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Americans are a tough crowd

September 9, 2009 - Per Peterson
President Barack Obama is finding out just how tough a crowd Americans can be. Obama, our nation’s first black president, won huge on Election Day and we treated him like a rock star. He’s young, charismatic, hip, and not a Bush and the American people loved him. Now, however, his disapproval rating has jumped from 42 percent in July to 49 percent. His grade for how he’s handling health care has gotten worse, too — 52 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue, up from 43 percent in July. Granted, he’s inherited problems that would be tough for the finest of leaders to deal with — a huge recession, health care, two wars. One could go so far as questioning why he would take time away from those pressing issues to give a speech to school kids about the importance of school. My kids don’t the president to tell them how important school is, they have parents for that. When prioritizing, I think the recession and health care supercedes talking to kids about school any day. I’m not ready to say Obama is faltering as president, but he needs to solve the health care issue ASAP. He needs to put his leader-of-the-nation hat back on and get us through this like he did in dealing with the recession. Not everyone will agree with how he’s handled the recession, but at least we’re coming out from under a avery black cloud. I guess that’s the thing about being president — one black cloud after another. But, at least according to the polls, fewer people these days are willing to hold an umbrella over his head for him.


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