(CNSNews.com) - Former Clinton advisor James Carville pointed out Monday that President Obama, whose approval rating has sunk to 41 percent because the U.S. economy “is not growing for a lot of people,” is not even as popular as the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, Carville told host Joe Scarborough that the president’s numbers are so low that “the best thing he can do is take a toke on the mayor of Toronto's crack pipe, because his numbers are about 48.”
Scarborough: “Let’s keep these numbers up for a second, James Carville, you never really had this problem with Bill Clinton. The more trouble he got in, the higher his poll numbers went.”
Carville: “I remember, I remember.”
Scarborough: “That’s correct, yeah, I do too. But what’s going on here, James? You got like the economy is growing at two and a half, three percent, not anemic. We got some problems out there, but like the economy, 31 percent approve, 65 percent disapprove. This is something bigger going on. What is it?”
Carville: “What’s been going on for a long time is the economy is not growing for a lot of people. By the way, hasn’t been growing for a lot of people since the 70s, so it’s sort of catching up and then you look at the dysfunction. I think the best thing he [Obama] can do is take a toke on the mayor of Toronto's crack pipe, because his numbers are about 48.”
The latest Pew Research Survey released on Friday showed Obama with an overall 41 percent approval rating among adults who were surveyed between October 30th and November 6th.
In contrast, Mayor Ford, a self-admitted abuser of drugs and alcohol, had a 44 percent approval rating among Toronto voters surveyed on November 6th, the day after he admitted to using crack cocaine, according to Forum Research.
The first-term mayor, who was elected in December 2010, admitted he smoked crack cocaine last year during one of his “drunken stupors.