Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod is putting on a confident face after a string of polls have suggested the president’s approval ratings are at historic lows just as his reelection bid begins to ramp up.
In a memo to several reporters Friday, Axelrod writes the media has overly focused on the president’s low ratings without noting that those of the Republican Party and Congress are also scraping the bottom of the barrel:
Members of the media have focused on the President’s approval ratings as if they existed in a black box. Following the intransigence of the Republicans during the debt debate, the approval rating of the GOP brand dropped to a historic low. The approval rating of Congress dropped to a near historic low. Americans are still dealing with the impact of the financial crisis and recession and the long-term economic trends that have seen wages stagnate for many, and that is manifested in their anger towards Washington.
And, despite a wave of suggestions that many Democrats are upset and disappointed with Obama’s tenure, Axelrod argues, “The base is mobilized behind the president.”
12,000 individuals applied to join the campaign as volunteer summer fellows, more than in 2008. 1,100 students across the country are organizing their campuses in support of the campaign as fellows this fall. We had 552,462 individuals give to the campaign in the second quarter - more than we had in all of 2007. Of our 552,462 total donors to the 2012 campaign so far, more than 260,000 of them are completely new to the Obama organization and have never given before.
The memo comes a day after former Clinton campaign strategist and CNN Contributor James Carville wrote a widely-read article on CNN.com in which he said it's time for the president to “panic” about his reelection bid and fire several of his staff members.