Obama Admits: Popularity ‘plummeted’ because of climate remarks in State of the Union address

The Washington Post reports:

A pair of fundraisers just 90 minutes apart in the San Francisco Bay Area last week laid bare the competing forces of politics and policy that President Obama is grappling with as he prepares to unveil a slate of major initiatives on global warming in late June or in July.

In public comments at the beginning of the first session, Obama made it clear that he considered climate change “one of the most important decisions we make as a nation,” according to a transcript released by the White House.

But during the second event, according to several people familiar with his private remarks at the home of clean-tech entrepreneur Vinod Khosla, Obama expressed concerns about the political pain involved, saying that “dial testing” of his State of the Union speech showed that the favorability ratings “plummeted” when he vowed to act on climate change if Congress refused to do so.

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2 thoughts on “Obama Admits: Popularity ‘plummeted’ because of climate remarks in State of the Union address”

  1. No, Obama didn’t lose any popularity with me because of what he said about climate. I already knew he was an idiot on the topic and his stock was already at zero.

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