RIP ‘Bin Laden Bounce’


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.

Author: Doug Powers

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