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What grade would you give President Barack Obama on his first year in office?

Response Percent Votes
26% 450
25% 437
18% 322
17% 302
10% 177
Not sure
0% 17
Total 1705


mr_right_wing 5 years ago

Obama's first year summed up in three words:




Kaw Pickinton 5 years ago

Silly Mr_Right, we are talking about the current president.

Your thinking about our next president, Sara Palin.

Kaw Pickinton 5 years ago

or the last one... you crazy people are hard to understand.

M. Lindeman 5 years ago

kawryan (Anonymous) says…

or the last one… you crazy people are hard to understand.

rdragon writes:

Are you sure your not sitting in that same crazy basket?

jumpin_catfish 5 years ago

Hope for change in 1212 or why wait, I'm hopin' for change in 2010.

Obama: One and Done

jonas_opines 5 years ago

"Obama: One and Done"

If we can find a way to make that happen without replacing him with a Republican, then I'm all for it. But we all know that their return to their conservative roots will only last long enough for them to gain majority power again.

KS 5 years ago

The leader in Washington is the President. Congress is following his directions. They both deserve F's. Scott Brown is only the tip of the iceberg.

Randall Barnes 5 years ago


jonas_opines 5 years ago

"an illeagle from mexico"

Is that like a beagle that snuck past the border? Or a sick eagle?

Kyle Neuer 5 years ago

Make it a B- for the Prez and a D for the utterly spineless Senate Dems.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

He's been trying to be bipartisan, but the republicans have been nothing but obstructionists.

LogicMan 5 years ago

If Obama can move to the center like Clinton did, he'll do well and has a good chance of being re-elected if Hillary et al. do not challenge him in the primaries. But as part of this move he needs to replace his Chief of Staff and other radicals with likable, middle of the road folk immediately. Otherwise his presidency will unfortunately be written in the history books as the biggest disappointment (potential vs. achievements) in modern times.

jayhawklawrence 5 years ago

You can't fault Obama at all for the mess we got ourselves into.

It could have been much worse.

Congress has just gotten used to robbing the American people.

Take a look at this chart showing the history of our national debt. Then think about all the Republican crap rhetoric.

True conservatives would be working to reduce the national debt. According to this chart, Clinton would seem to be more of a conservative than Reagan or Bush.

jayhawklawrence 5 years ago

The American people are getting fed too much propaganda by both political parties and by a lot of wacko talk show idiots.

You cannot blame Obama.

In a couple of years, after the economy picks up steam, we will be able to evaluate better how effective his leadership has been. I think it is grossly unfair to blame him for the problems of this past year.

At the same time, it is very interesting and impressive to see how effective the Republican propaganda machine is at deflecting blame from themselves to the President.

blackfox 5 years ago

He was highly overrated during the election. People just thought he was an easy way out of all the problems. Well guess what, WRONG! I have to laugh at people who voted for him and his so called "change" b.s! Also I think alot of voters just wanted to be able to say "I voted in the first black president".

blackfox 5 years ago

Overall the whole system is messed up. From the top to the bottom!

Satirical 5 years ago

We need another President who thinks like this...

"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." -Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' -Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. Was too strong.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it' - Ronald Reagan

Kat Christian 5 years ago

Figures we are in a Republican state. I thinks he doing a great job. Most of all he honest and cares about the regular folk - more than what I could say about Bush or Reagan. Republicans are all for and about Corporations and money and the heck with the hard working folks in this country. When Republicans are in office the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. At least when there is a Democrat in office we even out some. I think President Obama is wonderful for this country.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

Problem with those quotes from my perspective, Satirical, is the increases in government spending and debt that went along with them. Surely you, of all people, understand the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

Cappy (Anonymous) says… He's been trying to be bipartisan, but the republicans have been nothing but obstructionists.

if you stand firmly in your position and do not waiver in the face of any opposition, you are not being bipartisan. The health care debate has been firmly planted on the side of the Democrats. up until now, there has been no need to include Republicans, and the Democrats still couldn't get anything done. look for some new interest in bipartisanship this fall as the Democrats begin to see their numbers dwindle.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

I've seen a lot of deflection within these posts. What I find particularly interesting is that even though this article is solely about how Obama has done over the past year, Sarah Palin keeps being thrown in the mix. It doesn't take a psychiatrist to see an obsession.

1029 5 years ago

I'm still so bitter about the '08 elections! This has been the longest year ever! What ever happened to the good old days of the 1950s? Bah!

