Obama's Final News Conference

President Obama gives his final press conference.

Most of the West Wing staff is will move out tomorrow.

Obama's approval ratings are now very high. The UnPresident Elect's are the lowest of an incoming President in 4 decades.

The Obamas will attend the swearing in ceremony and leave on vacation before settling into a new home in D.C.

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    Too bad gracious (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 02:26:38 PM EST
    and class is being replaced with petty and vulgar.

    Well, I miss him already. (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by desertswine on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 02:27:33 PM EST

    Me too (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 02:56:15 PM EST
    But have a great vacation Obamas!

    My favorite tweet (5.00 / 5) (#5)
    by Yman on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 05:26:59 PM EST
    from Wendi Aarons:

    It's like America's amazing dad is leaving us and mom's new perverted boyfriend just pulled up in his Trans-Am. #obamafarewell

    Drumpf's popularity lowest in 64 years (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jack E Lope on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 03:31:15 PM EST
    ...upon inauguration, as best I can tell based on this info from Gallup.   It looks as if Eisenhower's approval rating was in the 30+-percent range at the beginning of his first term.  

    Eisenhower's (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 05:31:57 PM EST
    sure is strange on that chart. It sure looks like 30 and then immediately starting shooting up.

    He made quick progress on a cease-fire in Korea. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jack E Lope on Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 06:01:41 PM EST
    Cease-fire talks had been stalled for a couple of years before Eisenhower was inaugurated, and the treaty was signed about six months later - but he may get too much credit.  I think it was India (Nehru?) that came up with a plan that broke the stalemate.  By mid-1953, the US was no longer involved in a hot war.

    Eisenhower also started what I would call "standard Republican economic-bubble-creating policies", which usually please the people for a few years.   The resulting recession didn't start until late in his 2nd term.


    Low Poll numbers?? (none / 0) (#8)
    by JeriKoll on Thu Jan 19, 2017 at 10:10:48 PM EST
    One lesson from this election is that "poll numbers" are not very meaningful.

    Many people was also very happy that Trump's Polls were low throughout this election cycle and then "voila!"

    Now I understand that some are going to be binge watching the entire 7 seasons of the TV show "The West Wing" during this inaugural weekend trying to forget 2016 and ignore what is currently happening.

    Alas, alack ...

    Poll numbers ... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Yman on Fri Jan 20, 2017 at 10:42:47 AM EST
    ... are a snapshot in time.   The final GE poll numbers were accurate and within the MOE.  Some people just don't like Trump's approval numbers, so they try to make excuses for them.

    Alas, alack...


    A lot of Trump's supporters (none / 0) (#12)
    by jondee on Fri Jan 20, 2017 at 02:08:56 PM EST
    think he's a "baby Christian" who's laid up his positive poll numbers in heaven.

    Not here on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt.


    Final Poll numbers were not that far off (none / 0) (#9)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Jan 19, 2017 at 10:15:09 PM EST
    Political power or lack theteof frequently depends on poll numbers.

    I hope Repbulicans (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jan 20, 2017 at 05:45:32 AM EST
    do ignore those numbers and I hope that they continue to think that Trump is the most popular president ever. It's their road to self implosion.