Tuesday, December 7, 2010

God Gawd Almighty...PUKE!

"I am not a good American...I prefer to form my own opinions" - George Carlin"

It's difficult to remember one came to drain the swamp when one is up to one's ass in alligators" - Barack Obama (not really...but it could have been...or maybe should have been)

This article from the Atlantic Wire on Yahoo today. I copied and pasted the whole thing so you don't even have to link. I have highlighted the puke parts. Predictable, I know, but at least I am consistent:

Who's the Most Popular Modern President?

John Hudson – Mon Dec 6, 6:07 pm ET

WASHINGTON, DC – According to a new Gallup survey, President John F. Kennedy remains the highest-rated president in modern history. President Ronald Reagan came in second with a 74% approval rating while Richard Nixon remained last with 29%. The survey, published Monday, asked Americans "whether they approve or disapprove of how each [president] handled his job in office." Here are four takeaways from the new poll:

In Many Ways, It's About How You Leave Office, writes James Joyner at Outside the Beltway:

John Kennedy has become radically more popular in death than he ever was as president. But he's a special case: a handsome, charismatic fellow who was martyred in office. On the flip side, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were both essentially forced from office. ... Ronald Reagan was well liked, if polarizing. He took a brief hit after the Iran-Contra scandal but had rebounded nicely by the time he left office. But he's been virtually sanctified since, as not only the mythological hero of Republicans but the kind of GOP leaders Democrats pine for.


With Time, Presidents Become More Popular, observes Alison Harding at CNN, looking at the poll: "Reagan, Ford, Carter, and George H.W. Bush have all earned higher retrospective job approval ratings than the ratings they earned at the end of their presidencies. Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton's ratings have remained about the same as they were at the end of their respective terms."

Bush Appears to Be Vindicated, writes James Hohmann at Politico: "Bush's 47 percent approval rating also raises serious questions about the wisdom of the White House's decision to relentlessly attack him in the months before the Democrats' historic losses in the midterm elections." The "rebound," he continues, also "gives some credence to what he has long said--that history will eventually judge his presidency."

Here's the Big Surprise: Carter and Clinton "The most noticeable change in this year's survey is the rise of Bill Clinton and fall of Jimmy Carter," says Bruce Drake at Politics Daily:
Carter had left office with a dismal 34 percent approval rating in a Gallup poll after his one term, compared to Clinton's rebound to 66 percent in 2001 despite the cloud over his presidency from the 1998 Monica Lewinsky affair. Clinton ended his term on a high approval note, thanks to a booming economy that offset the damage from the Lewinsky scandal. Gallup surveys at the time suggested that the public separated in its mind how he was doing his job as president compared to its opinion of Clinton's personal behavior (only 24 percent considered him "honest and trustworthy" in January 1999).

BUSH...47%...47%...What else is there to say?

23 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I think the more time we have to learn the more we'll realize that with the exception of Vietnam Johnson did more for this country than any president..

jadedj said...

YD G---For social advancement, he was definitely making things happen. He was badly advised regards Vietnam, and of course it did him in.

I still can't accept G.W.B. having so-called improved in standing. Crock.

Liberality said...

I guess this means that the majority of people in this country can't remember what happened in the recent past and do not understand history, let alone understand the present. Reagan stole the office and Carter should have been reelected.

Doug said...

Bush. 53% bullshit. At least.

Clinton. Why didn't he just say, "It's none of your business?"

Reagan. The book title "Shall We Tell the President?" was spoofed into "Shall We Wake the President?" in honor of Ronnie. It's funny that in 1970, a Creedence Clearwater Revival song called "Ramble Tamble" contained the lyric "actors in the White House" more than ten years before Reagan was elected.

Sunny said...

This is soooo laughable ! LOL !

Oh , in case you wondered where the Chimp is ...he went on a Martz senior tour today... up to Disney Wilderness hotels and dinner and a show today.....he loves those day trips.

Take care , JJ and stay safe and warm you and your family!

jadedj said...

Liberality---Amen. The American collective has the memory of a slug. Damned frustrating, and painful...to me, at least.

Doug---This has to look absolutely idiotic to a Canadian, or any other nationality beyond these lunatic borders. It does to me. 53% bullshit is putting it mildly.

Clinton...Beyond reason, but I'm not sure he could...given all the blabbing going on with Monica, et al. For sure, the little head "dick"tating to the big head was at work here.

Sunny---Chimp? At Mouseland? OMG! Chimp...Chimp...come back before it's too late!

Thanks for the good wishes which you do so well :-)

Punch said...

Let's see what some Schmo says about them in the year 2084. Ya know after a little time has passed.

Steph said...

But I thought Bush was the "decider". hahaha :)

jadedj said...

Punch---I'll let you know.

Steph---Yeah, more on the "Cider" side...hic.

diane said...

Stupid uninformed American people.

Tom Harper said...

Dumbya likes "de cider" but he likes de whiskey even better.

Mr. Charleston said...

Geez. I can't believe you all let the biggest bumfuck of them all, Reagan, off the hook.

The reason Clinton got off so lightly is because the cigar was a Monte Cristo.

jadedj said...

diane---That's an understatement.

Tom---Har! More to the point!

Mr. C---I am not letting him off the hook at all. But to say GWB has improved in esteem in the same decade that he royally butt fucked all of us, only two years later...is staggering to my brain.

Chimp said...

This all reminds me of Britain's DAILY MIRROR front page after GWH's second win.
It said:
"How Can 59,054,087 People Be So DUMB?"
I knew the man had a "C" average in college and graduated only because "daddy" paid for it and was a coke user and an alcoholic and was AWOL while in the Air National Guard and should have been in priuson and couldn't put a comprehensive sentence together. But those 59 million didn't. Those 59 million still believe Saddam Husein attacked the WTC on 9/11.

Chimp said...

Many of those 59 million were at Disney with me yesterday.

jadedj said...

Chimp---A very good reason NOT to go to Disney, methinks.

boomer bob said...

I think you have a typo in your post here jaded. Clinton's approval rating upon leaving offices wasn't 67, it was "69"

boomer bob said...

Or maybe 68 and he'll owe her one

jadedj said...

boomer---HAR HAR HAR HAR!

Chimp said...

Anyone want some cigars I stole from the Clinton White House? They smell funny.

jadedj said...

Chimp---I gave up all forms of the tobac many long years ago. But I can say unreservedly...if I were still a smoker...that alone would give me reason to go cold turkey.

Professor Chaos said...

Having an army of faux-journalists re-write history in your favor is not the same thing as being vindicated.

jadedj said...

Professor Chaos---I agree. Not to mention that one can prove anything with statistics and polls. The problem of course is, the idjits out there read that headline and accept it as the Word.