Any notion that President Obama would be a unifying figure seems to stand on its head when you look at this MSNBC online poll result:
That's likewise reflected in this Pew Research poll:
For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama's job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president -- 88% job approval among Democrats -- and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%).
Americans gather quickly around the idea of either loving him or hating him.
John Adams said, "There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." And that seems to be a central theme among those who don't like him: liberty, which is the right to be left alone to your own property and decisions, is threatened by Obama, who makes no compromise on his intention to go wherever he believes fit, whether through greater taxation or invasive annexation of the private sphere.
John Edwards' proclamation of two Americas was a bit early, it seems.