President 39% Sees Massive Pessimism On Economy

Hey, remember when the media would spend hours talking about Bush when his approval rating dropped a bit? Anyhow

According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, the president’s approval rating is at 39% among registered voters nationally, an all-time low for Mr. Obama. For the first time a majority – 52% – disapproves of the job he is doing in office, and 9% are unsure.

The big take away is

32% of independent voters now approve of the president’s job performance, 57% disapprove, and 11% are unsure. Last month, 38% of independents thought highly of the president’s performance, 46% disapproved of it, and 16% were unsure.

He’s losing the independents, so, what does he do? Pivot to the hard left with his “jobs” and raise taxes deficit plans, plans that have poison pills designed to make sure they are never passed, plans that many in his own party aren’t enthused over and will vote against, provided they ever come up for a vote. And all this leads to

Americans’ pessimism about the economy and its future is deepening, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and they are increasingly willing to hold President Obama responsible for hard times.

Well, I should hope so: it’s not like he just came into office last week.

Eight of 10 say the economy is in a recession, and nearly as many say it hasn’t improved over the past year. Even more ominous: Six in 10 predict the economy a year from now will be the same or worse than today, a downturn from the public’s views last year and the year before.

I’m sure this is Bush’s fault. Or Palin’s. Maybe the Japanese earthquake’s? Or the Joplin tornado? Virginia earthquake? Those darned TEA partiers? Can’t be Obama’s fault.

The International Monetary Fund sharply downgraded its economic outlook for the United States on Tuesday, projecting growth of an anemic 1.5% this year and 1.8% in 2012. Olivier Blanchard, chief economist for the international lending organization, warned that the world economy had entered “a dangerous new phase.”

Democrats can’t blame Bush or the GOP for this: they had full control of the White House and Congress for two full years, and only lost 1/2 of Congress for 2011. Though, they’ll try, because being liberal means never having to say your policies are so much mule fritters. The narrative that this is Bush’s fault is quickly dying out

Former president George W. Bush deserves a great deal of blame, 36% say, a decline of 7 percentage points since mid-2009, five months after he had left office.

Twenty-four percent say Obama deserves a great deal of the blame, up 10 points since 2009. For the first time since he took office, a majority of Americans – including six in 10 independents – say he deserves a great deal or moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes.

The recession officially ended in June 2009. That would mean that Bush’s policies helped end it. And everything afterwords that made the economy stop and reverse can be laid at the feet of Democrats and Obama. OK, not everything. There are things that happen that are out of their control, such as Greece and the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Can’t blame Obama for everything. What say you, Mr. (NM)President?

That’s not a photoshop: that’s the Narcissist in Chief waving his hand in a picture with world leaders like he’s in 1st grade.

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