Gingrich's Janitor Comment Should Help Obama

Obama had a good week after Republicans battered his leading opponent.

National pollster John Zogby gives President Obama a grade of C plus for week 157 of his presidency.

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: 157

"Actually, the president had a good week. He watched Republican conservatives batter his leading opponent and achieve hearty South Carolina cheers for suggesting firing union janitors so they could be replaced with 11-year-olds who will learn the value of money. I somehow see that idea playing over and over again in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. At the same time, Obama made a tough choice regarding the XL Pipeline. He will not rush its evaluation within a 60-day deadline as favored by Republicans. While Republicans will scream that he has just killed the chance of 20,000 jobs in a very tough economy, Obama got to send a strong, decisive signal to environmental activists (who he has disappointed before) in a half-dozen states that will vote Republican anyway about what most agree will be only 100 or so permanent jobs. Base politics, but that is what the president needs right now. Speaking about jobs, I think the president outscored the Republicans on the 11-year-old janitors issue."

Grade: C+

Last week's: C

John Zogby is a veteran independent pollster and political analyst and author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).

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