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Obama’s Fourth Year in Office Ties as Most Polarized Ever

The Gallup organization shares some survey data to give us perspective on the meaning and impact of the Obama presidency as it departs on a second term.  Although public opinion can be fickle and surveys have traditionally been somewhat suspect as they tend to over sample middle class folks with telephones, stable addresses, speaking “the king’s English,” literacy levels, and a host of other things that make phone, written or even face to face surveys a bit skewed, the Gallup polls do shape public opinion and, if for no other reason than that they are interesting and are a part of the equation that shapes public discourse, they should be looked at and discussed.  Check out what Gallup has to show us and give The Policy ThinkShop your opinion ….  Leave  us your comments below…

“During his fourth year in office, an average of 86% of Democrats and 10% of Republicans approved of the job Barack Obama did as president. That 76-percentage-point gap ties George W. Bush’s fourth year as the most polarized years in Gallup records.”

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Military to Deliver Fuel to Storm-Ravaged Region – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — As long lines persisted at gas stations in the New York metropolitan area, federal authorities moved on Friday to restore supplies, instructing the Defense Department to send 24 million gallons of fuel to the region and lifting restrictions on deliveries by …

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Barack Obama for Re-election – NYTimes.com

The NYTs editorial endorsing President Obama covers the economic recovery, the Civil Rights gains of the 60s, the Supreme Court and other stakes up to be impacted by the direction of the country might take if President Obama is not given a second term to keep the country on a steady course of recovery …

 

“The economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold. The United States is embroiled in unstable …”

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Obama and Democrats raise record funds, poll holds steady | Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic allies raised $181 million in September for his re-election effort, the largest total that …

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Presidential Debates: Why Obama is No Muhammad Ali : The New Yorker

My colleagues Amy Davidson and John Cassidy did a brilliant late-shift job of analyzing last night’s disastrous debate performance for President Obama: his I-don’t-wanna-be-here-please-get-me-outta-here manner; his barely-able-to-rouse-himself incapacity to pounce on …

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Obama’s Bumpy Road on Foreign Policy : The New Yorker

“I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens,” President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Stevens, an American Ambassador, was murdered in Benghazi, but in the speech he still served as an emissary for multiple points on the President’s agenda. Obama portrayed Stevens as an open to the world: he “came to love and respect the …

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Arab Spring Proves a Harsh Test for Obama’s Diplomatic Skill – NYTimes.com

President Hosni Mubarak did not even wait for President Obama’s words to be translated before he …

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