It’s time for the sixth Obama-meter — the occasional, fun and very unscientific editorial page feature in which we ask American News readers to rate the president’s performance. Is he excelling or struggling to keep his head above water?
The economy, health care reform and rising unemployment are expected to dominate the news conference, which comes two days after a new poll showed that Americans appear to have the first doubts that Obama will be able to follow through on his campaign pledges.
Even though he won a 59 percent approval rating in the ABC News and Washington Post poll, it was the first time since January that the number had slipped below 60 percent.
Previous local Obama-meters have shown that South Dakotans tend to either hate or love the president, with the majority of grades being either an A or F. On his first official White House Press Conference American News readers gave him a C- average, he earned a B average on his first address to a joint session of Congress, a C- on his first presidential performance abroad, a B- on his handling of the Somali pirates’ capture of American Capt. Richard Phillips and a D- on his first 100 days in office.
It’s time for area readers weigh in again. Vote and share any additional comments you would like. Let us know what you think by noon Thursday. We’ll report back on Friday’s editorial page.
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