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Friday, February 4th, 2011

Similarities Between Obama And Carter
Special guest host Mark Simone filled in for Sean today and opened the show by discussing the similarities between the Obama and Carter administrations. “Carter’s handling of the economy seems very familiar. Two years into Carter’s presidency the Shah of Iran, at one time our ally, was suddenly faced with the same situation Mubarack is. People were out protesting, putting on demonstrations and people felt Carter mishandled it all from the beginning. Now, the same pattern is happening to Obama. Just two years into his term as president Obama is surprised by a friendly dictator, an ally, who suddenly can’t stay in power.” Mark also wondered aloud if Americans thought Hillary Clinton was doing a good job as Secretary of State. “It’s part of the job to know what the heck is going on in countries like Egypt. This is a major State Department failure here. They didn’t seem to pick up any warning signs on this or have any aware ness that this was about to happen,” Simone steamed {Article}.

A Polarizing President
President Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first, when he registered the most polarized ratings for a first-year president according to a new Gallup survey. An average of 81% of Democrats and 13% of Republicans approved of the job Obama was doing as president during his second year. That 68-point gap in party ratings is up from 65 points in his first year and is easily the most polarized second year for a president since Dwight Eisenhower. As Gallup pointed out last year, none of the presidents prior to Reagan averaged more than a 40-point gap in approval ratings by party. But from Reagan through Obama, all except George H.W. Bush have averaged more than a 50-point divide in party ratings. You can read the complete survey from Gallup by clicking here.

Haven't We Seen This Before?
Mark was joined by former pollster for President Carter, Pat Caddell, to get his thoughts on the political implications for Obama Care. Caddell was able to give an interesting perspective since it was his boss, Jimmy Carter, who dealt with a similar situation when the Shah of Iran fell in the late 70’s. “There are issues at work who’re trying to destroy Israel and the West,” explained Caddell, “Say what you will about President Carter but his efforts on the Camp David Accord have done much to prevent war in the Middle East. Caddell continued, “The danger here is, since no one was ready for this, there’s a real lurking danger about what the Muslim Brotherhood represents.” “We supposedly have people who do nothing in life but know what’s going on in Egypt,” questioned Simone, “So how did we get caught off guard.” “It’s basically a failure of the way government works, which is that peo ple never want to bring bad news or upset the apple cart,” responded Caddell. It seems that we should look more closely at our past so we don’t have to continue to relive it.

Show Guests

Pat Caddell

Patrick Hayward Caddell (also Pat or Patrick H., born May 19, 1950, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant.

Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."