Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's job approval polls are declining, proving Abraham Lincoln's admonition that you can't fool all the people all the time.

The Gallup Poll reported Thursday that Obama's job approval grade has fallen to a politically embarrassing 46 percent, and that 47 percent of those polled disapprove of his second-term performance, up by three points.

To add insult to injury, Obama had to swallow the news that his Republican predecessor, on whom he has blamed all of his problems, deficiencies, failures and blunders, is now seen as much more popular than Obama is right now.

A separate nationwide Gallup survey finds that former President George W. Bush is seen as "more positive than negative for the first time since 2005, with 49 percent rating him favorably and 46 percent unfavorably."

That may be the result of Bush's decision to stay out of the political swamp, as he calls it, and refrain from making any disparaging remarks about his successor. But it may also signal the public's longing for the tame $147 billion budget deficit near the end of Bush's presidency, the 5.2 percent average unemployment rate over his eight years, and less than $2 for a gallon of regular gasoline at the end of his term in office.

Now in the sixth month of his unfocused, purposeless, scandal-ridden second term, Obama's troubled presidency is wearing thin among many Americans who seem to have come down with a chronic case of buyer's remorse.

He promised to bring the high unemployment rate down to about 6 percent, but it remains at 7.6 percent. Nearly 12 million Americans are still unemployed.

The real unemployment rate -- when you add in part-time workers who can't find full-time jobs, and millions of discouraged people who stopped looking and thus are not counted -- is closer to 14 percent.

He said he would boost the economy's growth rate to get America working again. But economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, has been stuck in an anemic, subpar 2 percent range at best, and it's fallen well below that level in recent quarters.

He said he would hold the line on gas prices, but they've risen to budget-busting levels under his anti-fossil fuels, anti-oil exploration policies. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline at the pump was running around $3.63 Thursday, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, though the price was $4 a gallon and higher in many parts of the country, particularly the Midwest.

Gas prices today are higher than they were a year ago, according to AAA, but that doesn't surprise people who have closely tracked Obama's belief that higher gas prices are good for us. Here's the inside story:

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.