Thursday, July 3, 2014

How the Mighty Have Fallen

When you've scaled the heights of popularity that President Barack Obama did back in 2004 there was only one of two places you could go. The most absurd would have been to have risen to the heights of Messiahship, a feat not likely to occur in the political arena. The other was to sink like a stone, which is what has happened to this once ‘beloved’ of the uninformed masses.

It would seem that after two elections and almost seven years those uninformed voters who elected Obama to the most powerful position in the world have become a tad more enlightened.

According to a July 2, 2014 poll from Quinnipiac University a greater majority of Americans, including many who voted for Mr. Obama, not once but twice, now believe him to be America’s worst president since World War II. Not only that, these same poll takers now say they think former Governor Mitt Romney would have made a much better leader, would have handled the economy with more intelligent policies and would have likely taken a much stronger stand against terrorists in Iraq, the situation with Assad in Syria, stronger sanctions against Iran and more open support for our only real ally in the region, Israel.

Ronald Reagan still polls as the best president since WWII followed by Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Barack Obama has taken over the lowest position once held by George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, with one exception - Bush still sits dead last when voters were asked who was the worst in handling the nation’s economy. Obama, however, is only one point higher than Mr. Bush in this area.

An amazing 54% of those taking the poll say that the Obama Administration is the most incompetent of all previous presidential administrations over the last 70-years in its ability to run the government in an efficient and professional bi-partisan manner.

The president’s personal polling numbers have dropped significantly from the once high 70’s down to the Bush/Carter territory of around 38%.

The president has seen a steady decline in his overall approval rating for the last couple of years due to his amateurish and seemingly arrogant mishandling of important issues like his signature program - ObamaCare, the economy, immigration, foreign policy and terrorism. He also gets low marks for not keeping his promise to reach across the aisle with those on the other side of the political spectrum and his much touted campaign promise to have the most transparent presidency in the history of the nation.

It is highly unlikely, barring some kind of political or diplomatic miracle, that President Obama and his administration will recover from the ever decreasing confidence the American people are beginning to display for his ability to govern. And, except for the most stringent and hardened supporters - those who are blinded by the rhetoric over the ability - his numbers will probably continue to slide downward to the lower 30’s or upper 20’s before the finish of his final term at the end of 2016.

An aging President Carter can now sleep soundly knowing that he no longer will go down in history as the nation's worst and most inept president.

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