Aug 15, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
Three years ago, New Yorkers gave Barack Obama 63 percent of the vote on his way to winning the presidency.
Today, even they are wondering if he’s up to the job.
In a poll last week, Empire State voters gave Obama only a 45 percent approval rating -- with 49 percent not so happy.
That’s the first time Obama’s registered in the negatives in New York.
It’s not just anti-incumbent sentiment, either: Both incumbent Democratic senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, get solid support.
[...] It’s long past time he took responsibility for the nation’s economic mess.
Folks have been hurting for far too long.
Unemployment has hovered in the 8 percent-to-10 percent range for just about his entire presidency.
And it’s been on his watch -- not his predecessor’s -- that the nation’s IOUs have soared by trillions and that S&P downgraded its US credit rating.
Last week, the markets went bonkers -- and no one knows what this week will bring.
If Obama doesn’t want to take ownership of this mess, it’s certainly understandable.
But as the polls show, voters are increasingly attributing it to him nonetheless -- even in New York.
Maybe he should quit blaming the other guy -- and finally lead.