State of the Union is better; state of Obama is strong

President Obama’s speech tonight is widely seen as a preview of the themes on which he will build his re-election campaign. He is expected to call for a freeze on some federal spending, while also emphasizing the need for more investments in education, infrastructure and research.
Republicans will push back hard against his calls for more spending, but he has the wind at his back. The president is enjoying high approval ratings that Republicans can only envy.
Polls show that Obama has bounced back with independents — the key to any general election campaign. From CNN:

Several national polls released during the past week indicated Obama’s approval rating is on the upswing among voters who said they aren’t affiliated with either major political party, Politico reported.

In two polls, Obama improved his standing with independent voters by more than 10 points.

An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll indicated he had 46 percent approval among independents, an 11-point increase since December. A CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll showed a 15 percent jump for Obama among independents, to 56 percent approval.

He has gained favor with investors, and remarkably, the general public has become much more optimistic about the direction of the country. From Politico:

Americans’ optimism has surged to nearly a four-year high — jumping 14 points in the past month alone, a poll released Tuesday suggests.

Forty-three percent of Americans surveyed by CNN/Opinion Research Corporation this weekend said they think things are going well in the country, up from 29 percent in December.

Levels of optimism last exceeded the current mark in April 2007, when 48 percent of Americans said they thought the country was doing well and may be a reflection of the nation’s slightly improved economic picture.

Other polls show Obama besting any of the talked-about Republican contenders for the presidency, including Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. From Public Policy Polling:

The GOP hopefuls who would make it most competitive against Obama continue to be Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, each of whom he leads by 5 points. . .

Against the other pair of GOP front runners you have to go back even further to find a time when Obama led by this much. His 12 point lead over Newt Gingrich and 17 point one over Sarah Palin is the largest he’s had against either since May of 2009 before the health care debate and the rise of the Tea Party over the summer began to plunge Obama’s numbers. We also tested Obama against Michele Bachmann and he leads her by 18 points at 51-33.

Two years is an eternity in politics, but for now, the State of Obama is strong.

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saywhat?

January 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

Didn’t your critics tell you, Cynthia? Polls mean nothng, unless they show Republicans in a favorable light, in which case they are very, very important.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
4:50 pm

But…but…but…what about the mid-terms, the backlash?

Vinny

January 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

I see Cynthia read her liberal talking points like a good little lib.
Note her use of the word “investment” instead of spending.

Enjoy the little bounce in approval numbers, his ratings will be below 50 again in no time at all.

Peter

January 25th, 2011
5:20 pm

Well digging out of the nightmare of the Bush years will take years……at least 2 or 3 more !

Allot of folks say things are getting better…… Well except in this Republican state of Georgia, where bilking the public is almost at an art form !

Vinny

January 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Cynthia – The state of the Union is better than what? Haiti?

This president is in a job above his pay grade. He continues to spend money we don’t have and bring in more of big business cronies into government.

Riddle me this- If his health care plan is so great, how come another 3 of Obama’s union cronies just received waivers from it?

Ramguy

January 25th, 2011
5:33 pm

@Peter 5:20 pm

You got that right.

Keep up the good fight!

January 25th, 2011
6:13 pm

The immediate recesssion crisis may be ending but we do have a lot of debt to pay and a lot of investment to make in infrastructure that has been ignored so Bush could get his war trophy. ITs time to complete the recovery and truly put this country on strong progressive footings and avoid the conservative quicksand.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
6:16 pm

Keep

I sure wish to hell I knew what a strong progressive footing looks like. So far Obama has turned into more of a corporatist that Clinton.

Tommy Maddox

January 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

“It was outstanding and well delivered. He was very Clintonesque in his ability to move the rhetoric toward the Center. This strategic move of triangulation will undoubtedly garner him the support of the Right and the American public. Brilliant!”

I thought I’d beat the News to the punch.

JohnnyReb

January 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

This is worth repeating: From The Heritage Foundation, but my exact thoughts. Don’t let Barry’s speaking skills suck you in!

