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President's Popularity Hanging By a Thread?

Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine.

Lethal Weapon?

In many of the swing districts that Democrats won in their 2006 sweep to majority and 2008 pickups from there, President Obama could be toxic -- that's according to some Democrats. National Journal's Hotline reports one strategy is almost unanimous:

"Run away from the president, and fast. A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is six points more popular than President Obama in 'frontline' districts -- seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear."

However one Democratic official dismissed the article, saying, "This unnamed pollster -- if the pollster or this poll even exists -- is complete crap."

Hanging By a Thread

President Bush is apparently more popular than President Obama on Martha's Vineyard, at least when it comes to clothing. When the first family vacationed there last year, Obama-themed trinkets were flying off the shelves.

Now, the owner of a store called The Locker Room says this summer's best-selling shirt features Bush and even Democrats are buying it. It reads: "Miss me yet? How's that hopey,-changey thing working out for ya?"

Animal Planet

In Sudan, where 90 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, officials have unveiled a plan to spend $10 billion to rebuild cities in the shapes of animals and fruits.

Authorities in southern Sudan have already drawn up elaborate blueprints with cities designed in the shape of a pineapple, a rhinoceros and a giraffe. The sewage treatment plant would appropriately be placed under the giraffe's tail. It's unclear exactly how they plan to raise the $10 billion.