‘resurgent obama sets sights on centre ground’

The Guardian: Less than three months ago, Barack Obama was being declared a political corpse as his opponents seized control of the lower house of Congress and suggested that he would be president in name only.

But buttressed by a rapid turnaround in the polls, Obama will use his annual state of the union address tomorrow to position himself as the voice of the centre, appealing for his political opponents to find common ground in the face of the Republicans’ declared policy of obstructionism.

The president’s approval rating has risen back to about 50%, a much quicker rebound than either Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan managed following midterm defeats in Congressional elections – and both went on to win re-election comfortably.

The polls show that the president scored points, particularly among independent voters, for compromising with the outgoing Congress on extending tax cuts for the wealthy and showing he could deliver results with a burst of legislation that lifted the bar on gay people in the military and won approval of a nuclear missile treaty with Russia.

Obama’s inspiring speech in the wake of the Tucson shootings also stood in stark contrast to Sarah Palin’s self-serving attempt to justify the often violent political rhetoric on the right….

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2 Responses to “‘resurgent obama sets sights on centre ground’”

  1. January 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    What a wonderful photo, he looks so happy and relaxed. This is also something many folks (even the uncoordinated like me) do when they visit Hawaii. No fancy smancy tourust stuff, just paddling a kayak on the water. I love this stuff.

  2. 2 EDP4BHO
    January 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Great picture is right. But it amazes me how any media can put President Obama and Sarah Palin in the same sentence, without me questioning its credibility.

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