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Hillary grows more popular than Obama……

It sure is easier to be in the public’s eye as Secretary of State then as President…..

By any measure — favorability ratings or job approval — Americans by a sizable margin have warmer views of the secretary of state than they do of the president. This is of little use to Clinton beyond bragging rights, but among Hillary ’08 fans there is some satisfaction that the woman Obama once cut down as “likable enough” is now more liked than he is. Depending on the measure and the poll, she leads him by roughly 10 to 25 percentage points.

To understand why, look no further than their calendars for Monday. The president was in Alabama and Mississippi, trying again to change the public perception that his administration has been weak in its response to the oil spill. The secretary of state was in Washington receiving plaudits for being a “passionate leader” and for taking a “resolute and genuine” stand against human trafficking and slavery.

In the ceremonial Ben Franklin Room of the State Department, the passionate and resolute Clinton vowed her commitment “to abolishing this horrible crime” against human dignity. “Traffickers must be brought to justice,” she said.

For a public figure, few issues are as politically safe; the slavery and exploitation lobby, after all, was unlikely to issue a rebuttal. Clinton finished her day Monday with a speech on the need for help in sub-Saharan Africa; no criticism from the keep-Africa-poor movement was heard.

Contrast that with Obama, who had only grim tidings for Gulf Coast residents about the BP oil spill. He spoke to them of a “fear that it could have a long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations.”

Give Obama points for honesty, but that’s not going to boost his poll numbers.

Previous secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were both more popular than their boss, President George W. Bush. But such a trend is not universal: Warren Christopher didn’t have ratings as high as his boss, President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton helped her situation by sticking to relatively low-profile issues. While the White House drove the divisive policies such as Afghanistan, she has busied herself in quieter corners of the world, enhancing the perception that she’s above the political fray.

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  1. Talk about low profile

    I has sort of forgotten that she is Secretary Of State

    Indeed what has she done or not done for that matter that would cause anyone to be upset with her

    Other than a general Hillary hater

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. I like the last sentence…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. I dont wanna be MEAN

    but please help me out

    what has happened to Hillary’s cheeks since the primaries

    seriously.. cause I wanna know

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. I don’t think Hillary Clinton has avoided giving bad, unwelcome or unpopular news when it’s part of administration policy, e.g. on Israel/Palestine/Gaza or corruption among some of our allies.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • I agreed DSD….She been swinging hard in some quartes…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. I think an argument could be made for her switching jobs with Joe Biden in 2013 if they wanted to do so (cf. James A. Baker III with Donald Regan in the Reagan administration). Biden was chairman or ranking member of Foreign Affairs for years, and Clinton certainly knows a thing or two about the White House. Enough time has passed that the Dream Ticket might be practical in 2012, when it wasn’t in 2008.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • No way….leave Biden right where he is…..

      He really does a good job…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  6. Realistically I doubt this will happen

    Besides Obama and Biden seemingly are working well together now

    Eisenhower apparently suggested something like this to Nixon in 1956

    Nixon feared Ike was getting ready to dump him

    Ike denied it claiming he thought it would actually help Nixon by burnishing his credentials for a future presidential run

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Agreed…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  7. yeah switching out VP’s seems to be a thing of the past. It last happened with Franklin Roosevelt in 1944 (as well as 1940). I read that GHW Bush would have switched out Quayle for Powell or James Baker, but only if Dan suggested it himself. Presidents since then (Clinton, GW Bush, and Obama) have all worked very closely with their VPs.

    Comment by Scott P | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Interesting (though true); in earlier decades, probably most of the (rarer) Presidential reelection campaigns were with a different running mate:

      [Washington: John Adams twice]
      John Adams: Thos Pinckney 1796; Chas C. Pinckney 1800
      Jefferson: Aaron Burr (disgraced) 1800; Geo. Clinton 1804
      Madison: George Clinton 1808 (died); Elbridge Gerry 1812 (died)
      [Monroe: Daniel Tompkins twice]
      J.Q. Adams: John C. Calhoun (Dem R) 1824; Richard Rush (Natl R) 1828
      Jackson: Calhoun 1828, resigned in 1832 to accept S.C.’s Senate seat; Van Buren 1832
      [Van Buren: Richard Johnson (D) 1836 & 1840; Chas F. Adams (Free Soil) 1848]

      Lincoln: Hannibal Hamlin (R) 1860; A. Johnson (Union D) 1864
      Grant: Schuyler Colfax 1868; Henry Wilson 1872

      Cleveland: Hendricks 1884 (died); Allen Thurman 1888; Adlai Stevenson 1892
      Benj. Harrison: Levi Morton 1888; Whitelaw Reid 1892
      McKinley: Garret Hobart 1896 (died); T. Roosevelt 1900
      T. Roosevelt: Chas Fairbanks (R) 1904; Hiram Johnson (Prog.) 1912

      But then you get:

      Taft: James Sherman twice; died Oct. 1912, replaced on ticket with Nicholas Murray Butler
      Wilson: Thomas Marshall twice
      Hoover: Charles Curtis twice

      FDR: John N. Garner 1932 & 1936; Henry Wallace 1940; Truman 1944

      Eisenhower: Nixon twice
      Nixon: Agnew twice (resigned 1973, replaced by Ford)

      Ford: Nelson Rockefeller (apptd) 1974; Robert Dole 1974
      Carter: Mondale twice
      Reagan: GHW Bush twice
      GHW Bush: Quayle twice
      Clinton: Gore twice
      GW Bush: Cheney twice

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 15, 2010 | Reply

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