of his move to the right on issues such as Syria or his recent decision on the ACA mandate. If this gives Republicans comfort, they have a new thing coming.

      • FredAppell

        I think most of the trouble is due to the stress the weak economy is producing. Times like this create suspicion among the voters so none of us can be totally certain of what is going on.

        • Dominick Vila

          Some of it is influenced by economic uncertainty, but most of the negativism is directly related to a well orchestrated demonization campaign. One of President Obama’s greatest flaws is his assumption that most Americans are capable of discerning the truth, and very capable of rejecting unfounded propaganda. That may be true, but by the slightest margin. Sadly, a lot of us are more inclined to be influenced by a well crafted 30-second commercial than to conduct an in-depth analysis of facts…and the GOP is very much aware of that fact.

          • FredAppell

            You raise all good points, however, we have all had a front row seat to the shenanigans that the right is pulling and yet Obama’s
            numbers are still in decline. I don’t believe the attacks on the president would have a whole lot of effect if American’s anxiety wasn’t already at a fever pitch. One is more likely a symptom of the other.

      • charleo1

        It’s true Dominick. If I have a hundred loyal supporters in a room.
        I’m going to lose some of them, with the first decision I make. That’s
        without a Right Winger standing there with bullhorn, telling them why
        I’ve been lying to them all along, and now have just stabbed them in the back. Given that most of the decisions that make it to any President’s desk, usually have no right, or wrong answers. Just bad, and worse choices. And Obama has more of those kind than most.
        Perhaps I’ll wind up being the biggest fool, in continuing to place my
        support with President Obama. The unprecedented situation in the
        Mid-East, seems to be confluence of a number of factors. None of
        which, we have much influence over. Part of it is chickens coming
        home to roost. Some are our chickens. Combined with just intolerable economic conditions. Dishonest, domestic political opportunists like John McCain are not helpful. He still carries the respect of a good number of Americans. Especially in military matters, and he knows it. But, I have no doubt, if Obama had armed the Rebels, McCain would be singing a different tune called, “Who are these people?” And, “What is the President thinking arming
        terrorists, with known affiliations to Al Qaeida?” To which the rabid
        Right would answer, “What have we been telling you all along!”
        But Obama hasn’t. So, he’s failing to support democracy. I also
        don’t think Democrats get to allow their President to lose half of
        his Congress. Then complain, when he’s not able to deliver a jobs
        bill, immigration reform, roll out healthcare reform on schedule, or
        close Gitmo. A lot of that’s on us. I also think most Democrats get
        that, loud and clear. House Republicans remind us of it daily! But, 83%? I don’t consider a slump.

        • Dominick Vila

          Well said. In spite of all the socialist and liberal claims by the usual crowd, President Obama’s policies have been center-right since he was first elected in January 2009. Sadly, a lot of us seem to have short memories and don’t hesitate to place blame when someone makes a decision that is inconsistent with our aspirations, forgetting everything that has been accomplished to date.
          President Obama inherited economic, social, and foreign policy problems that barring the conditions that existed during the Great Depression are hard to imagine. Incredibly, and in spite of continuous and relentless opposition, he managed to prevent the economic collapse anticipated by his predecessor, he helped two of our largest corporations stay in business and in so doing he saved the jobs of thousands of people, he championed and signed healthcare reform that should have been implemented decades ago, he got us out of Iraq and is getting us out of Afghanistan, he authorized the raid that ended the life of Osama bin Laden, has kept us out of new conflicts under tremendous pressure from people that, as you said, would support the opposite if President Obama had taken a different approach, he has fought for equality, for effective gun control, and for desperately needed immigration law reform. His problem is not that he has not done enough, the problem is that he has done too much in a short period of time for the average American to appreciate and support.
          One of the few criticisms I can think of is his inability to explain the benefits of some the legislation he has signed, especially ACA, in terms people can understand.
          Overall, his presidential record is already awesome, and it is likely to make him one of our greatest presidents.

