December 25th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
11 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. Are you joking?

    Failed marriage, Bush is a train wreck and it will take years to undo all the damage he has done

    December 25, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. James Eric Smith

    I am in the oil/gas drilling industry. A lot of people depend on this industry, for their lively hood of their familes. Why does the world believe it is the greed of oil companies that control the prices at gas pumps. Why doesn't the general public know that the federal government regulates everything in the industry. The term taxes, is requlated by the goverment not the oil companies. How come the general public does not know how much of the price you see at the pump is mostly taxes. The goverment controls leases to oil companies,the fed get taxes from that. The goverment controls the taxes of the workers in the projects, the fed gets that. Then it taxes again when products are being produce. Why do the average americans think, the oil companies control the price. When my one dollar is taxed before and after I receive it.

    December 25, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Joe

    Once again, CNN is playing up to osama. CNN sucks

    December 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. carol

    PE Obama has given a lot of inspiration to a lot of people and I think the country is already starting to feel good about the new administration and how it will turn this country around.
    I really think the Republicans will be surprised at what a difference he will make whether they like to admit it or not.......that's a good thing as we all want what is best for the country at the end of the day.

    December 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Paul from Texas

    Hey, he doesn't take office till January 20. Action speaks louder than words. Wait till he has to make decisions instead of just speeches.

    December 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. JS from Texas

    Hope and change you can believe in . . . that was the promise. The reality is President-Elect Obama is conducting himself in a businesslike, serious manner–choosing serious, heavyweight people. It's a refreshing start from the cronyism we've suffered for 8 years.

    December 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Ray Fisher

    In order to have a marriage it must be consumated and while we got screwed, we haven't gotten kissed!!! Can we reboot back to 2001 and start again???

    December 25, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Paul Hackett

    Obama will inherit a USA that is on hard times. As much fun as it is to come down on the present administration, both parties are to blame for these hard times.
    Some of what is happening now stems from some of the Clinton years. Bush has his hand on the newer hotter issues.
    And the economy is always going to have peaks, and valleys. It's a cycle that has to happen when things are going to good, to fast. Property values, and automobiles are just out of control pricing.
    Then the banks just let anyone walk in and get a loan. Anyone that didn't see this coming has been naive, or just plain blind.
    It's time to get back to basics. Save money, pay for what you want. Don't get anything you can't afford. If you don't like your job, keep it until you find a better job, or get an education and get a better job.
    Bush started out when things were still doing fine, and in the beginning he saw some good times, but he was at the tail end of the up swing, now he is on the down side, and looking to hit bottom.
    Obama will look like a hero because we can only go up from here. And I'm sure congress will do some things they could have been doing all along to help him out.

    December 25, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Katherine

    Although I did not vote for him, I am cautiously hopeful about our new president. However, I think this article maybe a little premature–as any married person would know, the honeymoon phase does not force you to face the realities of life. President Bush has faced serious problems in his two terms as commander-in-chief. Obama has not. Although it is good to be hopeful now, it is rather deceiving to compare a so-called "failed marriage" to newlyweds who are still on vacation...

    December 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. CanadianObserver

    Pretty impressive poll numbers here. The real kicker is the approval rating from polled Republicans!

    The closest thing to this phenomenon I can remember is the Canadian's response to Pierre Elliott Trudeau when he first took office...can't say there's really been anything like this since.

    I won't even get into the current political scene here...having said that, I'm pleased to see this kind of optimism from our neighbours, even though times are tough right now.

    I'll be watching the inauguaration ceremony on TV or via livestream with renewed interest. Merry Christmas, America!

    December 25, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. kimchi

    As a conservative that had real problems with president-elect he has been real impressive in this transition period. Even though he was not my candidate (mine I had to hold my nose to vote), I have always hoped for his sucess and that he does very well. Interesting that some such as Sean Hannity still can not give compliments when they are due. Anyway He has really impressed me so far. Good Luck President Obama.

