Yes, I realize that “fifth quarter” sounds a little odd at first, but given that a four-year term has 16 quarters (explained for the benefit of those of you who, like me, went to public junior high schools, the Gallup story makes sense.
In their poll released yesterday, Gallup shows Barack “The One” Obama with an approval rating of only 48.8% at the end of his fifth quarter in office, making him only the third elected president to be under 50% since the end of World War II. (Interestingly, the other two were Carter and Reagan.)
Gallup’s weak attempt at pro-Obama spin amused me (maybe in the same way Tea Parties amuse Him) when they said that his 48.8% rating “is the lowest of his presidency to date, though not appreciably worse than his 50.8% fourth quarter average.”
Just what would Gallup call “appreciably worse”? And why no mention of the obvious trend of Obama losing 2% a quarter in popularity for three quarters in a row?
Gallup tries again to make us pay no attention to the man behind the curtain when they suggest that “Obama’s ratings have generally been stable over the last six months.” To paraphrase the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this must be some new definition of “stable” I wasn’t previously aware of.
And as if all that furious spinning wasn’t enough, Gallup then mentions Obama’s extremely high first-quarter approval rating due to all the “hope and change” pinned on the blank slate of a man, and concludes “The net effect is that Obama’s 56% overall approval rating for the first five quarters of his presidency is essentially the same as the historical average approval rating of 54%.”
I’m sure Obama appreciates Gallup’s attempt to color our interpretation of the data. But rather than think about Obama’s average approval rating, I think there are better approaches.
One is the metaphor I’ve used before: A man with his head in the oven and feet in the freezer who is, on average, at just the right temperature.
Another would be saying that a basketball team which was leading by 20 points in the first quarter and ends up losing by 20 points was, on average, tied with the other team.
Take your pick.
No matter how you slice it, no matter how Gallup colors it, the people are realizing that Obama fooled them with his campaign facade of moderation. They are realizing that he is bankrupting our children and destroying our liberty, whether through Obamacare, his EPA’s attempt to regulate (and soon tax) everything that requires energy to produce or transport, and even his FDA’s attempt to tell Americans they can’t eat as much salt. They are realizing that this man has no connection with, understanding of, or respect for fundamental American values of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. They are realizing that the Nanny State is more like a horror-movie murderess about to smother Americans’ freedom with a musty pillow of taxes and regulation.
And Obama knows that America is recognizing him his radical leftist co-conspirators in the House and Senate for what they are — and that these next few weeks represent their last, best, and only chance to “transform” America into their dreamed-of socialist/fascist dystopia.
If Gallup thinks the fifth quarter was bad, just wait until they see the results 3 months from now…