With a new poll showing President Barack Obama's approval ratings at an all time low - particularly

After a rocky start to President Barack Obama's second term, the White House hoped 2014 would reboot his presidency and final three years in office. But six months in, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama's approval rating at just 41 percent - tying his all-time low. And his handling of foreign policy issues is worse...a mere 37 percent approve. "The evaluation of his performance on foreign policy is very disturbing right now to the White House because he has major crises going on in Iraq, with Syria, with Putin in Crimea. He needs to be higher in the polls to have credibility," said James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. Both with the american public and the international leaders with whom he needs to build coalitions on crises like iraq. "They know he's in the last stage of his presidency and they know he's down in the polls, that makes it difficult for them to deal with him over the long term," said Thurber. And as if it wasn't hard enough already, the low poll numbers make his chances of working with a polarized Congress in a midterm election year a virtual impossibility. But to those who say this president has reached lame duck status, Thurber says, not so fast... "I dont think there is such a thing as a true lame duck or a dead duck. there is always life there, there is always ability to promolgate rules and regulations and use actions unilaterally by the executive," he said. Something this president has made clear he's not afraid of doing. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/91e9cb12341cdc6339b71f4d337c55f0 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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