Asked to compare Barack Obama with George W. Bush, Americans are more inclined to say Obama has been a better (43%) rather than a worse (34%) president, with 22% seeing no difference between the two. Obama compares much less favorably to Bill Clinton, with half saying Obama has been worse than Clinton and 12% saying better.
These results are based on a Sept. 15-18 USA Today/Gallup poll. Obama succeeded Bush as president during a down economy that is still struggling to recover. Thus, a key comparison voters will make is whether Obama is doing better than his predecessor, which would enhance his chances of re-election, or worse than Bush, which makes it less likely Americans would reward him with a second term.
It could be argued that saying Obama has been about the same as Bush is also a negative evaluation, given that Bush left office with low approval ratings and Americans generally did not judge his presidency to be very successful.
Indeed, those who say Obama has been about the same as Bush generally view Obama negatively, with 27% approving and 62% disapproving of the way Obama is handling his job as president.
The smoke is dissipating, the mirrors are cracked, the man behind the curtain has been revealed as a humbug, and the scales are finally falling from people's eyes. I recall the same process that occurred when Jimmy Carter was the last Democrat hailed as the smartest guy in the room. A nuclear engineer, and a man who once bragged to his staff that he had read the entire federal budget, Carter not only was a victim of his own hubris, but he too didn't have a clue about how to deal with Congress, how to run the departments, and how to solvef the economy.
It won't be pretty. Obama and the Dems are going to get very nasty. But unless the GOP shoots itself in the foot by nominating someone unelectable, it appears that Obama's days in the White House are numbered.