Some more history:
President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 47 percent in the latest Gallup poll, the lowest ever recorded for any president at this point in his term.
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and even Richard Nixon all had higher approval ratings 10-and-a-half months into their presidencies. Obama's immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, had an approval rating of 86 percent, or 39 points higher than Obama at this stage. Bush's support came shortly after he launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
I bet it really stings for these people to see George W. Bush, in particular, being so much higher. Still, this is what happens when you lie to the American people and they find out. Here's the Gallup poll for those who favor the visuals:
When Gallup began taking presidential approval polls 71 years ago, Franklin Roosevelt had been president for more than five years. During his remaining time in office, his job approval rating never fell below 48 percent.
The next 11 presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, all had higher job approval ratings than Obama at this stage of their tenure. Their ratings were:
-- George W. Bush, 86 percent
-- Bill Clinton, 52 percent
-- George H.W. Bush, 71 percent
-- Ronald Reagan, 49 percent
-- Jimmy Carter, 57 percent
-- Gerald Ford, 52 percent
-- Richard Nixon, 59 percent
-- Lyndon Johnson, 74 percent
-- John Kennedy, 77 percent
-- Dwight Eisenhower, 69 percent
-- Harry Truman, 49 percent
Perhaps of special interest is the rate of decline itself:
This is the fastest erosion of support in this time period of any President since the 1950s. The RealClearPolitics 'poll of polls' also shows him being underwater for the first time, too.
What does all this mean? My guess is that a lot more people are done giving the new guy the benefit of the doubt on the economy and unemployment, are unhappy with the broken promises of transparency and accountability, and are leery of too much government overreach on things like health care and energy. When you employ triangulation, it's possible to get stuck in the middle, and that appears to be happening here. As predicted after the election (but before he took office), it appears that Obama is making both the Right and his hard Left base angry, one for being too far to the left and the other for being too close to the center. By making decisions based on political manipulation rather than a set of core principles, Barack Obama is adrift on the sea of opinions and emotions.
But, I'm not convinced he cares.
If he did, he wouldn't be continuing to push the radical Leftist agenda that Americans clearly don't want. What the American people need to understand is that these radical liberals have a rare window of opportunity where they control the whole kit and kaboodle of government, and they're gunning to take as much control as possible before that window closes. If they can entrench enough power in enough places, they might suffer temporary electoral losses here and there, but they will succeed in the long-term goal of re-making America from a free and prosperous nation into a Statist's paradise, where the government controls everything and dictates who wins and loses (and, in reality, that just means that liberals win and everyone else is equally miserable).
It's great that the American people are putting down the Kool-Aid in big numbers, but we need a viable alternative. We need a conservative leader who can succinctly and effectively communicate the foundational principles that made America great: freedom, individual responsibility, traditional family values, and less government intrusion. If that person comes along and captures the discontent that is clearly boiling up, we could see a landslide in 2010 and 2012. If not, then all this anger is likely to play itself out in random ways and places, and accomplish nothing, leaving Obama and the liberals to complete the self-immolation project of the greatest nation in the history of the planet.
There's my two cents.