Obama’s approval rating Friday stood at 42 percent, four points higher than the record low of 38 percent he had been at earlier this week.
This is terrible news for the president.
Why? Because he has been almost totally out of the public eye. Sequestered on Martha’s Vineyard quietly putting away on the golf course and puttering around on the beach, Obama has been off the radar.
And yet he’s rising in the polls.
Of course, he hit his popularity nadir right after a highly publicized bus trip last week through the Midwest that was supposed to rally support for him in critical battleground states. Obama was ubiquitous, holding town halls, giving speeches, chatting away in TV interviews, and generally making himself available for viewing.
And voters recoiled in horror.
It reminds me of the health reform debate. The more the president talked about the legislation, less popular it became. So the White House handed the wheel to Nancy Pelosi, who decided the best approach would be for people to find out what’s in the legislation after it’s passed.
White House sources are telling me that political adviser David Plouffe is mapping out a new campaign strategy under which Obama will be sent to an unnamed national park where he will camp out from Oct. 1, 2012 through Election Day. The president would have access to neither to the Internet nor a phone, so that he could not sneak in an interview.
“It will be just the president, with a tent and a fishing rod,” this source said. “No one will be allowed to contact him other than the national security adviser, his immediate family, and his bookie.”
However, Obama 2012 Chairman Jim Messina is pushing a more agressive strategy in which Obama is placed in an medically induced coma for the final weeks of the campaign.
Sources also say that in the final months before Election Day, Michelle will be fitted with a special tracking device that will screech at a deafening volume if she tries to go on vacation.
Meanwhile, Vice President Biden’s knees will be locked in place so that he can’t put his foot in his mouth.
Keeping Obama from making public statements is an excellent campaign strategy and shows Obama’s advisers are “thinking out of the box.”
In fact, advisers to Rick Perry are said to think highly of the Obama strategy and are analyzing the feasibility of adopting it for their candidate as well.