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It’s got to be Barack’s in the basement from The Washington Times, which argues that at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the

Dexter Cooke
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 28, 2009

It’s got to be “Barack’s in the basement” from The Washington Times, which argues that “at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the second-least-popular president in 40 years.”

The only new president less popular was Bill Clinton, who got off to a notoriously bad start after trying to force homosexuals on the military and a federal raid in Waco, Texas, that killed 86. Mr. Obama’s current approval rating of 56 percent is only one tick higher than the 55-percent approval Mr. Clinton had during those crises.

But that’s not what Gallup says.

Its April 24 poll has 56 percent saying the president is doing an “excellent or good job,” which is different than the generic approval number they used for previous presidents. Gallup’s separate current approval number for Obama is 65 percent. And The Times mysteriously lists the early events of the Clinton presidency while leaving out the huge poll boost Reagan got after surviving a March 30, 1981 assassination attempt. Reagan’s Gallup approval rating before the attack was only 59 percent, which the firm reported as historically low; at the 100 day mark, it was 67 percent. The Times doesn’t do any favors to its great reporters like Eli Lake by publishing this garbage.

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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