          • charleo1

            I have no doubt I speak for many here, when I say Dominick
            is the man! It is true, too many our memories are lacking. It
            is also true, yours is not one of them. The voice of fairness,
            and reason, it gives this commenter confidence, and comfort,
            his continued support of this President is not misplaced. It is
            it’s own reward, to find one often heartedly agrees with a person who’s opinions they hold in high esteem. Thanks for
            all the great posts!

      • Germansmith

        I guess is important to ask
        What do the “progressives” want Obama to do about Syria?
        When PPACA is fully implemented , what do Democrats expect those employers with 50+ employees that will be forced to offer a health plan with a minimum coverage requirement and cost less than 9% of an employer salary to do? Hire more people? Maybe consider outsourcing to smaller companies or self employed people with no such a requirements? Do with less employees?
        What do you expect small employers that currently offer a health plan to on January 2014 when subsidies become available from MaFed?
        Do they keep paying for a health plan or tell their employees to go and get the goodies from Obamacare?

        • Dominick Vila

          In my opinion, the best thing we could do in situations like this is to mind our own business. We don’t tolerate foreigners getting involved in our internal affairs, and we should do the same when others are trying to resolve socio-political problems that affect them. If we do get involved as a result of international pressure, and prompting from the likes of Sens. McCain and Graham, our involvement should be limited to arming and training rebels who we know are not affiliated with Al Qaeda and, perhaps, imposing a no fly zone. Since I can only speak for myself, I sometimes support initiatives that are inconsistent with policies supported by most Democrats, you will have to ask a larger group of progressives what their position is on this issue.
          Companies with 50 or more employees should have been offering benefits to their employees all along. If they haven’t and they are now forced to offer a healthcare plan to their workforce, the most likely consequence of that move is that they will pass the additional cost to consumers. You can rest assured that neither the owners of that firm, or its shareholders if it went public, will bear the brunt of the additional cost incurred. The same goes for smaller companies.
          The issue for me has nothing to do with profitable companies having to offer healthcare coverage to their workforce, which would result in greater employee satisfaction and, very likely, increased productivity and reduced absenteeism, but the fact that millions of American workers are being exploited by employers who can afford to offer their employees the benefits they deserve. The operative word in this case is: GREED.
          As for outsourcing, that has been going on for decades and it is likely to continue regardless of whether or not ACA is fully implemented. The old Mexican maquiladoras in the 1980s, and the death traps in countries like Bangladesh are not an accident or an aberration, they are real. It is also important to note that the reason for outsourcings often go beyond cost considerations, an important element for many CEOs is the likelihood of market expansion in huge countries such as China, and the likelihood of ten-fold increases in sales and profits.

          • Germansmith

            Regarding Syria, why should we help either side? Putting aside issues of humanity, it is beautiful seeing 2 enemies go after each other. Getting involved there will cost treasure. lives and will gain us additional enemies.
            Regarding healthcare reform implementation, the reason Obama and crew decided to delay some of the features implementation is because they KNOW it will reduce employment and that they will have to offer more subsidies that they originally told us about and they did not want to have that happen before congressional election.
            You seen to see things thru the Democratic party rose colored glasses, I on the other hand am a Benefit Consultant and Financial Planner and I know how employers are seeing PPACA and how they will be reacting to it.

        • S.J. Jolly

          PPACA (aka, Obamacare) is the proverbial camel — a horse designed by a committee. Hopefully, when Congress manages to get itself un-gridlocked, it will rework the program. To something like Medicare for all.

          • Germansmith

            Please, do not insult Camels. Camels are very well designed for the environment they live in.
            If survival is an issue. Give me a camel over a horse any day of the week.
            PPACA is comparable to the crew of the Titanic sending the lifeboats to buy 1000 water buckets to bail the water.

  • labrown69

    And that is probably more than he deserves based on the sycophantic devotion of his hard core base, the evangelical nature of his following after getting a Nobel Peace Prize essentially just for being Black and having been elevated to the status of some sort of spiritual guru by his adoring fans.

