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How Long Will Obama’s Spike in Popularity Last?

Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on May 2, 2011

How Long Will Obama's Spike in Popularity Last? By Cindy Cross
With Osama Bin Laden finally found and killed, President Obama may enjoy a spike in popularity. But will it last long enough for victory in the 2012 election?
Opinions that Obama is a weak president may change, although temporarily, with the bold military action taken to kill Bin Laden.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, Obama's approval rating is currently 46% and bound to rally higher. An example of a significant rally in popularity came about after the capture of Saddam Hussein. Before Saddam's capture, President George Bush's approval rating was 56%. With the announcement of Saddam's capture, Bush's approval rating shot up to 63%.
Obama bashers such as Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney and John Boehner all offered public statements of congratulations to Obama. Although Boehner, surrounded by fellow Republican leaders, showed little sincerity as he read his written statement.
Obama has helped his image by looking more presidential as a strong Commander in Chief who is willing to make tough decisions. Faced with the choice of bombing Bin Laden's compound, or sending in a special ops mission that could kill Bin Laden and get proof of his death that the world would demand—Obama opted for the more risky special op route.
Consider the 2008 elections when Obama said, "And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority." - Barack Obama (2008 debate) While other presidential hopefuls like Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain and his side- kick Sarah Palin scoffed at Obama's idea of sending a secret special ops mission into a "sovereign nation."
But killing Bin Laden won't help the economy or lower the price of gas. The election is eighteen months away. If the economy gets worse, or even stays the same, voters may not remember the Bin Laden incident as vividly. Winston Churchill, after leading England into victory in 1945 against Nazi Germany lost re-election due to a bad economy.
With the birther issue behind him, and Bin Laden found and killed, it seems that President Obama may be untouchable for the short-term.



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Posted by night owl
a resident of Birdland
on May 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

Big win for President Obama! And big win for the USA!

Ah, but Cindy, you haven't been reading these posts. There are still many who wouldn't give credit to the Muslim, godless, socialist, "economic terrorist", birth certificateless leader even if he were to personally develop a cure for cancer and bring about lasting peace to the entire world.

Bush had American good will behind him after he used lies and deception as rationale for invading Iraq before he had finished the job in Afghanistan or captured Bin Laden. But he couldn't fool the public for long. When he left office, Bush's approval rating was at 28%; Cheney's was substantially below that; and Bush's approval rating with African Americans was 2%.

Obama, in contrast, is the real deal, and I think his current poll numbers reflect that half the nation, despite the Republican-created recession being far more stubborn than anyone had fully anticipated, still gives him credit for being the right man for the job.

The Repubs don't have anyone who poses a serious threat to unseat him. Carnival clowns, most of them, with perhaps a stuff-shirted economic nerd among them, but even he, beyond showing a facility with presenting deceptive, unrealistic numbers with a straight face, doesn't seem to have a brain in his head.

No, despite 40% or so of the American public going off the deep end, unable to fathom or stomach the reality of a black man showing a brilliance that puts them all to shame, Obama will be fine. He's head and shoulders above anything the Repubs have to offer.


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

i will give mr. owl credit for conciseness, it only took 5 short graphs to bash bish and cheney, paul ryan, birthers, and call everyone opposed to obama either a racist an/or a clown

thankfully, mr Obamas situation is not as rosy as mr. owl would have you believe

certainly, most everyone outside of alex jones types give obama credit for continuing the bush policies and pursuing bin Laden and bringing back some photos and DNA

but other than that and the improvement in his golf game, mr Obama doesn't seem to have too many arrows pointing in the right direction.

when it comes to the 2012 election, it's the economy, stupid -- and the "Republican-created recession" excuse has already worn thin, it will not suffice at the end of 4 years.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

Now that this Osama Bin Laden thing is behind us, I guess we can get back to worrying about the important matters of his fraudulent birth certificate and cutting healthcare services for women and kids. God, I love the TEA Party.


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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

Now that this Osama Bin Laden thing is behind us, I guess we can get back to worrying about the important matters like the obama recession, spiraling debt, inflation, high gas prices, high unemployment, out of control entitlement programs, immigration, gay agendas, muslim terrorists, Iranian nukes, the wars in Iraq, Afganistan and Libya, the collapse of the dollar, etc.
Looks like our dear leader will be too busy to go on Oprah, go golfing, play basketball and constantly vacationing.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

"Now that this Osama Bin Laden thing is behind us...."

Anyone else care to expound more fully on why they hate Obama more than they care about the well-being of the United States?


