(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush had partial knee replacement surgery over the weekend - this time on his left knee, just weeks after the similar procedure on his right, his spokesman Freddy Ford said.
The most recent outpatient operation was performed by the same doctor who worked on the right knee in Chicago on May 27, Ford said.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Independence Day in the White House, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.
Just 41% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in office, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls. But while Obama's numbers are anything but impressive, the approval rating for Congress is significantly lower.
(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush gets more blame than his successor in the White House for the situation in Iraq, according to a new national poll which also indicates that majority of voters nationwide say President Barack Obama's move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do.
But a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates voters give Obama negative grades on how he's handling the current unrest in war torn Iraq.
Washington (CNN) – My, how the times have changed.
In January 2009, as President George W. Bush was days away from leaving the White House, the unpopular President's favorable rating stood at 35% in a CNN/ORC International survey. The man who was succeeding him, Barack Obama, was fresh from his historic 2008 presidential election victory and had a 78% favorable rating among Americans.
(CNN) – Among the many points of controversy to emerge following the swap of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the question of whether the five mid- to high-level Taliban fighters will return to the battlefield.
It's really no secret that according to the administration these five – two of whom are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shiites – very well may return to the battlefield.
(CNN) - Just two sports fans, hanging out together, watching the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
But in this case, it was former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who sat next to each other Monday night in a luxury box at the championship game between Connecticut and Kentucky, which was played in Arlington, Texas.
Winter over for Democrats? The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7% in March, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning. The figure is just shy of expectations for 200,000 jobs to be created. The idea had been that the warming weather will help kick-start the job market, and Democrats hope that with it will come a sunnier outlook for them, too.
The cold and snow, punctuated by the Polar Vortex, had kept earlier 2014 reports below expectations.
The control that presidents have over the economy is generally overstated. But it’s a harsh truth of politics that they unfairly take the blame when things go bad and unfairly get credit when things go well. President Obama, with his low approval rating and with Democrats’ bleak prospects heading into the 2014 midterm elections this fall, will take any kind of credit he can get.
Pair the decent jobs numbers with the news this week that Obamacare - once thought to be on life support - reached (and even exceeded a tiny bit) it’s original goal of enrolling 7 million people in private insurance, and that makes a pretty good week for the President and his party.
(CNN) – "Low key."
That's how former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush are marking their 69th wedding anniversary, according to a spokesman.
Jim McGrath tells CNN that with Barbara Bush recovering from pneumonia, the two are celebrating their anniversary at home.
Washington (CNN) - Forty-two percent.
That's where President Barack Obama's approval ratings stands in a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages the seven national surveys released over the past 48 hours (with six of the seven coming in the past day).