Obama Says "You're Fired" 0 comments

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Poll: Obama Winner re Shutdown Standoff 0 comments

Americans Deem Obama The Winner Of The Shutdown Standoff

A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll released today found that the budget deal that avoided a federal government shutdown is viewed as big win for President Obama with the American people. 58% of Americans approve of the budget deal, and the President got the lion’s share of the credit 48%-35% over the Republicans.

The CNN/Opinion Research Poll painted a picture of country that really didn’t want the government to shutdown. 63% of respondents would have considered a shutdown either a crisis or a major problem. From this viewpoint the budget agreement was viewed as a positive, and widely approved of by a margin of 58%-38%. President Obama got much of the credit for avoiding the shutdown. 48% of those polled believed that Obama and the Democrats deserve the credit for the deal, 35% credited the Republicans, and 11% felt that the credit should be shared.

Obama personally received a 54% approval rating for his handling of the budget negotiations. The Republicans were given a 54% disapproval rating for their handling of negotiations.

Given that 76% of respondents said that Obama didn’t give up too much to get the deal, and 67% also believed that Republicans did not give up too much, it is safe to say that a majority of Americans view this as a fair deal.

No Dem Challenger Planned in 2012 0 comments

No challenge to Obama in 2012 race: party leader
(AFP) – 7 hours ago
WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama is unlikely to face a serious challenge in the 2012 White House race from within his party, the Democratic Party leader said Sunday.
Obama, who became the first black president of the United States after defeating Republican rival John McCain in the November 2008 presidential election, is expected to run for a second term in office next year.
"I think it's very unlikely that the president is going to face any kind of a serious primary challenge within the Democratic Party," party leader Tim Kaine said on CNN.
"You can always get a fringe candidate or somebody to run. So, you know, could somebody throw in their name? Yes, it's possible. But I think the likelihood of any serious challenge to the president is virtually nil."
Usually there is no serious opposition against a sitting president from within his party if they run for a second, and final, term.
Obama has yet to officially say whether he will stand in the November 2012 election.
But amid the worst economic downturn in decades as Obama's popularity has sunk from the heady highs he enjoyed just after taking office to a disapproval rating of around 47 percent, there has been some media speculation on a possible Democratic challenge.
No Republican candidate has yet declared plans to run for the party's nomination, although former vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is believed to be preparing to throw her hat into the ring.