President Obama's approval ratings up 11 percent

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  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    May 5, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    TO "LDS Liberal | 11:04 a.m. " wow, for somebody who claims membership in a church that preaches love and tolerance, you really have been full of hateful statements every day.

    Yes Obama has a bump in his polling, but so did Bush I, and Bush II. If you look at the papers now, the cheering over Obama's death is now over, and people are still unemployed, the economy isn't doing that great, and we are now involved in wars in 3 countries.

    Unless something changes for the better, Obama's boost isn't going to last for much longer.

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    May 5, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    You libs look so foolish quoting these editorial opinions from liberal hacks as your sources saying waterboarding was not contributory.

    Leon Panetta..Obama's own CIA chief in an interview with Brian Williams (another liberal) said:

    from the transcript:

    WILLIAMS: Turned around the other way, are you denying that waterboarding was in part among the tactics used to extract the intelligence that led to this successful mission?

    PANETTA: No, I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees.

    You people have exactly ZERO credibility when liberals who would actually know what they are talking about and have access to the classified documents of what happened and where intelligence came from said that waterboarding was used and in part "led to this successful mission".

    So is obama's CIA chief a liar, incompetent, or are we to believe you guys have access to information he does not?

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    May 5, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    "Now you can go back to your ranting and raving!"

    That is a pretty funny statement coming from one of the biggest ranters. LOL!

  • Mike777 Springfield, OR
    May 5, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    Are people at homeless tent cities also waving flags and chanting "USA?" Yeah, Osama is dead -- although it is interesting that as I was watching BBC interview a political expert even he had doubts about the story Obama is currently selling us. Such is the state of trust for Obama.
    No, blowing up Gadaffi's grand children will not bring him re-election, nor will being a hypocritical tool of the Wall Street/international banking cartel. True, the media in the USA counts on the people being gullible enough to blindly support "the one" but here's news, people aren't trusting the mainstream media either.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    May 4, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    No! He is just grasping at straws. He promised to fundamentally transform our country and he has done just that. Its the economy that counts, and he has done a number on it. Even though the MSM will not report the devistation he has metted out on our country. The people, by now, know that things have changed and will change much much more. Obama should be a one term president, unless the community organizing is successful again. Call Soros, somebody.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    May 4, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Well, if it is pubic welfare we want we must have Mr. Obama remain in office as he looks out for the little guys, the union members, and all other dependent members of our communities. He will look after us in spite of what it costs the rest of society. Bread for can we fail.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    May 4, 2011 10:14 p.m.


    Bush gets blame for the economy because his last month in office the U.S. bled 700,000 jobs. The jobs picture has been steadily improving since Obama took office--but it was a deep hole to claw our way out of and the comeback is slow. Yeah, Obama underestimated how deep the mess Bush had left him was, and his prediction of trying to avoid 8% unemployment was optimistic. It was, though, a prediction, not a promise.

    And if we're talking about inaccurate predictions, how long did Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld say we'd be in Iraq? Six weeks?

    And the reason Bush doesn't get much credit for getting Bin Laden is because he openly, admittedly gave up looking for him. By 2002 he was saying he didn't really care or worry about Bin Laden any more, and by 2005 Bush had dismantled the CIA's Bin Laden unit.

  • Justmythoughts Richfield, UT
    May 4, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    If Obama can STILL blame Bush for the economy....
    Why can't Bush get some of the credit for the excellent Military operation?

    I for one am just glad that Osama Bin Laden got what he deserved...

  • B Logan, UT
    May 4, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    What happened this week and where we will be in November 2012 are two different things. George H.W. Bush had a 90% approval rating in Feb 1991 right after a brilliant display of leadership and was OUT of office less than 2 years later. Why? To quote a favorite Democratic mantra: IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

