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Caution To New American President, Government: Polls Can Plummet in a Heartbeat

January 18, 2009

It’s all Obama all the time right now.  Adoring crowds.  Train rides.  Astronomical poll ratings.  Kitchy chochkys of the President-elect, White House, even Biden.

But as we all know this can change overnight.  Faster than overnight sometimes.

George W. Bush had the highest approval ratings of any president ever after 9-11.  After Katrina he was all wet.  Remember, “You’re doing a heck of a job Brownie”?

Don’t laugh and say, “This can’t happen to us.”

It can happen to anyone.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary wanted to be the Prime Minister last summer but then he carried a banana into a meeting.  He even waved it and smiled a goofy smile. An Alfred E. Newman smile. A Mister Bean smile.

Now he is toast.  He’s the laughingstock.  Even India’s media took him apart when he visited this week.

So for all in the new administration: enjoy every second as it comes.  It doesn’t get any better than this moment today.

Left: Brit Foreign Secretary David Milliband with the “Killer Banana.”


Obama Reelection Effort Begins
As Challenges Mount, Obama’s Global Luster Tarnishing … Already


Obama Reelection Effort Begins

January 14, 2009
The vast network that helped elect Obama will be tapped to lobby lawmakers on behalf of the president, with an eye toward reelection. A service organization as a nonprofit arm is also considered.
By Peter Wallsten
The Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2009
Reporting from Washington — As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president’s agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection.

The organization, known internally as “Barack Obama 2.0,” is being designed to sustain a grass-roots network of millions that was mobilized last year to elect Obama and now is widely considered the country’s most potent political machine.

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