The latest National Journal blogger poll is out, this one grading the Obama presidency after 5 months.
“Overall, what grade would you give the White House staff?“ The average grade given by left-leaning bloggers was B-, compared to a C for the right-leaners. I gave them a “B,” grading on a curve on the grounds that transitions are hard:
They’ve been slow at filling key posts and made some early stumbles on that front. Overall, though, it’s been a reasonably smooth transition without serious policy gaffes.
“What grade would you give President Obama’s economic and national security teams?”
That’s of course two questions. One economics he got a C+/F and on national security a B-/D from left/right, respectively. Me:
The economic team is muddling through and they’ve made some very unwise calls, notably with Chrysler and GM, that could hurt us for years. The security team has picked up pretty much where the Bush team left off and cleaned up some messes without creating more of their own.
I don’t recall the grades I assigned and they’re not reported. I’d say D on economics and B- or C- on security.
It is, I’d note, a wee bit early for grading. Five months in, Obama doesn’t even have all his people in place.