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You can’t fake leadership

Oh you can try … but it never works.  And with Obama, it has never worked for those of us who’ve actually been leaders and understand what leadership entails.  This man has never had it and he’s not going to suddenly develop it.  Even his sycophants, at least the semi-honest ones, realize this.  Result – his leadership numbers continue to dive:

Barack Obama’s rating for strong leadership has dropped to a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, hammered by criticism of his work on international crises and a stalled domestic agenda alike. With the midterm elections looming, Americans by a 10-point margin, 52-42 percent, see his presidency more as a failure than a success.

Just 38 percent now approve of Obama’s handling of international affairs, down 8 percentage points since July to a career low; 56 percent disapprove, a majority for the first time.

Please note the source for those apologists out there.  This isn’t a Fox News poll.  By 10 points, he is rated a failure as a President.  A failure by a majority of those polled.  And he’s certainly seen as a failure by international leaders.

Domestically?  Failure:

At home, with Obama holding off his promised executive action on immigration reform, a new low of just 31 percent approve of his handling of immigration. Fifty-nine percent disapprove, up by a broad 18 points from spring 2013, when progress on the issue seemed imminent.

Dems are likely glad he’s decided to hold off until after the election, but I’m sure most Americans will figure out he’s only doing that because he plans to do something that the vast majority of Americans will disagree with.  That’s not “leadership”, by the way.  Unconstitutional unilateral action to fulfill an ideological agenda item outside the system isn’t anything but authoritarianism.  A king instead of a president.

And the great healer?  Yeah, not so much:

In general assessments, moreover, Americans by a 17-point margin say Obama has done more to divide than to unite the country, a rating worse than George W. Bush’s early in his poorly rated second term – and one that’s deteriorated among Obama’s supporters as well as among his critics.

You see, uniting the country would take  … leadership.  It would take a president who was committed to actually walking the walk, not just talking the talk.  And as we’ve all learned, this man thinks him saying something is enough.

His performance in office has been pitiful.  And that’s being kind.

History, on the other hand, will not be kind to this President.  But it won’t be kind to the electorate that put him in office and then re-elected him either.  They were the enablers of this drastic decline we’ve suffered for the past 6 years.

If we manage to survive his term in office, it is going to take a long time to again gain the respect of the world, not to mention put this country back on the track envisioned by the founders.  We pointed out early on that he would be tested by our enemies.  He has been, constantly.  And he’s been found to be wanting in every single case.  He’s weak, indecisive and reticent to take action when action is warranted.  He’s as bad as we’ve ever had in the modern era.  Jimmy Carter is smiling.

~McQ

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16 Responses to You can’t fake leadership

  • It actually won’t take long to get back respect if the next Pres draws a red line on something and then sticks to it. The contempt leaves with the exit of the weak horse. Or in this case, horses a$$

    • However the trust issue … a part of respect … will linger for much longer.

      • To be honest, trust issues are deserved. Whether or not this is “good” or “bad” is hard to tell because it’s meshed within such a greater complicated question of how government should be run, but the simple truth is that the United State’s governance system has a really hard time internationally committing to anything more than 4 years in the future, or past the next election.

        I don’t even think that’s a particular problem with the current leadership or anything… they may be exacerbating the underlying problem like every other problem they make worse, but there’s still the underlying issue that in four years there’s a new guy in charge who may or may not honor your deal with the last guy. It doesn’t matter what assurances the President makes to, say, Taiwan, because who knows what the next guy will think?

        • I don’t necessarily disagree, but with the current administration, the negative side of the issue has been exacerbated.

        • It’s an ongoing problem for foreign nations when dealing with us. Their only hope for any consistency is when we keep a President around for a 2nd term, or they get a VP as POTUS who agrees essentially with the previous POTUS on many of the policies.
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          Even then, they can get whacked by the ADHD vagaries of the American people electing a mid-term Congress out from under the POTUS.
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          But this guy has set a new level of stupid policy, by not really having a policy apart from some form of attention deficited disengagement and in several cases going out of his way to screw over reliable allies (who generally can put up with our periodic whims).

  • Reagan snapped heads around pretty quickly after the Carter years, all things considered.
    If we get a good leader, and not another person like this creature the country was sold by a mass of P.T. Barnums, it could be, as old Ron said, “morning again in America”.
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    I think the majority of the country wants it to be morning again, I really believe we don’t much like laying around on the barroom floor in the spilled beer and peanuts, being kicked like the town drunkard, which is, regrettably, the way we’re likely to feel for another couple of years while the Pro Golfer plays king.

    If we don’t get a good leader, well, I think we’ve all got a pretty good idea how this ride ends.
    People like ISIS, Putin and China aren’t likely to get any LESS bold in the coming years.

    ISIS we’re just going to have to lay waste to.
    Putin and China, I think we could get a real leader to sit across the table from them and tell them we’re calling the hand and putting an end to this current round of grab a**.

  • Nor does he seem likely to describe Iraq as “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” with a “representative government.” And presumably he will not assert after more than a decade of conflict that “the tide of war is receding.”

    As he seeks to rally Americans behind a new military campaign in the Middle East, Mr. Obama finds his own past statements coming back to haunt him. Time and again, he has expressed assessments of the world that in the harsh glare of hindsight look out of kilter with the changed reality he now confronts.
    —NYT

    Well, close. It isn’t “hindsight” for those of us who live in Realville. We knew it all along. And it isn’t a “changed reality”. It’s just reality. And it always was.

    Now the crap he tried to feed us all is laid bare, and he’s scrambling to liar it out of existence. It ain’t working.

    He’s seen as the failure he is…by everyone except his tongue-bath cabana bois like Erp. Even they know, somewhere, that he’s the worst president in the modern era, but they can’t stop slurping up that kool-aid. How pathetic, to be that invested in a lie.

    • We’re just not waving the “pragmatic” wand around nearly enough here.
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      pragmatic, ma-loo, ma-loo.
      (waves the juju stick overhead)
      Ah-can-loo-ka – amba amba
      (stick toss from right hand to left)
      Speech-ee Speech-ee!

      • Anybody with a brain can predict the substance of Barracula’s “ISIS strategery” speech.

        It will be about whatever it takes to get the press mollified. And it will be “…words…just words”.

        • Here’s his speech template:

          -10 minutes late start-

          Mumble mumble strawman, I me my, strawman, me me me, GOP bad, lie, mumble, let me be clear, ISIS something something, platitude about Islam, crap about American greatness he doesn’t believe, god bless America, goodnight , onto golf

        • I guess he has to feel like he needs to say something.
          Never has a President said so much to so many that meant so little.

  • The irony of him threatening them in Syria won’t be lost if things go tu here on Thor’s day.
    What a mess.