TheDC Morning: They hate us! They really hate us!

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) They hate us! They really hate us! — President Obama may not have been able to turn the economy around as he promised, but at least he has changed America’s image in the world. Unlike when President Bush was world emperor, the world community has rallied around Obama and now America is loved again, especially in the Muslim world where the U.S. was once so reviled. Hold on a sec. What? That’s not even remotely true? Meagan Clark reports for TheDC:

 “The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes survey found the approval of Obama’s policies in Muslim-majority countries plummeted from an average 34 percent to 15 percent. In Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed, approval is the lowest — coming in at 7 percent. Muslim attitudes toward America and confidence in Obama also decreased.”

It should be noted that the global poll also indicated that  “clear majorities in Britain, Germany, France and Spain say China is the world’s economic leader.” So, in fairness, those participating in the poll were idiots

2.) Joe nobody punches up hoping to become somebodyJoe Klein, best known as anonymous (seriously!), proves once again that he’s an insufferable buffoon. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“In a Tuesday post on Time magazine’s Swampland blog, columnist Joe Klein took time away from blogging about his road trip across America to criticize Washington Post columnist and Fox News Channel regular Charles Krauthammer … ‘Krauthammer used to be an independent thinker, too’ said Klein. ‘Tis a pity he’s a hack, and a smug, reflexive one at that.’ The Daily Caller reached out to Krauthammer for a response to Klein’s ‘one small quibble.’ ‘Joe who?’ Krauthammer replied in an email.”

This isn’t the first time Klein took a shot at Krauthammer. Always a classy guy, Klein previously knocked the good doctor for being handicapped.

3.) Mr. President, meet the real world — A former top American spy told TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) that President Obama has grown to appreciate the CIA over his tenure in office:

“[Former CIA Counter-Terrorism Center deputy chief Henry] Crumpton told The Daily Caller that he believes President Barack Obama entered office with a negative impression of the CIA, but over time has come depend on it. ‘President Obama came with a suspicion — even a hostility toward the CIA — if you see his actions, his decisions and what he directed the Department of Justice to do,’ Crumpton said. ‘You fast-forward to where we are now, President Obama relies on the CIA, whether it’s the drone strikes that you mentioned earlier or the intelligence reporting, he appreciates the CIA now. And I think that’s a big change in the last three years.’”

You must imagine that after you receive a few presidential intelligence briefings you would quickly drop your preconceived notion that the world is like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. And after that realization, you probably begin to appreciate what the CIA does a little bit more.

4.) The Sioux will fight no more, forever — Another university has dropped the use of its Native American mascot. Strangely, a certain public figure didn’t make any comment on the decision. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“North Dakota residents overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to discontinue calling their state university’s sports teams the ‘Fighting Sioux’ after opponents have long argued that the nickname is offensive to Native Americans … A spokeswoman for Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren did not immediately return an email seeking comment.”

5.) Poll of the Day: Romney leads in Wisconsin poll — Rasmussen Reports poll of Wisconsin: Mitt Romney 47%, President Obama 44%.

6.) Tweet of the Yesterday Andy Levy ‏: I have an idea for a 128oz drink cup. RT @MikeBloomberg: Bloomberg Offers $5 Million Prize for City Innovation

VIDEO: Colin Powell sings “Call Me, Maybe” on live TV. Seriously.

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