How has your view of President Obama changed over time?

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, in Minneapolis, June 2012. Genevieve Ross/AP, file

Both DFL and GOP operatives say their party stands to gain politically from President Barack Obama’s visit today to Minnesota, writes MPR News reporter Mark Zdechlik.

[W]ith the president’s popularity here at an all time low, his presence may hurt Democrats at the polls in November.

Republicans are tying DFLers to the president’s struggles — much like Democrats did to Republicans in 2008.

Republicans hope the unpopular Democratic president will drag down DFL candidates seeking re-election, including Sen. Al Franken.

And although Obama’s approval rating among Minnesotans has slipped, he is way ahead of George W. Bush’s 25 percent Minnesota approval rating at about the same time in the 2008 election cycle.

“If the president is unpopular, that can tarnish your image as an elected official, but it’s a double edged sword — having the president come in to campaign for you is really good financially for a campaign and it certainly energizes your base,” said Republican strategist Cullen Sheehan, who ran [Norm] Coleman’s 2008 campaign and remembers conversations about the risks of Coleman standing shoulder to shoulder with Bush.

Today’s Question: How has your view of President Obama changed over time?

  • AndyBriebart

    Nope. He still wants to dismantle the United States of America. He doesn’t believe in American exceptional-ism. He still wants us to be a European socialist country bogged down in social spending. He still wants people to be dependent on the government. He doesn’t want our economy to prosper, he doesn’t want us to be the world’s economic leader. He wants to send the FCC to monitor news companies.

    And the media is still an accomplice to these tragedies. For every reporter that looked up to Woodward and Berstein, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    We are witnessing the Dismantling of America.

    • kevins

      Thaks for the sunshine on a cloudy day Andy.

    • Mark Listrud

      We need a T. Roosevelt back in the saddle again.

    • Jean Kampmeyer

      I disagree with you completely!!

  • Gary F

    The lies about Obamacare, the lies about Benghazi, the lies about Fast and Furious, the lies about the IRS scandal. And the media just covers for him.

    Last week, the FCC said they wanted to “monitor” news stations. WOW, and barely a peep from the media. Just think if this were to happen during the Bush years! Oh, my!

  • Scott44

    No, not really. It cannot get much lower.

  • Pearly

    I like really the F-You attitude toward sate laws, and picking and choosing what parts of the ACA of enforce

  • Sue de Nim

    A bit. When I voted for him, I supported his ideas and appreciated his conciliatory attitude toward Republicans. In hindsight, his attempts at conciliation (e.g., taking single payer off the table before negotiations on health care reform started) amounted to appeasing bullies, which only encouraged them to bully even more. His mistake was assuming that the other side would be as reasonable as he was.

  • kevins

    He was, and is a breath of fresh air after a wasted eight years with the previous administration. After five years, I still appreciate his intelligence and ability to relate to average people, and those qualities remain even after the rendering he has taken from issues beyond his control (eg: gas prices) and the adults with oppositional defiant disorder on the other side.

  • Bob

    Voted for Obama twice, but with a lot less enthusiasm the second time. He’s better than any of the alternatives, but I am profoundly disappointed in him. He didn’t close Gitmo, he doubled down in Afghanistan, he pushed the drone program, he backed away from single payer, he didn’t push for enough stimulus, and he supports policies that violate our civil liberties.

    “The dismantling of America,” Andy? That’s a good one.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I voted for Obama because he was the closest electable candidate to my progressive political philosophy. I find him to be a centrist and not a progressive, but he supported universal health care, pulling our military forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic stimulus, clean energy, pro-choice, gay rights, programs to mitigate climate change, Social Security/Medicare etc.

    I think he could have done a much better job of “selling” the Affordable Care Act and it should have contained a “government option”, I oppose his use of drones to kill anyone not in an actual war zone, and I wanted him to pull our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. Otherwise, I think he’s done what he could do to achieve his goals in the face of a dysfunctional Congress that simply would not work with him.

    So, my view of the President has evolved, as expected, but you can count me as one who approves of his Presidency.

