September 24, 2009: Nastiness Dominates Washington, Anti-Obama Movement (U.S. News & World Report)

  • For his part, President Obama tells friends that he believes that most Americans are rooting for him to succeed, and he feels strong support and affection from everyday people outside Washington. "I think what he's struck by, what all of us are struck by, is as you travel the country, there's so many people who offer their support and good wishes," says David Axelrod, a senior White House adviser. "There is not this sense of harsh division, and I'm always mindful of the fact that, especially in today's age, the loudest, angriest voices tend to get outsized attention because they make for better TV." Axelrod adds that a recent Washington Post survey shows that "two thirds of the people polled have warm and positive feelings about him, regardless of what they thought about his policies. I think he's got a great relationship with the American people."