I believe it was in an e-mail to Bruce sometime in the spring when I saw the first poll of popular sentiment about the newly former President George W.Bush (where that good man, but flawed chief executive saw an uptick in his favorables while the incumbent saw his in decline) that I suggested we have a contest to figure out when those numbers would converge. Well, that day may been soon upon us.
Over at the Atlantic, Chris Good reports: “only half of Americans would rather have President Obama in the White House than his predecessor, while 44 percent would prefer George W. Bush to still be president.”
He cites a Public Policy Polling survey which found:
Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited.
If Obama keeps reminding us of the “tough situation he inherited” (as he did again Tuesday), Americans might not think him up to the job. You know, when a new CEO is hired to take over a company with declining revenues, he doesn’t blame the old management, but rolls up his sleeves and figures out how to fix the mess. If he keeps blaming the old management while revenues continue to decline, the board will likely replace him at their next meeting.
Looks like the “board” of this organization is beginning to think more favorably about the old CEO, even though he has gone into a constitutionally mandated (and not entirely unwelcome) retirement. And the Constitution prevents the board from meeting for another three years. Looks like we’re stuck with the whiny CEO.
And his hapless predecessor begins to look better by contrast.