(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
For anyone who didn’t want to watch it, the full text of Obama’s Tuesday night speech is available here, from AFP via RawStory.
On Monday (Dec 01) Gallup reported that Barack Obama’s approval rating on Afghanistan had dropped dramatically by nearly 20 points since July, and before his speech Tuesday night was sitting at 35%, trailing his already very low approval rating on virtually all other issues:
“Americans are far less approving of President Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan than they have been in recent months, with 35% currently approving, down from 49% in September and 56% in July.”
Gallup’s poll results are rather striking in visual form:
Even when broken down by political party his approval slide has been consistent across the board.
While still too early to tell, it appears that the only group of people so far impressed with Obama’s speech Tuesday night and his announcement to send 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan are Republicans and Neocons. The RNC, and Karl Rove and Dan Senor of the PNAC ressurection FPI in particular are gleeful about it.
With his raising the specter of 9/11 beginning in his fifth sentence and his ‘the terrists will get us all’ rhetoric, his speech could well have have been ghost written by George W. Bush for all the “change” in Foreign Policy it represents.
If he gets any bump in approval from the speech it will likely come from Republicans and Neocons, and may well be offset by further drops among Democrats and Independents, I would expect.
Which indicates to me that there were probably some rather interesting political calculations made in the lead up to this.