As the polls go …
The polls continue to show an erosion of public support for President Obama. Here are 4 interesting paragraphs describing the latest:
Foreign crises and domestic economic unease have eroded President Barack Obama‘s public standing, sapping his ability to respond to overseas conflicts and weighing on fellow Democrats heading into the midterm elections.
As clouds gather abroad, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Mr. Obama’s job approval rating at 41%, matching a previous low. Approval of his handling of foreign policy hit a new low of 37%. Both numbers are driven in part by conflicts largely outside the president’s control, including a new wave of sectarian violence in Iraq.
This latest dip in Mr. Obama’s approval runs contrary to signs Americans agree with his policies on climate change and education, and as a divided Republican Party remains far less popular than the president and his party. Despite misgivings toward Mr. Obama, the survey showed the public sides with him and his fellow Democrats on a range of issues, including immigration, education and the environment. (Interactive: Poll Results)
The latest Journal poll of 1,000 adults, conducted between Wednesday and Sunday, highlights what appears to be a lasting slide in the president’s public image. Respondents split in half on whether the Obama administration is competent, lower marks than Americans gave former PresidentGeorge W. Bush‘s administration in 2006, after the war in Iraq and the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina derailed his presidency.
Now you remember that time don’t you? The time of Katrina and Iraq? The time when Democrats lined up to get in front of the cameras and declare George Bush “incompetent”? Yeah, me too. And now the guy who was all too happy to participate in that labeling, has managed to do worse.
What does that make him?
Note too the attempt to put lipstick on this pig – “…Americans agree with his policies on climate change and education, and as a divided Republican Party remains far less popular than the president and his party. Despite misgivings toward Mr. Obama, the survey showed the public sides with him and his fellow Democrats on a range of issues, including immigration, education and the environment.”
There’s only one problem with this list of issues of “agreement” – they are all low priority issues for the public. Jobs. Economy. War. Spending. Those are what top the list. And then there’s the matter of bungled health care, scandals and of course, the collapse of any semblance of a foreign policy that this administration might have had. Frankly, I’m being kind with the last one. If there’s been a real foreign policy at work for these past 6 years, it’s been as well hidden as Lois Lerner’s emails.
I’d love to say, “I told you so”, I’d love to talk about irony and shadenfreude. But this is too pitiful a performance to be flip about. And the consequences are real. I see articles about how this guy is now “tired” of being president. He’s “bored” with the job. How could he be either bored or tired – he hasn’t done the job at all.
Got to say, in all my years – and I lived through the Carter era – I’ve never seen this country in such pitiful shape. Never. Mr. Obama has done enough damage, in the foreign relations arena, that it will take decades to undo. The only silver lining, and I’ve mentioned it before, is that one of his goals was to prove big government could be competent and beneficial. He has proven precisely the opposite to be true.
Perhaps the Democrats aren’t calling him “incompetent” for a reason.
Incompetent doesn’t begin to cover how bad this President and his administration are.