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

sunshine_noise (Anonymous) says… Figures we are in a Republican state. I thinks he doing a great job. Most of all he honest and cares about the regular folk - more than what I could say about Bush or Reagan. Republicans are all for and about Corporations and money and the heck with the hard working folks in this country. When Republicans are in office the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. At least when there is a Democrat in office we even out some. I think President Obama is wonderful for this country.

awww, that is so cute. You think that Obama gives half a damn about you or anyone else.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

AreunormL, per my casual scan, your mention represents 33.333% of all Palin mentions prior to this one. Why are you contributing to the problem?

diplomacy205 5 years ago

" I thinks he doing a great job. Most of all he honest and cares about the regular folk " He ridiculed Brown for driving a pickup truck. He is an out of touch elitest like every president for at least 100 years.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

Jonas, you are correct. I shall try to refrain.

madameX 5 years ago

Question for all the Obama-bashers: apart from the healthcare legislation, what, specifically, do you think McCain (who was in fact the opposing canidate, not Palin) would have done better? Or different?

I gave him a B. I don't think there's much that any president could have done, in under a year, to fix problems like, say, the economy, which has been years in the making (and that's not a Bush commentary, it's just how it is) or Iraq or Afghanistan, which are warzones where we have a limited amount of control, or even closing GITMO, where practical issues like what to do with the detainees and changing circumstances are standing in the way.

In short, I think that blaming Obama for all the problems we're facing now gives the office of President credit for having way more power than it actually has. And for anyone who's preparing to respond by saying "but the liberals blame Bush for everything" or some variation thereof, I'll go ahead and say that I think they're wrong on that count.

cnk0330 5 years ago

If the last one can get C, then he should qualify for B. No more bailout.

frank mcguinness 5 years ago

I'm pretty left and think he gets a c.

Bush 2 was an F so at least he's an improvement.

Rahm emanuel gets an F.

Congress gets a D

Republicans get an F

monkey_c 5 years ago

Exhiling Nancy Pelosi would be taking it too easy on her. How about tarred and feathered or drawn and quartered? Hero to Zero is a good comment! So true.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

When President Obama first took office he met with republicans to try to begin a consensus. Under the orders of their leader Limbaugh, they took the position that everything the President touched should fail. The reason the health reform bills are so long is republicans in committees insisting on stuff being put in and then not even voting for them. The republicans are the party of NoNoNoNoNo!

Sue McDaniel 5 years ago

F - Quit ramming health care on everyone unless the Senate and House have it too, and work on the jobs and economy instead. You own it now, quit blaming it on the past.

jaywalker 5 years ago

I'm givin' the Prez a C minus. He'd have gotten a C, but he got a deduction for not working and playing well with others.

“an illeagle from mexico”

"Is that like a beagle that snuck past the border? Or a sick eagle?"

Sick eagle, jonas. A beagle that snuck past the border is called a wetbark.

"Your thinking about our next president, Sara Palin"

That happens I'm movin' to Haiti.

Chris Ogle 5 years ago

If the Feds ran a -Save the Desert Project- we would be out of sand.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years ago

I'd give Obama a B- or C+. The stock market has come a long way since he's taken over. I know there are some Republicans out there too who used that housing tax credit, but will never admit that it helped them.

F for the Repubs. I thought the word "obstructionist" was very appropriate. Talk about a bunch of stubborn sore losers.

Just remember that we all had to go through 8 years of those politics and those 8 years sucked for everyone except the elite.

gccs14r 5 years ago

Obama would have to move left to get to the center.

Pelosi needs to go, as does Reid. When the Republicans had 60 votes, they didn't have to worry about coercing their own party members to go along with the agenda.

Newell_Post 5 years ago

The thing that is so sad is that I think he really could have done some good things. However, he has spent too much energy and political capital saving greedy and degenerate bankers from their own stupidity, incompetence, and criminality.

The government should have nationalized all failing banks, sold their remaining assets to the highest bidder, and jailed every member of bank management that had anything to do with the collapse. As is, the bankers who created the problems with their stupid and illegal deals either still have their jobs or, even if they got kicked out, suffered no real consequences. They just retired to their mansions in Connecticut and get to sail their yachts 5 days per week instead of 2 days per week.

diplomacy205 5 years ago

I don't ever remember the Republicans having 60 votes in the Senate.

Jimo 5 years ago

Obama's first year summed up in three words:




While my disappointment with Obama lead me to wonder how the GOP could possibly nominate an alternative so abysmal that he (or she) wouldn't get my vote in 2012, given the overwhelming burden Obama has to somehow get the bus back up the cliff and on the road again, he's done well.

How refreshing it is to have an adult in office again who is calming dealing with the many troubles this nation faces. This was the most successful first year in office for any President since Reagan (who had almost an identical performance rating under similar circumstances). While he still hasn't asserted his authority to overrule Bush/Cheney's criminal activity, the U.S. is at least now partly restored as a respected global leader.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

In all the other news this week, you happy people may have missed the story that Dear Leader's pick to run the TSA withdrew after admitting that he had lied to congress. Another fail of hopenchange.