  • Jim G

    To this liberal democrat his lack of leadership on the democratic side is the most disappointing aspect of his administration. He was late in recognizing the hostility his election would engender among the Congressional Republican leadership. This was especially apparent to me after the last election when the GOP who thought they had bought the government lock, stock and barrel, lost. Their animosity only grew to new heights and still the President attempted to negotiate on their terms. When he finally stood up to GOP bullying during the government shutdown, I supported his brassy change and thought… finally. Finally, he had learned how to use the bully pulpit. Then immediately came the disastrous role out of the Affordable Health Care website, which was enabled and encouraged by Republican leadership who’d sent torpedo after torpedo into the implementation of the ACA and then they voiced insincere shock that the website was sinking. Really? I hope President Obama recognizes that his reputation as a reformer of American health care was and is still on the line. He must see this fight through. His legacy is still to be written and he still has the power to influence its outcome.

  • J F Hanson

    I never voted for him, and for very specific reasons

    1. His non-existent voting record as an IL legislator, not to mention his Senate record.
    2. His stance on firearms;
    3. The larger picture of the Reverend-Wright-affair. In sum, here is a man (a couple, actually) who raised their children in a church imbued with antisemitic theology, and had their children baptized by the charismatic, antisemitic leader. Then, when the true nature of their beliefs is brought out, the candidate throws his religious leader under the bus. With political friends like Obama, who needs enemies? And that is without criticizing his religious hypocrisy….

    That incident was a fair measure of Obama’s character, and I wanted none of it.

    4. His sheer incompetence at leadership did not show up until later, of course–but the WMC sheeple were so grateful for assuagement of their guilt that even today they cannot recognize this man’s damage to our country.

  • Bill

    Down and more down.
    He has lied so may times:Lied about letting people keep their health insurance, lied about the cost of Obamacare, has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any, carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval, broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged about it, supported
    Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act, increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two, avoided prosecution of Wall. St Banksters, falsely said “This is the most transparent administration in history.” And the list goes on and on. An administration of lies, secrets, and corruption.

  • whitedoggie44

    Worst president in last 100 years. He has no idea how to grow the economy only how to penalize success through redistribution. My opinion of Obama has declined as I realize he is nothing more than a talk machine.His notion that handouts from DC for doing nothing are an economic stimulus have been rejected. What Obama has never understood is that without private business there can be no material job creation- even France is beginning to understand this relationship. I repeat- Economic populism will result in economic ruin.

  • JQP

    Yes. as it has with all presidents.
    The job definition and priorities … change the minute a person is elected and every minute thereafter.
    If you don’t change … you are some brain-dead robot.

  • lindblomeagles

    My view of President Barack Obama has grown significantly. I place him on the same platform with Martin Luther King Jr. – both men committed to peace; they refuse to insult bigots even when they have every right too; and they have continued to try to do what’s best for all Americans, black and white, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, in spite of OVERT HOSTILITY towards them. The big difference between Martin Lurher King Jr. President Barack Obama is that King’s assailants, like Governor Wallace, were proud to say they were racists. Today, Tea Party Republicans, like Ted Nugent, who called Obama a monkey, are ashamed of being labeled racist but are all too proud to make known they don’t want a Black man being President of the United States.

    • AndyBriebart

      I didn’t vote for or against him because of his color. I’ve been told to judge a man on content of his character and not the color of his skin.

      I didn’t fall for the cult of personality that was Barack Obama.

      I don’t believe in Marxism, which is not name calling, it’s a political philosophy I learned in college. President Obama is a Marxist, that’s why I didn’t vote for him.

      • Yanotha Twangai

        Apparently you weren’t paying close enough attention when you learned about Marxism in college. The central tenet of Marxism is the abolition of private property. Since he’s not advocating that, he’s not a Marxist.

        • AndyBriebart

          Sure, that’s one aspect. It’s also giving to those according to their need and taking from those according to their ability to pay. That’s Obama.

  • Hey Der

    I didn’t vote for him, but was pleased when he got the nomination over Ms. Clinton. I was hopeful for his presidency after the results were announce on election eve, 2008. That hope was replaced with disbelief as this constitutional scholar repeatedly violated his oath to protect and defend the constitution.

    The disbelief has since been replaced by contempt.

  • hillamp

    I voted for him the first time and am disappointed in so many ways. He has been horrible for education, the environment, national security, jobs and the influence of corporations. In many ways, he is worse than Bush and the neoliberals say nothing about it.

  • Ellsgram

    I’m proud to say that I voted for him twice! For eight years he has worked
    for the good of the American people. One who is held hostage is unable to
    achieve ostentatious accomplishments, but he has not lost sight of his beliefs.
    For that I am grateful! His goal has been to help fellow Americans achieve
    success. We could all learn from his compassion and desire to work toward
    making this a better country for ALL.

