And it sure seems to be working. In early March, Obama’s job approval rating went positive for the first time in almost three years. And his approval ratings are going up both with Democrats and Republicans. Right now, compared with other recent two-term presidents at this point in their terms, Obama is considerably more popular than George W Bush (by 16 points), within the margin of error with Ronald Reagan, and the only president more popular than Obama was Bill Clinton.
One of the most amazing things about Obama’s presidency is that it has remained almost completely scandal free. It is hard to remember the last time that happened. And the few scandals that have popped up were largely manufactured (his birth certificate, Benghazi).