    • charleo1

      But, you fail to see the many ways your short statement incapsulates many
      of the problems the Right is suffering today. And Boy, are they suffering!
      And causing much of the Country, to suffer right along with them. But, I’ll
      bet you haven’t noticed. It’s understandable. Seeing how busy defending
      your Right Wing heros has kept you. But, it’s true, we supported, and
      elected President Obama, before he was awarded The Nobel Prize. And,
      they award them to all colors of people. Really, look it up. I believe that has
      a lot to do with the problems the Right is going through, I mentioned earlier.
      You tend to not look things up. Is that because you’ve found when you do,
      it doesn’t agree with what you’d like to believe? So you’ve decided, in mass,
      to just stop looking things up? Something’s going on there. Another thing
      the Right Wingers like yourself, there don’t do, is listen to President Obama.
      He said at his acceptance ceremony, he didn’t feel as though he deserved
      the award. But he accepted the honor out of respect for the organization.
      And donated the prize money to charity. So, I think there’s some jealousy
      there, President Bush didn’t receive one. I wonder why? You could look
      it up. But, never mind.

      • jointerjohn

        You pointed out something important charleo, that President Obama’s calm and calculated civility drives the republicans nuts! They have staked their opposition politics to him being a treacherous and power-hungry despot yet he doesn’t oblige them. They are the ones who have chosen to have radical and bombastic spokespersons. I had to laugh when labrown69 referred to the president’s “sycophantic” and “hard core base”, which is another example of the right wing’s seeing things as they wish it was instead of how it really is. Its kind of like the fact that hard core drinkers want everyone with them to drink too, those who don’t share their affliction make them nervous and self-conscious. Barack Obama infuriates them with his calm self confidence and unwillingness to wallow in their gutter.

        • charleo1

          Well said! I agree with your observations. They are 100%
          spot on.

  • latebloomingrandma

    The President is looking a little older and grayer, and one can sense his frustration at not being able to get things done. In all my reading about various presidencies, I don’t think I’ve read that any president has endured such a “blockade” from the opposition from the get-go as this president. To me, it’s almost treasonous. Some say it’s the president’s fault for not being a natural schmoozer, stroking the egos of those in Congress. Well, he tried it and got a smack down. I just don’t get it. Is Congress un-embarrassable ? Their approval rating is in the gutter. Why do they let a “fringe” of the electorate call all the shots for the country?

    • S.J. Jolly

      Maybe because the fringe has the energy and money to challenge the re-election of Republican office holders that displease them?

    • charleo1

      The Country isn’t bankrupt. Congress is. Moral-less, corrupted, bought out, dangerously dysfunctional, and increasingly impossible for the majorities of ordinary citizens to influence. It is at once the benefactor, and coconspirator
      ultimately responsible for the corporatization of the Country. Which has
      led to much of the misery being suffered today by millions of Americans.
      It has been by the purchased permission, of the U.S. Congress. That the
      American Dream has been put on the auction block. That the willful dissembling has been allowed by Congress, of the engine that once drove
      the largest economy in the world, to unprecedented heights. The direct
      result of the broad inclusion of the working class, to the rewards, security
      and freedom, that comes with the fair distribution of the wealth their labor
      had created. This, hat in hand, minimum wage, beggar class, that is replacing
      the once upwardly mobile, opportunity rich world, of a now disappearing
      Middle Class, will be the legacy of this Congress if we’re not able to effect
      some serious change. And soon.

      • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

        I could not agree with you more, charleo. It appears that this once truly great, generous and goodhearted country is on a downward path, thanks to the moral intransigence of ignorant and mean-spirited conservative politicians, bought and paid for by the 1%ers who care little for those less fortunate than themselves. Their tribal cry is “I’ve got mine, screw you!” It’s too bad that the American experiment of liberty and justice FOR ALL will only have lasted for something less than 300 years. Gee, it was nice while it lasted…

  • itsfun

    Don’t downplay the effect of spying on citizens, the IRS scandal, our ambassador and Americans murdered, fast and furious, and Holder and Obama race baiting for the Zimmerman trail, when explaining his down turn of popularity. Another problem is spending millions of dollars on vacation when he says our country cannot afford to have White House tours. These kinds of thinks all add up.

