Several indicators suggest many Americans have lost or are losing that loving feeling for Barack Obama. Most telling among them is the latest poll from the Gallup organization, which shows the president’s approval rating having plummeted to an all-time low of 40%. His disapproval rating meanwhile is at 50%.
One might argue that that’s only one poll (albeit an important one), but the news isn’t that much rosier when you turn to the Real Clear Politics aggregate. This composite of eight polls reveals an approval rating of 44.6%—still in the danger zone, historically speaking, for an incumbent.
Other evidence that times are hard includes Peggy Noonan’s column in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, which includes this disquieting anecdote:
The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: ‘I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did “love” him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.’
Chalk it up, Noonan says, to his aloofness and detachment. These are unflattering qualities in any leader but especially one as inept and clueless as Obama frequently appears.
That ineptness was on display yesterday in the last place you’d expect to find it—in Obama’s social networking apparatus. His mastery of Twitter, Facebook, and the internet were instrumental in getting him elected in 2008. Now there are signs that they may get him unelected in 2012.
The New York Daily News reports that his flooding of Twitter by his campaign staff, urging followers to tweet their congressional leaders, was so pervasive and unrelenting that 40,000 followers “unfriended” the president (to borrow a term from Facebook). Among the angry tweets chronicled by the News were:
Honestly, @BarackObama, I’m going to have to unfollow you if you don’t stop filing up my Twitter inbox soon. (—@melisthreadgill, a self-described ‘Progressive activist’)
Can’t believe I had to unfollow @BarackObama for spamming Twitter. Really, really strange behavior. (—@Arevill)
I want to unfollow @BarackObama but his desperation is too entertaining. (—@rdpatrick)
The president can take consolation in the knowledge that 40,000 is hardly a dent in his total Twitter followers, which still number close to 9.4 million. Now if only he could figure a way to kill bin Laden again.
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