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 85:
My hunch is that this is another week better appreciated by historians than by voters. Ending American "combat operations" in Iraq adds to President Obama's list of promises met, joining healthcare reform and the most substantial overhaul of banking and finance regulations since the Depression. He also brought two intractable foes together in the peace talks between Israel's Netanyahu and Palestine's Abbas. As he did in his Oval Office speech on Iraq, Obama hit all the right chords on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. None of these accomplishments are satisfying voter angst about the economy, but Obama still has stimulus money to spend on green technology, high-speed rail and expansion of communications bandwidth.
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).