He’s still talking the talk, but more and more voters are walking the walk...away from him.
His job rating now is the lowest it has ever been: 51% disapprove, 44% approve the job he's doing in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
And his numbers on handling the economy are even worse, with 59% disapproving, and 37% expressing approval.
The only comfort for the president is that voters like Congress even less than they like him.
Just 13% approve of the job Congress is doing, while 82% do not, which is a massive rejection.
Big enough so that the president may try to win re-election by running against Congress, and the Republicans he says control it:
"We're going to see if Congressional Republicans want to put country before party," Obama said.
That means a rough, even a dirty campaign, and a labor leader's comments about republicans and the tea party this weekend show it's already started:
“Everyone has got a vote. If we go back and we keep our eye on the prize. Let's take these some of a bitches out and give America back to where we belong," Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., Teamsters president said.
So the president will swing between calls for unity and harsh words of division and his call for jobs will be a call for his job, too:
"Labor is on board, business is on board. Let's put america back to work," Obama said.
Here's the problem for the president: he believes those who disagree with him are just wrong, and won't compromise.
But that's wrong.
Obama wants to keep spending more money than the nation has, and some Republicans don't.
There's no compromise that lets you do both.
I’m Andy Hiller, that’s my instinct.
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