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National Politics Wed Mar 11 2009

President Obama In A Word

Most Americans use the word "intelligent" to describe President Obama. Me thinks times have changed some.

 
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Good Luck / March 12, 2009 9:07 AM

Check back in a couple months.

It seems that quite a lot of people think he doing an absolutely dreadful job.

From MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493093/

68% of respondents give him either a D or an F.

...and did I mention that it was MSNBC!

Good Luck / March 12, 2009 9:20 AM

...and apparently "intelligent" economists weren't polled:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123671107124286261.html

U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey. The economists' assessment stands in stark contrast with Mr. Obama's popularity with the public, with a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll giving him a 60% approval rating. A majority of the 49 economists polled said they were dissatisfied with the administration's economic policies.
On average, they gave the president a grade of 59 out of 100, and although there was a broad range of marks, 42% of respondents rated Mr. Obama below 60. Mr. Geithner received an average grade of 51. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke scored better, with an average 71.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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