Obama loves to play and talk about sports.
President Obama loves to shoot hoops, and attending college and pro games. Reuters

US President Barack Obama's approval ratings have surged by nine points following the death of Osama Bin Laden, according to The Washington Post/Pew Research Center and USA Today/Gallup Poll. The Gallup Poll included about 1,500 adults around the nation.

57 percent of Americans now approved of the President's jobs performance, up from 46 percent last month.

Presidential scholar Rene Van Vechten at the University of Redlands said the perceptions of Obama are changing.

These events will do wonders for his popularity. They won't fade from memory quickly. It's huge. This is exactly the kind of victory he needed.

Obama will visit the World Trade Center on Thursday.