President Obama's Approval Rating Hits Highest Point of 2nd Term

Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of the president's job performance.

According to a CNN/ORC poll conducted from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 55 percent of Americans approve of the president's job performance, with 44 percent disapproving.

The poll shows Obama with the highest approval to date in his second term. The rating matches his best since he took office in 2009.

Yesterday, in the spirit of the baseball playoff season, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama views himself as a sort of "cleanup hitter."

"He's got the biggest bat in the lineup," Earnest said. "And the president has had a couple of opportunities to step to the plate, but he'll have many more in the five weeks that remain until Election Day to make a case while the whole stadium is watching."

The president has recently become notably more fierce in appealing to the African-American community to see the upcoming election as either the continuation of his policies or the reversal of his legacy.