Afghanistan, Jobs Could Drag Down Obama

Polls look good, but jobs and Afghanistan post big hurdles. Read more.

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 38:

"Obama was embarrassed after the International Olympic Committee rejected his appeal on behalf of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics. That is already yesterday's news, but Afghanistan is a long-term problem with no easy political options. The dust-up over Gen. Stanley McChrystal's going public with his desire for more troops put added pressure on Obama and set off partisan reactions in Congress. Rising unemployment may force new presidential action, and the proposal to give tax credits to employers who hire might even get bipartisan support. Meanwhile, healthcare reform inches forward, and Obama's poll numbers are on the rise."

This week's grade: C+

Last week: B-

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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