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  • Protecting the Obama Brand (Salon's Joan Walsh to "Whiny and Juvenile" Obama: "Grow up"

    06/13/2010 3:10:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,763+ views
    Salon ^ | Sunday, June 13, 2010 | Joan Walsh
    Two stories about President Obama this weekend pushed my growing unease with his recent moves into full-blown anxiety. They come on the heels of Tim Dickinson's devastating Rolling Stone piece laying out concrete problems with Obama's response to the BP oil spill – from delays in cleaning up the Minerals Management Service, distrusting scientists who correctly reported the spill was much bigger than BP said, waiting more than a week to declare the crisis "an Oil Spill of National Significance," which corralled new services. Maybe the most damning, to me, section of Dickinson's piece comes when he quotes the president...
  • Poll: Obama's gulf work gets thumbs down (America says "handled poorly"!)

    06/08/2010 6:49:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 70 replies · 185+ views
    UPI.com ^ | June 8, 2010 at 6:25 PM | UPI
    (UPI) -- More Americans disapprove of President Obama's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill than of his overall job performance, a Gallup Poll indicated Tuesday. Results indicated Obama's rating for the oil spill was 40 percent, 7 percentage points lower than his overall job approval rating. More Americans disapprove than approve of his handling of the oil spill that began April 20 when an oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. In an earlier poll, Gallup said 53 percent of Americans called Obama's efforts in responding to the spill "very poor" or "poor," while...
  • CBS poll has Obama approval at new low of 44%

    04/04/2010 8:15:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1,534+ views
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    How’s that Hopey-Changey working out for you? Two weeks after finally getting his ObamaCare agenda item signed into law, Barack Obama has reaped the reward of pushing a deeply unpopular bill through Congress. A new CBS poll shows Obama dropping to his lowest approval rating in their survey yet, down to 44% (via JWF): Last week, President Obama signed historic health care reform legislation into law — but his legislative success doesn’t seem to have helped his image with the American public. The latest CBS News Poll, conducted between March 29 and April 1, found Americans unhappier than ever with...
  • Obama's approval hits basement

    02/21/2010 1:25:38 PM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies · 3,873+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 21, 2010 | Richard Baehr
    President Obama's approval numbers in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll have been quite volatile the last few weeks but today reached a new basement level -- with only 22% expressing strong approval, and 41% strong disapproval. The 19% margin favoring strong disapproval is the 2nd widest registered since Obama took office, and the 22% strong approval number is a new low. Right after the State of the Union address, the strong approval/strong disapproval level was 35% to 39%. Overall approval/disapproval is now 45%-54%, after briefly tipping into positive territory for Obama at 50%-49% following the State of the Union. If...
  • Obama speaking live in Copenhagen --Barf alert--live thread.

    12/18/2009 3:35:08 AM PST · by malkee · 56 replies · 2,917+ views
    12/18/09 | malkee
    He's on now on Fox. Add comments as you see fit.He's already apologizing.
  • Please Quit Saying That Barack Obama Is Like Adolph Hitler!

    10/09/2009 9:04:43 AM PDT · by ignorancerunsrampant · 26 replies · 800+ views
    10/10
    Hitler was able to get the Olympics to Munich!
  • Payback: Obama Was Told Trip Would Win Olympics

    10/08/2009 1:39:05 PM PDT · by Judges Gone Wild · 57 replies · 2,066+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 10/05/09 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    Quote: President Obama took his chances on a high-profile visit to Copenhagen because the White House was getting a "clear message" that his presence could clinch the Olympics for Chicago, The Chicago Tribune reports. "The intelligence that we had from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Chicago bid team was that it was very close and therefore well worth our efforts," said Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser. "The message was that...a personal appeal from the president would make a huge difference." President Obama first tried lobbying quietly through phone calls, and had not decided until a few days before...
  • Is Obama Becoming a Joke?

    10/08/2009 5:00:26 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 76 replies · 3,091+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 10/8/2009 | David Paul Kuhn
    Most presidents become a joke at some point. It's a matter of when and how. Both points should concern this president. In Winston Churchill's words, "a joke is a very serious thing." Or it can be, when the joke is about a very serious thing. "Saturday Night Live" has long been a comedic benchmark. Last weekend, SNL took its first hard hit at President Obama. Fred Armisen, who plays the president, gave an Oval Office address: "When you look at my record it's very clear what I've done so far and that is nothing. Nada. Almost one year and nothing...
  • ABC's Claire Shipman’s Bizarre Logic: ‘Olympic Loss Actually a Boost for Obama’

    10/06/2009 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 806+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 10-06-09 | Scott Whitlock
    According to ABC correspondent Claire Shipman, the botched Olympic bid by Barack Obama is actually a "good" thing for the President. Writing an online column for True/Slant, Shipman bizarrely spun, "It would have been great had he come home a winner. Great for all of us. But maybe not so much for him. Why? Because then he would have then [sic] really irked his critics."
  • Why It's Okay to Laugh at Obama's Olympic Fail