    • 1pissedofftaxpayer

      How is this a better country now? A gallon of milk is $6! Did the US run out of cows? No. The government pays the farmers to Not work. If you think Obama cares about the Americans, think again! All he cares about are the billions of dollars he’ll be pocketing from his Obamacare scheme! My wife and I both have full time middle class jobs. Not only did we pay a Lot more in taxes this year, we made too much to get the “huge” $1,000 child credit, but now our health insurance more than Doubled, and we don’t even use it!
      We help less fortunate people out All the time. Yet another thing I don’t need the government to do for me! I say keep the military and dissolve EVERY other branch of the government!

  • Jer

    Obama’s legacy is being forged in the death throes of white, male domination. The wounded elephant that is the Republican Party is divided between the Reaganites, the Christian social conservatives, and the Libertarians; and they lash out with a fear and hate-fueled ferocity. The fabric of our society has been damaged in the process. We shall, nonetheless, endure, and hopefully emerge from the patriarchal cocoon as a true beacon of hope for the World.

  • Mark Listrud

    He has made false promises from his 1st campaign. I don’t see how people could vote twice for a known liar.

    • 1pissedofftaxpayer

      They voted twice for Clinton, who committed purgery under oath! You or I would’ve been put in prison for doing the same thing!
      Why do Americans want to work as hard as they can to make things better for them and their families only to end up brining home less money b/c we are forced to pay higher taxes so they weak and lazy people can better themselves without doing a darn thing?
      When will Obama change the USA to the USSR?

  • Jean Kampmeyer

    I voted for President Obama twice and I still think he is a great man. I think he inherited a disastrous economic mess and was able to save the country from collapse. I admire his integrity, his character, and his honesty. I think he is doing a good job in the face of extreme hostility from Republicans, and a rigid,inflexible Tea Party dominated House. I admire President more than ever in the way he has handled all the adversity that he has faced, especially in his second term. The Republicans are so angry and shocked that he was elected to a second term, that they have gone out of their way to strangle any governing process in Congress. .

    • Jamie

      You admire his honesty?

      LIE: Quote: “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.” TRUTH: President Barack Obama’s Department of Defense has simply altered the designation of brigades from “combat” to “advise and assist.” In truth, nearly 50,000 combat soldiers will remain in the country.

      The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, confirmed that 100% of the established 501(c)(4) groups the IRS selected for audit were conservative. But Obama says their was not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS.

      LIE: On a possible Fed Gov’t shutdown: “People don’t get their Social Security checks. They don’t get their veterans payments. Basic functions shut down. And it — that, also, would have an adverse effect on our economic recovery.” TRUTH: A shutdown typically prevents federal agencies from carrying out any functions deemed non-essential. In 1995 during a 21-day shutdown, the bottom line was that checks went out pretty much as they were supposed to

      LIE: “I will close Guantanamo Bay Prison” TRUTH: The truth is so glaring that even Jon Stewart Mocks Obama for his posturing on his total failure to do anything on this issue.

      LIE: I will not raise taxes on anyone making less than 250,000 dollars… not one single penny. TRUTH: Obama’s payroll tax hike hit everyone and is especially painful to lower and middle income families.

      REPEATED LIE: Obamacare has already resulted in ‘Lower Rates’ in California. TRUTH: Obamacare will raise the cost of health insurance policies in California by a “staggering 64% to 146%.”

      LIE: “…. Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect, and now they’ve decided it was a bad idea all along.” – Pres. Obama TRUTH: Republicans hit back, pointing out that sequestration was Obama’s idea and that the Administration’s implementation of the cuts unnecessarily targeted places most likely to inflict the maximum pain on the public.

      AND, the Lie of the Year:
      ‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It’

  • Rod

    In some he has gotten better in my eyes and in some ways he has disappointed me. I still think of him as a very good President.

  • Jamie

    So, did anybody but me notice that there’s not a single down-vote on any one of these comments? Is our moderator (aka Biggus Disqus) keeping us from expressing any negative opinions that way?

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Disqus no longer displays numbers of down votes. It’s not the mod’s fault.

  • jim

    i’m gratefull. his recent declaration to bypass congress whenever possible to the resounding cheers of his followers has made me realize that the left has always favored autocracy.