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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Del Prado
on May 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

Tim,

I don't know about hate because that is a strong word but if you read what folks are writing they are against Obama because they care about the well being of the United States and do no believe he is doing the right thing nor going in the right direction as indicated by the measurables cited. Basically, the same way other did not agree with the direction George Bush was going and this is why we have elections in this country and debate for that matter.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

So, Johnny, guess you don't have anything to say about 'this Osama bin Laden thing' either, heh? Go figure!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Tim said: "Anyone else care to expound more fully on why they hate Obama more than they care about the well-being of the United States?"

I've wondered about that myself many times. And note that it's not just Obama. There are many conservatives who felt as passionately negative about Bill Clinton, too. I remember conservative Republicans carrying out impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton. Now, I personally am an independent and was never particularly fond of Bill Clinton. But even so, I was against impeachment and, if it ever becomes necessary to impeach a President again, I would be saddened because of the harm that it would cause to the country. But the conservatives I saw were absolutely gleeful about impeaching the President! No sadness, no thought of the harm caused to the country. They just seemed to be so interested in settling their own petty partisan scores that they were blind to everything else. My image of many conservatives and Republicans took a dive as a result. It often really does seem that their loyalty to the Republican Party outweighs their loyalty to the country.


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Posted by radical
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Sam - you are not trying to say you do not see this on both sides of the aisle, are you? you need look no further than the top of this set of comments where mr. owl describes Paul Ryan, as a 'stuff-shirted economic nerd ... (who) doesn't seem to have a brain in his head'

so instead of actually being able to discuss a very serious topic like the Republican budget proposal (which is what one does when they "care about the well-being of the United States") we have 3rd grade level personal insults directed at the man?


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Posted by Fully Awake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Good ol' Steve from Parkside offers another racist contribution to his collection of memorables: "Looks like our dear leader will be too busy to go on Oprah, go golfing, play basketball and constantly vacationing."


Poor ol' Steve has never been able to refer to that black man in office as President, but only as 'our dear leader'. He cheers when tv personalities like trump and palin vomit their birther claims into the public arena; but he criticizes the black man for taking his case to a popular black woman's television show. He expects us, like Steve himself, to be uncomfortable with the image of Obama on a golf course -- see for example history of racist country clubs in the United States. He emphasizes that the black man plays basketball, thereby suggesting that the black man isn't to be taken seriously. And oblivious to how the black man's predecessor set a record for most vacation time taken by a U.S. president, he shows his discomfort with a black man in the oval office taking a vacation at taxpayer expense.

Oh, yeah, and he then offers, "Now that this Osama Bin Laden thing is behind us" thereby attempting to reduce the significance of a great achievement by a great man.

He's a black man, Steve, and he's your President. You'll probably never be able to accept that fact. I think it's instructive to point out that you're not fooling anyone. Your race-based hatred is spilling out all over these pages.

Steve is too cowardly to tell us outright what are his racist beliefs and attitudes. Instead, from the multiple cracks in the crackpot spill out all his hatred in deflected, badly coded ways.


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Posted by Ethyl's mom
a resident of another community
on May 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Night owl says only 2% of African-Americans voted for Bush.. But African-Americans will vote for Obama no matter what, as long as he is 1/2 African-American he could put us in the poor house and the vote will not change, because of the color of his skin. Wait he is doing that....
I am proud of the American men that put their lives on the line to be dropped into a compound to try and stop the spewing hatred, and killings.
Will it change the feelings of hard working, tax paying citizens. Probably not because we cannot afford to give all our money to non working, often not citizens like Obama's auntie. Unless he stops the Socialism rantings I can only hope he will be gone.


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Posted by Fully Awake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thanks to Ethyl's Mom for yet not only another demonstration of racist gunk but also that she is incapable of reading another poster's message. My guess is that these factors are closely intertwined: poor literacy, stupifying ignorance, and racist attitudes. Residents of Pleasanton: Meet your community's Tea Party members on these sites.


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Posted by Harry
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 6:13 am

Thank GOD Bin Laden is dead and I wish this birth cert. issue would die too. There are many details behind the scenes involving how this country is run. We can call our politicians whatever dirty names we want, we can blame the current president all we want and we can hate our local government all we want. Hating the president for what goes on in this country isnt logical, he doesnt run it all by himself. I think we need to stay more informed about what each party is "campaining" and hopefully make better choices.
At the end of the day maybe we show pray that our president is given help from this staff of many, to make informed choices. Hating him doesnt really help. Hate is very contagious.


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Posted by Dont Tread on Me
a resident of Birdland
on May 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

Harry gives us typical liberal dribble. George W.Bush kept us free from terrorist attacks for 8 years, but now the Chosen One born in another countrywants us all to drink cool aid and shower him with praise. George aint going to Ground 0 because the o Bummer Boy dissed him. When people find this out its game set match. Plop go Bummer Boys' polls.


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