The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

And check out the POTUS numbers on the economy and his policies meant to create jobs and growth.

Bloomberg News reports on dropping poll numbers for President Bush when it comes to terrorism, and numbers further plummet when pollsters asked about the Dubai port sale. LINK

Bush trip:

ABC News' Jessica Yellin reports that the mainstream Indian press is hailing President Bush's trip and the nuke deal as a major success. One of the major TV networks here (NDTV) described the nuke agreement as "the end of India's nuclear apartheid". The headline on the Times of India reads: "It's a Deal. A Very Big Deal." The Hindustan Times and the Indian Express both headline "We've Made history:" And lead photo on Times of India pictures POTUS, FLOTUS and Indian President Abdul Kalam and the caption reads: "Friends Forever."

All this is bound to improve the President's poll standing (in India).

There was some good natured teasing of the President, who surprised his Indian hosts by choosing not to take time out to visit the Taj Mahal. In comments yesterday, Prime Minister Singh looked to Mrs. Bush and said, "I'm sorry your husband is not taking you to the Taj Mahal." The Hindustan Times put the comment in an otherwise glowing story on the cover, below the fold.

The protests seem minor weighed against the overwhelmingly positive coverage the President has received.

Also amusing -- at a state dinner last night each White House staffer was introduced. Chief of Staff Andy Card was introduced as Andrew Card: Junior Assistant to the President. Brett Kavanaugh was introduced as Secretary of State. According to the program, entertainers played local music and, in apparent homage to the US, "We Are The World."

During a Q&A session with young entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, India, President Bush was asked about outsourcing and said: ". . . I've taken the position -- I've taken it as recently as my State of the Union, where I said, the United States of America will reject protectionism. We won't fear competition, we welcome competition, but we won't fear the future, either, because we intend to shape it through good policies. And that's how you deal in a global economy. You don't retrench and pull back. . . . "

The Times of India and the Economic Times also highlighted Bush's support for expanding the number of non-immigrant visas (H1-B visas for professionals and students). This would make it possible for US universities to accept more Indian students.

Steven Weisman of the New York Times offers up an excellent news analysis looking at the opposition on the Hill to the nuclear deal, but writes of the Administration's confidence that India's role as "a counterweight to China in Asia" will sway critics. LINK

". . .the pact received initial praise from Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize-winning director-general of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, who called it 'timely for ongoing efforts to consolidate the nonproliferation regime, combat nuclear terrorism and strengthen nuclear safety,'" writes Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

Hillman and Landers of the Dallas Morning News look at the "uphill battle" that the nuclear pact faces in Congress. LINK

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) "railed at the deal as a 'historic disaster' that 'undermines the security not only of the United States, but of the rest of the world' by setting one standard for India and another for any other nation that seeks to acquire nuclear weapons."

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