Small Victories on Jobs, Oil Spill Bolster Obama's Week

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 82:

It was a week of small victories for the president, plus a more significant event that could be interpreted as good or bad for Obama. Sen. Michael Bennett, whom Obama supported, won the Colorado Democratic Senate primary. BP may actually have the oil spill capped and a government report said most of the leaked oil is no longer in the water. The House came back from summer vacation to approve $26 billion in job-saving aid to school districts and states that had passed the Senate a week earlier. The Federal Reserve delivered the mixed message event by purchasing long-term Treasury securities, an act of admission that economic recovery has slowed own. The Obama administration hopes this and future actions by the Fed will help get the economy going. Meanwhile, Obama's job approval remains at 43 percent and the Congressional generic ballot still favors Republicans.

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).

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