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Obama's 'likeability' fading fast
American Thinker ^ | 05/08/2012

Posted on 05/08/2012 6:33:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Ever since he burst on the national scene, up from obscurity as an Illinois State Senator addicted to voting present, his purported "likeability" has been cited as one of Barack Obama's principal political assets. Polling has historically shown that even as the public may disapprove his policies, they tell pollsters that they like him personally.

To be honest, he has always left me cold, because I recognize in him the sort of figure I encountered many times in my academic career: someone who masks his lack of substance with a big smile, jokes (sometimes mean jokes at the expense of others), and a stock of glib answers masked in abstractions that often do not stand up well under close analysis.

Last night on Hannity, Dick Morris reported that the last few weeks have been a disaster for Obama's likability, and that his likability has plummeted to the same levels as approval of his policies. Because television is unfriendly to documentation, I cannot cite the polls Morris claimed support his conclusion. But there is other evidence that the likability factor may have gone past its expiration date, that the illusion has been broken as Americans re-vet their president.

One of America's premier liberal columnists, Richard Cohen of Washington Post, has written a surprising column, lecturing Obama about his failure to build important political relationships, contrasted with the master of political power in DC, LBJ. The subtext, unmistakably, is that this guy is not very nice, and people around him are catching on. The entire column is worth a read, but here are some excerpts:

"Where Johnson was strong and unparalleled - personal relationships with much of Washington - Obama is frighteningly weak. Last week I asked a member of the Senate if he knows of anyone who really knows Obama ...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: likeability; obama; obamacampaign; obamadisliked; obamalikeability

1 posted on 05/08/2012 6:33:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

They are furiously backpedaling from all of the “I, I, Me, I” in the Bin Laden football spiking campaign. That must have registered a serious blow to Barry’s “Q” rating.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Uncle Joe Stalin is number 3 in Russia.....

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/12/28/us-russia-stalin-idUSTRE4BR17620081228


3 posted on 05/08/2012 6:39:18 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hard to like somebody when they're driving you off a cliff.

Romney wont be much better.

He wont put on the brakes, just shift to neutral.

Technically he wont drive us off the cliff. He'll just coast.

4 posted on 05/08/2012 6:39:46 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama has much to hide, and therefore avoids being known by anyone save a few trusted friends. He is probably bisexual and has a cocaine habit.


5 posted on 05/08/2012 6:41:15 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: SeekAndFind

I find myself mystified when I see reports that people find Obama likeable. Who ARE these people? The guy is a preening narcissist who doesn’t have an ounce of grace or class in his entire body. What on earth is there to like about the guy???


6 posted on 05/08/2012 6:43:15 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: SeekAndFind
A thug only his mother could love...
7 posted on 05/08/2012 6:44:29 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: thethirddegree

Until a couple weeks ago, that circle would have also included several SS agents.

The SS had to have been in on most if not all of BJ’s secret adventures....


8 posted on 05/08/2012 6:45:04 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dog-eating communist freak.

180 days, until we vote him out.

Focus people.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 6:46:20 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Fall Forward")
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To: SeekAndFind

It is beyond me how anyone could have liked him in the first place, I was initially turned off by his pomposity and my feelings went down from that point forward.


10 posted on 05/08/2012 6:46:54 AM PDT by monocle
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To: SeekAndFind

From the article, this most moronic of oxymorons: Democrat grown-ups.


11 posted on 05/08/2012 6:49:43 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: rockvillem

The folks who find him “likable” are the toadies and want to be’s. They want to be around and are infatuated with power, nothing more. Political Groupies if you will.

The man’s the same little schyster we all knew growing up, the used car salesman, the “Eddie Haskel”, the guy at the office who’s completely inept, and a living embodiement of the peter principle. He’s a dud who trys to cover up his ineptitude with sly behaviors.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 6:51:15 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: SeekAndFind

This article is ridiculous because it focuses on whether various Democrt politicians like Bammy Boy. Bammy could care less about these boring white hacks. Bammy only needs to connect with enough voters to get him elected again.

Hopefully the voters are sick of Bammy and his style


13 posted on 05/08/2012 6:57:05 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: HamiltonJay

I have always had a hard time understanding his high “likeability” numbers. Of course liberals would like him because he constantly reiterates the liberal mantras, but the figures imply that most independents like him personally. Apart from the “Bradley effect” where people may be telling pollsters that they like him because they don’t want to be considered racists, I think it must have to do with not paying close attention. Obama is constantly on TV, hectoring, mocking, sneering at his opponents, blaming others. I don’t see how that can be appealing unless you are a committed Democrat, a committed socialist, or committed in a mental institution.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 7:02:05 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

And don’t forget that fragrant blossom by his side.

