POTUS Report Card: Obama shifts from deeds to legacy building

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama didn't weigh in much on the major news events of the week, and is just piddling about.

"This was a holiday week so at least there was an excuse for little action. The stock markets are healthy but GDP growth has slowed. Cyprus is scary and causing some jitters among some in the chattering classes about Russian bullying and financial crisis dominoes toppling. Kim Jong Un says that the Koreas are now officially in a state of war and he must be taken seriously. L'il Kim also threatened retaliation against the U.S. even though North Korea's missiles never get past their own beaches. And the Supreme Court heard arguments about two cases involving gay marriage -- an issue that now leading conservatives have begun to throw in the towel. President Obama made an emotional appeal on gun control but that seemed more for his legacy than for any real accomplishment. All in all, the week was a wash for Mr. Obama."

Grade -- C

Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics.