November 30th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama approval rating drops 20% among whites

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

On the eve of his address to the nation about Afghanistan, President Obama could be at a crossroads for his presidency early in his first term. Politically - the stakes for both Afghanistan and health care couldn't be any higher.
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Politico suggests that the president's gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering; and they point to several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum.

Including things like:

  • The president thinks he's playing with Monopoly money... the way he's been spending tax dollars to revive the economy
  • That the West Wing is dominated by Chicago-style, brass-knuckled politicians like the public battle with Fox News - which isn't exactly the change Mr. Obama promised on the campaign trail
  • That he's given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi too much power
  • That the president is a pushover (i.e. setting a deadline for health care, which lawmakers in his own party missed)
  • That he should appear prouder of America than he sometimes does when he's overseas
  • And that he thinks too highly of himself

The White House argues that all of these storylines are inaccurate or unfair, sometimes pushed by Republicans or the press. But there is a problem somewhere. The president is losing considerable support among white Americans.

Gallup puts the president's approval among whites at 39 percent - down from 61 percent last February. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows the president with a 50 percent approval rating among whites; but that's down from nearly 70 percent in the same poll last winter.

Here’s my question to you: What does a drop in approval rating of 20-percent among whites mean for President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: President Barack Obama
November 30th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Reality TV gone too far when it comes to W.H. 'crashers'?


President Obama greets Michaele Salahi at last week's state dinner. Turns out Salahi wasn't invited. (WHITE HOUSE PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The White House "crashers" are just the latest example of why reality TV may have entered dangerous territory.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi made it past Secret Service and inside the White House for President Obama's first state dinner without being invited. They met the President and the Vice President.

President Obama insists he still has "full confidence" in the ability of the Secret Service to protect his family. But the agency has said it's "deeply concerned and embarrassed" - as it should be.

Some lawmakers want criminal charges brought against the couple. That's an excellent idea.

There are reports the couple wants in the neighborhood of half a million dollars for an interview about their story. They deny it.

And the couple is being considered for the cast of the reality TV show "The Real Housewives of D.C." They had television cameras following them around the day of the state dinner.

Another grab at 15 minutes of fame by people who would live their entire lives unnoticed otherwise. Remember the Colorado father of the so-called "Balloon Boy?"

This loser was trying to get media attention for his own reality show when he made up a story about his six-year-old son being carried away in a home-made helium balloon. He agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge.

Reality TV has given these people the idea that anyone can be a celebrity - and some are committing dangerous, and potentially criminal acts, just to get on the tube.

And to think it all started with a fat, naked guy wading around in the water looking for fish on a CBS program called "Survivor." In retrospect, it seems pretty harmless.

Here’s my question to you: Has reality television gone too far when it comes to the White House "crashers"?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Media Coverage • White House
November 30th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Does Tiger Woods owe an explanation?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

He's the most recognizable name in sports and arguably the greatest golfer who ever lived. But Tiger Woods has a problem.

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Woods earns millions playing golf and hundreds of millions more in endorsements. One estimate has him as the first billionaire sports star. The mind-boggling endorsement money is based in part on Woods' squeaky clean image and his ability to persuade the rest of us to buy the products he's selling.

But last week a tabloid alleged that Woods has been having an affair with a New York nightclub hostess. According to the Associated Press - the woman has denied having an affair with Woods.

Then last Friday at 2:25 in the morning, Tiger crashed his SUV leaving his driveway - hitting a fire hydrant and then a tree. The neighbor who called 911 said Woods was unconscious at the scene of the accident, and police said he had cuts and bruises on his face. He was taken to the hospital and treated and released.

For three days Woods refused to meet with state police to talk about what happened. He still hasn't and he's not legally obligated to.

The airbags on his car didn't deploy, but his face was cut and swollen. Police say when they arrived they found Woods' wife over him - claiming to have broken out the rear window of his SUV with a golf club to help him escape.

Then yesterday a terse statement from Woods on his web site saying it is all a private matter and nobody else's business.

Finally - late this afternoon, word that Woods has canceled plans to attend his own golf tournament in California because of his injuries.

Here’s my question to you: Does Tiger Woods owe anyone an explanation?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Media Coverage • News Media