    December 25, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. B.O.FAN

    How can you not love this great leader? I hate politicians but this one is special.
    Intelligence comparable to Einstein
    Calm to take your breath away
    Elegance to make women spine boil
    Thoughtfull solutions to problems
    Inclusion of everybody even his haters for common good
    Ready to sacrifice himself for the good of his country. (Few courageous black men ever dare doing what he has done. They first fear for their life)
    Great patriot.

    December 25, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Liberal4Obama

    Whats not to love? Strong family values, faith is at the center of his life, very smart, not an ideologue but a pragmatist, natural born leader, confident, honest, humble, a true uniter... only the blowhards in the MSM can be surprised that the American people loves their new prez, the more you smear him the more we love him!!!

    December 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Herb williams

    This is a bunch of Bull, You need to get out and see what other people think .

    December 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. WIlly Brown

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

    December 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. lupercal

    touche. i got goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities, but i guess it's just because i can't afford for things to stay the same. we all got our issues, and im scared to death that the republican house and senate will try to obstruct everything just to position themselves in 2010. im apprehensive about democrats who've been around for so long and had so many dreams deferred just going rogue and do their own thing, and spend obama's time trying to serve my interests rather than helping themselves. im disheartened by the possible corruption in politics, you know, the new watergate era. i mean, we voted republicans out because of it, and the prospect of throwing out democrats for the same reason, before republicans even come to term with it just frightens me. But this is the holidays, and we have a new trusting, intelligent and serious president. He instills this quiet, soothing hope for better day in me, and that'll have to do, i guess.

    December 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. proudliberal-independent

    if he keeps sticking it to the left, after the inauguration, those numbers will go down quickly.

    December 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Bolaji

    The success of the Obama Administration and the good of it for our nation are not as inconceivable as the divisive voices on the so-called Right would have their audience believe. He has always shown himself level-headed enough to know he daren’t jar the nation too harshly off her historical and cultural values.

    I have a word for both those on the Right that’re may be too ashamed to concede that this different man CAN actually be good for the country and those on the Left who think Obama’s election owes exclusively to them and recklessly expect him to upend the values of the nation. To the former, tune out the divisive rhetoric and enjoy this ride of positive change, and to the latter, it’s not all about you. There’s a NATION to lead here.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Besscannon

    Just hold on a darn minute!! Obama isn't in office yet. It is all supposed conjecture so far, just as the campaign was. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Obama could become a great president, or, he could end up all talk, a big bag of air, unsxcelled at campaigning but, very inept and ineffectual as a president. So far, he has a history of straddling everything, a fence sitter, hence all his "present" votes. It has been said many of his cabinet appointees are the same. How will THAT get anything done? So, before you make snap judgements or decisions, tread some water and see how things flow first before wading in too deep.

    December 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Chief lagosboy

    Go away Baby Bush, you are irreverent. You are one terrible president. What's your shoe size? I would like to send you a Christmas present. Good Riddance and thanks for Nothing!!!

    December 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. sick n tired

    I like Obama also, but unfortunately it won't take long for all the haters to rear their ugly heads. It happens all the time!

    December 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. abraxis

    As an independent voter who voted for Obama, let me forward this caveat: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes!

    He is still a member of one of two major parties that have monopolized politics in our country, for the most part, since its inception.


    Did we not trust Dubya to do the appropriate thing?

    December 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Franky

    "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."

    LOL!!! That'f funny Bill!

    I'm telling you Bill, this is gonna be fun...and sometimes not, LOL!! Looking forward to this challenge...

    Merry Christmas Bill and this party is still continuing baby!!

    December 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. The right guy ..Till 2016

    Merry Christmas to the greatest PE and soon to be POTUS !!

    Till 2016 , Yes we can

    December 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Idiots.............

    How many terrorist attacks have you had in the U.S. in the last 7 years under George Bush's watch? None.

    How many will you have over the next four years under Obama the Woos? More than none.

    We lose.

    December 25, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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