Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:32 PM
grantcart (41,111 posts)
David its like the two guys in the mountains . . .
Already 1000 miles on the odometer on this trip for this week (yikes!) so don't have a lot of time but stop in here for a few minutes every day.
Saw this headline on the Political Wire which I thought summed up most of the MSM inability to comprehend the depth and breadth of our President's approval:
Obama's Bafflingly High Approval Rating
David Frum's article (and he is just about the only conservative I can bear reading any more) was actually more reasonable than the headline
The president's approval rating has reached a post-election 60%, his best rating in three years.
This jump in approval might seem baffling. Typically, president's approval ratings rise when the economy improves. Yet the economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012. Is something stirring in January? If so, it's hard to discern. Most economists project growth of 2% in 2013, nothing spectacular. Unemployment is declining, but only with aching slowness.
Americans workers have been hit with higher payroll taxes since the beginning of the year. We've begun the steepest defense build-down since the end of the Korean war, with likely effects through the whole economy.
Why is the president's approval rating defying gravity
It reminds me of the old joke of two guys hiking in the woods and they come around a bend and surprise a mother bear with her two cubs. The two guys start running. One, like me is 40 pounds too heavy and out of shape. As they are running the other one one who is 10 years younger and fit as a fiddle is slowed somewhat by his laughing. "What are you laughing at?" the grantcartesque jogger gasping for breath asks, "You can't out run a bear". The other guy has opened up about 10 yards and so has to turn his head to shout back "I don't have to out run a bear".
Think about it David and you will eventually connect the dots.
When I happen on someone who is going on and on about how Obama is evil and what not I ask two simple questions:
"You may, of course, be right, but I have just two questions,
What American leader of the last 20 years do you respect more?"
"What international leader of the last 20 years do you respect more?".
"Just so we are clear, you and I basically agree that Obama is not only the best national, but best international leader of the last 20 years".
Its like running from the bear David even Republicans have to admit that he is 50 yards ahead and they are already out of breath, not really baffling at all.
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David its like the two guys in the mountains . . . (Original post)
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:27 PM
sheshe2 (18,547 posts)
1. My favorite part...
" Its like running from the bear David even Republicans have to admit that he is 50 yards ahead and they are already out of breath, not really baffling at all."
Thank you, grantcart....excellent post!
Best President EVER!