President Obama's summer

  • Article by: DANA MILBANK , Washingon Post
  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 11:25 AM

The Gallup polling organization reported Monday that President Obama has had a particularly pronounced summer swoon each year of his presidency, and that August typically brings his lowest approval ratings of all.

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pumiceAug. 20, 1312:11 PM

Interesting perspective, Mr. Milbank. And some good points about communications. Josh Earnest is an ironically named stand-in for Jay Carney who's an ironically named stand-in for President Obama. As you noted, there's stuff going on that warrants straight answers from the President. What better time than when everyone else has deserted D.C.? Perhaps the President can get the press to focus on the stuff that affects us, the People, instead of obsessing over the 2016 elections. Perhaps the President can get voters to focus on the 2014 mid-terms so we hire Senators and Representatives who will work for us, the People, instead of working to undermine our government.

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pumiceAug. 20, 1312:56 PM

Speaking of irony, there's this from the article: "Lawmakers once fled the capital [in August] to avoid heat and malaria; now they do it for fundraising and boondoggles." No mention that Members of Congress who served when heat and malaria were health concerns did NOT flee the capital year around as today's lawmakers do??? I'm waiting for someone in Minnesota's congressional delegation to call a "work speed-up" action. Let Members who want to do the job for which we hired them stay in D.C. when Congress adjourns. We're paying our representatives a fair day's pay, but we're not getting anything approaching a fair day's work for the money.

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jpcooperAug. 20, 13 1:11 PM

Thanks Dana, you just one on many Media personal who continually make excauses for the Obummer in Chief!

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NoMasBSAug. 20, 13 1:50 PM

So how does all this blah, blah, blah compare to the Bush Admin. missing warnings about a possible terror attack in 2001? Did Bush get up to the podium in August of 2002 and explain that massive failure? It's been a while and I just don't recall so please forgive me.

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scubadoo68Aug. 20, 13 2:40 PM

Why is it the president's sole responsibility to make sure Egypt behaves? Where is the UN in all of this?

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twspt7Aug. 20, 13 3:27 PM

This article is what is know as fark - the press equivalent of "Seinfeld:" a show about nothing at all. It's slow at the Capital, so Milbank is doing what he normally does - take shots at Obama - however, having nothing of substance to write about, he is just kinda rambling on.

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dschachenmeyerAug. 20, 13 4:06 PM

So the President will goes from vacationing to campaigning. That sounds about right. Those are the two things he does best. Governing....not so much.

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firefight41Aug. 20, 13 5:01 PM

So how does all this blah, blah, blah compare to the Bush Admin. missing warnings about a possible terror attack in 2001? Did Bush get up to the podium in August of 2002 and explain that massive failure? It's been a while and I just don't recall so please forgive me. *********** Why do you like living in the past? We are living with the present failures in Washington DC.

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crystalbayAug. 20, 13 6:26 PM

"So the President will goes from vacationing to campaigning. That sounds about right."..................It can't be called "campaigning" when he's already been reelected, sir. No rational adult would label going around the country EDUCATING the population about the very law that the right wing is spending millions to wage war through misinformation. Obama's reaching out to every day people - a very important part of his job. As to vacations, let's just stop and consider that this total number of days off (93) for FIVE years pales in contrast to Bush's 92 days off EACH year of his first five in office (total: 463 days off). I will not tolerate people criticizing his scant time off as it's the least in decades for a president.

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theruntAug. 20, 13 7:31 PM

I can't help but think this man, who held the reigns during turbulent times, will be rated favorably by historians. He inherited economic chaos; today, relative stability. He kept us out of wars and is ending wars. Except for Boston bombing, we have been safe from terrorists. I hope, Mr. President, you return from vacation refreshed, and continue bringing your voice and energy to the people.

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