    Killing bin Laden won't matter to people if they are still out of work and their money is getting less valuable. I don't say this to diminish this accomplishment. In my opinion, this act alone (presiding over the killing of bin Laden) will get Obama a favorable spot in the history books. But people need work and his policies aren't creating jobs.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    May 4, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Obama did a fine thing by having the gumption to "pull the trigger" on the bin Laden mission. But that in no way negates his performance in other critical areas. That's not to say that everything else he has done is lacking; it's just that I hope voters have the good sense to weigh other performance factors when 2012 rolls around.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    "The statement came from a report provided by his political advisors". Exactly. Barack and his team made their best guess that if we spent a trillion dollars then unemployment would not reach 8 percent. They were as close as a sports commentator today predicting the jazz will win the nba championship. Or a farmer who planted potatoes predicting that corn will grow instead. Or a metereologist predicting that it won't rain once more in 2011. The difference between 8 percent and over 11 percent is gigantic. Any sane person would do from now one the exact opposite of what barack suggests for the economy

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 4, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    First, politifact could find no instance of Obama or anyone in his administration directly making that statement in public. The statement came from a report prepared by his economic advisors relying on the only figures they had at the time. As stated above, the report came with heavy disclaimers and warnings of significant margins of error. Of course, political opponents/pundits then started repeating the lie that Obama "promised" something he did not. In case you dom't remember the economy was in a freefall and nobody knew exactly its path and the Obama Administration, along with many economists, believed that a stimulus was needed to stop the slide, hence the report of how a stimulus might help the economy.

    Secondly, every Pres. has made promises and pledges which have not been adhered to or followed with positive and negative consequences. Life is unpredictable for us all and often involves making reassessments and changes. It would be a foolish person that rigidly, blindly adhered to "promises" just because. Wisdom often requires flexibility. Our biggest challenge is to separate fact from fiction.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 4, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    still plenty of time before the election for his poll numbers to subside back where they belong, reflective of his miserable handling of the economy and federal deficits. People only have to spend $5 - $6 a gallon for gas for only a little while before they realize his groveling before Saudi princes does nothing for us.

    Remember Bush Sr? His approval ratings were at 90% following the gulf war. How many terms did he serve?

    Yeah, libbies, swoon all you want over BO's luck at bush's intelligence services finally finding bin laden so BO could have him whacked, the bump in the polls won't last long.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    Truthseeker, you are right "promised" is not the correct term. However
    , Regardless of widespread disclaimers that barack and his supporters may try to hide behind he said to the american people "we need to act quickly in passing these stimulus funds to prevent unemployment from reaching 8 percent". No disclaimer can change that. It remains that either he and his advisers are clueless or he knowingly said something that wasn't correct. If 8 percent wasn't his BEST estimate than why did jhe say it? If it was his best estimate then he should hjave cleaned house of his financial team. Any leader of any organization that is that far off in their projections and who caused such negative impacts(see one billion in just interest every single day) would have been lomg gone. Disclaimer or no, he either knowingly gave us wrong estimates or his financial team is no better than that of enrons.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 4, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    ABSOLUTELY his ratings will continue up .... as long as the economy recovers, unemployment declines significantly, taxes don't go up, gas prices go down drastically, Obamacare doesn't impact business's in a negative way with all the new regulations and taxes forthcoming and our debt is reduced thus preserving our AAA bond rating. This Osama killing will allow for a brief honeymoon until it becomes old news and the ugly reality of our day to day economy smacks us in the face again...and back to reality. After that, Obama will settle back to the low 40's where he belongs... or high 30's. Be sure that OBama will attempt to milk this Osama killing for all its worth and then some claiming full credit for the war on terror ( that he opposed 3 years ago).

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 4, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    Re:Chris B
    "The claim that the Obama administration "promised" the stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent is a popular talking point among Republican critics of the stimulus.

    What we saw from the administration in January 2009 was a projection, not a promise. And it was a projection that came with heavy disclaimers. "It should be understood that all of the estimates presented in this memo are subject to significant margins of error," the report states. Furthermore, the uncertainty is surely higher than normal now because the current recession is unusual both in its fundamental causes and its severity."

    There's also a footnote that goes along with the chart that states: "Forecasts of the unemployment rate without the recovery plan vary substantially. Some private forecasters anticipate unemployment rates as high as 11% in the absence of action."

    We think it's a big stretch to call an economic projection a "promise." The administration never characterized it that way and included plenty of disclaimers saying the predictions had "significant margins of error" and a higher degree of uncertainty due to a recession that is "unusual both in its fundamental causes and its severity."

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 4, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    There is no question Obama deserves credit for the death of OBL. He made the final decision that it would be okay to put Navy SEALs in danger's way. He would have received all of the blame had something gone awry, so he deserves credit.

