The latest Gallup numbers are in. Among independents, President Obama holds a 38 percent approval rating. That’s an 18-point difference from a year ago. The results aren’t surprising; high unemployment, bigger government, unpopular healthcare bill, reckless spending . . . the list goes on and on. After failing to solve these problems with their left-wing agenda, the administration has decided on another tack to remedy their dismal poll performance: change the narrative.
So Obama has a 38% approval rating among independents, so someone decides to commission some expert strategists to try to explain out why the drop. I think they’re studying the wrong people. We should figure out why 38% still approve of this President! And it’s only going to get worse. With 10 trillion set to be added to our national debt in the next decade, Democrats know that they’ll have to break their promise and beginning raising taxes on the middle class. That’s going to further stagnate the recovery, and facilitate the spiral of dismay and disapproval with this President’s performance.
With that in mind, the administration has returned to the strategy that got it elected: the false narrative. It sounds something like this: “Obama didn’t want to be a big-spending liberal, but he needed to borrow 780 billion dollars from future generations in order to prevent a depression.” His low approval numbers, according to folks like Senior adviser David Axelrod, are a result of the public’s fundamental misunderstanding of this. We just need to be reeducated on how Obama the Great saved us from another Great Depression. We need to realize 10% unemployment is a reality, and it would have been far worse without the astoundingly successful stimulus package. And if you can find something wrong with this nation now that Obama is our leader, there’s a narrative for that too: it’s Bush’s fault.
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