Being the President of the United States is not only one of the hardest jobs in the world, but it is probably the most scrutinized job in the world. From the economy, to war, to diplomacy, to the protection of the people and so much more. There are endless responsibilities that the President has. With great power comes great responsibility and the people of the United States elect this person to office because the majority believes that he or she is the one that is best equipped to handle the ship.
From one moment you are responsible for a couple people in your family and then just like that, you are responsible for the lives of over 330 million people. So, it is expected that this person will be closely monitored and judged. We are going to be looking at the approval and disapproval ratings of the last five Presidents, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. This is a chart of the approval and disapproval percentages of the last five Presidents of the United States. As you can see, out the gate Obama had the highest approval rating of any of the listed Presidents (62.4%), while Clinton had the lowest (53.2%). But it was Bush who had the lowest disapproval rating at 21.4% and Trump with the highest disapproval rating at 50.6%.
Biden obviously just got started with his first term. But we have reached the 90-day mark where people expect stuff to start happening. Clintons first press conference as president came after the halfway mark to his first 100 days. What does Clinton have in the works and how fast can he get it going? There is a lot of focus on coronavirus, but the country isn't doing terribly with it right now. So, it is time for the president to get moving on those bills and orders that he has been pushing the last couple of weeks.
We can start Trump off with the fact that he is the only president to be impeached twice. He only had one press conference his first year because he posted most of his announcements on Twitter. For Obama, since we were reeling from the economic fallout of 2008, most of his questions at the press conference were about the economy and the administration's stimulus package. Bush had his first press conference bout 30 days into his term. He vowed to "change the tone" in politics and "encourage civil discourse." Saying that he believed we were making good progress. He also issues warnings to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein about the manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction rumors that were going around. Later it would define his presidency as he would invade Iraq saying he would be a "peaceful neighbor" and "not to develop weapons of mass destruction. And if we find him doing so, there will be a consequence." Clinton had his first press conference late compared to most recent presidents. He was asked questions about the pro-democracy movement in Russia, trade with Japan and efforts to reduce the federal debt. He promised the country he would help them adapt to a changing world by "reducing the deficit, asking the wealthy to pay their fair share, investing in the future and creating jobs." He also was questioned about the LGBTQ serving in the military and the Clintons' push for health care reform
Obama saw the biggest change from the first 30 days to the first 60 days. He went from an approval rate of 62.4% to 59.2% and a disapproval rate of 27.7% to 31.7%. Not exactly the direction you want to go. Another big changer was Bush. He went from an approval rate of 53.5% to 55.7% and a disapproval rate of 21.4.7% to 25.0%. Both guys seemed to fall off a little bit. But there is still time before the 90-day mark to make a change. Clinton, Biden, and Trump all practically stayed in the same area.
Through the first 90 days, Biden has received a slight majority in approval for the job he has done so far. Based on polls conducted by several new national polls, Biden is ahead of where Trump was at this point in his term. He is still on the low end of history at this point, but there are things in the works that he can hopefully get done. Biden is netting nearly 14 points more in the approval column than Trump did, 6 points less than Obama did, 3 points less than Bush did, and just barely less than Clinton did. ABC News wrote that Biden's approval rating is the third-lowest approval rating for any president since 1945. Most of Biden's approval is probably coming from the way he has handled the coronavirus pandemic. The vaccine distribution has been the key point after Trump's debacle of the situation during his term. Biden hasn't had the best start in history, but there are bright spots here and there. More hard work in Congress and compromises to be made ahead, but it's all for the most important goal.
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