Rich Galen

President Obama is not on a roll. In fact, he's in a slump. Let's review the past few days.

Five polls taken over the past week show that Obama's numbers are succumbing to gravity. A Fox Opinion Dynamics poll released yesterday had the President's approval rating at 54%.

Ok, you say, that's Fox. What about the REAL polls?

Let's go down the list: Gallup (55), USA Today (55), Associated Press (55), Rasmussen (51). None of these polls is more than a week old.

According to the Fox poll, among independents only "54% approve of the job Obama is doing, (down from 66% last month) and 36% disapprove" which is ten percentage points higher than a month ago.

Just to rub salt into this polling wound, according to Gallup, George W. Bush had an average approval rating of 56% at this same point in his Presidency.

What else? Oh, that business about the Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., being arrested. Here's the Wall Street Journal's summary of what happened:

Last week, Mr. Gates found himself locked out of his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Instead of calling a locksmith, he and his chauffeur proceeded to break into the house.

When a neighbor noticed the two men forcing their way through the front door, she called the police. According to the police report, when the officers arrived Mr. Gates became belligerent, "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior," and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

When Obama was asked about the incident at his Wednesday night presser the WSJ wrote that he

scored the local police for "acting stupidly for arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home."

The President also went on to see in the incident echoes of "a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

Talk about acting stupidly. How about playing the race card and dissing a cop doing his job in the process? Obama isn't a community organizer anymore. He's President of the United States. And the cop in question is widely known as a decent guy who teaches the courses to rookies about the dangers of racial profiling.

By the way, Gates wasn't arrested for breaking into his own house, he was arrested for "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior."

Here's a good lesson whether you're Black, White, Green, or Blue: Don't get into a loud argument with a person who is in possession of a badge and/or a gun.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at