December 25th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Obama's 'honeymoon' follows Bush's 'failed marriage'

Obama’s poll numbers have given him something to smile about lately.
Obama’s poll numbers have given him something to smile about lately.

(CNN) - How's the honeymoon going?

Very well. In fact, better than the country's previous honeymoons.

Watch: The new Obama approval numbers

When it comes to honeymoons with new Presidents, Americans have, shall we say, been around the block a few times. But this new guy is really sweeping people off their feet.

Eighty-two percent of Americans are happy with the way President-elect Obama is handling his transition. Even 61 percent of Republicans like him - and they're the in-laws in this marriage. He's not supposed to be good enough for them.

“You know, I am remarkably pleased with Obama,” conservative leader Pat Robertson told CNN this week. “I had grave misgivings about him – but so help me, he’s come in forcefully, intelligently.”

Previous honeymoons –- like fellow Democrat Bill Clinton’s - have been good. But not this good.

The public is particularly impressed by Obama's cabinet appointments: 80 percent approve of Obama's so-called “team of rivals.” Obama's scoring more than 20 points better on his cabinet picks than President Bush did in 2001.

A “team of rivals'” is well and good, but will Obama be a strong leader? He insists he will -– telling Americans the “vision for change comes…first and foremost” from himself. But do people think Obama will be tough enough? Apparently, they do.

Nearly half the public expresses “a lot of confidence” that Obama will provide real leadership. That's more confidence than people felt in President-elect Bush or Clinton. Obama even scores higher on leadership than President-elect Reagan did when he took office. That's saying something.

It's a bad time, and the country just went through a failed marriage with the current President. Obama represents hope. Isn't that what honeymoons are supposed to be about?

soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Esayas Araya

    Yes We Can! I am sure Obama will be a great President. I have full confidence in him and I pray God will give him guidance in his daily work.

    May the power of Jesus Christ be with our President Elect Obama while we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    December 25, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    This is indeed a happy day, a joyous day, "change has come to America" that even the in-laws and the out-laws have a good word to say. Let us keep it this way (wishful thinking ?), because it is obvious that there is only one boat. May Boat America sail into calmer seas laden with goodies for all.

    December 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. TN

    He's showing America what a president is supposed to be: thoughtful, intelligent, strong and genuine in his convictions, selfless, tireless, gracious and above all, highly qualified for the position. We the people have gotten accustomed for settling for second best, whatever we can get, but to adopt a Chris Rock expression, "that's what a president is supposed to be you low expectation dumb mother[redacted]."

    December 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Jim Hall

    Go Obama go. You are doing a wonderful job so far. Hopefully the current village idiot that is in the white house now will leave right after Christmas and let you and Biden take over so we can get this show on the road. But he will be to reluctant to. Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    December 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. cobra

    There are few in real world that works for a living that can stand Obuma!!

    December 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, W had multiple failed marriages. He divorced Powell. Next, it was Rumsfeld. And then it was Cheney. And then it was quietly Rove.

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Somesh Ponmani

    I wish Barack Obama the best of luck. Surely he has inherited multiplicity of problems which have no short term solutions.
    In addition to the failed economy, Mr Obama has to deal with problems in Iraq/Afghanistan & the failed state of Pakistan even after pumping more than 10 billion dollars by the previous administration into Pakistan. I only hope the euphoria of the election is over and the great people of the richest nation in the world, look into and take things in proper perspective and not be disheartened as it is going to take a long time to fix the economy.
    Certainly America will bounce back. Good luck America!

    December 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. BUSH BEGONE

    Of course, after 8 years of the worst president in modern history, you can ONLY go up as it would be impossible to be any worse than the current moronic office holder.

    December 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. katiec

    With the diasters that have occurred these last eight years, the only chance for our countries survival is ALL politicians working
    together. However, do not see the republicans having any
    interest in doing what is right for our country. They are having
    fund raisers to "stop the left's agenda", regardless of the
    additional destruction they will cause.
    Barack Obama and his staff face many challenges, but we now
    have someone who cares and is dedicated to the betterment
    of the United States of America. What a welcome change.

    December 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. dr.mimi de la cuz

    THAT WASN'T A MARRIAGE !!!!!

    IT WAS AN ABDUCTION, FOLLOWED BY A RAPE.

    WE DID NOT ELECT GEORGE BUSH FOR NATIONAL DOG CATCHER.

