Articles are springing up all over the place (like Crikey) that try to paint Obama as an unusually unpopular President. Nonsense.

According to Gallup, Obama’s approval rating is 44%. After the same number of days in office, Bill Clinton’s rating was exactly the same, 44%. Jimmy Carter (the previous Democrat to inhabit the White House) didn’t fare much better, with an approval rating of 48% on September 24, 1978, his 612th day in office.

As the old saying goes, everyone is entitled to his (or her) own opinions, but not his own facts. Whatever your opinion of Obama’s effectiveness as a leader, to suggest that he is less popular at this juncture in his Presidency than previous Democrats is false. His opponents’ disapproval may be more fervid than for previous leaders, but it is hardly a surprise that a black President who assumed office in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s would make a few enemies.

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