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Published: Wednesday, May 4 2011 10:11 a.m. MDT

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paperboy111
Lindon, UT

Obama is fighting 3 wars and brilliantly accomplished what President Bush wasn't able to do: eliminate Osama bin Laden from the face of the earth. This effectively neuters the Republican complaint that Democrats (and Obama) are soft on terror and unable to keep the U.S. safe. Obama also put to rest the silly birther complaints by releasing his long-form birth certificate. My hope is that we can get back to debating the issues that really matter to most Americans as we approach the next election cycle.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

The NYT and CBS polls?

Seriously?

These two news organizations are basically cheering sections and propaganda puppets for this administration.

Many other reputable more neutral polls show the President got little if any bump from this. I will give him some credit even though his own CIA chief admitted that "enhanced interrogation techniques" (aka waterboarding) at Guantanomo Bay resulted in information that assisted in locating OBL.

Yes the same techniques that obama banned and at the Gitmo which obama vowed to close but now realizes he can't and he was wrong.

Oops.

In a few days people will become reconnected with reality though.

The govts own statistics say 1 in 7 are now on foodstamps. 44.2 million. I'm sure this adminstration is pleased with that statistic given the fact their goal is to get more people dependent on govt.

The dollar just hit a 3 year low.

Economic indicators are bleak and anemic.

Unemployment remains high.

Gas prices are ridiculously high BECAUSE this administration allow environmentalists to stop oil development here in the USA. Obamas response? "people will need to get used to it". Bush was crucified in the press for gas prices.

The list goes on.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I know Mike Richards, RedShirt, KM, Uncle Charles, wrz and others are not going to like hearing about this.

They want Obama to fail, fogetting the fact that if the POTUS fails, America fails.

I'm no fan of former Pres. Bush, but I never wished him to fail....do things differently - yes, but never fail.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'These two news organizations are basically cheering sections and propaganda puppets for this administration.' - Anti Government | 10:47 a.m.

And the DSnews?
Dick Cheney??

No. This is not a 'propaganda' article. You've spent too much time watching Fox News.

This is genuine. People are grateful for a President who does the job.

If your guide for a good president is gas prices, then you must be very angry, all the time.

Gas was 0.75 cents/gallon when my mother was a child.

That was 'back when' they allowed oil to be drilled on American soil.

*'Alaska Oil Spill: Trans-Alaska Pipeline Shuts Down 800 Mile Area In North Slope' - Huffington Post - 05/26/10

'Up to several thousand barrels of crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline spilled Tuesday into a massive tank and overflowed into a containment area, shutting down the 800-mile line until the hazard is removed.'

I guess alaska dosen't 'count?'

As with all presidents, Obama's approval will go down.

Bushs' was, what? 21%?

*'Bush's Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent' - CBS - 01/16/09

Nixon had a 24% approval.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Anti Government:

"Many other reputable more neutral polls..."

You mean polls that you agree with.

I don't know if it's funny or sad that so many conservatives here are so desperate to deny President Obama ANY credit for this. If Bush or another Republican had done this, these same people would be singing from the rooftops in praise. This bump in the polls may not last forever, but Americans (for the most part) are acknowledging that he, his administration, and our troops have done an excellent job here. Some people clearly hate Obama more than they care about our country and its' security.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

The admission was that there was waterboarding, but the information that the person provided came well after, not during, the waterboarding. So the information was not a direct cause of the waterboarding. Let's stay with the facts as they are presented.

Now you can go back to your ranting and raving!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

War hero now.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I think Obama will get and should get a momentary bump in ratings but nothing more. This killing of Osama was the first good thing OBama has done in 3 years but there is still the stinking economy, high taxes, debt and our AAA Debt rating risk of being demoted. Oh and add to that the high gas prices and lack of oil drilling. Let's not get too excited over this... Obama's overall batting average is still in the toilet.

Woodyff
Mapleton, UT

You can't trust these polls, they are in the back pocket of the dems. Just wait as unemployment continues to increase, people continue to lose their homes, and gas prices increase. Even the dem polling services won't be able to maintain this result. And to paperboy111, get real! Remember, 'figures lie, and liars figure'. You can believe the polls if you want.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Patriot.... are you aware that we exported more than we imported for the last 3 months? A small headline that I guess the liberal based media forgot to mention.

I guess the batting average is in the toilet to some, and super high to others. To put it another way, if Obama were a football player, he would be a full back. Many would complain his receiving yards falls way short, ignoring he is racking up the running yards.

It's all a matter of perspective. There are those who think the recession, bailouts, debt for war, all started when Obama raised his arm to the square. Both Bush and Obama operated in an imperfect world. Bush had to do something - that something cost lots of money and ultimately cost the economy. Obama had to do something, and that ultimately cost us as well. Doing nothing by either leader was an option - though some like to believe so.

We'll never know what the results of the "do nothing" option would have been. Bottom line though is hiring has come back, the markets have mostly recovered, active fighting in Iraq is done, and we have an imperfect health bill.

