President Bush’s Approval Rating At An All Time Low

30 Sep

In the wake of yesterday’s congressional meltdown over the bailout bill, President Bush gave a speech this morning meant to reassure the public and the volatile financial markets. Just four minutes long, the address expressed disappointment in Congress and warned that “the consequences will grow worse each day if we do not act.” But Bush’s speech is unlikely to have much of an effect. Immediately following the address, MSNBC turned to New York Magazine’s John Heilemann, who commented that Bush “was the picture of a beaten dog. That was the picture of presidential impotence right there.” The Washington Post writes today that yesterday’s failed bailout vote “marked the biggest legislative defeat of Bush’s tenure and underscored the vanishing influence of a Republican president who could once bend a pliant Congress to his will on wars, taxes, surveillance and a host of other high-profile initiatives.” Coinciding with these developments, Gallup has released a new poll today showing that Bush’s approval rating has dropped to the lowest point in his tenure, 27 percent.


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