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Cheney brings the marshmallows
May 28, 2009 - Jim Anderson
According to a Gallup poll, Barack Obama’s approval rating for the week ending May 24 stood at 64 percent. The disapproval rating was 30 percent.
Dick Cheney’s popularity is rising, but he has a ways to go to overtake Obama. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released last week, indicates that 37 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the former vice president, up eight points from January when he left office. The unfavorable rating is 55 percent.
Among Republicans, however, 66 percent have a favorable view of Cheney.
And, according a recent Associated Press story, Cheney is still having an impact.
Cheney supporters cite the Democratic-controlled Senate's vote to deny Obama $80 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in eight months.
Obama, in a dramatic reversal, is also fighting the court-ordered release of prisoner abuse photos and wants to revive military tribunals for some suspected terrorists.
Besides taking on Obama on the talk circuit, Cheney, 68, is working on his memoirs and occasionally hosts guests to discuss foreign policy and national security issues.
According to the AP story, Cheney is with his grandchildren at softball games and Sunday dinners. On Mother's Day, he brought all the makings for s'mores and roasted marshmallows.
Still, leading Democrats are hardly feeling warm and fuzzy about the former vice president.
“I would think the Republicans ought to be shy in using him as their front,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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