President Obama’s slow ride down Gallup’s daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.
Since March, Obama’s job approval rating has hovered above Carter’s, considered among the 20th century’s worst presidents, but today Obama’s punctured Carter’s dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama’s job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter’s 51 percent.
Back in 1979, Carter was far below Obama until the Iran hostage crisis, eerily being duplicated in Tehran today with Iranian protesters storming the British embassy. The early days of the crisis helped Carter’s ratings, though his failure to win the release of captured Americans, coupled with a bad economy, led to his defeat by Ronald Reagan in 1980.
The only things on Obama's side right now is he doesn't have a primary contender (the lifeguard of Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy challenged Carter in 1980), and there is no Reagan-esque GOP candidate to challenge Obama in the fall.
Other than that, I'd agree (rarely) with Karl Rove and say Obama is worse than even James Buchanan (exceedingly worse than Carter), which would make Obama the worst President in American history.