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: 121
"If only President Obama could send in Navy SEALs to take down the price of gasoline. Voter anger over pump prices are the big drag on a White House that is still reaping political benefits from killing Osama bin Laden. Americans don't appear to be upset by the confused accounts of what happened during the raid or Obama's decision not to release photos of the dead terrorist leader. Now the test is what to do about a Pakistani government that was either incompetent or duplicitous in allowing bin Laden to hide out under its nose. In Congress, Republicans in the two chambers may not be in sync on the debt ceiling vote or drastic changes to Medicare passed by the House. Even House Republicans seem to be running away from the Medicare vote, as members discover (duh) that leadership sent them on a political kamikaze mission. Obama has re-opened debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Even though there may be public support for a bill that includes a path to citizenship and tougher border security, he knows nothing will pass. The real point for Obama is shoring up Hispanic support he will need to make the 2012 election less like 2010 and more like 2008."
This week's grade: B+
Last week's: B+
John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE 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).