- Conrado Marrero dies at 102; ex-Senator was oldest living MLB player
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
- Foreign minister vows response if Russians are attacked in Ukraine
- Robert Griffin III to drive pace car before Richmond NASCAR race
- Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
Inside the Beltway: Mood swings
Oh woe is us: “The national mood is a drag on President Obama’s re-election prospects,” according to Gallup poll analyst Lydia Saad, who says that several indicators could prove “troublesome” come November. Among said troubles, Mr. Obama’s approval rating falls consistently below 50 percent while public satisfaction with the direction of the country stands at a mere 24 percent.
Historically, recent presidents who won re-election - Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - had job approval ratings of 49 percent or higher in May of their re-election year. Those who lost their re-election bid - Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush - had approval ratings of 43 percent or lower. Mr. Obama’s approval currently stands at 47 percent.
Ms. Saad ultimately deems the president’s re-election prospects “quite uncertain.” She also cites Gallup’s trial heat tracking showing Mr. Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney “locked in a statistical tie.”
LET THEM EAT HOAGIES
Thanks to the official White House pool report, we now know that during a noontime visit to Taylor Gourmet a few blocks from the White House on Wednesday, President Obama ordered a 12-inch “Spruce Street” hoagie. That would be home-style roast turkey, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and sharp provolone, which sounds good right about now. Mr. Obama then conducted a “small business” discussion with a general contractor, an organic deli owner and the two proprietors of the aforementioned gourmet shop.
The president later returned home for another discussion, and to practice a little sandwich diplomacy. Mr. Obama also brought along hoagies for Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John A. Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Yes, the president picked up the tab, which totaled $62.79.
“It’s another goose egg. No budget has ever received fewer votes than President Obama’s,” says the Senate Republican Communications Center after the Senate unanimously opposed Mr. Obama’s “unserious” budget with a 99-0 vote Wednesday, bringing the total number of votes for the president’s budget in the House and Senate to a big, bodacious zero.
“It’s time the president take the hint and get serious about deficit reduction. The president’s budget had zero credibility, and now it has zero votes,” says Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. “After racking up more than $5 trillion in debt, even Senate Democrats don’t take President Obama’s budget proposal seriously anymore.”
DRILL BABY DRILL
“With luck, by then the U.S. will be the world’s biggest oil exporter.”
(Glenn Reynolds, Pajamas Media contributor and “Instapundit,” reacting to predictions from the International Monetary Fund that oil prices will double worldwide in the next 10 years.)
HERMANATOR, PT. 2
“I’ve met with him privately and now I’m telling everyone publicly, if Mitt Romney wasn’t your favorite candidate for the Republican nomination, get over it,” proclaims Herman Cain, who officially endorsed Mr. Romney on Wednesday.
He has also reinvented himself.
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