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Nearly Half of Americans Consider Obama One of Our Best Presidents


Pew Research: “When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. More than four-in-ten (44%) say Obama is the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared with about a third who mention Bill Clinton (33%) or Ronald Reagan (32%).”


Two-Thirds Approve of Obama’s Presidency


A new Gallup survey finds 63% of Americans in hindsight say they approve of the way Barack Obama handled his job. “Gallup’s first measure of Obama’s retrospective job approval rating places him behind only John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan among the 10 most recent presidents. Richard Nixon is rated worst today for how he handled his job, with 28% approving.”


Obama Draws Huge Crowd in Berlin


“Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his ‘favorite partners’ during his presidency,” the AP reports. The Guardian estimated the crowd at “up to 100,000 people.”

Poetic Justice

There’s Unity in Hate

The Trumpcare debacle was a meltdown melodrama,
With the Freedom Caucus dealing Trump an ego-trauma.
Can those Republicans
Ever unify again?
Not without something to hate, like, say, an Obama.


Most Voters Unconcerned that Trump Could Dismantle Obama’s Accomplishments


Of voters expect that President-elect Donald Trump will dismantle Obama’s legacy, and many don’t seem to mind, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk poll. Key finding: Obama’s job approval rate was 54%, and yet 45% of those polled said that reversing his accomplishments would be a good thing, while 43% would disapprove. Pollster David Paleologos: “A majority of voters said that history will assess Barack Obama as a great or good president. And yet, there appears to be a disconnect, as so many voters are unconcerned that the job he did could be undone.”


Obama Blacklists 15 Russian Individuals and Companies


Number of Russian individuals and companies President Obama has blacklisted “for their dealings in Crimea and Ukraine, creating an early test for the new administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, who is widely expected to roll back the pressure campaign against Russia,” the New York Times reports. “The Treasury Department designated seven individuals and eight corporate entities involved in a range of projects, including the construction of a bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean peninsula. It also targeted businesspeople who are associates of President Vladimir V. Putin or are involved in activities that aid in Russia’s destabilization of Ukraine.”


Most Think Obama Will Be Remembered as an Above-Average President


Of respondents to a new Pew Research poll said they expect Barack Obama to be remembered as an above average or outstanding president, while 26% expect he will be viewed as average, and about as many (27%) say he’ll be seen as a below average or poor president. “Obama fares well when compared with past presidents. Expectations for Obama’s historical record are far more positive than those of George W. Bush at the end of his term (when 57% predicted that he would be remembered as a below average or poor president), and are roughly on par with views of Bill Clinton when he left office.”


Obama Has Granted More Pardons than Any Other President


Number of prison inmates President Obama granted clemency to Thursday as he continued to release federal inmates serving long prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses, the Washington Post reports. “Obama has now commuted the sentences of 774 federal inmates, more than the previous 11 presidents combined.


POTUS Has a Potty Mouth

I curse more than I should, and I find myself cursing more in this office than I had in my previous life. And fortunately both my chief of staff and my national-security adviser have even bigger potty mouths than me, so it’s O.K.

— President Obama, in a Vanity Fair interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.


Obama Hits Highest Approval Rating of Second Term


“Of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 46 percent who disapprove. The last time more than half of the electorate gave Obama a thumbs up in the poll was in January 2013, when Obama took the oath of office after his successful re-election campaign against Republican Mitt Romney;” President Obama has hit his highest approval rating since his second inauguration, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.