Bush 41 went all the way up to an 88% approval rating after the Gulf War. His son W. soared from 51% to 90% in the space of 10 days after 9/11.
That brings us to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
This was a HUGE event. There were spontaneous celebrations in New York and people chanting “USA, USA, USA” outside the White House at 4 AM. Americans were THRILLED OUT OF THEIR MINDS that Osama Bin Laden was dead and that we’d killed him. Seeing as how Barack Obama was the man who gave the order to kill Bin Laden, you’d think he’d get a decent bounce out of it.
The first indication, to me at least, that might not be the case was the scene outside the White House. Even though the raucous crowd was full of chanting students, a few diehard Obama supporters couldn’t get them to do any pro-Obama chants.
Not a good sign.
Still, I figured 40% of the country are diehard Democrat partisans and they’d certainly be thrilled. Then, you’d have to figure the independents would be thrilled, and even a few conservatives might be willing to say they approved of Obama for 5 minutes, in the wake of his one positive accomplishment in office. To me, 60% of adults seemed like a pretty good bet and given the past performance of Bush 41 and Bush 43, 65% might not be quite optimistic enough.
Well today, the numbers started coming in and the bounce Obama got turned out to be surprisingly tepid.
Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.