Jan. 26, 2012
BOSTON — President Barack Obama did his best to convince the American public of his vision going forward. You gave him ... mixed grades. Here's the rundown as of Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m.
A 66.7% - B 15.2% - C 3.9% - D 4.8% - F 9.5%
And some extra calls and comments:
An A from East Falmouth: "It was positive, hit on most important issues, very little bashing of other side, progressive, spoke to problems with divided Congress and country."
A from Somerville: "Energizing; optimistic; combined immediate and longer-term goals for growth."
From Boston, B: "Strong words and good delivery, but lofty ideas for problems 3 years old; passing buck to Congress."
Another B from Boston: "Where was this forceful Obama the last three years. Yet the fed. should get out of education and let the states decide what is needed."
C: "Too many hollow promises, more government involvement in our lives."
From Brewster, F: "Repeat of former State of the Union address speeches. All he can do and has done is talk!"
F: "Total bs. What has he done to improve unemployment??? Just more government."
Howard commented on 01.28.12
What astonishes me, and is more important than my having the presumption to "grade" the President, is that 'GBH would have the temerity to characterize the results of those who did elect to give him a grade as "mixed." I teach in college and grading is a critical factor and a serious part of the job, but it's never misunderstood that there is hardly anything scientific about it so much as it's a process of informed judgment. When 2/3 of the listeners give him an A, and almost another sixth a B (for a total of nearly 5/6, a whopping 83% or so of the respondents giving him an "honors" grade. it's hardly mixed. You guys are a bunch of sad sacks as journalists. Stop manipulating the "news." Why not just report it? Especially as you've generated this particular bit of nonsense, and hence are responsible for its manufacture. The President doesn't look bad as a result. You do.