Today, President-elect Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with President Bush at the White House. The New York Times notes that the visit will be both “historic” and “perhaps awkward,” since Obama consistently criticized Bush on the campaign trail. A new Gallup analysis also finds that the meeting will be “a remarkable contrast between one of the least popular two-term presidents in modern times at the close of his administration, and one of the most popular candidates to win the presidency“:
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey finds that 76 percent of Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, “an all-time high in CNN polling and in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.” Bush is now more unpopular that Richard Nixon when he resigned from office after Watergate (66 percent disapproval). He also beats the previous record holder, Harry Truman, who had a 67 percent disapproval rating in January 1952.