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Here’s a trivial little tidbit from the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:

What a difference a couple of months makes. Nothing at all has changed in Obama’s actual handling of the BP spill, of course. He’s doing exactly the same things he was doing back in June. But now the leak has finally been capped, and that must mean he’s doing a better job, right?

Fascinatingly, though, the poll also includes a comparison to approval ratings of George Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina, and in that case time definitely didn’t heal all wounds. In the immediate aftermath of the storm Bush’s approval-disapproval rating was 48-48. A year later it had dropped to 36-53. I guess by 2006 people were just really, really tired of George Bush.

 

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