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Obama, Bush, and Clinton join forces with new organization helping Afghan evacuees

September 15, 2021

Three of the nation’s four most recent former presidents are coming together to offer their support to a new organization that aims to assist Afghan evacuees who are resettling in the United States after fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, reports the Forbes Alert.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as former First Ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama, are joining Welcome.US as honorary co-chairs “to lift up everyone else involved and remind us that this is our opportunity, in a time of all too much division, for common purpose,” the group’s website states.

The organization, which launched on Tuesday, September 14, also boasts a Welcome Council comprising former and current government officials from both parties, military and business leaders, and activists. It brings together a coalition of organizations helping Afghan allies as they arrive in the U.S. and businesses making financial or in-kind contributions to resettlement efforts.

On its home page, Welcome.US says, “Across party, faith, geography, age, background, and beyond, Americans are uniting for newcomers. More than 280 front-line organizations, leaders, and businesses have already joined the Welcome.US community—not to stand up an organization, but to inspire all Americans to also make the choice to serve. Write to partners@welcome.us if you, too, want to get involved. This is only day one.”

 Indeed, Welcome.US bills itself as a “first of its kind national organization that will engage Americans and mobilize support across sectors for Afghan refugees” and said in a press release it will provide a “single point of entry for Americans who want to get involved” with helping Afghans who have fled the country.

After the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan, the Biden administration launched the largest military evacuation in U.S. history—airlifting more than 122,000 people from the main airport in Kabul, including roughly 5,500 Americans, before President Joe  Biden’s August 31 deadline for withdrawing the final U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

According to Forbes, the Administration now is tasked with resettling more than 50,000 Afghan evacuees, overwhelming the U.S. refugee resettlement system. Since mid-August, the U.S. has admitted roughly 24,000 of the Afghans it relocated from Kabul, and most are being temporarily housed at eight military installations, where they are undergoing medical screenings and additional processing. Another approximately 39,000 have remained at military bases in Europe and the Middle East.

After the Afghan evacuees complete their processing at the military bases, they are connected with resettlement agencies, which help them to find affordable housing and jobs. But the volume of refugees arriving in the U.S. has strained resettlement agency resources, prompting the groups to secure short-term lodging through hotel chains and Airbnb rentals.

Welcome.US is stepping up, with the help of the former presidents and Welcome Council, to become a nationwide “welcome wagon.”

Research contact: @Forbes

America finds a soft spot for Melania

December 18, 2017

First Lady Melania Trump‘s favorability rating has risen 17 percentage points since last January—up to 54%— as she has become better known in her role as first lady, Gallup reported on December 15.

By contrast, the polling organization said, only 41% of American voters say they like her husband; and that’s a stretch: Many other pollsters have the POTUS’s rating in the mid- and low 30s.

In early January, before the president took office, 37% of Americans viewed Melania Trump unfavorably—matching her favorability score—while 26% did not yet have an opinion of her.

Now, in Gallup’s first measure of the First Lady, the percentage with no opinion of her is down to 13%, while her favorability rating is up and her unfavorable rating has dipped slightly to 33%.

Melania Trump’s favorability advantage over Donald Trump in the Dec. 4-11 Gallup poll is consistent with Gallup’s findings that recent first ladies are, on average, more popular than their husbands. This is likely, the pollster said, because a first lady’s role is more ceremonial and, generally, much less divisive than that of the president.

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush outpaced their husbands, holding an average 12-point and 17-point edge in favorability, respectively, over their spouses. Melania Trump’s current 13-point favorability advantage over her husband is roughly in line with those of the last two first ladies. (Hillary Clinton averaged one point lower in favorability than Bill Clinton over the course of his presidency.)

Although Melania Trump’s rating has improved, she still rates behind other first ladies at roughly comparable points in time. Michelle Obama (61%), Laura Bush (77%) and Hillary Clinton (58%) all had higher favorability ratings in the fall of their husband’s first year in office than Melania Trump has now.

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted between December 4 and December 11, among a random sample of 1,049 adults, living in all 50 U.S. states.

Research contact:  datainquiry@gallup.com