Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Public Image and Perception=== President Edwards entered office with only a 53% approval rating among public opinion polling. He was seen by many as an outsider who won by divide and conquer, and was seen as a soft spoken radical by some. Even with this view by much of the country Edwards did have a good connection among minorities for his life as the adoptive child of two black parents during the 1960s. Edwards also held a good connection with intellectuals, mainly for having been a scientist and engineer for the first half of his life and applying those philosophies of objectivity and consensus building to his style of government. Lastly Edwards always had a grip on the youth vote. During both of his presidential campaigns, Edwards was seen to be very in touch with the problems of Americas youth, partly because of how young he was to begin with, but mostly for his style of presentation; Edwards was famous for appearing on Jay Leno with the band first usually turning one of the Tonight Show's upbeat openings into a hard rock or blues jam session. Aside from Leno, Maher, and Carlin; Edwards had almost no support from Hollywood, and was chastised frequently by both sides of the media spectrum as being either too liberal, or too conservative. The inclusion of party favorites into his cabinet and their quick confirmation netted President Edwards a 59% approval rating, but no one outside of his base saw him as anything more that a mediocre president, even after the passage of Right Track. Edwards did not achieve national approval until the 9/11 WTC Attacks. Following his display of leadership by immediately going to ground zero to help with relief efforts, and his decisive response to Al Qaeda, President Edwards soared to a 90% approval rating in the Gallup poll, and was seen as a great leader by the majority of the country. After 9/11, Edwards continued to hold high approval ratings, bolstering support for most of his proposals, most notably the Universal Healthcare Act, and the American Energy Security Act of 2002. Edwards was seen as a smart leader, and cemented this perception with his smooth handling of the Afghan War. Edwards was not truly perceived by the public as the Independent, until after NeoConGate. During the investigation, Edwards was seen as a champion of civil liberty and government accountability. And following the investigation where he begin to bring in much more liberal members into his cabinet, ignoring any partisan ties, President Edwards earned the nickname: the Independent. By the end of his presidency, President Edwards was holding a steady 71% in public approval ratings, losing favor only with the Christian and far right. Today, 67% of Americans polled have stated that they believe President Edwards was the greatest president in US history, and 75% polled believe he was the most successful president. Many also credit President Edwards for instilling a greater sense of responsibility in the general public, and creating a greater appreciation and protectionism of Constitutional liberties. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Wikiland Wikia are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://wikiland.fandom.com/wiki/President_Charles_Malcolm_Edwards_(An_Independent_in_2000)"