    • charleo1

      I know. And for all the effort, and hot air, Darrell Issa, and the Right Wing Blogisphere has put into them. You’d think a lot more people would have been fooled, than those that already believed Obama was a foreign born, Muslim, bent on the destruction of America! No. It seems to have been one of the most extravagant examples of preaching to the choir, since Mitt Romney’s 47%
      speech, to a bunch of zillionaires at a posh Boca Raton fund raiser. Without
      the upper crusty charm of Mitt. Does Darrell Issa look like a mob boss to you?
      Just asking. Because you make a good point about things adding up. As in
      that they need to, at least once in a while. Like when the Chairman of the
      House oversight committee opens up with, “We’re going to get to the bottom
      of this, and my gut tells me we’re going to find the bottom, all the way at the
      top!” Do you know if Mr. Issa was ever shanked in his gut, during a mob war,
      or a stent in lockdown?

      • S.J. Jolly

        Far as I’ve ever heard, Congressman Issa’s only connection to crime is being a manufacturer of car alarms.
        BTW: The word you want is “stint”, not “stent.”

        • charleo1

          If he may use his gut to insinuate guilt, so may I.
          Right on, “stint,” of course! Thanks.

    • S.J. Jolly

      The President Of The United States — any POTUS — can not simply load up his family in the family station wagon and drive down to Disney World for a vacation. What with Secret Service, communications people, PR people, armored limos, etc., etc., it’s more like moving an Army battalion. Sure, millions of dollars are spent, but it doesn’t mean the first family is staying in super-dupper deluxe hotel suites!

      • itsfun

        You missed my point. I know he can’t just load up the station wagon and go. My point is if my country cannot afford things like White House tours, couldn’t the 60 – 100 million be put to better use. We have people starving, losing homes,etc. Isn’t taking this kind of vacation just saying f_ you to all Americans? I think the first family could take at least 1 less vacation and use the money for more important things. I hear the President complain about so-called rich people not paying their share and taking advantage of tax breaks, and such. Isn’t what he is doing worse than that. He even took his aunt and niece with him for you and me to pay for. I for one, want my forced tax money to go to helping my country and people.

        • S.J. Jolly

          Considering all the stress and frustration of being POTUS, I’ll not begrudge Pres Obama a vacation now and again. At least, unlike former Alaska Governor Palin, he’s sticking to the job.
          Maybe you’d prefer a system where-in, instead of writing one check to the US Treasury every year, you write one to every line item in the Federal budget you agree with?

          • itsfun

            Vacations now and then are one thing, but he already has another one scheduled for August. If citizens were allowed to pay taxes to line items they agreed with, a whole lot of programs would disappear.

  • Catskinner

    People are finally beginning to realize just how shallow Barack Obama really is.

    • highpckts

      What people?????

      • Catskinner

        Rank-and-file American citizens–in a word–voters.

        • highpckts

          Not any sane rank and file people I know except for the the totally brainwashed GOP!! The only “shallow” people are the one’s that can’t see through their prejudices to do the right thing for this country!!

  • Germansmith

    Why should we bother in helping the Syrian rebels when their next step if they win is probably religious and ethnic cleansing of Christians, Alawites and Shia?
    Is anybody bothered that we are accusing Zimmerman of using racial profiling when he was chasing Martin, but is ok for police departments to “prepare for race riots” in case Zimmerman is declared “not guilty”?
    What part of that is NOT racial profiling? Is profiling an assumption of what could happen based on past experience or data?

  • Robert Cronin

    Stop persecuting Snowden, Manning and Assange – – prosecute the banksters instead –

  • angelsinca

    From the article: “Another positive for Obama,”

    This simple statement identifies why the popularity of the current presidency continues to wane. Everything this president does that effects the country, the people and the world is rarely reported as its effect on the country, the people or the world. It’s always about Obama and his race, his gray hair, his predecessor, his popularity, his plan, his opposition. Rarely is the good of the country considered over the the effect on the man.