Obama’s Personality Problem

By Ben Cohen

Gary Younge from the Guardian makes an interesting point that Obama’s personal popularity may be disguising dissatisfaction with his policies:

So far it seems to be popular. When Obama took the presidential

oath, 78% thought the country was heading in the wrong direction; today

that is down to 48%. His approval ratings are around 65% – only Reagan

was in better shape at this stage (and even that was within the margin

of error).

But this popularity is precarious. People like Obama

far more than they like his policies. And even though they think the

country is moving in the right direction, polls show this to be one of

those rare periods where those same people remain unsatisfied with

their lives. In other words, people are suffering and are optimistic at

the same time. And the reason for their optimism is Obama himself. In a

reprise of the spirit that distinguished his primary and presidential

campaign, people have embraced who he is as a portent of what he might


Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.