Obama Shows He’s Ready to Fix Washington, Says Zogby

Obama takes biggest step yet to reform healthcare—and Washington.


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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 59:

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of A minus for week 59 of his presidency.

"President Obama's gamble on a healthcare summit paid off. It could have gone either way for him, but he was able to take the high road by appearing bipartisan. He gave more clarity to the healthcare debate than any Democrat had done previously. Now the legislation is revived, and he is even suggesting that some Republican ideas be included. Government is still broken, but Obama set himself up as someone serious about mending it."

Grade: A-

Last: B-

John Zogby is president and CEO of Zogby International, a public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience 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 also is the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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