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Zogby's Obama report card: President loses his reelection mandate

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Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama has partially crawled out of his scandal-filled hole.

"This would be a perfect week for your humble pollster from Utica, N.Y. to take a vacation, since my grade will clearly anger half of D.C. As I suggested last week, the president's polling numbers would take a small but significant hit. Dropping from 51 percent to 48 percent is more than cosmetic, it denies Mr. Obama's capacity to claim a mandate.

"The three scandals are still in the headlines, but Americans seemed more focused on the tragedy in tornado-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma. At the same time, applications for jobless benefits are down dramatically, with economists suggesting that the overall unemployment rate may dip again in May. And the president has been widely praised for a major speech calling for reducing the most dangerous practices associated with the war on terror. Congress can surely investigate (as it must) but can it legislate (as it should)? Mr. Obama is only waist deep in doo-doo this week."

Grade -- C minus.

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