The few of you who actually watched the debacle probably already know, but Rasumussen confirms the Obama health-care press conference backfired. In the past, whenever Obama wanted to sell his creeping socialism, all he had to do is jump on prime time television, and bam! Instant approval ratings jump. For the first time though, that didn’t happen, in fact, his approval ratings went down directly because of the presser.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

The number who Strongly Disapprove of the President has increased slightly following the prime time press conference on Wednesday night. That figure—39%–is now at the highest level yet recorded. As a result, the overall Approval Index has fallen to the lowest level yet recorded for this President. …

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. This is the second straight day that his overall approval rating has been below 50% among Likely Voters nationwide. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. See recent demographic highlights from the Presidential Tracking Poll. For more measures of the President’s performance, see Obama By the Numbers.

These updates are based upon nightly telephone interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. More than two-thirds of the interviews for today’s update were completed after the President’s nationally televised press conference on Wednesday night. The first update based entirely upon interviews conducted after the press conference will be released on Sunday.

So, what exactly went wrong? First, as several people pointed out during the press-conference, his answers were often rambling, non-sensical piles of poo. If you were tuning in to find out exactly what it was the President wanted, you certainly got no answer. Instead, you got general platitudes; you got about 6 “let me be clear”s (I know, we made a drinking game with that phrase) and general confusion. Only a hardcore political freak (like all ya’ll) could have possibly sat through that mindless dribble. To quote the principal from Billy Madison:

Mr. President what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

You know things are bad when even MSNBC is piling on the President. Contrary to Chrissy Matthews getting a tingle running up his leg, Howard Fineman said:

I’ve been covering Barack Obama for a few years, and it’s usually crystal clear what he is up to. Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: What was THAT all about?

His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. He spent an hour (with the aide of a soporific White House press corps) pouring sand (one grain at a time) into the already-slowing gears of the machinery of health-care reform.

He made no real news on health care, but DID make news on race relations with his discussion of the Skip Gates case — thereby obscuring the topic he supposedly wanted to feature.

Ouch! It’s pretty clear that the Obama’s press-conference did backfire, which is just fine with me.

Red pill or blue pill, choose!