ABC: Aided by his response to the Tucson shootings, popular lame-duck legislation and a hint of economic relief, Barack Obama has matched his highest job approval rating in more than a year in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with his ratings for empathy likewise rebounding.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for a president so recently hammered in the 2010 midterm elections … 54 percent now approve of Obama’s job performance, up 5 points from last month and 8 points above his career low in September.
And given overwhelming approval of his response to the Tucson attack, Americans by an 18-point margin, 58-40 percent, say Obama “understands the problems of people like you.” That’s up from a mere 2-point split, 50-48 percent, in September.
…Strikingly, the view that Obama’s made the economy worse has eased most broadly in an unexpected quarter: down by 17 points among Republicans.
Icicles form on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 18. Freezing rain overnight left icy conditions, closing schools and delaying the opening of the Federal government by two hours
Against a backdrop of ice covered trees, national flags of China and the U.S. fly along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House. Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday flew to the United States for a state visit.
Vice President Joe Biden greets China’s President Hu Jintao at Andrews Air Force Base
Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition is arrested by police outside the White House during his protest against President Hu Jintao and China’s human rights abuses
‘Free Tibet’ supporters protest in front of the White House
Icicles hang from the leaves of a tree in the Lafayette Park in front of the White House