Foreign perception vs. Domestic policy
CBS News is reporting that a new public opinion poll shows that 66% of the people interviewed approve of the job that President Obama has done in his two plus months on the job. The interesting thing about this poll is the timing of it… while the President is on his first major foreign trip.
President Obama has accomplished the unthinkable over the past 70 days. In his policy decisions with A.I.G. and GM, he has fundamentally shifted the private / governmental balance to the side of the national government. If George W. Bush had even attempted to do this, there would be angry protesters in the streets. These poll numbers are scary to me because Obama can do just about anything and get away with it. After all, the Congress passed Obama’s budget with limited debate and not a single Republican voted for it.
If there is one covertly negative aspect about the legacy of George W. Bush, it is that the American people were so hungry for “change”, they never really bothered to find out what kind of change Obama really meant. As the saying goes… be careful what you wish for…