Obama Is Back--and So Is Michelle

Obama's overseas trip is a hit, boosting his score to one of the highest levels yet for the Obamameter.

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Pollster John Zogby joins the Washington Whispers team to regularly update our new Obamameter. Each week, Zogby will size up Barack Obama on a specific issue, his popularity, or job performance and, based on his polling results and expert analysis, come up with a rating of between 1 and 100. In this week's Obamameter, Zogby analyzes Obama's successful foreign trip. He gives Obama 92 out of 100.

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"He's back, and in a big way. And so is Michelle. They are very much a team, and they knocked 'em dead in Europe. While critics may argue style won over substance, it usually does. The president and first lady define style. Nineteen world leaders were tripping over themselves to have their picture taken with them, and it never hurts a leader to be seen as larger than life. Take that, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner. In the immortal words of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, "I'm back. Now deal with it."

This week's Obamameter Rating: 92.

Last week's rating: 78.

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries. Founded and led by Zogby since 1984, Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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