    10/06/2009 10:33:06 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 33 replies · 1,613+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/6/2009 | Greg Gutfeld
    So while chuckleheads like Jesse Jackson and Senator Roland Burris hilariously blame George Bush for Chicago losing the 2016 Olympics, whiny columnists like Mike Lupica are up in arms that conservatives might be gloating over President Obama’s big screw-up. Apparently laughing at all this is somehow anti-American, because Obama is our President, and he was doing this for all of us. You know… kind of like when Bush was trying win a war in Iraq – and all those left wingers stood behind him. And that’s my first point: The right has every right to gloat over Obama’s humiliation, because,...
  • Obama and Chicago: the real lesson (Even "The Guardian" calls it a fail!)

    10/05/2009 10:59:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 1,615+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 10/5/2009 | Michael Tomasky
    The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the US Olympic Committee told the White House early last week that the voting was tight and that a visit from Obama -- who, the Trib says, was if anything dubious about making the trip at first -- could well seal the deal. Valerie Jarrett, the leading White House aide, was told that leading backers of the Chicago bid had done some nose-counting and that a personal appeal by Obama could well tilt things their way. Oh well. Live and learn. Did the USOC play the Obama administration here? I'm not suggesting that the...
  • What can we blame on Rio?

    10/05/2009 10:51:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 670+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10/5/2009 | Peter Feaver
    I think Barack Obama's critics will face an irresistible temptation to Blame it On Rio from here on out and that would be unfair. The Olympic setback is hardly the defining moment of President Obama's foreign policy. But it is a window through which we can see some things a bit more clearly now than perhaps we saw before. With apologies to Fred Barnes, who beat me to the punch on some of these, here would be my quick hit list: 1. The decision shows the limits of soft power and those limits are greater than even soft power skeptics...
  • Rio to host 2016 Games after landslide win (Obamalympics only received 18 votes!)

    10/04/2009 9:19:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies · 10,577+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/4/09 | Kevin Fylan
    Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after the Brazilian city won a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting on Friday. -snip- Chicago went out after polling just 18 votes in the first round, despite the eloquent speeches on their behalf made by Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to address an IOC session, and first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Obamas celebrate anniversary with dinner out (Date night!)

    10/03/2009 5:58:45 PM PDT · by maggief · 190 replies · 5,712+ views
    AP ^ | October 3, 2009 | CHRISTINE SIMMONS
    WASHINGTON — There was no trip to New York and no fancy outing as the Obamas celebrated their first wedding anniversary since they moved to the White House. Instead they kept it simple, with a dinner out Thursday at an elegant, American-fare restaurant near Georgetown. The evening was balmy and the moon almost full. President Barack Obama stayed in all day before taking a motorcade with Michelle Obama to the Blue Duck Tavern to mark their 17th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Obama stepped into the restaurant wearing a backless knee-length dress while the president wore a dark suit.
  • GOP celebrates U.S. defeat

    10/03/2009 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 59 replies · 3,053+ views
    CNN ^ | Roland Martin
    (CNN) -- Whenever President Obama has traveled overseas and offered pointed and direct assessments of the United States, some of them critical, Republicans have ripped him for criticizing America, saying a president should always defend the United States. So I want to hear the explanation by these so-called patriots of their giddy behavior over the United States losing the 2016 Olympic Games. Yes, the United States. The bid that was rejected Friday by the International Olympic Committee was not a Chicago, Illinois, bid. It was the official bid submitted by the United States Olympic Committee and was representative of the...
  • Obama starpower takes hit over Olympic snub: US media

    10/03/2009 1:13:06 PM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies · 1,392+ views
    Agency France Press ^ | October 3, 2009 | AFP
    US newspapers offered various takes Saturday on Chicago's spectacular Olympic flameout, but when it came to President Barack Obama's last-minute lobbying bid, the message was loud and clear: What was he thinking? Obama joined his wife Michelle in Copenhagen Thursday just hours before the International Olympic Committee voted out Chicago in the first round, eventually awarding the Games to Rio de Janeiro in a landslide. The White House was quick to downplay suggestions that the snub was a repudiation of Obama himself, and insisted the presidential dash to the Danish capital was "absolutely" the right decision, despite a host of...
  • In The End It Was President Obama Who BLEW the Olympic Sales Pitch

    10/02/2009 7:07:39 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 111 replies · 3,455+ views
    Part of the speculation about why Chicago didn't get the Olympics is that maybe the President wasn't at his best, after all he doesn't have a lot of experience in saying good things about the United States. But there is no worry, the president didn't have to say anything nice, what he said is he wanted the Olympics because America needed to repair its Image because of what was going on during the past few years, a code for "We Suck Because of George Bush."
  • President Obama is no loser just because Chicago didn't get 2016 Summer Olympics (Fail!)

