Heaven help us if the gauge of presidential success is how he does in a public opinion poll from Tuesday to Friday. That'll get him on Mount Rushmore for sure.
Polls reflect public opinion, and that opinion is based on what they're presented. And public opinion isn't always right. Feed the public garbage, and they'll spit out garbage when you ask them. Public opinion has been wrong way too many times in history.
For example, when Democratic governor Orval Faubus mobilized the Arkansas National Guard in 1957 to try to stop school integration after the "Brown v. Board of Education" decision, it was Republican President Eisenhower that federalized the Guard and sent in the Army to get the black students to school.
In an interview with Mike Wallace on Sept 15th, 1957, Faubus referenced a scientific poll that showed that 82 percent of the population of Little Rock agreed with him. That doesn't mean he was right.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...