During a June 2008 speech following a string of primary wins, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said his victory marked “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Then again, Obama ran on a promise to “move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, independents, and Republicans together to get things done.”
So how’d that all work out?
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“That is a wider partisan gap than in George W. Bush’s job approval rating eight years ago (60 percent of Republicans approved, just 6 percent of Democrats) or Clinton’s in January 2001 (85 percent of Democrats approved, as did 35 percent of Republicans),” said Pew.
It added, “Obama’s average job rating over the course of his presidency is more politically polarized than any president dating to Dwight Eisenhower.”
Moreover, just 10 percent of Republicans believe that Obama made progress solving the problems facing America. In contrast, nearly 9 in 10 Democrats (88 percent) approve of the job he’s done.
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) December 26, 2016
Ironically, Obama will be most remembered for his “signature piece of legislation” — the Affordable Care Act — according to Pew, which President-elect Trump and Congressional Republicans vow to repeal as among their first actions in 2017. A September Gallup poll found just 44 percent support for the troubled healthcare plan.
Michelle Obama fared better than her husband in the Pew poll — 72 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the first lady.