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Green shoots of recovery for Obama 2.0

Looks like Obama 2.0 is starting to pay off. Ever since his boffo speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, the fighting president that Americans, and Democrats in particular, have been demanding to see has been front and center. President Obama’s critics certainly don’t like it. They say he’s “[s]owing social unrest and class resentment.” But the American people apparently do.

Two polls released in the last week show Obama recovering lost support. The Quinnipiac poll released yesterday puts the president’s approval rating at 47 percent. That’s up 6 points from last month. The New York Times/CBS News poll released last week has him at 46 percent, which is a 2-point bump since last month. Obama is even seeing green shoots in the Gallup Daily Tracking poll.

Now, I recognize that the reason for the president’s improved standing might be due not at all to his traveling around the country hammering Congress over its failure to pass his jobs bill in whole or in parts. His announcement of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and the capture and death of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi certainly helped. But those two things, combined with his getting out of Washington to drive home his domestic message, is aiding a noticeable momentum.

Whether these positive gains are stopped by a failure of the supercommittee to come up with a debt deal, the implosion of Greece and its impact on the U.S. economy, or the emergence of a Republican nominee capable of talking sense and capturing the hearts of the conservative base remains to be seen.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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