President Obama is still down, but not out. The President’s approval rating has risen to 48 percent, according to CNN. It’s his highest approval rating since May of 2013. More people still disapprove of President Obama’s job performance than those who do. Still, these numbers are positive for Democrats, who suffered the worst midterm election results since Harry Truman’s presidency.
The increase in President Obama’s approval rating occurs as he has become increasingly divisive. Not only did President Obama grant what is widely considered amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but he has been very critical of police officers. According to the Huffington Post, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has even accused Obama of stoking the type of police hatred that recently caused the murder of two police officers in New York City.
“We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don’t care how you want to describe it; that’s what those protests are all about.”
There are a lot of people angry at the President. But anger turns to delight when people can actually fill their gas tanks up for less than $20. Many credit President Obama for improving the economy, which grew at a rate of five percent over the third quarter. Even though retailers aren’t completely satisfied with holiday sales, a lot expect to things to improve as people do last minute shopping.
President Obama still has huge challenges ahead for his next two years in office. The biggest challenge Obama faces is pushing his agenda with a House and Senate that is dominated by Republicans. Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars believes the President can overcome the “lame duck” status, as long has he keeps on quacking.
“Still, as tough as 2014 was, and although 2015 brings with it a Republican-controlled Congress bound to take some wind out of his sails, one thing is abundantly clear — driven by legacy and momentum, this lame duck president plans to be doing a lot of quacking next year.”
As history has proven, no matter how much a president divides a nation, improved economic factors can drastically improve approval ratings. President Obama only needs to look back to Bill Clinton, who left office with a 66 percent approval rating despite being impeached. Do you think the President can keep improving his approval rating? Do you think President Obama can, more importantly, improve his legacy? Tell us in the comments section.
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