The Decline of Barack Obama
Ten Reasons for the President’s Meltdown
As President Obama returns from a lackluster trip to Europe, he comes home to a raft of troubles – mounting scandals that grow worse, a failing economy stuck in the ditch, and dropping approval ratings that now question his honesty and trustworthiness.
It is a stunning reversal from the president’s reelection victory last November. Then it looked like clear sailing into a second term. Now, even the so-called triumphs of the first term – the Obamacare health care overhaul and the Dodd-Frank financial reform – are a shambles.
Niles Gardiner of the UK Telegraph says Obama looks more and more like a lame duck with three and a half years remaining in the second term. To illustrate the point, Gardiner compiled the following ten reasons for the Obama meltdown:
- The American public is losing trust in Obama. A recent Quinnipiac survey found that less than half of Americans (49 percent) now view their president as honest and trustworthy. According to Quinnipiac, the series of recent scandals have begun to significantly dent the president’s standing with the American people, with his approval rating standing at just 45 percent.
- The Obama presidency is imperial in style and outlook. Leading conservative talk radio host Mark Levin was absolutely right when he blasted Barack Obama on Fox News back in January as “an imperial president.” It would be hard to find a U.S. president in recent times who has behaved in a more arrogant fashion than President Obama, and that includes Richard Nixon.
- Most Americans are still worried about the economy. Economic concerns are the top priority for Americans according to Gallup. In a recent poll, 86 percent of Americans agreed that “creating more jobs” and “helping the economy grow” are the top two priorities.
- America’s level of debt is frightening. America’s economic problems are compounded by its huge debt problem. Barack Obama continues to lead the United States down the path of European Union- style decline, with incredible levels of public debt, currently standing at $16.85 trillion, a per person debt of $53,000.
- Obamacare is hugely expensive and increasingly unpopular. A key liability that will further expand America’s debt mountain is Obamacare, the Obama administrations hugely ambitious and expensive health care reform initiative that threatens to dramatically increase the cost of health care for ordinary Americans as well as businesses when it goes into effect next year.
- Independents are rapidly withdrawing support for Obama. There are signs that support for Obama among independents is dramatically falling. According to the recent Quinnipiac survey, 57 percent of independent voters give Obama a negative rating, up from 48 percent on May 1, while 56 percent of independents do not believe the president is honest and trustworthy.
- The liberal media is less deferential to Obama in his second term. The Washington Post, standard-bearer of the liberal establishment in the U.S. capitol, has labeled the IRS scandal a “horror story” for the Obama administration. Even the New York Times, the de facto in-flight newspaper of Air Force One, recently carried a headline on the front page declaring: “Onset of Woes Casts Pall Over Obama’s Policy Aspirations.”
- The Benghazi scandal has been extremely damaging. Much of the Obama administration tries to downplay the significance of the Benghazi scandal, it refuses to go away, with 46 percent of Americans believing “the administration deliberately misled the American people about the events surrounding the death of the American ambassador to Libya,” according to Quinnipiac.
- Obama’s national security strategy is weak and confusing. President Obama’s recent address to the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington has to go down as one of the most weak-kneed speeches by U.S. Commander-in-Chief in modern times. His call for a winding down of the global war against Islamist terror was naïve in the extreme, and sent completely the wrong signal to America’s enemies at a time when al-Qaeda is strengthening its presence in parts of the Middle East as well as North, West, and East Africa.
- Obama is “leading from behind” on the world stage. American foreign policy has become even more weak and incoherent in President Obama’s second term. On the world stage the United States is not been this powerless and disengage since the days of Jimmy Carter. “Leading from behind” is no longer just a mantra for the Obama administration – it has become the philosopher’s stone.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.