With his second and final term in office nearly half-way done, United States President Barack Obama, who enjoyed record popularity after first being elected in 2008, is struggling to keep up with the ratings of wildly unpopular predecessor George W. Bush.
Fallout isn’t unexpected during so-called “lame duck” sessions in which reelection is ruled out and campaigning for office is no longer as routine as conducting otherwise official business. However, President Obama finds himself unusually isolated as even members of his own party try to distance themselves from the leader, whose policies became extremely unpopular with the majority of Americans.
In recent weeks, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate, ex-cabinet officials and even former president Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, have raised objections about the administration’s policies. According to polling data provided by Gallup, Obama’s job approval rating for the week ending October 5 was 43 percent — merely a few points from the all-time low, 38 percent, recorded in September, and a far cry from his best of 69 percent at the start of his presidency in 2009.
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