There’s a good chance that, by now, President Obama is regretting having Osama bin Laden dumped at sea. What I’m surprised he didn’t do is store him in the White House kitchen’s walk-in fridge so he could pull the corpse out from time to time to remind America that yes, Barack Obama was president during the offing of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

But he didn’t do that, whatever “bounce” he got from bin Laden is gone, and now things are returning to their regularly scheduled crumbling:

The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey portrays a broadly pessimistic mood in the country this spring as higher gasoline prices, sliding home values and a disappointing employment picture have raised fresh concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.

By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.

Maybe Obama was right — maybe a Jeep Wrangler couldn’t drive over the rough terrain created by his presidency. I don’t think an M1 tank could get over it.

More bad news for Obama: He’s also losing a key demographic that helped him win big in 2008: Gullible young white people.

Maybe more talk about “headwinds” will help, but I doubt it.

Watch your back, Sheriff Biden — if things keep going south, the president’s going to have to offer up a head before 2012.


7 Responses to “RIP ‘Bin Laden Bounce’”

  1. Marshall_Will on June 7th, 2011 3:28 pm

    "The reason for this sudden drop is because students, who rushed behind the Obama campaign in 2008, no longer think he is cool, according to those at *Oberlin* College, which is known for its hipster left-wing activism.
    Now: Obama still looks smart but is no longer seen as cool, students say
    Four undergraduate editors at the college newspaper signed an essay bemoaning how apolitical their peers had become,according to the New York Times.

    Their argument in their piece, *'Oberlin-based Perspectives* on the Obama Presidency', was that students had become disenfranchised because they no longer think the President is cool."

    Lord, someone call Mrs. Malkin! Hell, we could ALL use a laugh!? ( Wouldn't you think college 'educated' people could come up w/ something more descriptive than just "cool"? )

  2. cdl on June 7th, 2011 4:08 pm

    I think the cool factor officially died when that photo of Ubama riding his bicycle came out.

    The collective response from the college age smarty britches was…

    "like OMG"

  3. backwoods on June 7th, 2011 5:19 pm

    "Honey, do these ratings make my chances of getting reelected look fat?"

  4. SignPainterGuy on June 7th, 2011 7:56 pm

    To expound on the subject, let me just say that now, "He`s like, wow, not cool !"

  5. SignPainterGuy on June 7th, 2011 8:01 pm

    The local conservative radio talkshow host had that poll today, threatened to blank out the WaPo-ABC heading and take it down the hall to the step-sister lib station to listen to their squeals of conspiracy theories from the right ! It would have been fun, but you couldn`t pay me to listen to them !

  6. Marshall_Will on June 7th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Someone on MM mentioned a call into one of the Conserv. AM hosts and suggested a rebuttal to the whacked out Dem spot of Paul Ryan dumping a wheelchair-bound granny off the cliff?

    In our version, granny gets spared certain death by Ryan, he brings her back to safety and once atop the cliff, pulls off the mask only to reveal P'BO! I could only ADD that it's where ( how much money already earmarked for Medicare 'went'? )

  7. Marshall_Will on June 7th, 2011 8:33 pm

    Seriously? Yeah, he'd look about as 'comfortable' w/ that as claiming to be a White Sox fan? DOA.

    ( Uh… any video? )

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