change …… :-)

Channel Four (UK): You get a flavour of why David Cameron might be so keen to bask in Barack Obama‘s glory on this trip in various photo ops. We asked YouGov to repeat a poll they did in November 2003 when President George W Bush was in town and see how the numbers changed. It suggests that Brits love Obama as much as they hated Bush.

The 2003 poll suggested that 75 per cent polled had little or no confidence in President Bush. Today 72 per cent have a great deal or fair mount of confidence in President Obama. In today’s poll, 81 per cent think President Obama is highly intelligent, back in 2003 17 per cent thought the US had got itself an highly intelligent president. You get the picture.

46 Responses to “change …… :-)”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    May 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Chip! There was mention on MSNBC of a state dinner POTUS will be hosting in honor of the Queen today. Do you know anything about it? Will you post a link to live coverage? Thank you! 😀

  2. 4 Sonjia Duncan
    May 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Change we can believe in.

  3. 5 Fred
    May 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    pardon me while I 😆 my arse off(excuse my language) at that poll

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      May 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I’m with you Fred. Big roaring laugh. That dumb butt bushie has to have been the dumbest president in our history.

      17%-what a hoot.

  4. 7 ZeeUK
    May 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I think President Obama is a divine human being. His level of intelligence can’t be over looked. He is not only such a great orator, but he exhumes so much dignity and grace. America is blessed to call him her own!

  5. 8 Theo67
    May 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Now – these are the kind of polls I pay attention to! Those Brits are smart people.

    • 9 Dorothy Rissman
      May 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Theo, I was really taken by the woman who spoke after the president. She spoke the truth. Our president is a very special man.

  6. 10 ZeeUK
    May 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Bush polled at 60% as a danger to world peace! he he he….though not really funny.

  7. 11 Sandy1110
    May 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Hello, first-time poster just wanting to say what a great site this is for people who want to know what’s REALLY going on with our great President. The U.S. mainstream media is worthless.

    I’m sure there are others like me who may not post but who really appreciate the wealth of information (and photos!) and the time and effort that go into bringing them here.

    Thank you Chipsticks!

    • 12 Fred
      May 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      welcome Sandy to the TOD family 😀

      don’t be a stranger so post here and post often;I can assure you that we don’t bite 😉

    • 14 Dorothy Rissman
      May 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      sandy, it is nice to hear your voice. Welcome.

    • 15 Tulips
      May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Hey Sandy glad you are here.

    • 16 Sue in Minnesota
      May 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Welcome. Glad you landed here, and I absolutely agree with your assessment of our corporate media. They have an agenda and it doesn’t respect the role information plays in our free Democracy. I hope that you will encourage others to join us here, those that are seriously interested in a better America. Chipsticks, you deserve a medal
      for all you do and inspire. (And I will not give up hope that you and BWD will one day have a sit down with POTUS and FLOTUS….still sending my e-mails to Whitehouse.gov)

      • 17 UT Austin Liberal
        May 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

        Does anyone know if there’ll be live coverage of the Obamas dinner for the Queen?

      • 18 dotster
        May 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        I’m so disgusted with our corporate media, even our “liberal”—-hahahaha—network, msnbc, has been worthless during this trip. They didn’t even bother to show the Obama/Cameron press conference, and you would never know that President Obama addressed Parliament, the first U.S. President invited to do so. Every anchor, include some I used to have some hope for (Tamron Hall), have only mentioned the 2 “gaffes” —-signing the wrong date on the guest book—hahahahaha—-and the musical toast—-hahahaha. Andrea Mitchell was aghast about the musical toast and mentioned it 3 times. She is not an Obama fan, to put it mildly. But that is all the reporting they’re doing on this remarkable stop, Ireland they avoided almost completely. There is no concern for truthful reporting, factual reporting, the big things happening right under their noses. They’re always searching high and low for some perceived error by Barack or Michelle. I am so disgusted with the whole lot of them.

        • 19 hopefruit2
          May 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          And when the MSM chooses to focus on these so-called “gaffes” they only wind up highlighting their own insularity, childishness and pettiness. They only manage to elevate their targets in trying to tear them down.

        • 20 VC prezOfan2
          May 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

          Dotster, for the first time today I felt some sympathy for the average voter who may not really ‘know’ the President, and who uses regular media to ‘inform’ him/herself. I went to a lab to do some medical test earlier this morning and the television was on. Now I haven’t watched TV in YEARS and I don’t read the newspaper because the journalists’ ignorance vis-a-vis PBO enrages me so this was a ‘first’. The only things the two airheaded journalists had to say about the visit on the 7:30am news was that the President had a ‘senior moment’ so he signed the register ‘2008’, and at least Michelle Obama didn’t hug the queen this time. Apparently she was so terribly gauche as to throw her arm around the queen last time. Forced to sit there and listen to them it occurred to me that I should try not to condemn those who haven’t the time, or don’t realize the necessity, to seek out the real news about the visit. I pictured the busy young parents who hustle through their day, then put the kids to bed and take some time to listen to the nightly news in an effort to be aware and responsible. From what I’ve been reading here since the visit started, these type of comments have been the norm in the ‘lamestream media’. If this is all they get, and from reporters they think are being honest, I concluded that I shouldn’t really blame them when they make dumb political decisions. Not everyone can invest the time we do to find out the real story, and even those who make the effort are not being well-served by our media. I have a friend, an Obama supporter, who spends an hour each night listening to the news before retiring, and who speaks with great confidence and assurance as a result. She drives me crazy with her knowledgeable comments (not) about the President’s decisions and accomplishment to the point where I don’t discuss him with her. You see, she is very opinionated and, after all, she ‘listens to different sources and makes allowances for biases’.

