What Does The White House Do With Bad News?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 8, 2009


Why, it tries to laugh it off, of course:

The White House lashed out at the Gallup Poll on Tuesday after the survey’s daily tracking numbers showed President Obama’s approval rating dropping to a new low of 47 percent.

Asked for a response to Monday’s tracking poll, which placed Obama’s approval numbers among the lowest of any recent president in December of his first year in office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs mocked the reliability of the widely respected polling firm.

“I tell you, if I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I’d visit my doctor,” Gibbs said. “If you look back, I think five days ago, there was an 11-point spread, now there’s a 1-point spread. I mean, I’m sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend.”

He added: “I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”

Of course, back when President Obama was popular, the White House was more than happy to trumpet his poll ratings, declare that he was a unifying figure who could help the nation transcend partisan divisions, and help the world transcend ancient hatreds, that he was–as Oprah Winfrey put it–”the One,” and that Barack Obama would be the wind beneath the wings of a new Democratic majority, the likes of which have not been seen since the days of Roosevelt.

Now, apparently, polls are “meaningless”? Who actually believes the White House’s too-cool-for-school act?

Oh, be sure to read the entire story for an excellent rebuttal by the Gallup folks.

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