David Remnick on Presidential Popularity and Sophomore Slumps

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US President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington on September 6, 2010 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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It wasn’t that long ago that presidential candidate Barack Obama could command rapt crowds chanting his campaign motto of hope, change and rejuvenation for a nation seemingly in dire straits. But these days, President Obama has a harder time commanding that kind of grassroots support.

Yesterday’s Rasmussen Reports daily President Tracking Poll shows that only about twenty seven percent of the nation’s voters “strongly approve” of the way Obama is performing his presidential duties while upwards to forty five percent “strongly disapprove.”

But is his waning popularity due to bad luck, PR mismanagement... or something that affects most presidents? Looking at history, many presidents faced a drop in popularity by their second year in office. To discuss the ups and downs of presidential popularity we speak with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.”