Reid returns to work but will skip State of the Union

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Harry Reid returning to work after exercise injuries.

President Barack Obama is most likely to be called “good” at his job or “incompetent,” according to a survey released Tuesday that shows public opinion about him as divided as ever. “Intelligent” was the word offered up by 21 respondents, while 12 each offered descriptions of “dictator,” “honest” and “idiot/stupid.” Pew conducted the same survey in April 2009, finding then that “intelligent” topped the list for the then-new president, and in June 2013, “good” also led the pack. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday returned to work in his Washington, D.C., office, but was not expected to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Polls released this week from NBC News/Wall Street Journal and ABC News/Washington Post have shown Obama’s approval rating to be ticking upward from the low-40s toward 50 percent.

The Senate is scheduled to convene Tuesday morning for legislative business and formally convene around 8:30 p.m. to escort Obama to the House chamber for his annual address to Congress. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has handled Reid’s duties, which have mostly been speeches only in the few days the Senate has been working this year. Reid, 75, remains under strict observation of doctors who are monitoring his recovery from injuries suffered in the exercise accident in late December at his Las Vegas-area home.

In a recent radio interview he didn’t rule out possibly losing vision in the eye, but said doctors would need more time to examine his eye once bones around it healed.

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