    10/03/2009 4:03:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies · 1,129+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/09 | Mike Lupica
    That is only a sidebar to what happened on Friday, with an Olympic bid from Chicago that President Obama shouldn't have gone near. This wasn't the President's fight. For a smart guy, he does some dumb things sometimes. We can talk about winners and losers all we want to now that it is over. The biggest winners of all are the people of Chicago, because their city doesn't have to plunge itself into debt to host the Olympics. This is the kind of winner New York was despite Michael Bloomberg's insane quest to get the 2012 Games, which eventually -...
  • 'We played a great game': Obama on Olympic loss

    10/02/2009 2:32:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies · 3,835+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/09 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama was left with the rare taste of failure when votes were counted on Friday, after his hometown Chicago's hopes of hosting the 2016 Olympics died in Denmark. Chicago's rejection by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen, dealt a personal blow to Obama, who had put his glowing global prestige on the line, as a favor to the city where he nurtured his own American dream. Obama, who polls show is hugely popular outside the United States, was seen as the trump card in Chicago's pack on decision day at the IOC meeting. But...
  • A PR Nightmare for the Obamas

    10/02/2009 3:45:41 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 160 replies · 6,012+ views
    NationalReview.com ^ | Friday, October 2, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One can understand an American president’s lobbying for an American city to obtain the Olympics, but the blitz by the Obamas proved a PR nightmare. Let us count the ways: 1) Obama’s brand is trans-nationalism and an “America is not exceptional” multiculturalism. According to his worldview, it makes sense that a South American country — especially a powerful, ascendant country such as Brazil — should at last have its turn at hosting the Olympics. It did not seem consistent that a politician who had reached out to the Castros, Chávez, Morales, and Ortega, in parochial fashion, would lobby for his...
  • NYT: For Obama, An Unsuccessful Campaign ["He Could Not Even Muster The Silver Or Bronze"]

    10/02/2009 1:44:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 147 replies · 11,495+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 02nd 2009
    For Obama, An Unsuccessful Campaign By PETER BAKER October 2, 2009 COPENHAGEN — President Obama not only failed to bring home the gold, he could not even muster the silver or bronze. A dramatic 20-hour mission across the ocean to persuade the International Olympic Committee to give the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago proved such a miscalculation that his adopted hometown finished fourth of four candidate cities. Rarely has a president put his credibility on the line on the world stage in such a personal way and been slapped down so sharply in real time. While Chicago may have lost...
  • Obama makes Olympic announcement. Chicago lost Bid Due To Bush Failed Policies.

    10/02/2009 12:28:59 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 40 replies · 3,246+ views
    Vanity
    Couldn't resist. He blames Bush for everything else. I guess Obama has inherited his low poll numbers from Bush too....
  • Disappointed White House Struggles to Explain Chicago's Defeat

    10/02/2009 10:16:35 AM PDT · by Smogger · 93 replies · 3,622+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2009 | Anne E. Kornblut
    With the stunning news that Olympic officials had swiftly rejected Chicago as host the 2016 Olympics, despite a personal, last-minute appeal from President Obama, the White House was left Friday with the immediate and difficult challenge of explaining what happened. Did the president falter by making remarks that were emotional and personal, rather than giving specifics about his adopted home town? Is the defeat a sign that Obama's global popularity has begun to wane? White House advisers -- many of them Chicago natives, with a personal stake in the bid -- rushed into the back recesses of the West Wing...
  • Newsweek Kool-Aid: Losing Olympics Bid Is Good For Obama

    10/02/2009 9:39:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 75 replies · 3,538+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Friday, October 2, 2009 | Katie Connolly
    SNIP Wow – I did NOT see that coming. The way I figured it, this White House is far too protective of the President’s strategically-crafted image to allow him to travel thousands of miles for only to fail on the world stage. I thought it a done deal - who's better at vote counting than the Obama people? I would have bet money that Rahm and Axelrod knew they had the numbers in the bag before they let him step on Air Force One. I was so very wrong. Not only did they fail, they failed in the first round!...
  • Chicago's Swift Elimination as 2016 Olympics Host is Political Blow to Obama

    10/02/2009 9:54:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies · 2,948+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/03/09 | Christi Parsons and Mark Silva
    Reporting from Washington - Chicago has been eliminated from the contest to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, a surprise development in the decision-making process by international Olympic officials. The city was a heavy favorite at least to make it through the first round of voting, and to be a serious contender in the final round of voting for the coveted Games. The decision dashes the hopes of U.S. boosters -- President Obama chief among them -- who had put their reputations on the line to help win the games for Chicago. The announcement came as the president and first lady...
  • Obama Strikes Out: Chicago Eliminated From 2016 Summer Olympics Bid (First Cut)

    10/02/2009 8:29:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 325 replies · 10,474+ views
    Friday, October 2, 2009 | Kristinn
    Headline says it all. Madrid, Rio and Tokyo still in the running.