Mike777
Springfield, OR

Gee, Obama unleashes a war against Libya to steal their oil, the economy is in shambles, he appoints people to government posts who were top executives to the corporations that brought us the economic mess in the first place, he plays golf more than tiger Woods and just because he orders the execution of Osama a bunch of people say they now support him? You know, now I see how the eventual end of the Nephites makes total sense.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

I am elated that we got OBL, and I give high praise to President Obama for whatever his role was in bringing that to pass. My opinion of him has definitely improved.

However, this in no way will cause me to vote for him in the upcoming election. My personal approval rating of him has gone up, but that rating puts him nowhere near the levels of someone for whom I would cast a vote. His court appointments alone prevent me from being able to support him in an election (and his anticipated appointments alone was enough to prevent me from supporting him in the last election).

I give credit where credit is due, however, and as noted, whatever role he had in getting OBL is to be highly praised and congratulated. While I will not support him with my vote in any election, he has my "support" as our president in all of the good things he does, and getting OBL is beyond question one of those good things.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Gee, Obama unleashes a war against Libya to steal their oil...' - Mike777 | 12:29 p.m.

Your confusing Obama with Donald Trump.

About Lybia:
""I'd do one thing. Either I'd go in and take the oil or I don't go in at all," - 04/18/11 - Forbes Magazine

Also Lybia is the responsibility of NATO. Not one American casualty has happened in Lybia.

And if your upset about war:

*"The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

'US gives up search for Iraq WMD'
'Former head of UN weapons inspections Hans Blix also said there was no surprise in the announcement.
"We have believed that there weren't any weapons since around May or June 2003...' - BBC News - 01/12/05

Please explain why you are not upset about Iraq and Afghanistan?

'On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al-Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taleban regime in Afghanistan.'
- GEORGE W. BUSH
Statement given after the start of the US and British military strikes on targets in Afghanistan on Sunday, 7th October 2001.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Barack also said

"I will cut the deficit in half within 4 years in office"

Instead of cutting it in half, he's added to it.

Do I blame him for all our economic problems? No

Do I blame him for lying and telling us he would cut the deficit in half?

Yes.

Absolutely.

Anyone

but

barack 2012.

Anyone,

seriously.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

"I will cut the deficit in half within 4 years in office" - Chris B | 1:50 p.m.

Has it actually BEEN for years?

Yeah, I didn't think so either.

worf
Mcallen, TX

People are so easily persuaded.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:Chris B
"I will cut the deficit in half within 4 years in office"

Yes, Obama Administration officials said his budget plan would seek to accomplish that-back in Feb. 2009.
How? His plan included letting the Bush tax cuts expire for upper levels of income go from 35% to 39.6%, capital gains increase from 15% to 20%. His plan also included aggressive enforcement of corporate loopholes, and taxing the earnings of hedge fund managers as normal income rather than the 15% capital gains rate.

Overall, tax collections under the plan would rise from about 16 percent of the economy this year to 19 percent in 2013, while federal spending would drop from about 26 percent of the economy, another post-World War II high, to 22 percent.
(Washington Post "Obama's First Budget Seeks to Trim Deficit)

So why didn't it happen?
You know the answer.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

"Obama is fighting 3 wars and brilliantly accomplished what President Bush wasn't able to do: eliminate Osama bin Laden from the face of the earth."

Right, because Obama was the one that tracked him down and shot him, not the Navy SEALS like we were told. If anyone else were president, this never would have happened!

Get real. We don't give Truman the credit for bringing down Nazi Germany, do we? Give credit where credit is due.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

re: pagan

Your responses are so typical of a democratic operative. You so handily have all your out of context quotes with dates...generally designed to deflect attention from the real issue.

fo your information I don't watch Fox news any more than I watch other news channels. Quite frankly I don't "watch" alot of news.

Anyone who wants ANY credibility knows that the NYT is a liberal bastion and always has been in their back pocket. Your assertions to the contrary just expose your own pathetic bias.

Your response to the oil issue...once again talk about oil prices during other presidencies instead of responding to my point...environmentalists are consistently blocking oil production and develop domestically. That is the issue but we know you can't directly respond to that because it is true and everyone knows it.

Why are you telling me other presidents approval ratings anyways? Do you hear me going on about how Bush was a great president? No my point was almost every other poll besides NYT and CBS say he got no bump in approval ratings from this. Their results are always skewed in Dems favor.

Soooo predictable.

MormonDem
Provo, UT

There are several people on this thread who are so out of touch with reality, blinded by their petty, personal hatred of Obama, that they just can't get their facts right. Some examples:

Anti-Government said: "is own CIA chief admitted that "enhanced interrogation techniques" (aka waterboarding) at Guantanomo Bay resulted in information that assisted in locating OBL."

Not true. Waterboarding at Gitmo failed. Traditional interrogation techniques, applied at a secret CIA facility in Eastern Europe, produced the intel.

Patriot complained about taxes and unemployment going up. But the tax rate under Obama is the lowest it has been in 50 years! 1/3 of the stimulus that the conservatives hate so much was tax cuts. And unemployment is not going up. It has been going down--certainly not as fast as everyone would like, but it was a deep hole to start at the bottom of. The month before Obama took office the U.S. shed 700,000 jobs. That number improved month by month after Obama took office, and has now been in positive territory for several months in a row.

How sad that some people would rather hate Obama than admit to America's comeback!

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