Cynical, angry electorate boosts Obama's popularity

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In the waning days of a bitter, exhausting, enervating election season, President Obama often seemed to be the only person in America who was still having fun. On each of his stops for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he has been greeted by screaming crowds and a palpable nostalgia embodied by the same largely improvised exchange. “I love you,” a voice from the crowd inevitably calls. “Love you, too,” Obama always replies. The exchange captures one of the striking paradoxes of this election season: At a moment defined by anger at Washington, voter cynicism and two historically unpopular presidential candidates, Obama’s approval ratings are the highest they have been since his first days in office. For the first time in decades — dating back to Ronald Reagan — a lame-duck incumbent is in high demand on the campaign trail.

From The Washington Post: