New national Gallup poll numbers came out on Wednesday and President Obama’s digits have edged up by three points since the last tracking poll was taken May 23-25, which showed that Obama was fairly unscathed even then by a trio of so-called scandals being promoted by the Republican Party.
In fact, according to a report in The Hill, Obama’s numbers are 7 points above what they were before it came to light the IRS was handling conservative applications differently and the Department of Justice was investigating AP reporter’s email messages.
Wednesday’s numbers have Obama at 52 percent approval as opposed to 43 percent disapproval of the way the president is doing his job.
However, President Obama, who is starting to be called the “Teflon president” by pundits, has been too busy visiting Oklahoma and New Jersey to be concerned about poll numbers. He was in Moore, Oklahoma over the weekend to view the tornado destruction and he spent time in New Jersey, with his old friend Gov. Chris Christie to participate in the re-opening of the Jersey Shore tourist attraction after rebuilding from the massive destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
Then Obama visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for a Memorial Day service on Monday.
The fact that Obama seems more popular than ever doesn’t mean that citizens aren’t concerned about Benghazi, the IRS situation or the AP probe. But they don’t share the same enthusiasm of Republicans, who rush to blame the president, claims a recent Fiscal Times report.
This has been a source of heartburn for Republicans like Darrell Issa (R-Calif) Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY), who want to see more hearings on Benghazi, because the nine previous reports/investigations didn’t reveal the incriminating answers they want in their effort to hang the albatross around Hillary Clinton’s neck.
President Obama said he was “outraged” about the IRS situation, if it turned out to be true, but the nefarious conspiracy conjured up by Republicans never turned into the massive bon fire they wanted no matter how hard they fanned the flames.
Senator Jim McDermott (D-WA) spoke during the initial IRS Congressional hearing to interrogate former IRS commissioner Steve Miller and he summed up what many consider to be appropriate for the Benghazi “scandal” as well: “In my mind, there are differences between stupid mistakes and malicious mistakes.”
Critics of the GOP vigor on smearing the Obama administration claim that if a white Republican were currently president, this trio of events would not have developed into such a conspiratorial “cover-up” witch hunt.
Nevertheless, Republicans have not been deterred by poll numbers showing they are less popular than the president and have vowed to carry on probing all three issues in their unending quest to tarnish President Obama’s reputation, discredit his presidency and disparage former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.