According to a new CNN poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating appears to have stabilized at about 50%. That’s the good news. There is more-
“Obama’s average approval rating was at 52 percent or 53 percent every week from early October to mid-November. Each week since then, his average approval rating has been between 48 percent and 50 percent,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “The bad news for the White House is that his current rating is down by roughly 15 points since the start of the year. The good news is that it appears to have stabilized as the end of the year approaches.”
While his popularity has dropped, some of Mr. Obama’s harshest criticism appears to be coming from African American political writers. George E. Curry in the “Seattle Medium” writes: “Barack Obama sent a disturbing message to Black America last week: If you’re looking for the president to address the special needs of African Americans, you should start looking elsewhere.”
Solomon Comissoing has even stronger language for the President in “The Black Agenda Report.” According to Comissoing, “Obama’s presidential campaign will be studied for decades to come,from top to bottom, as a textbook exercise in style over substance. However, few analysts will examine the damage his candidacy and tenure has done to the consciousness of many Black Americans.”
Perhaps, but I can’t help but wonder if at least some of Mr. Obama’s critics are failing to fully consider the degree of difficulty this president faces in trying to undo eight years of George W. Bush and his “neocon” agenda. He left the country with two land wars, an ongoing fight against an international criminal conspiracy known as the al Qaeda, a shattered economy, a health care system that threatens to bankrupt the nation and a Congress that has been largely bought and paid for by multi-national corporations.
Perhaps he could be doing a better job. I don’t know because I’m not standing in the man’s shoes. This I do know. If you want David to have a shot at Goliath, then you had better not take away his stone.