The season premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition featured surprise guest Michelle Obama. The First Lady applauded the work of Barbara Marshall who helps homeless women veterans and their families in Fayetteville, NC get back on their feet. Michelle Obama’s approval ratings are still sky high. President Obama’s approval ratings are in the dumps, but it looks like he might be getting his mojo back.
- He started off by urging a joint session of congress to “Pass this jobs bill;” the American Jobs Act’s goal is “simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans – without adding a dime to the deficit.”
- The President’s been stumping the speech in battleground states, including Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucy.
- In response to the President’s proposals, Speaker Boehner compared government efforts to rebuild the economy to “giving a cocaine addict more cocaine.”
- The President’s critics on the left started feeling like he was finally fighting for something. But then, some, including those in the congress, started walking back their support.
- Obama’s not taking any guff. He told the Congressional Black Caucus to stop whining and get to work. If he doesn’t have time to complain, neither do they.
So is Obama getting his mojo back? What can we do to keep the spring in his step and the pressure on Congress to deal with the economy in a substantive, rather than obstructionist, way?
A debate has sprung up in the media about the point of President Obama’s speech. Throughout the mainstream media, the speech has mainly been portrayed as the president chiding the Congressional Black Caucus. There are others, like Rachel Maddow, who believe the speech was a call to arms to all of the people who supported him in 2008.