President Obama journeyed to Asheville, North Carolina Monday to kick off his bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia to continue his push for his jobs bill while railing at Republicans in Congress for doing nothing to put people back to work.
Many political observers says that Obama is in re-election campaign mode borrowing the “Do Nothing Congress” strategy successfully employed in 1948 by another sitting Democratic President Harry Truman. However, Clemson University professor and conservative activist David Woodard says the strategy will not prove as effective for Obama in 2012.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday showed that only 20% of the nation’s voters “strongly approve” of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) “strongly disapprove.” However, an October Gallup Poll shows Congress’ approval rating matched its all-time low of 13% this month, repeating what Gallup found in August. Approval is at or near 13% among independents as well as with both major party groups.
Woodard says also working against Obama’s re-election is that he thinks that the president never seriously had the allegiance of the American people.
Supporters of the president say the stimulus package saved the American auto industry, as well as hundreds of thousands of teaching and law enforcement jobs. They also point out that Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, gave the order for the successful operation that led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden, and that he was in office when the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi fell.
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