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Obama Summer

Aloha from sunny and scenic Molokai. This is my first visit ever to Hawaii, and I’m hoping it won’t be my last. Charlotte and I are having a wonderful vacation so far and it’s easy to tune out the world when spending time in such an isolated spot. Molokai is extremely rural — there are two hotels on the entire island and two grocery stores. Everything shuts down on Sundays, but it truly is a great place to visit.

Speaking of Hawaii, I bet there are moments when President Obama wishes he was still here. I’m hopeful that KVEC will carry his Tuesday press conference live as the President is expected to address a variety of domestic and foreign issues. By all accounts, the honeymoon is over; it’s down to serious business.

This is what ABC News/Washington Post reported on Monday:

“Barely half of Americans are now confident that President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus measure will boost the economy, and the rapid rise in optimism about the state of the nation that followed the 2008 election has abated, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Overall, 52 percent now say the stimulus package has succeeded or will succeed in restoring the economy, compared with 59 percent two months ago. The falloff in confidence has been sharpest in the hard-hit Midwest, where fewer than half now see the government spending as succeeding. In April, six in 10 Midwesterners said the federal program had worked or would do so.

The tempered public outlook has not significantly affected Obama’s overall approval rating, which at 65 percent in the new survey outpaces the ratings of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at similar points in their tenures. But new questions about the stimulus package’s effectiveness underscore the stakes for the Obama administration in the months ahead as it pushes for big reforms in health care and energy at the same time it attempts to revive the nation’s flagging economy.

Obama maintains leverage on these issues in part because of the continuing weakness of his opposition. The survey found the favorability ratings of congressional Republicans at their lowest point in more than a decade. Obama also has significant advantages over GOP lawmakers in terms of public trust on dealing with the economy, health care, the deficit and the threat of terrorism, despite broad-based Republican criticism of his early actions on these fronts.”

So Obama is sliding on the issue of the economy, but still more than 20 points about the hapless Republicans — have they found their missing Governor Sanford yet??? Bizarre — the guy has four kids and he skips out on Father’s Day. So much for family values.

I still believe in this President, but the problems/challenges facing this nation may be larger than any one man. It will be an interesting summer. He has to Labor Day, I think, to maintain our trust. If he fails in the next two months, it could easily become the winter of our discontent.

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