Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Most Polarizing President? Barack Obama?


When you have the highest polling numbers, the country behind you, now you become the most polarizing because the Republicans say so? Send that noise over to George W. Bush.

Who has been the most polarizing new president of recent times? Richard Nixon? Ronald Reagan? George W. Bush?

No, that honor belongs to Barack Obama. According to the Pew Research Center, the gap between Republican and Democratic approval ratings for Bush a few months into his first term was about 51 percentage points. For Obama, this partisan gap stands at 61 points. Obama has been a unifier, of sorts. He has united Democrats and united Republicans -- against each other.

Polarizing is when you have eroded support all across the board and this is not the case with Barack Obama.

Did anyone expect the Republicans to like everything he does? Hell, even Democrats? No. I heard morning joke, that is Joe Scarborough say this morning that he expected Obama to govern like Harold Ford, Jr. Are you gagging yet? morning joke don't understand that Obama was never a DLC'er, no he did not have issues with the participants, he just did not agree with many of their policies.

There is nothing different Barack Obama is doing that we don't know about because Barack Obama told us what he was going to do when he was running for President of the United States. He told us he was going to fight for the environment, energy, invest in education and healthcare. He told us he was going to close Guantanamo Bay, renew our standing internationally and work with the international community. He did not know, however, how destroyed the financial markets were, nor the whole story of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Being president is about editing. Meaning things may alter, change or become obsolete. Being president means you won't make everyone happy, either, but to try to tag Obama the most polarizing president is utter bullshit.

That tag, still belongs to George W. Bush. The real divider and not a unifier.

And morning joke, a continual gas bag is what he truly is.

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