Report Card: Obama's charm offensive fails

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Pollster John Zogby says in our weekly White House report card that President Obama has hit another wall.

"No white smoke coming out of the Capitol; only blue smoke--and mirrors. Despite President Obama's congressional charm offensive, all sides are digging in on their budget plans. There is no common ground here. His approval rating in our new Zogby Analytics Poll remains at 52 percent, but there is evidence that he is losing support among independents who have gone from majority approval to only 41 percent. The Catholic Church is facing even more crises than the president and, yet, the cardinals made it all look so easy. The week belongs to Francis I of Argentina, not Obama II."