Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

No. 98

State of the Nation

Americans continue to believe that the country is on the wrong track. end of February the NBC/WSJ survey found 60% saying the country is on the wrong track. 31% said we were going in the right direction. In early March,...

First it was Hush Puppies

The year was 1994. Hush Puppies, (the shoes) were all but dead. “Sales were down to 30,000 pairs a year ...” “The company that made the shoes was thinking of phasing out the shoes ...” Then around late 1994 or...

President Obama

President Obama is in the range in which Presidents Nixon, Clinton, Carter, and Reagan found themselves at this point in their tenure. Three of the four were re-elected. President Obama is ranked 7th when matched against the previous 8 Presidents...

2012 Presidential Campaign Has Begun

While there is some talk about someone running against him from the left, Obama’s re-nomination by the Democratic Party is not even a little bit in doubt. This past February, by a margin of 45% to 40%, registered voters said...

The Congress

The job approval rating of Congress in March was 18%. Independents are most down on Congress, recording a 15% approval rating. In December the overall job approval rating was 13%, but in February it had risen to 23%. That jump...

Restaurant: Mr. Henry's

Washington, DC: There were more patrons fitted into the main floor dining room than in any restaurant at which I have ever eaten.

Restaurant: Anchor & Hope

San Francisco: The 100-year old building has had a variety of uses, including as a mechanics’ warehouse, a fire station, and an artists’ studio. The restaurant has been there for about 3 years.

Restaurant: Spruce

San Francisco: The restaurant prides itself on its always fresh ingredients from local farms and ranches. As an interesting benefit to its customers, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays Spruce operates a farmers’ market.