Zogby: Obama Has Not Shown Leadership on Oil Spill

The president is on the brink of being defined by forces too great for him to handle.


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 74:

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of D- for week 74 of his presidency.

"A good leader defines crisis when he sees it, feels your pain, and then seizes the moment and moves forward. Despite what may be happening behind the curtain of government bureaucracy, in the case of the BP oil spill, it has not appeared that Obama has shown the necessary leadership. His speech Tuesday night, while well-delivered, was disappointing. Meanwhile, we head into the summer and remember that summers have historically been cruel to Democrats (losing the health care debate in 2009, Clinton vs. Starr in 1998, the Carter malaise speech in 1979, Dukakis in the tank in 1988 and the swift boating of Kerry in 2004). The president is on the brink of being defined by forces too great for him to handle."

Grade: D-

Last week: C

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 around the globe. 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 Well Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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