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President Obama’s newest job approval ratings: 32 percent give him a thumbs up, “unfortunately ending the summer with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency,” says Regina Corso of Harris Poll, which tallied the dismal numbers. More than two-thirds give Mr. Obama a negative review; see all the findings in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

“Even more disturbing for the White House are the numbers on likelihood of voting for Mr. Obama. If the election for president were held today, over half of Americans — 55 percent — say they would be unlikely to vote for Barack Obama while 37 percent say they would be likely to vote for him. Almost half — 48 percent say they would be ‘very unlikely’ to vote for President Obama,” Ms. Corso adds.


“I shot a 39 on the front nine. Matches my approval rating.” “Raining in Martha’s Vineyard. Must be Bush’s fault.” “No Joe. Don’t touch anything while I am gone.”

And there they are — a few mottos from the Republican National Committee’s free online parody postcards themed around President Obama’s vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, now under way. The 18 electronic cards are popular: More than 30,000 were sent in the first few hours of availability.

“A high-class vacation during difficult economic times is a perfect example of an out of touch president. Join us in sending him a postcard, reminding him of your friends and family who struggle because of his failed leadership. Go to to tell this president that he shouldnt get a vacation until you do,” advises RNC chairman Reince Priebus.


“Democrats are the real flash mobs.”

— Bumper sticker motto written by Pete Ries, a retired law enforcement officer in Virginia, for his own vehicle.


“Mr. Chairman, this is much nicer than my office.”

That’s what Vice President Joseph R. Biden said on meeting China’s National People’s Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, in the Fujian Room in the Great Hall of the People, according to White House pool reporter Michael Memoli of the Los Angeles Times, who adds, “Only minutes into the vice president’s remarks, Chinese officials began directing journalists toward the exits. Soon the shooing became shoving.”


Our 2012 Republicans hopefuls are far-flung this weekend, attending tea party meetings, clambakes, “young Republican” gatherings, church socials and private fundraisers:

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