Why Obama's hope didn't translate

President Obama is now less popular with the voters than George W. Bush was. Is he a victim of his era, or it could be that he isn't a particularly good politician?

Approval ratings are the key barometer of presidential power. When a healthy percentage of voters are kindly disposed to the president, his party is emboldened and eager to do the White House's bidding. When ratings go 'underwater' (disapproval exceeds approval), the president’s agenda sinks along with it. Proximity to a commander-in-chief can switch from blessing to curse in the space of a few bad Gallups.  


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