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Zogby Report Card: Obama can give thanks to Obamacare, Iran

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Pollster John Zogby reports in our White House report card feature that diplomatic advances in Iran and fixes to the Obamacare website salvaged the week for President Obama:

"The president had a few things to be thankful for this week.

“He and Secretary of State John Kerry have a multinational deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear enrichment program and open up its facilities to international inspectors. Iran hardly got the store — the lifting of a few sanctions nets them about $5 billion while they have been losing almost that much per month under the sanctions regime. It is historic in that the deal means the U.S. and its allies are now talking to Iran, Iran is now willing to engage in diplomacy, and there is a system of metrics in place to determine if a final (more far-reaching) agreement can be struck.

“Israel is no less safe than it was before. After being broken by sanctions, what does Iran gain by launching a nuclear warhead that would ensure its own total destruction? And the American public supports the deal by a factor of two to one.

“Applications for jobless benefits are down and word is that the Obamacare website is making progress and that new applications are being processed and accepted.

“As weeks go, this was a short one but a pretty good one for Mr. Obama. (Note to readers: a good professor doesn't fail a student on the first day of class then press the automatic F-bomb every day thereafter.)"

Grade -- C+

Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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