          By the way, did I mention that this was part of international news and the station to which I was listening was a really, truly Canadian station? Sigh!

          • 21 lmrj
            May 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

            Maybe you can share this site with your friend. Her hour each night would be better spent on the internet. I share with my uninformed friends almost daily. Many of them are accessing this site regularly now. 🙂

            • 22 fig8jam
              May 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm

              I took this approach as well.

              I send them links repeatedly from TOD until they learn to go there daily themselves.

              It only takes a few times to cover news they never ever heard and actually see the POTUS doing what they did not hear on the news for them to adapt new sources of information.

              Particularly, the opinionated ones…as they do not like being out of the loop repeatedly and after challenging the veracity having to google and find out..yep! Those were the facts, not the hogwash they believed.

              Such a delight when that happens…I keep moist handiwipes for the expressions on their faces…teehee

    • 23 Dakota
      May 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Welcome Sandy! This is a great place!

  8. 24 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    That’s what I’m talmbout!

  9. 26 sherijr
    May 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    LOL at the 17% who thought GW was intelligent, not too shabby- I’m thinking Brits are brilliant for realizing and acknowledging what not enough folks in the US do: Barack Obama- superior intelligence… GW Bush- inferior intelligence.

  10. 27 Anonymous
    May 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    How can this country not recognize the true brilliance of this man. Our media distorts and lies? We voted for Bush and the world saw right through him and with Obama the world loves him and this county can’t see his goodness. I blame the media and their audacity to lie and nitpick on everything Obama. I just can’t understand how they can be so malicous and not worry about the conseguences? It disgusts me.

    • 28 Puddin'
      May 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      Well…we have the power…all we have to do is stop watching and reading their BS (which is what is happening now especially among the young folk) then they will dry up. And we have to keep tightenin’ the screws re their advertisors$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ You all have make a radical out of me/SMILE XOXOXOXOXOXO My friends are just tickled with the new “radical me”.

  11. 29 Sonjia Duncan
    May 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    blog stats
    2,076,536 hits

    Wow, that a number I can cheer about. Way to go Chipsticks.

  12. 30 jaleh
    May 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I wonder who those 17% were who thought Bush was intelligent?

  13. 31 kelly
    May 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    lolz….Best poll ever. 😀

  14. 32 sherijr
    May 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Does anyone know if theres coverage (live) of the dinner party the O’s are giving for the Queen?

  15. 33 Nellcote
    May 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    A Q for any Brits reading…Has any PM ever had a BBQ for “the troops” at #10 before? It’s not something that would be mentioned in the US press and I wondered if it happened at the suggestion of the Obamas as that’s the sort of thing they do.

  16. 35 Claire
    May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Right wingnut response: The Brits are muslim, socialists, radicals intent on destroying the US.

  17. 36 Naijas
    May 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hello Chip & TODers

    Just discovered this wonderful site!! As a big fan/supporter of President Obama and family it has been a delight to discover this site during this momentous European trip. Many of you probably have shared the frustrations I j=have had in finding positive coverage of the Presidents activities, and even a harder time in finding such coverage that did not have a bunch of trolls/tea baggers/critics flooding the comments with their negativity.

    Thank you all so much for creating this haven community!!

    • 37 UT Austin Liberal
      May 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Welcome Naijas. Thank you for joining our lovely, spirited and whiplash BRILLIANT community. We here love POTUS and FLOTUS and are tired of the nasty and negative comments leveled at him by the MSM. Chipsticks, the blog’s creator is fantastic. She keeps this website free of trolls and teabaggers. She is always supersonic fast with the latest news, articles, videos and pictures of the wonderful Obama Administration. If you have time, I hope you can browse through past posts and threads. It will fill your heart with joy and uplift your spirits. Once again a big and hearthy WELCOME. 🙂

      • 38 HZ
        May 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Welcome Nijas. I did not want you to think that I was not including, but I did not see your entry. This senior is really showing her seniorness. But I want to also welcome you to this beautiful family of a wonderful community who shares, cares, and enjoy the support of each other. We love lifting up our POTUS in the most respectful manner. And we love our Chipsticks for this site.

    • 39 VC prezOfan2
      May 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      ‘Thank you all so much for creating this haven community!!’

      Welcome Naijas, it is our very great pleasure! If you love our President, do make yourself at home.

    • 40 Puddin'
      May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Welcome Naijas…you are going to love it here. I am fairly new myself and I tell you, I ABSOLUTELY love this site and all the people here…they are like family.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm


  19. 42 Titti
    May 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Awwww welcome Sandy and Naijas.

    I’m wondering who those 17% are too. Members of the ‘idiots of the world reunited or something. The UK was baffled when GW was re-elected. I’m sure there is a study still going on somewhere on ‘what were ‘you guys’ thinking?’

  20. 43 HZ
    May 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    First, welcome Sandy. You will certainly enjoy our family here. Chipsticks is the best. Enjoy the love here, the intelligence, the respectful conversations, and the gratefulness for lifting up our President. Enjoy.

  21. 44 lmrj
    May 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    About the US “mainstream media” coverage… there is no such thing. The “mainstream media” is owned by corporate wealth and they have their own agenda. Don’t forget that MSNBC was purchased by Comcast. The people at the helm of Comcast are the same folks who helped raise $$$ for republican interests in the last two major elections. The purpose is to control information to the viewing audience. If it weren’t for the internet and sites like this one, there would be NO positive info or coverage for those of us who thirst for it. Thank you for providing this site as a refuge. I drag my hubby to the computer every time he’s home to show him what’s happening via your site. He’s totally amazed at what’s not covered on TV! I also share your posts via e-mail distribution and Facebook. THANK YOU!!!

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