MyName 5 years ago

Two words for you snap_pop_no_brain: Harriet Miers

And I love how the chart of this poll is pulling some kind of weird "U" shape as opposed to the bell curve you'd normally see. I'd guess the "F" voters are all Fox News viewers ("F" is for "Faux").

jonas_opines 5 years ago

Well, you have a quarter segment that would give an F to anyone with a D behind his or her name, and the rest with varied opinions. C from me.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Try to keep up, myname. The topic is the current ( and we hope, temporary ) occupant of 1600 Penn Ave.

MyName 5 years ago

Oh I'm sorry, maybe I should use a metaphor to help you:

Pot, meet kettle.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

"we have saved or created two million jobs."
riiiiight. "saved?"

"three letter word: J-O-B-S!" LMAO.

if you ad F and D voters they're #1.
that's on liberal ljworld. haha.

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

the evilGlenn Beck these leftists like to demonize because they simply disagree with him has spent recent radio and television broadcasts worrying about Mr. Obama's safety now.
I started out giving Mr. Obama the benefit of the doubt figuring he was just callow, unprepared and inexperienced. the people he has surrounded himself with tell much about his real values. I cannot keep giving him the benefit of the doubt. Holder gives rights to terrorists and doesn't have the Christmas day panty bomber the right and most useful interrogation. Holder lets the violent new black panther leader go free when he was all but guilty on voter intimidation charges. Vn Jones stated that white greenies were racist and poisoning ethnic minority communities. Lloyd wants to restrict freedom of speech. one believes that anmals have equal rights to people fgs!

Beck is concerned and hoping the Secret Service is on especially careful guard because Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with radical revolutionaries, some who profess their admiration openly for Mao or Chavez. these radical revolutionaries, when they realize that Mr. Obama is not so down with the revolution may just kill him. Bill Ayers said some people have to die for a revolution. besides that, they may just see him as failed now after Massachusetts.

of course, then Jawbone Joe Biden would become president but he's so stupid maybe they figure he'd just be a clown figurehead, useful for distracting americans from the work of revolution and taking over the country.

now Mr. Obama has piled on huge debt, and maybe we can stop him there now finally. debt that dwarfs all other debt ever accumulated in the history of the U.S., and that in one yea.

Impeach Obama: we are less safe with him as president. He is destroying our money too.

madameX 5 years ago

Last time there was a local election, the LJ World had a poll asking who had already voted or planned to vote in it. I remember that something like 53% said they had or would vote. Actual voter turnout was in the teens. Just saying, online polls are not exactly a representative sample of the population and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

In an unrelated failure of those on the sinister side of the aisle, Air America filed for bankruptcy earlier today. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of folks. I wonder if they ever repaid the funds stolen from a charity.

Jimo 5 years ago

"do you actually believe the crap you just typed?"

Granted, if you spend all your time listening to talk radio and typing comments from your parents' basement then reality probably seems distantly strange to you.

Many think that it's the best first year since FDR but those are almost all Democrats who despised Reagan.

I note that there's no counterargument. Is it Bush's (either) first year agenda you think was superior or Clinton's? (Assuming you're stupid enough to take the bait.) 100% of the Obama legislative agenda has been passed with the exception of health insurance reform (which we're all waiting to see how it will come out). (Can you even name more than like 3 or 4 of the bills passed by Congress? Does Glenn Beck bother to mention those things in his daily séance sessions?)

Reuben Turner 5 years ago

considering how the man was left and all the problems he has encountered and now encounters; i'd give the man an A+.

beatrice 5 years ago

Just looking at these poll numbers at this time, more people feel Obama is doing a good to at least passing job - 839, to those who feel is doing very poorly or failing outright - 671. That means a greater percentage of people feel he is doing a passing job than actually voted for him! He is actually gaining in popularity!

Me, I give him a C +. I think he should be pushing to pass much more of the liberal agenda than he has. I give the majority of Democrats in Congress a D for not getting the health care reform bill passed earlier and for allowing the Nebraska nonsense to happen. That was pathetic.

Anyone who quotes Glenn Beck or believes that Bill Ayers is close to the President is ... well... I just don't have words for how silly that is.

Zachary Stoltenberg 5 years ago

How come P for "present" isn't an option. Isn't that what Barry O gave the American People?

Mixolydian 5 years ago

Very difficult to grade someone who hasn't done much.

He sent more troops to Afghanistan. A+

As the titular head of the democrat party, he's responsible for the new governors in New Jersey and Virginia and the new senator in Massachusetts.

Another A+

madameX 5 years ago

rukus (Anonymous) says… True many of those who support Obama don’t know how to work a computer, are not literate or are locked up without internet access.

...or they just have better things to do than vote in online polls (fully aware that this is a dig at myself as well as anyone else)

jonas_opines 5 years ago

"I really like how he more than anyone represents the U.S. and he can't even find someone to teach him protocol, bowing to foreign leader."

Chuckle. That Is protocol. I think what you meant to say was "he can't even find someone to teach him how to ignore protocol."

In the US we shake hands, in Japan they bow. Get over it.

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