    Did the death of OBL convince me that, suddenly, I'm happy with the job Obama is doing as our President? I guess I'm not that finicky.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 4, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    "though his own CIA chief admitted that "enhanced interrogation techniques" (aka waterboarding) at Guantanomo Bay resulted in information that assisted in locating OBL."

    There were only 3 prisoners (Mohammed, Zubaydah, al-Nashiri) who were waterboarded. When Khalid Sheik Mohammed was asked about Bin Laden's courier he denied the role and position of the courier. The person who revealed the courier's name was Hassan Ghul. C.I.A. says he was not waterboarded. The C.I.A. asked the Justice Department to authorize other harsh methods for use on him, but it is unclear which were used. One official recalled that Mr. Ghul was quite cooperative, saying that rough treatment, if any, would have been brief.

    Glenn L. Carle, a retired C.I.A. officer who oversaw the interrogation of a high-level detainee in 2002, said in a phone interview Tuesday, that coercive techniques didnt provide useful, meaningful, trustworthy information.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Barack said his #1 priority was the economy when he was elected.

    Let's recap how that went.


    "We need to act quickly in passing these stimulus funds to prevent unemployment from reaching 8%"

    Unemployment soared to over 11%, is still well above 8% almost three years later, and is expected to be over 8% for a couple more years.

    We are paying 1 Billion in just interest, daily, from barack's spendathon.

    Do I blame barack for all our economic problems? No

    Is barack to blame for telling us that if we let him spend a trillion of our dollars that unemployment would not reach 8%?

    Yes - he alone is to blame for that.

    Either barack doesn't know a thing about our economic structure or he lied to us.

    It's one or the other.

    If he thought it would stay below 8% then that shows his true brilliance.

    If he didnt think it would stay below 8% then why did he say it?

    Telling us unemployment would stay below 8% if we let him spend a trillion and then having it soar to over 11% is unacceptable.

    He is either clueless or a fool. Or both

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    May 4, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    I find it frankly disgusting that Americans complain about oil prices. The prices have gone up because of speculation in the oil markets because of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa! People fighting for the same freedoms that Americans enjoy! And you're going to say "Well, that's fine, freedom's nice for you people, but quiet down and get your oil wells running again so us Americans can have $2 gas!" People complain about oil production in the U.S., but the fact is there are thousands of oil drilling permits that are not even being used. And if we were to increase production dramatically, OPEC would simply decrease their production to keep the market where they want it.

    Some claim that Obama had nothing to do with Osama's capture. That's patently false. In 2007 he promised more troops in Afghanistan. In 2008 he said if he had a clear shot at Osama in Pakistan he'd take it without asking Pakistan's permission. (McCain even criticized him for this.) Upon taking office, he reopened the CIA Bin Laden office, which W. had closed in 2005. Finally, he ordered the hit.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    'Anyone who wants ANY credibility knows that the NYT is a liberal bastion...' - Anti Government | 2:30 p.m.

    And CBS?
    Washington Times?
    Gallup Poll?
    Dick Cheny?

    You can try to discredit everyone, but after a point, your the only person you will believe.

    Also, you claim enviormentalist prevent oil production domestically...
    but the story about the alaska oil spill IS domestic oil!

    The rest of your post is simply an adhomimen attack, based on nothing but your opinion.

    'Anyone who wants ANY credibility knows that the NYT is a liberal bastion...(sic) everyone knows it.' - Anti Government | 2:30 p.m.

    And as such, not worth a reply.

    Have a good day.

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    May 4, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    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!

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    May 4, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    May 4, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    "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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 4, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 4, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    People are so easily persuaded.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    "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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    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?





    barack 2012.



  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    '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.'
    Statement given after the start of the US and British military strikes on targets in Afghanistan on Sunday, 7th October 2001.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Mike777 Springfield, OR
    May 4, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 4, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    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.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    May 4, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 4, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    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.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    War hero now.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    May 4, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    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!

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    May 4, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    '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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 4, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    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 things differently - yes, but never fail.

  • Anti Government Alpine, UT
    May 4, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    The NYT and CBS polls?


    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.


    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.

  • paperboy111 Lindon, UT
    May 4, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    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.