Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is having a good stretch leading to next week’s release of the annual federal budget, and his improving numbers prove it.

“The president is simply on a tear, and his polling numbers continue to edge up. Does that matter? Of course it does.

“It strengthens him and shores up his base. It even forces Congress to back down on issues the president will veto like immigration, the XL pipeline and new sanctions on Iran.

“The president firmed up ties with India and paid respects to the new King of Saudi Arabia.

“And the president, who doesn't have to worry about reelection, is not-so-subtly telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he’s not here to help his reelection."

Grade: A

Same as last week’s A