Despite falling job approval numbers
by Kenneth T. Walsh
Despite setbacks on the political front, President Obama is succeeding where many other politicians have failed -- in the character department. He has become a role model for the kind of traditional values that Americans have long celebrated, as a devoted husband to his wife, Michelle, and a doting father to his two daughters, Malia, 11, and
For years, the Democrats have been criticized by conservatives for lacking "family values." But today, it is Obama, a Democrat, who has emerged as the paragon of personal virtue, and even Republicans see it as a source of political strength.
Obama has received intensive media coverage for his "date nights" with Michelle at restaurants around
Obama's commitment to his children is similarly clear. He has attended his daughters' sports and theatrical activities, taken them out for ice cream around D.C., and during official trips introduced them to famous destinations, such as the
Most days, Obama has breakfast and dinner with his family, and he sometimes reads to his daughters at night. He and Michelle are insistent that the girls be brought up with a sense of responsibility.
All this family focus presents a stark contrast to some of the embarrassing personal shenanigans of other politicians. Most recently, there were the admitted infidelities of
The advantage of establishing a sterling character has its limits. "It doesn't protect him from the American public's demand that the president's policies be successful,"
Obama Not Overexposed, but Flaws in His Healthcare Reform Have Been
by Clark S. Judge
From network reporters to online commentators, the story of the day about White House communications is that President Obama getting overexposed. That's why, media critics say, the President's approval numbers have dropped so low and his healthcare package isn't selling. But they are wrong. Something very different is happening, and it has to do not with style but with substance.
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