President Obama's current approval ratings are like double those of President Bush's when he left office. That's the easy part.
But good policy is the hard part. And so far, Obama's popularity hasn't made it any easier. His first 100 days haven't generated any substantive "wins" or knocked down any major hurdles for the country. This is not his fault as much as that of the economy. However, Obama's economic team hasn't exactly won over many fans with its plans thus far...
Listen, I'm not dumb enough to think any president - not even FDR - could fix this thing in a few weeks' or months' time, but I'm honestly surprised Obama hasn't even made a real dent in the economic landscape. The resignation of GM Chairman Rick Wagoner was long overdue, but I credit Congress, not the Administration, for finally putting that nail in the coffin (with a $23 million personal bailout for Wagoner).
I'm not quite sure what Obama would tell you his biggest success is at this point in terms of economic policy. It sure as hell isn't anything 99 percent of Americans agree to. I don't think the Democratic Party and its leadership does either.
It reminds me...remember when the popular kid in high school won student council president on the promise of all these changes that were very populist and well-received (better lunches, cooler prom, etc.)? A year later nothing really changed except the leadership...now so-and-so's friends were not only the coolest kids on campus, they were also the ones who got to get out of class for an important meeting. That's sort of what I'm seeing right now.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still rooting for Obama and I know he'll ultimately be in a position to make good decisions that show his value in the Oval Office...but, as of March 31, 2009, I'm not sure if we have a political messiah or just a populist messenger with waning popularity.
My blog is going to put me on the FBI, I mean Democratic Party watchlist...