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President Obama’s poll numbers are hovering around the same point as former president George W. Bush’s post-Katrina numbers. Even more striking is that the numbers aren’t improving, as evidenced by an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, political analyst Chuck Todd said these numbers indicate that Obama’s presidency is pretty much over.
“This poll is a disaster for the president,” Todd said on Wednesday morning. “You look at the presidency here. Lowest job rating — tied for the lowest. Lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.”
According to the poll, a majority of Americans don’t believe Obama is capable of leading the country through the remainder of his presidency. Of those polled, 54 percent said Obama “cannot lead and get the job done” compared to 42 percent who said he could. Also, a whopping 41 percent of people agreed that Obama’s presidency has gotten worse over the past year, with only 15 percent saying it has improved.
Todd says this poll is bad news for the White House.
“Then on the issue of do you believe you can still lead, and a majority believe not,” Todd continued. “Essentially the public is saying, ‘Your presidency is over’ by saying a number like that. 54% saying he no longer has the ability to lead and solve problems. That’s one of those things, you’re sitting at the White House going, ‘Wow.’”
What do you think this means for President Obama going forward? Can he get anything done or is he just a lame duck waiting for 2016?