Zogby: Timing Off for Unconvincing Obama

The president's appearances after the midterm elections sought to instill some calm after the storm.

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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: 95

"The president's media appearances after the midterm elections sought to instill some calm after the storm. Obama tried to convince the ever diminishing political middle that he understood why Democrats were defeated and that he would work to find common ground with Republicans. Then he went off to India and Indonesia, trips that had previously been postponed and in the aftermath of the election appeared ill-timed. His team pitched the trip to Americans as being about jobs, but the real import was improving relations with India and its growing economic strength and with Islam through his visit to his childhood home of Indonesia. Next up, off to Seoul to convince the Group of 20 that it should no longer rely on U.S. consumption and borrowing."

This week's grade: C

Last week's: D

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 We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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