President Obama Isn’t The Democratic George W. Bush — Yet

An then there’s today’s Pew Research Center poll . The poll shows that, while disapproval of Obamacare hit a new high and Obama’s approval rating remains near an all-time low, people aren’t voting against the incumbent president as much as they were eight years ago. Throughout the 2006 election year, between 33 and 40 percent of voters said their vote for Congress was going to be a vote against George W. Bush.Those numbers were striking because they were the highest in recent history, by far. Neither Bill Clinton nor Ronald Reagan engendered that kind of personal opposition in midterm elections, even as they also faced some pretty difficult ones. Obama lies somewhere in-between those two and Bush.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/05/president-obama-isnt-the-democratic-george-w-bush-yet/

Washington gridlock butt of Obama jokes at White House correspondents’ dinner
| Reuters

“I think she wanted to do it,” Walters told CNN when asked how she landed a sit-down with Stiviano, “I think she wanted to be heard. I think she feels there have been a lot of bad things said about her and this was her chance to show that she was intelligent.” The annual event, which has attracted a substantial Hollywood contingent since Bill Clinton was President in the early 1990s, is taking place this year at a time when politically themed shows — ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Veep” and Netflix’s “House of Cards” — are prevalent in popular culture. CNN Political Commentator Ben Ferguson summed up how the annual event seemed my website to upend pop culture’s normal pecking order. “This is the only place where Wolf Blitzer can actually be the hot ticket for a Hollywood star. . .
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/03/politics/washington-correspondents-dinner/index.html

23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/J.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/obama-democrats-benghazi-panel_n_5268893.html

Opinion: 6 reasons Obama can’t seem to catch a break – CNN.com

2. Polarized electorate: The challenge that Obama faces is also a product of our deeply polarized electorate. With more voters having settled in the Republican or Democratic camp, winning long-term support from a majority of the country is harder to achieve. Elections have been extremely close in recent decades, with one candidate winning based on a small handful of swing states. There are no more 1936 or 1964 or 1984 elections, where the winning candidate wins by a massive landslide. Instead, presidents are re-elected by narrower margins with huge swaths of the electorate entrenched in their opposition to the incumbent.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/opinion/zelizer-obama-6-reasons/index.html

Obama, Dems Undecided On Taking Part In Benghazi Panel

“Of course we rolled out HealthCare.gov. That could have gone better,” he deadpanned. Later he turned on Republican opponents in Congress who are clamoring to repeal the legislation despite higher than expected enrollment figures in the government health care exchanges: “How well does Obamacare have to work before you stop trying to repeal it?” Obama said he had been feeling sorry for John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives. “These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me, which means orange really is the new black,” he said, a reference to Boehner’s seemingly perpetual tan. At the end of his speech, Obama turned the audience’s attention to a video monitor, which failed to work. Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary who announced her resignation this month after overseeing the botched rollout of Obamacare, stepped to the podium to try to fix the technical glitch.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/04/us-usa-obama-dinner-idUSBREA4300S20140504

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