In the latest erosion of George W. Bush’s job-approval rating, a new poll released today reveals that the president is now less popular among the American people than the so-called “TB Guy,” Atlanta attorney Andrew Speaker. While Bush’s ratings have been in a virtual free-fall in recent months, few political insiders expected him to be trounced by Speaker, who has been accused of exposing airline passengers to tuberculosis.
Additionally, the poll results are historic in another way, since they mark the first time that a sitting president has been deemed less popular than a quarantined disease carrier.
But at the White House today, official spokesman Tony Snow tried to put a positive spin on the numbers, saying that Speaker’s poll numbers received an artificial “bounce” as a result of all of the press coverage he has received in recent days. “If President Bush had been quarantined for spreading tuberculosis around the world, his numbers would be right up there with the TB Guy’s,” Snow claimed.
Perhaps in an attempt to change the subject, President Bush participated in a ceremony today in which he declared victory over peace activist Cindy Sheehan. Posing in front of a banner reading MISSION ACCOMPLISHED on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, Bush said that Sheehan’s departure from the peace movement means, “I won’t have to spend this August in Crawford hiding in the barn.”
Elsewhere, getting married can have significant psychological benefits for those suffering from depression, according to a study published today in the Journal of Larry King.