President Obama’s approval rating is lower than President W. Bush’s approval rating was at this same time in his presidency. Last year, 2013, was a rough year for him indeed, with revelations of scandal after scandal chipping away at what was once, in January of 2009, his 69 percent approval rating.
Scandals aside—like the IRS intimidation of conservative activist groups; Obama’s 40-times-repeated promise that if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it, “period,” and then that promise being either a lie or a gross, incompetent mistake (I opt for the former); the Justice Department’s collection of AP reporters’ phone records; and the NSA monitoring millions of private citizens—another contributor to Obama’s low approval and average 52.8 disapproval is the continuing anemia of the economy.
The government’s official unemployment numbers are going down while the number of people losing jobs is going up. Nearly 92 million working-age people don’t have a job. There are 247 million working-age people in America. This means the effective unemployment rate is 37.2 percent. It’s hard to approve of a president who, in his sixth year in office, is still “trying” to solve a problem that existed when he was elected. He is even calling 2014 “a year of action” in creating jobs. Honestly, how many times do people have to hear him say he’s going to refocus on employment before they realize he has failed? Obama really lives up to that expression, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try again.”
But this president, living in a world of his own fantasy, believes his approval rating in 2013 is not at all connected to his performance as America’s chief executive. Rather, it’s because America is racist.
As Obama told The New Yorker, “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.”
Oh, is that so? That’s the cause of his decline in popularity?
Obama won 51 percent of the vote in his 2012 re-election bid. His average approval rating across all polls currently sits at 42.4 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.
That 51 percent of the vote amounted to 65.9 million votes. Forty-two-point-four (42.4) percent of 65.9 million is 27,941,600 million. That’s about 28 million people who suddenly realized that the President of the United States is black. From 2008 to 2012 there was a great fog over America that, when we looked at the black president, mixed up the signal our eyes were sending to our brains and rendered Obama’s skin milky-white. But in 2013, somehow, someway, that fog was evaporated, our optic nerves were righted, and the next time we saw Obama on TV, we saw his dark skin and thought, “Wait, what? He’s black?! Look, I was fine with the scandals and lies and the higher health-care premiums and the joblessness and the high gas and food prices and the ten trillion dollars in addition debt since Obama took office, but his being black changes everything. No way can I support all that stuff anymore.”
This is Obama’s explanation for his disapproval.
Our president, ladies and gentlemen.