Donald Lambro

President Obama has fled the White House for the peace and serenity of the beaches and golf links of Martha's Vineyard, leaving behind a mess of polls with failure written all over them.

In the sweltering, dog days of August, Obama has left town for a one week vacation, hoping to escape the many troubles that plague his presidency: a declining economy; his job approval polls in a nose dive; and the latest news that the vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the country's direction under his policies.

The Gallup Poll this week shows his job approval marks falling to the low 40s, and "three-quarters of Americans are now dissatisfied" with our country's direction, up sharply from 68 percent in July.

While the news media seem to remind us almost hourly that the Republicans are also unpopular, Gallup's pollsters find that public satisfaction with the Democrats (the people who kill all those House GOP budget cuts) has sunk seven points in this month alone to 37 percent.

"At 22 percent, U.S. satisfaction with the direction of the country is the lowest Gallup has seen since March," the polling organization reported Tuesday.

Obama may be able to temporarily run from his failing grades, but he can't hide from them. More than half of all Americans now disapprove of the job he is doing, and it's not hard to see why.

The economy is not getting stronger in the fifth year of his presidency, it's getting weaker, growing in the last three months by little over 1 percent. "We're still very much living through what amounts to a low-grade depression," writes New York Times economist Paul Krugman, one of Obama's earliest supporters.

Americans are suffering from the dearth of good paying, full-time jobs. "Since January, 833,000 more Americans reported working part- time," while almost 100,000 fewer Americans "have full-time positions," says economist Peter Morici.

Having trouble finding a job? Millions of Americans say they can't find one in Obama's economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 240,000 adults left the labor force and stopped looking for work in July.

Black unemployment was 12.6 percent and Hispanic unemployment is nearly 10 percent. Obama doesn't talk about this which may be why he doesn't vacation in his home state of Illinois where more than 9 percent are out of work.

Throw in higher rents across the country, an average of $3.60 for a gallon of regular gas, a declining stock market that's shrinking worker retirement funds, and one can understand why Americans aren't happy with this president.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.