Is this an anomaly, or a sign that some Americans were pleased to see Obama finally get stuff done in the lame duck session?:

As Pres. Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation to a more Republican Washington Tuesday, his approval rating in the latest Gallup Daily tracking poll sits at its highest point in eight months.Fully half of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 42 percent disapprove. The last time Obama's approval stood at 50 percent was for the three-day, rolling sample conducted last May 29 to June 1, partially over Memorial Day weekend. His disapproval rating hasn't been lower than 42 percent since mid-May of 2010.

It will be mighty interesting to see which way Obama's approval starts trending once he inevitably starts clashing with the incoming Republican House majority.