Obama has lost the edge
Once upon a time, a man filled with hope and packed with an excellent strategy got elected to President on a theme “Change, you can believe in.” That was a tall order. America and President Obama can be proud that 1) we broke the racial barrier to the office, and 2) by accepting his diverse family history, we demonstrated that most Americans don’t discriminate against people with Muslim heritage.
Now, we also learned that a candidate’s resume matters. While the Constitution gives wide latitude for people seeking office, common sense and experience demonstrate that we are better served by having presidents with the following:
- Passion for the office for serving the American people
- Chief executive experience – private and public sector
- Knowledge of the law and the legal system
- Loyalty to the nation as demonstrated by serving in the military or other national service capacity
- Ability to lead a diverse Congress into high performance
- Ability to optimize return on national resources
Give him credit, Obama stepped into deep waters and managed to keep us afloat, quickly. After the rescue, the patient had many other problems to be solved, and one doctor, a law instructor and author, could not and did not staff properly and manage properly to keep the patient out of danger.
Democrats should have an emergency meeting and agree to find another doctor. Change we still need. Our trust is shattered.
“What president became a U.S. Senator after he left office?
That distinction goes to the country's 17th president, Andrew Johnson.
Johnson, who was a former representative, governor and senator from Tennessee, was successfully impeached in 1869 for attempting to remove his disloyal Secretary of War without approval from the U.S. Senate.
He returned to Tennessee and ran for the U.S. Senate again in 1870 and 1872, failing both times. However, in 1874 he became the first and only president to win a Senate seat after serving as President of the United States. He took his seat on March 5, 1875.
“Obama's Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Ever, According to Gallup
Published August 14, 2011
President Obama’s approval rating dropped to below 40 percent, an all-time low, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.
The poll released Sunday says 39 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance, while 54 percent disapprove.
The slide comes as Obama launches a political counteroffensive this week, while he’s weighed down by wilting support among some of his most ardent backers, a stunted economy and a daily bashing from the slew of Republicans campaigning for his job.
"We've still got a long way to go to get to where we need to be. We didn't get into this mess overnight, and it's going to take time to get out of it," the president told the U.S. over the weekend, all but pleading for people to stick with him.
A deeply unsettled political landscape, with voters in a fiercely anti-incumbent mood, is framing the 2012 presidential race 15 months before Americans decide whether to give Obama a second term or hand power to the Republicans. Trying to ride out what seems to be an unrelenting storm of economic anxiety, people in the United Statesincreasingly are voicing disgust with most all of the men and women, Obama included, they sent to Washington to govern them.
A poll Gallup released Friday on congressional approval showed that Democrats hold an edge over Republicans in the 2012 elections; 51 percent of registered voters favored Democrats, while 44 percent favored GOP lawmakers "if the elections for Congress were being held today."
The Democratic president will try to ease voter worries and sustain his resurrected fighting spirit when he sets off Monday on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The trip is timed to dilute the buzz emanating from the Midwest after Republicans gathered in Iowa over the weekend for a first test of the party's White House candidates. The state holds the nation's first nominating test in the long road toward choosing Obama's opponent.
The three-day tracking poll for the president was conducted from Aug. 11-13. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points, according to Gallup. The congressional poll was conducted from Aug. 4-7, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.