I was reading a recent Politico article: Battleground Poll: Obama approval rating down amid deep economic fears and it had a particular nugget that caught my attention. The nugget in question said this:


Putting aside how they feel about his job performance, 74 percent of voters said they either strongly or somewhat approve of Obama as a person, his highest rating in the past year. His solid personal popularity remains a source of pride — and hope — for top advisers who spent 2008 trying to get voters to identify with Obama, an African-American with roots in Hawaii, Indonesia and Chicago.


When I read this, I had to ask, why? Obama is arrogant, elitist, cold, distant, condescending and arrogant (did I already say that?). Why would anyone like a political entity that exudes these qualities? Then it hit me- he’s black. For years now, we’ve been told that anyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist, or worse. Case in point, Congressman Andre Carson claiming the Tea Party wants to hang black people from trees. Or any number of hundreds of comments made by liberals on how any opposition to Obama is racist. There has literally been a deluge of inflammatory political defamation from the left in an effort to affect the popularity of a political movement they don’t like.


Which brings us back to the point at hand, Obama’s personal popularity. I think that when that question is asked, the response is in a effort to deflect claims that someone disagreeing with Obama’s policies is a racist. Consider that when these polling agencies call, they ask a lot of questions. They’re asking financial questions, demographic questions, political questions, etc- these calls can take upwards of 15-20 minutes sometimes. By the end of the call, they know a lot more about you than you know about them, and there is the inherent concern, especially in this inflamed rhetorical era we seem to live in, that what is said could come back to haunt.


So, when the polling agency asks about whether or not you like the black man in charge, the answer is, “of course, he’s a great person even though I disagree with pretty much everything is stands for.” This is what the left has wrought on us as a society, we can’t be honest with ourselves or anyone else without fear of being grossly- and inaccurately- labeled with vile monikers, the only purpose of which is to intimidate honest reflection.


I don’t know Barak Obama personally- I only know the political personality presented constantly, and I can’t stand that person. He’s a hypocrite, a liar, and a fraud. He’s exceedingly arrogant, condescending and elitist. He’s close-minded and incredibly intolerant of those that don’t conform to his perceptions or beliefs. I find nothing endearing about this person, and frankly cannot wait to see him tossed out on his arrogant ass in 2012.


I caution those who think this personal popularity metric is any indicator for a second term, because as long as economic disapproval remains in the 70’s and 80’s, it won’t mean a hill of beans- and probably isn’t true to begin with.