Pollster John Zogby finds in our weekly White House report card that President Obama turned his administration around by showing some "crisis leadership." And the new jobs figures also helped him recover from a bad month.
"Lots going on this week. The open sore of race relations again turned raw over the New York grand jury's decision to not indict a police officer involved in another killing. Protests hit the streets but there was no violence. Anyone expecting this fervor to slow down better think twice.
"This is a crisis and both the president and attorney general stepped up to the plate - President Obama calling for a nationwide conversation, Eric Holder for a Justice Department investigation. High marks for leadership on both counts.
"November statistics show 321,000 new jobs created (100,000 more than expected); October's figures were adjusted upward by 44,000 more jobs. The unemployment rate holds at 5.8 percent and there were meager signs that wages have inched up.
"Congress goes into recess on Dec. 11 and there are signs that Speaker John Boehner will get enough cooperation from his side to put through a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. This could be a precedent for the debate and action on FY 2016.
"The fireworks over executive orders, the sequester, and GOP-led investigations are ahead - but those are not this week. Crisis leadership on all sides."
Grade - B+
Up from last week's C