The Most Unpopular President

It is hardly worth mentioning President Bush any longer (when you awaken from a nightmare, do you really want to frighten yourself again by recalling its details?), but it is worth noting that our ambitious outgoing president just set another record. In the view of CNN, Bush is officially "the most unpopular president since approval ratings were first sought more than six decades ago."

Seventy-six percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday disapprove of how President Bush is handling his job. That's an all-time high in CNN polling and in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.

"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," says CNN polling director Keating Holland. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."

Good work, Mr. President. Would someone remember to give him a nice commemorative plaque on his way out the door?

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    And yet tens-of-millions (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by jondee on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:15:01 PM EST
    voted for him; some twice.

    In my perfect world that kind of borderline pathologic social recklessness would require a little making amends in the form of some kind of minimal community service, particularly when one considers the god damned mess that misbegotten fratboy and his crew of trickle-down-on-'em gangsters have left us with.

    Good Idea (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:24:47 PM EST
    How about a couple of years cleaning up the blood, puke, urine and feces at all the US torture centers sprinkled around the world. May as well start at abu ghraib, and then off to bagram etc.

    I wonder sometimes.... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:32:25 PM EST
    if they voted for Bush or simply voted for the "R" after his name.

    And I don't know which is worse.


    Now it's been 8 years (none / 0) (#10)
    by jondee on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:43:22 PM EST
    and the Rapture still aint come and they all feel cheated.

    And even scarier (none / 0) (#12)
    by mmc9431 on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:11:19 PM EST
    Is the fact that as unpopular as he is and was, the Democratic Party allowed him to trample on everything with hardly a whimper.

    Good (none / 0) (#2)
    by kmonster on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:19:25 PM EST
    because he is easily the worst president ever.

    I thought I read somewhere that Nixon ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:25:28 PM EST
    had approval ratings in the high twenties before he resigned.  And I also thought Truman was in that range as well.

    The sources where I've read those things could be mistaken.

    Either way, Bush is one of our worst presidents.  And though the public was very late in coming to this conclusion, at least they finally came to it.

    Different metric (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Steve M on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:29:00 PM EST
    This is talking about disapproval.  The numbers do not necessarily add up to 100.

    If you want a peek.... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:29:13 PM EST
    at Bush's legacy, check out Phil Donahue's documentary "Body of War" on Sundance Channel tomorrow night.

    We'll be rid of him and his cronies in a few months and free to forget the last 8 years, others won't be so fortunate.

    It's official. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Fabian on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:31:51 PM EST
    I'm glad.  I remember the dark days in the run up to the Iraq war when I was expecting the vigorous debate that preceded the Kuwait invasion and was appalled at the various flavors of "with us or with the terrorists" rhetoric.  I wondered if I was the only person who thought they were surrounded by insanity.

    I was in a hotel (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by NYShooter on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 11:27:54 PM EST
    in Pennsylvania on business the night of the invasion. I rarely talk politics with my wife, but I called her as soon as the news channels started reporting it. While the reporting had an air of glorious invincibility about it, and the reporters betrayed nary a hint of foreboding, I said to my wife, "mark down this moment in time; The Americans don't have a clue what they've gotten us into.

    Sometimes it really sucks when I'm right.


    Open Thread Soon? (none / 0) (#9)
    by jerry on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:42:34 PM EST
    Ryan Lizza and Terri Gross had an very interesting discussion today.  The long primary was the bestest thing ever for Obama, for instance, perhaps Hillary Clinton and the long primary should be credited in part for making the 50 state strategy possible.

    Yes it was an interesting afternoon (none / 0) (#11)
    by lilburro on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:00:35 PM EST
    on NPR.  Jasmyne Cannick was on "Talk of the Nation" and expanded on her view of the divide between the AA community and the gay community.  I thought she was great on the radio.  I didn't like this article much, but I see what she is saying now.

    Obama learned from Hillary and Hillary (none / 0) (#14)
    by WS on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:38:58 PM EST
    learned from Obama the value of good organization and a good team.  Her team was the weak link with the in-fighting, lack of planning, and the inertia they created.  She needs to pick good efficient people like Obama did.  

    With that said, she came mighty close even with all the problems in her campaign.  

    If she ever runs for President again (which I dearly dearly hope), this experience will eliminate the hangers on and reveal the die-hard Clinton loyalists working for one goal, Hillary as a future President.  


    I'm just (none / 0) (#13)
    by WS on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:16:06 PM EST
    sad that the Democrats have to clean up another Bush/Republican mess.  I hope people learned their lesson.  

    and yet, (none / 0) (#15)
    by cpinva on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 04:47:35 PM EST
    24% of the respondents did not disapprove of the job bush is doing. these idiots could be your neighbors, friends, pastors or, that nice young man next door, who always keeps his yard neat and is happy to lend a helping hand.

    oh, wait, that last one is the neighborhood serial killer. sorry, i get them confused. actually, in a way, they are serial killers; how many have died/suffered grievous injury, due to bush foreign policies?

    forget community service, they should be required to give up usable body parts, to replace those lost by our returning military wounded. i realize it'll be a difficult transition, but i understand they make some really nifty prosthetics nowadays.

    Most of those nutcases are right here (none / 0) (#17)
    by easilydistracted on Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 09:22:36 AM EST
    in the great state of Texas.  They still love the s**t out of him here.  And and best of all, the prom king and queen are planning to reside in Dallas County (in addition to the "ranch") -- one of the few Blue counties in Texas.  Oh, how fortunate we are.  Yeah, right.