- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One gauge of a president’s favorability is the assorted descriptors the public volunteers to a pollster about the leader of the Free World. The Pew Research Center has tracked the assorted description of President Obama over the years, and has this to say:

“The survey finds that the one-word impressions people have of Obama have changed a great deal throughout his presidency. Terms like incompetent and liar now are among the most frequently used words to describe Obama. In April 2009, when his job approval was at 63%, these words were rare,” Pew says.

“Some positive descriptions — such as good and honest — continue to be used often to characterize impressions of Obama. And the word socialist is used about as often today as it was in Obama’s first year in office.”


One unexpected byproduct has emerged from first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Ireland earlier this week. Some members of the Irish press are convinced she should run for public office.

“She lacks political experience. But so did another first lady before she went on to become a U.S. senator for New York,” says Bette Brown, a writer for the Irish Independent, who claims an unnamed source confirmed that yes, Mrs. Obama is only “waiting for the right time” to pursue a high profile perch.

Hillary Clinton has already blazed the trail for Mrs. Obama, and what Mrs. Clinton did in New York in 2000, Mrs. Obama could do in Illinois in 2016,” Ms. Brown says.


Hillary has to dump Bill now,” proclaims Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson, who feels that if Hillary Rodham Clinton is seriously intent on revamping her image for a White House run, then she must rein in her husband, or put her campaign at risk should the former president get “carried away” with his own glittering spot on the political landscape.

“Clearly, before returning to prime time, Hillary Clinton needs not only to manage expectations but also to show she can manage her husband, a manipulation that makes dealing with Vladimir Putin look easy by comparison. On balance, Bill Clinton has been very good for Hillary. Sexist though it may be to say, he did bring her to the party. She might have become governor of Arkansas and president in a fairer world, but fair politics is not,” Ms. Carlson says.


The 103-year-old Girl Guides — Britain’s equivalent of the Girl Scouts — has dropped the promise to “love my God” in its official oath. The young ladies will now vow to “be true to myself and develop my beliefs.” The overhaul followed the arrival of the group’s new chief executive, Julie Bentley, the former head of the Family Planning Association who once described the Guides as “the ultimate feminist organization,” according to The Telegraph.

“Where will it end? Demoting God in public life ignores a huge part of Britain’s heritage: from the Coronation Oath through marriage vows, from schools and hospitals to orphanages and low-income housing, the Christian God has inspired much that is good about this country,” observes Cristina Odone, a columnist for the British news organization.

For the record, the current U.S. Girl Scout oath is as follows: “On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.”


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