Barack Obama began his presidency with record approval ratings. The 80-83%
approval ratings that Barack Obama enjoyed on his 2009 inauguration
day easily topped the 71-73% previous inaugural approval ratings record set by John F. Kennedy
Three days after his inauguration, however, Barack Obama's approval rating
dropped 15 points to 65-68% after his executive order on
abortion (see Abortion is Murder) and the details of his economic plan
that had been hidden emerged (see America in
Barack Obama's approval rating declined steadily thereafter and
has been languishing in the 40 to 50 percentile range ever since except
for a brief spike just after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.
The current rating of Barack Obama's presidency takes into consideration his handling of the economy,
social issues and foreign policy.
The economy remains fragile, the income gap continues to widen, the national debt
- now larger than our gross domestic product (GDP) - continues to grow
unabated, and the middle class continues to struggle (see America In Decline).
He has promoted Islam (see Obama & Islam)
as a religion of peace (see Barack
Obama's religion) while marginalizing Israel, legitimized the Communist
regime of Cuba's Castro, and handed $150 billion to Iran.
In 2016 (see the 2016 presidential candidates), he is trying to
concoct his legacy while returning the favors received from Hillary Clinton,
who served as his Secretary of State during his first term and sat out his 2012 re-election campaign.
For the reasons linked above, our rating of his presidency remains an F.