    December 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. SAM OBI

    I CAN NOT WAIT FOR JANNUARY 20TH, 2009 TO ROLL BY. GOOD BYE GEORGE BUSH AND WELCOME TO BARACK OBAMA. HAPPY
    DAYS WILL ARRIVE SOON ENOUGH FOR THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH – THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. OBAMA;S CABINET COMPOSITION SAYS A LOT ABOUT HIM. IT IS
    IMPRESSIVE: HIGHLY EDUCATED PEOPLE AND ALL INCLUSIVE.

    GOD BLESS OBAMA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THIS GREAT
    LAND!

    December 25, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. John S.

    I just spoke to my very Republican brother in NJ and he even commented that he was pleased with the picks Obama has made thus far. He also acknowledged the mistakes of Bush. I almost fell out of my chair!! Go Obama, Go!

    December 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. dr.mimi de la cuz

    AS FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT,

    AMERICA HAS DONE A GREAT JOB ELECTING HIM

    HE IS INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL, CAREFUL, HONEST

    FAIR & I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE LOVES THIS NATION.

    YOU CAN SEE THAT TRAIT BY THE WAY HE TREATS HIS

    OWN FAMILY & ALL OTHERS AROUND HIM.

    TRULY ALL GREAT PARENTS & LEADERS

    ARE LOVING, INTELLIGENT CARE TAKERS.

    December 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Blue balloons

    82%, we'll take it! Can't make everyone happy, as long as there are bitter rethuglicans out there, but 82% is really saying alot, when you hold this yardstick next to every president we've ever had. We'll take the 82% and dangle that over the heads of every hater who tries to diminish this great man who will be President. Rethuglicans are finding themselves on sinking islands right now.

    December 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. setys

    All I can say thank you God. May the almighty God guide and direct the President elect Obama and his administration.

    December 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. pavan_gaddi

    Everybody has lot of expectations on him.We expect him that once he takes an oath of President , he will bring back the world market into normal condition.

    I presume that he has strong leadership skills out of all the presidents.
    I hope he intends to change the current policies to bring back the America Condition. We have a lot of confidence on persuasive authority.

    December 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. TheBeatles120

    It humors me that 20% of people who disagree are outraged that Obama is well liked by many people, including, -gasp- Republicans.

    That´s right, 20% of Mr. Joe Six Pack, keep telling yourself you are right and 80% of us are all wrong...

    Go sit in a dark hole, those who smeared his name, for the next 4 years. You are, my friends, IRRELEVANT. November 4th the people spoke, loud, and clear. Your voice, however, was not and will not be heard until you change your tone.

    December 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. MMMM its good

    In response to an oft-quoted republican slam on democrats. Bring on the kool-aid cause d@mn it tastes good!! Go Bama!!

    December 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Sanity has Returned

    I'm very excited about President Elect Obama and his Administration and hope they can undo some of the terrible polices that have put us where we are today. It's going to be a daunting task, and our expectations shouldn't be that everything is going to go back to where it was 2-3 yrs ago as we all know that this economic trainwreck has been going on for at least that long. I will give President Bush credit for signing off on the unemployment benefits extention and helping the Big 3 try and stay afloat and get re-organized ( hopefully ). Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Irritated in Fl

    Is he actually still alive?

    December 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. David Goldman

    OUR NEW CEO IS DOING AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB. AND

    I HAVE NO DOUBT, THAT HE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

    AS FOR GEORGE BUSH, THERE ARE NO WORDS TO

    ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THE MAN'S INCOMPETENCE OR

    HIS LACK OF A SOUL. MAY HE GET OUT OF LIFE WHAT HE PUT IN.

    December 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Dave

    CNN's Obama honeymoon is certainly not over yet.

    December 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. UYI

    Bush will go down in history as the dumbest president ever, and as history have shown, when the country needs rebuilding, African Americans rise to the occasion!

    December 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Erik

    You will all be disappointed, especially gun owners/hunters. But, not the welfare recipients. They'll be happy as they sit around doing nothing and collecting checks for it.

    December 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. JT

    WIlly Brown December 25th, 2008 11:05 am ET

    Go ahead lib's. Keep trying to put lipstick on the pig!

    _________

    You could use the entire Mary Kay factory, and he would STILL be MILES ahead of Bush and his criminal buddies.

    December 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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