The ‘I hate America, whitey and anyone getting in the way of my vacations or my all-night-all-you-can-eat WH buffets’ Wookster.


15 posted on 05/08/2012 7:04:50 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: dennisw

“Hopefully the voters are sick of Bammy and his style”

The Bammy supporters’ world is a simple one:
Democrat GOOD, Republican BAD.

The leftist freaks I know are mindlessly doubling down on anti-Republican venom, so they may be sick of him and his style, but they’ve learned to hate Republicans more.


16 posted on 05/08/2012 7:07:26 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s kinda hard to like a obnoxious, untalented, spoiled vapid dork quota baby who’s never done a useful thing in his life.

Other than that, the dork is a pretty likable.....idiot.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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The depth and width of loathing of Obama by vets, active military, family, and friends cannot be understated. The CNO recently stated that the US Navy cannot continue to do its job under current slashing of the military to pay for Obama’s transfer payment base. Extraordinary and unmatched statement since the Revolt of the Admirals in 1947, if memory serves. If Israel is smart, it will attack Iran as soon as Netanyahu re-consolidates his base. Obama’s reaction will be to refuse to help — or even try to block — Israel, which will be it for his skank administration. It will take Servpro to clean-out the White House after he’s gone.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 7:10:49 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Those are the leftists who are committed. If Romney is the nominee he will be going after the independents. The ones who can vote either way. Some who voted for Bammy Boy last time

We can also hope the moochers and leftists don’t show up to vote


19 posted on 05/08/2012 7:10:59 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: SeekAndFind

Screaming and yelling, with effected and synchopatic accent is a message of desperation and flailing.

Got Nope?


20 posted on 05/08/2012 7:11:28 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

The signs were pretty clear before the 2008 election. He said nothing of substance or specifics, only feel-good generalities around why he was THE solution for our country.

The people had a blank slate to pin their hopes and dreams upon, often competing visions, but it didn’t matter since there was nothing offered to use as a benchmark.

And now some suggest that we had better reelect this guy or there will be riots in the streets.

If so, the violence will be temporary. But the nation will finally have a chance to begin its recovery when “the One” is nothing more than a bad nightmare.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 7:12:53 AM PDT by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: Verginius Rufus
It's the people who laugh at his stupid attempt at humor or at just about anything else he tries to be “cute” about.

Liberal are deranged.

22 posted on 05/08/2012 7:13:23 AM PDT by yobid (Si vis pacem, para bellum, If you wish for peace, prepare for war)
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To: SeekAndFind
Is a coup possible, forcing Obama off the ticket? It would certainly be highly unlikely. But keeping in mind the fact that Obama is a man with many secrets, parts of his resume that have no details, it can't be ruled out. Politics can be full of surprises.

This is an ever increasing scenario ... Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his investigative posse may bring this issue to a head.

23 posted on 05/08/2012 7:26:07 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Verginius Rufus

You have summed a lot up with a gem of a word, “sneering,” that really encapsulates the man/child pantload. I too do not understand the reference to likeability. Turned off by the whole package from the beginning.


24 posted on 05/08/2012 7:29:57 AM PDT by Minnesota fox
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To: SeekAndFind
I can't believe that a sitting -on a golf cart - president, who writes CYA memos ahead of time to blame our men and women in uniform should any military operations go askew, could be perceived as unlikeable.

Anybody can be brave, but to have the self-preserving foresight to blame others pre-emtively? That shows a lot of character. /s

25 posted on 05/08/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

But at least if you get more conservatives in both the House and Senate at least they CAN put Romney’s feet to the fire.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 7:39:12 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hard to fade any further with me.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 8:29:26 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

The master of disaster will now have to change his name again,this time he will opt for the name of Dick.
History will record it as so.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 9:25:29 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: thethirddegree

He knows he’s a phony and fraud and doesn’t risk letting anyone get close enough to see what we’ve all figured out.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 10:05:11 AM PDT by surrey
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To: thethirddegree
He is probably bisexual...

Whenever I see the word "bisexual" I remember what I read in a "Dear Abby" column one time. She said that experts told her that there is really no such thing as a bisexual. Given the choice between a member of the opposite sex and their same sex these "bisexuals" will ALWAYS choose their same sex.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 10:28:19 AM PDT by OldPossum
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