“On September 11, 2012,” blogs William Kristol,
Rasmussen Reports had President Obama’s job approval at 52 percent approve, 47 percent disapprove. Today, October 27, the numbers have reversed—47 percent approve, 52 percent disapprove. The economic news over these past six weeks has been on the whole a bit better than expected, so it’s hard to believe that’s the cause of the change. The campaign and the debates could of course have played a role. But the main real-world event that might have affected voters’ approval or disapproval of President Obama’s job performance is Libya.
Maybe Kristol’s right. Maybe it is Libya.
Or, perhaps, it’s something else. Perhaps, it’s that then on September 11, barely a week after the Democratic National Convention, a good number of Americans saw Obama as the legacy media covered the Democratic convention.
They saw an upbeat Obama. And they liked that image of the incumbent. Only, in the next month, with the trickling out of news from Libya, accompanied by his first languid and listless, then his angry and accusatory, debate performances. they saw how how much their idealized image of the incumbent differed from the reality of the man.
The campaign/media created image of Barack Obama has always been more palatable to Americans than the reality of his administration.