Obama's approval ratings plummet, is the honeymoon well and truly over??

@Makro74 (591)
October 22, 2009 7:36am CST
Obama's rating has dropped below 50% for the first time. What are the reasons, do you think, the cause of this? In my view, Obama has said alot pre election and has charmed his way to the top, but I was always sceptical of what he can actually achieve. But personally, I give him a chance on realistic issues, since he makes an effort of talking rather than knee-jerk reactions. I also believe that American presidents do not have long enough to carry out certain objectives of change especially when a presdecessor takes the country into the abyss. I would like thoughts on this issue, non-american and american please.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Oct 09
The independent voters who helped elect Obama (probably for the wrong reason) are now realizing they put an incompetent man in office. Why would anyone think a man who had only been a Senator for two years, and one of those years spend running for the Presidency, and before then a community organizer, would have a clue how to run a nation? It's almost comical when I think of how the Democrats insisted Governor Sarah Palin didn't have enough experience to be Vice President, but Obama had enough to be President.
@Makro74 (591)
23 Oct 09
Yes but regarding specifically Mcain and Palin, the main problem was Mcain was old and far too much like Bush. He had to draft in a desperate candidate in Palin just to gain some image and perspective. This on both counts, and not helped by GWB's record in office, lured most Americans to opt for a change, and Obama was the only option. But remember, Hilary Clinton was the favourite. As for incompetent, I do not think George Bush even deserves that status for what he did. But unfortunately 9/11 recked most of America's rational thinking, and any President with Hawkish tendancies in the administration, is likely to be incompetent. But for Obama specifically, there are certain traits which I am reserving judgement on, and not giving into the daily campaign by the likes of FOX who do not like him, but equally have never spared him a chance. We shall see if Obama can turn this around.
@Makro74 (591)
23 Oct 09
Bestboy I acknowledge with what you are saying and I understand where you are coming from. I also agree with most part of your first paragraph in your above post but for the part that he is becoming like Bush. From your perspective, Bush is not incompetent because US president has to defend its citizens from attack. But Bush post 9/11 did behave in a very disrespectful way which caused many figureheads of the world to villify him. For example, Nelson Mandela, and Chaves of Venezuela, Russell Brand on MTV, the Daisy Chicks, Farenheit 911, Putin, Chirac, and of course many third world leaders. My point is, that never have a seen a president made a ridicule out of than George Bush, who eventually got two shoes thrown at him in a country he was supposed to have liberated! Obama on the other hand, has recieved abuse, if it is that, by FOX, and nobody else. He is still seen as a figurehead by the world as at least a 'speaker for the peace'. Whether he has teeth, well this, I think, you are alluding, and at the moment it looks like many toothless ambitions which may fail, or inexperience will not permit follow through. But I would still give him the benefit - he has not got past 1 year, he has 3 more to make his mark.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
24 Oct 09
How did George W. Bush behave in a disrespectful way and to whom? Do you get your news from Music Television? Why don't you try the BBC? They've been doing news a lot longer and better than MTV. I also wouldn't refer to MTV or the Dixie Chicks as figureheads. You mentioned the man who threw the shoes at Bush. As I understand it, he lost family members in the war, and that was the reason he threw the shoes. Was that abuse against Bush? Fox has never abused Obama. They report the news and some of their commentators have given their opinion of his policies. Every President gets that. It goes with the job. Do you think Bush didn't get it from the left? The difference is, Bush didn't cry about it. That's all Obama has done, cried because Fox hasn't cow towed to him. That is also another reason he isn't ready to be a national leader.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Obama's being pro-abortion is enough for me to put my thumb down on him! I don't think he is godly man and for as long as America is being led by ungodly man like him, America will never be the same again. God's blessings will not freely flow again on America. America needs godly leader in the fashion of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln so in my opinion Obama's approval rating deserves more than just 50% dropping.
@Makro74 (591)
23 Oct 09
Salonga Thank you for your response, in the Phillipines I believe. But your response is very narrow on a specific issue for which you personally believe. But what about the rest which makes a President and reasons for his popularilty slump?
@nzinky (822)
• United States
22 Oct 09
His approval rating is going down because he is a liar and a coward.....He's not fit to be president.....He should be kicked out of the office and sent back to Chicago......The longer he's in office the worse things will get.......I have never in my life dislike a president so much but it is very well founded cause he doesn't know how to govern..... He will turn out to be a worse president than Richard Nixon was......And like Nixon he will go out of office in disgrace.......People are starting to wake up to the fact that he is a nothing president.... Never have I seen a President with such low rating and hasn't been in office for a year.......It's time for them to start the impeachment process.
@Makro74 (591)
22 Oct 09
Yes he has much to prove, and he is taking far too long - but I take it you never would have been a supporter of Obama in the first place? I hope, and I mean this sincerely, that Obama does live upto some of the things he stands for and when I see hope, I see a progress on GITMO. But I cannot help to wonder whether his nobility, if this the right word, naively allowed too much charasma and charm to cloud the real issues which far more than just rhetoric. As for the impeachment - I do not think he has had fair time to even think about this.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I do agree that most Presidents can't get anything done. However, Obama and the Democrats have the House and the Senate. This is how they can push through so much. They also know that they will not have it for long. I think as far as his approval rating, people are starting to wake up. He is hitting the senior citizens now and they have nothing but time to protest. Also, Obama is showing his socialist roots and the American people will not stand for this! (I hope)
@Makro74 (591)
23 Oct 09
I agree, but, we must not forget the lobbyists and the 'hawks' and 'doves', which are apparent in Presidential Administrations. This can cause a problem when a President simply believes he can overcome them.