: thread is mod-approved, but if it strays off topic, it will be killed, messily. Can't make any guarantees for the people involved, either.
So, Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. And very few people seem to like him anymore.
According to the [recent NBC News/WSJ] poll, 41 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s overall job performance, while 54 percent disapprove – his worst job approval rating in the survey’s history.
"But wait!" I said to myself. I don't think he's doing such a bad job. Could I just be a mindless partisan, and blind to his poor performance?
A quick Google search reveals two similar websites you may have heard of:
This Pro-Obama site
This Anti-Obama site
The strange thing is that these two websites list either the same thing, with one listing it as a positive and the other as a negative, or, more strikingly, listing two things which are the exact opposite of each other.
"Hold on a second. If I know one thing about reality, it's that two mutually exclusive things can't exist simultaneously."
At this point it would appear someone is playing fast and loose with the truth. Although it's pretty obvious why people would lie about the President to raise/reduce people's positive esteem of him, I have to wonder what percent of people disapprove of him because of:
1) The things he's done
2) The things that have happened under his watch which he was not involved with or had no control over
3) The political intransigence sabotaging his ability to affect positive change in the world
4) The outright fabrications spread about him to turn public opinion against him, backed up by (3).
This thread is to discuss President Obama, his falling approval rating, and whether people's public opinion of him is because of his failings, the outright fabrication spread about him by his political opponents, a combination thereof, or any other angle I've failed to mention.
: this thread is being watched, so if you're not talking about the above, please take it to a more appropriate thread, or make a topic to discuss it. Better the thread simmer for a few days if there's no news worth discussing than it getting run over by a tangent train.
Words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.