(Washington, D.C.) A recent CNN/USA Today Gallop Poll showed that 49% of Americans said President Bush was a strong President while 49% believed he was a weak leader. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan answered the charge at his afternoon press briefing. “We don’t see that as the President being bad at his job as much as he is not good.”
McClellan then illustrated by example. “I don’t like Funions. But does that mean they are bad? In fact, the times I have had a Funion I have taken a bite and said ‘Hum…not bad!’ We see polls this way. Like it or not, both George Bush and Funions are here to stay.”
The poll showed that the President’s overall approval rating had sunk to 37%, two points below an October survey. McClellan answered the statement with a simple “when it gets to 35 sell.” However, after the White House Press Corp was dead silent, McClellan modified his answer. “You can’t pay attention to polls. Polls can be rigged just like elections. He quickly added “not that this administration would know anything about that.”
The poll also showed that Americans now believe that President Bush is mishandling the war on terror. McClellan actually cited the survey fact that 60% surveyed believed invading Iraq was not worthwhile, with only 38% saying it was, adding “38%, that’s actually 1% better than the President’s overall approval rating. That’s progress in my book.” McClellan then mopped his forehead drenched as it was in a Nixon like 1960 Presidential debate sweat.
Perhaps the most damaging survey point was that 50% of those asked said that they disliked the President while 6% came directly out to say that they hated him. McClellan rebuffed the claim with “I simply refer you to the aforementioned Funions.”
The poll comes on the heels of last Tuesday’s elections, in which Bush backed Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore lost the election to Democrat Lieutenant Governor Tom Kaine. Did the election result confirm the poll fact that 56% of registered voters were likely to vote against a Republican candidate backed by President Bush. McClellan paused before answering the question and then said: “So how about that avian flu?”
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