Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, former senior White House adviser David Plouffe made the awkward comment that Americans “trust this president.” He admitted that it had been a “tough patch” for President Obama in the wake of the exposing of his lies about Obamacare and his disastrous Iran deal.
“It’s not just healthcare, you know, the shutdown affected everybody, confidence in government.” But, Plouffe said, Obama would soon see an upswing: “let’s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that: Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns.”
This is wishful thinking on Plouffe’s part, given the fact that the Obamacare fines have not yet kicked in, and neither has the full employer mandate. Polls show that for the first time, President Obama is seeing a steady decline not only in his job approval numbers, but in his personal favorability ratings – and that decline is prolonged. By late October, Obama was in negative territory, with only 41 percent of Americans favoring him personally, against 45 percent who viewed him negatively.