Most Americans don’t blame Obama for the nation’s problems

  Lost in all the news this week about other matters are the results of a poll showing that President Obama’s popularity now stands at about the level Ronald Reagan enjoyed at the same juncture of his second term. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 55 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance.  That makes seven straight months in which the president’s popularity has been in positive territory, the longest streak since 2009, his first year in office. By contrast, the approval rating for Congress, which is...

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Remember when wingnuts didn’t want these Olympics held in Chicago?

  Like millions of other Americans and  people around the world, some of you readers probably are enjoying TV coverage of the current Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  But you may not remember when Chicago made an unsuccessful bid to host this year’s edition of this quadrennial sporting spectacle. In retrospect, I’m not especially disappointed  that Chicago lost out. The Olympics strike me as a somewhat risky investment of tons of money for any city to make, and I have my doubts that the Windy City would have ended up happy that...

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Trump’s rhetoric on crime and illegal immigration is mostly false

  In a post HERE last Friday, I took issue with Donald Trump’s bogus claim that violent crime in America has become a lot worse under President Obama. Such rhetoric is simply nonsense, but Trump’s indiscriminate supporters lap it up. Obama himself addressed the issue (and added illegal immigration to the mix) in his well-received speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. He said: “It doesn’t matter to [Trump] that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s...

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Obama’s poll numbers have never been as low as any of the last five GOP presidents

With about seven months remaining in his presidency, Barack Obama’s job-approval rating is not exactly great, but neither is it too shabby. The latest edition of Gallup’s three-day tracking poll shows that 50.9 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45.2 disapprove. That’s a far cry from his highest rating — 69 percent — which came during the early months of his presidency. But it’s a lot better than his all-time low of 38-percent approval registered about five years ago. Perhaps the most interesting aspect...

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Trump and Cruz make Obama look like an honoree on Mount Rushmore

  At this writing, the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows President Obama’s approval rating 10 percentage points to the good side (53 percent to 43 percent). It’s been that way through much of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, despite — or perhaps because of — all the insults hurled Obama’s way by the GOP candidates. We have several interesting factors at play in all of this: For starters, Obama has been a pretty good president by any objective standards. No, he isn’t ranked among...

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