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 77:
"The president met at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make nice after their less than cordial meeting in March, with Obama hoping to nudge Netanyahu on the larger issue of peace talks with the Palestinians and the flash point over a moratorium on new Israeli settlements. Both men needed this show of comity, and it looked good on camera. On the home front, Obama continues to have problems with his base. At the same time, last week's unemployment numbers went down and new job growth was anemic. RNC Chair Michael Steele put both feet in his mouth but no evidence that Democrats are capitalizing on it. So another week goes by without Obama offering much inspiration to voters his party needs in November."
This week's grade: C
Last week's: 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).