…At This Point In Their Presidencies
On day 487 in office, President Joe Biden set a new record. He has the lowest approval rating of all presidents at this point in their presidencies since Gallup started tracking this in 1945.
According to Gallup’s Presidential Job Approval Center, just 41% approve of the job Biden is doing. That’s worse than Gerald Ford, or Lyndon Johnson, or even Jimmy Carter on day 487. Much worse than Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama.
To add insult to his injury, Biden’s approval rating is now lower than Trump’s was at this point in Trump’s first term.
Biden’s oh-so-presidential response to his cratering support: he is “seething.”
Instead of accepting blame, Biden and his “inner circle” are blaming everyone around them, including the White House staff. Politico reports that: “Members of Biden’s inner circle, including first lady Jill Biden and the president’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, have complained that West Wing staff has managed Biden with kid gloves, not putting him on the road more or allowing him to flash more of his genuine, relatable, albeit gaffe-prone self.”
Yeah, letting Biden be Biden will work.
Maybe Jill and the rest of the inner circle will convince Joe to change his hairstyle like Carter did halfway through his presidency in hopes that it would win people back to his side.
For the record, here are the approval ratings for all the presidents since Truman at this point in their first elected term in office, according to Gallup:
- Eisenhower: 63%
- Kennedy: 71%
- Nixon: 59%
- Carter: 43%
- Reagan: 45%
- Bush: 65%
- Clinton: 51%
- Bush: 76%
- Obama: 48%
- Trump: 42%
- Biden: 41%
Those were presidents elected to the presidency. What about the ones who assumed the office?
Lyndon Johnson had a 69% approval rating 487 days after Kennedy’s assassination. Truman was at 43% at roughly the same point after FDR died. (Truman’s dipped into the 30% range later in 1946 but then quickly rebounded.) Even Gerald Ford, who took office after Nixon resigned in disgrace, stood at 46% approval at this point in his presidency.
It’s not as though those previous presidents didn’t face crises of their own. On Reagan’s 487th day in office, the economy was in the middle of a brutal recession and the unemployment rate was 9.4% – and climbing. Clinton had broken his vow and raised taxes on the middle class. Obama’s “stimulus” had failed to stimulate the economy. Trump was subject to 24/7 media attacks and lies that he’d conspired with the Russians to steal the 2016 election.
Biden, in contrast, has enjoyed the warm loving embrace of the mainstream media. Plus, he inherited a nation that had all but recovered from the pointless COVID lockdowns. He had a massive supply of vaccines courtesy of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. The economy was creating jobs far faster than expected. Prices were stable. The stock market had regained all its losses.
Biden turned success into defeat in a matter of months, and every American is now paying the huge and growing price.
What was it Obama said about Biden? Oh, right, “don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board