A new Marist poll finds that 58% of Americans believe Donald Trump will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history. Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “Deep into his first year as president, Donald Trump’s less than stellar approval rating has lowered expectations about how history will judge him. For history to treat him kinder, he will have to up his game.”
Donald Trump fled the Russiagate tempest swirling around his White House yesterday and gave a speech aboard the USS Gerald R.Ford in Virginia. The ship’s crew gave him an admiral’s cap that he wore along with a flight jacket — despite the fact that Donald dodged the draft during the Vietnam War, taking no less than five deferments.
USA Today noted that actual veterans were outraged by the so-called president’s playing dress-up in military attire.
Of American voters think Donald Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama, while 34% say he will be a better president and 15% say he will be about the same, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Voters disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president-elect, 51% to 37%.
Five days after calling his brother George W. Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq a “mistake” and saying he “wouldn’t have gone in,” Jeb Bush announced to a war-weary nation that he’s running for president not just to become the third Bush in the White House, but also to be the third Bush president to invade the Middle East.
In a speech at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., yesterday Bush announced essentially that, if elected, he would revive the Bush Doctrine, the plan concocted by George W. Bush, Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, and other neoconservatives that called for using military force to subjugate the Middle East under the guise of democratizing it but with the real intention of control its “strategic interests,” which is to say its oil reserves.
The Obama family is on vacation. That means it’s time for Republicans and tea partiers to take a break from obstructing legislation, nomination approvals, and any other work in Congress (including suing the president for taking appropriate executive action to counter their inaction) to express ginned-up outrage that the people’s business won’t be done if the president takes a few days off.
It’s also time for the rest of us to do some math, based on figures researched by Politifact’s Truthometer:
- Number of vacation days, in whole or part, enjoyed by Pres. Obama at this point in his term, which on July 20, 2014 happened to be exactly six years and seven months: 92
- Number of vacation days, in whole or part, enjoyed by Pres. George W. Bush at the same point in his term: 367
Let’s put these numbers in context.
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 33 percent of Americans believe Pres. Obama is the worst president since World War II, while just 28 percent give that dishonor to George W. Bush.
How could this possibly be? The record overwhelmingly supports the proposition that George W. Bush was easily the most inept president since the war:
Right-wing radio talker Mark Levin said he was surprised that Pres. Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro didn’t “swap spit” when they shook hands at Nelson Mandela’s funeral this week. He must have been thinking about this incident from 2005 when George Bush laid a big sloppy wet one on Prince (now King) Abdullah, the autocratic ruler of Saudi Arabia, a Muslim kingdom where laws are in part based on the dreaded Shariah Law. After their smooching, Bush took the king for a romantic, hand-in-hand walk through the blue bonnets at Bush’s “ranch” in Texas.