This is only President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union, but his failed economic agenda has already forced him into early reruns. After more than $800 billion in Keynesian economic stimulus spending, our nation is still mired in a post World War II record 20th consecutive month of near double digit unemployment. Our national deficit stands at $14.06 trillion and we may hit the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling as early as this spring. Our country desperately needs a change direction, but that is not what we will get tonight.

According to The New York Times, President Obama’s speech will describe his “five pillars” for ensuring America’s competitiveness and economic growth. He must be hoping that the American people already forgot about his first “five pillars” of economic growth that he unveiled at Georgetown University in April 2009. The President’s present pillar panel is pretty much the same as the old one. “Deficit reduction” and “investments” in education are completely unchanged. “New Investments in Renewable Energy” has been repackaged to the more centrist-friendly “New Investments in Infrastructure.” Out are “New Investments in Health Care” and “New Rules for Wall Street.” In are “innovation” and “reforming government.” As Charles Krauthammer pointed out almost two years ago, Obama’s rhetoric is a mirror image of President Jimmy Carter’s and his policies are no different either. Tonight’s speech is just old school 1970s tax and spend liberalism in sleek new Obama packaging.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
6:21 pm

This is worth repeating: From The Heritage Foundation…

Nothing from The Heritage Foundation is worth repeating.

JohnnyReb

January 25th, 2011
6:22 pm

Kamchak, I bet you supported the peanut farmer as well.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

Kamchak, I bet you supported the peanut farmer as well.

Abso-freakin’-lutely!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

January 25th, 2011
6:24 pm

Wow, the fake polls went back up right after the historical stomping hung around obozo’s neck, imagine that.

All it took was, uh, what?

■²

January 25th, 2011
6:25 pm

Obama sucks.

Cynthia sucks.

People who continually make excuses for Obama’s poor performance by blaming a president who’s not even in office anymore really suck.

That is all.

Ramguy

January 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

Peter, I was wrong.

We’re both wrong.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

January 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

obozo is still a klown, no matter what the PMSNBC news room thinks, just sayin…

JohnnyReb

January 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

Ms Tucker, that wind you see at Obama’s back – that’s the hot air from Pelosi and Biden sitting behind him!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

January 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

99% of the 26 billion is coming from defense spending cuts, so is anyone like really surprised?

Keep up the good fight!

January 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

I agree that some of the soundbites dont sound promising. Smart regulation would help and I suspect that a review of regs may indicate some that need changing (some stronger, some weaker) and some that dont. Reinstate the safety nets as intended. Remove absolutely idiotic restrictions like Post Offices that cannot be closed even if unprofitable (no wonder the PO loses money, the porkers whine but at the same time keep it from adapting to the new world). Invest in trains, highways and get us off foreign oil dependency with truly clean energy (and not some fake “clean coal”)

Willie Lynch

January 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Obama has stopped the country from collapsing. What can we cry about now. Oh I know, he reads a teleprompter.

F. Sinkwich

January 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

Anyone with half a brain knows Obama’s “investments” mean nothing more than increased spending on unions his leftie friends, and greenie-weenie priorities.

He’s a leftie and will always be one.

F. Sinkwich

January 25th, 2011
6:47 pm

Oh, and he also hates business. His policies are proof positive.

Keep up the good fight!

January 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

Well sure, those with half-a-brain “know” all sorts of things. But those with a full brain know better. Let us know when you want to try to use more than 1/2

Jack

January 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

“…his calls for more spending..” More spending is all Obama knows: he got elected by promising spend tax revenues paid by producers on non-producers.

Scout

January 25th, 2011
7:39 pm

Kammy:

Those Republican congressmen and congresswomen are all still there ……… and they are the majority for two years ……………….. :o

Scout

January 25th, 2011
7:40 pm

Cynthia:

“state of Obama is strong”

I would disagree with that but even if true that has NOTHING to do with being RIGHT !

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
7:53 pm

… and they are the majority for two years …

Senators are not congress critters.

Interesting.

