Friday, January 29, 2010


Obama vs. Osama

by Larry Geller

While Obama’s job approval ratings continue to slide, a certain other international figure is trying to make points in his own public announcements.

Going populist

Yes, without the benefit of teleprompters, Osama Bin Laden holds forth on climate change.

I wonder if anyone is tracking the numbers on his approval rating within his own sphere of influence. There have been polls, but I haven’t yet located anything recent. This poll conducted in Pakistan is now three years old and obsolete, of course:

According to poll results, bin Laden has a 46 percent approval rating. Musharraf's support is 38 percent. U.S. President George W. Bush's approval: 9 percent.

A conclusion in that same article explains why we might learn something from such a poll if conducted today:

"Pakistan is the one Muslim nation that has nuclear weapons, and the people who want to use them against us -- like the Taliban and al Qaeda -- are more popular there than our allies like Musharraf."

Superimposing the job approval graphs of Obama and Osama might be interesting if it could be done.

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