Granny Godzilla

January 25th, 2011
8:05 pm

Dinner dishes are done and this mixed marriage is prepping to do a small part of our duty as Americans – listening to President Obama deliver the State of the Union Address. It’s homework for good citizens.

FYI

WHiteHose.gov is streaming it along with graphs and charts and links for those who care to review them.

God Bless America

barking frog

January 25th, 2011
8:09 pm

Should’ve sent it from the blackberry, would’ve been a
first.

JKL2

January 25th, 2011
8:10 pm

state of Obama is strong

Does this mean he creates a new cabinet post for Rahm since he isn’t qualified to be mayor of Chicago (oops)? Maybe he can just move to NY and become a senator like Hillary? Nothing like having a representative who doesn’t represent you.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
8:18 pm

A frog with a blackberry?

Like the CEO asked the gecko — where do you keep it?

Keep up the good fight!

January 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

Kam, attorneys learn there are some questions you may not want to have answered……..just dont ask to borrow it.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
8:23 pm

Eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww!

ctucker

January 25th, 2011
8:29 pm

Scout@7:40, But it does have much to do with being re-elected

ctucker

January 25th, 2011
8:32 pm

F Sinkwich@6:47, So that’s why the stock market has roared back, corporate profits are high and investors like Obama, right?

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
8:36 pm

So that’s why the stock market has roared back, corporate profits are high and investors like Obama, right?

Not to mention the millions in bail-out money.

Should’ve let ‘em fail.

They BOTH suck

January 25th, 2011
8:37 pm

Now CT, you know some of your bloggers hate facts. Don’t be telling them about corporate profits and the stock market that they themselves would be touting if McCain had won…………

FACTS to some people are not friendly

DDT

January 25th, 2011
8:42 pm

When the cameras swing around during his speech and show all those elected butt-lickers in there clapping and booing it will be easy to tell the Dems from the Repubs if you pay attention. Some will be swallowing and look like they just ate a creme filled Krispy Kreme Doughnut and some will be spitting and gagging like they just choked on a chaw of tobacco. I’ll let you figure which ones are which.

Scout

January 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

Kammy:

I never mentioned the senate.

Scout

January 25th, 2011
8:47 pm

Cynthia:

Scout@7:40, But it does have much to do with being re-elected.

True and despots are re-elected all over the world !

Zoey

January 25th, 2011
8:54 pm

Obama supported tax cut extensions and his poll numbers rise. If he foes back to the progressive poison pills that Tucker favors his numbers will tank.
The state of Obama is thankfully temporary.

DDT

January 25th, 2011
8:59 pm

The only way I could watch that crap would be if I broke out a full bottle of Wild Turkey. It would be my luck it would just rot my liver out though. Hey GRANNY, if it rots my liver out will Obamas new health care plan pay for me a new one since you most likely know.

DDT

January 25th, 2011
9:04 pm

Granny, my bad. I forgot that Geritol is alachol free.

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
9:14 pm

I never mentioned the senate.

Thanks for proving my point.

Billybob

January 25th, 2011
10:08 pm

The state of Obama is strong? Bless your heart tucker…….at least you seem to have the courage to go down with the sinking ship…….take a deep breath ma’am….

Billybob

January 25th, 2011
10:18 pm

tucker, 8:32
Wen treasury just prints money and then lends it at basically 0%, which allows investors to show great returns, it’s a croc. This will lead to the dollar falling in value, and guess what, poof, the stock market and profits will crash. Keep talking whilst you can madame, your far left views are on the way out. FYI, state of the union speech was the dullest reading of a teleprompter in history. No deficit reduction, more spending..uh i mean ‘investment’ in that which he deems important. He is reading the Nov. election even worse than you do…….

Really last word

January 25th, 2011
10:33 pm

The state of Obama may be strong but the state of this country is in shabbles!

barking frog

January 25th, 2011
10:37 pm

Kamchak

January 25th, 2011
8:18 pm
A frog with a blackberry?

Like the CEO asked the gecko — where do you keep it?
—————————————————
Obama has the blackberry. I don’t know where he keeps it.

barking frog

January 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

The House Crier was overwhelmed once again by his own success.