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Rapidly-failing Barack Obama hit free-fall status this week with new polls showing his public approval ratings nosediving from his mishandling of the Gulf Oil crisis along with an increasing awareness that voters were had when they voted this amateur into office in 2008.
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll reveals 59 percent now disapprove of Obama’s job performance, an eight-point rise in just a month and a massive jump over the last several months.
And Obama’s star is fading on the international stage as well.
A new Pew Global Attitude Study finds America’s favorable ratings have fallen 10 percent in five years — making America more unpopular than during George W. Bush’s last days in office. In Turkey, a NATO ally, Obama’s approval has also dropped 10 percent.
Pew polled 24,000 people in 22 countries and found growing uneasiness over Obama’s policies in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran and concern that the U.S. acts “unilaterally” in its policies without concern for its allies.
Here at home, American confidence in Obama continues to slide.
By comparison, former President George W. Bush had strong approval ratings at the same point in his Presidency, largely because of positive public response to his post-9/11 actions. That approval rating would slide in coming months and Bush would leave office as one of the most unpopular Presidents in history.
Obama’s downfall came with his health care “reform” debacle. He caved to health care industry lobbyists, let them write the bill, backed down on a public option and sold out the voters who believed in him. Anyone who thinks the crippled health care bill passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama is “reform” is deranged and in need of serious mental health care.
Strong public disapproval of Obama’s inept handling of the Gulf Oil spill environmental disaster isn’t the only political landmine threatening the future of his Presidency. His promised withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is running into problems and public dissatisfaction with that long, unwinnable war is growing.
His programs have stalled in Congress and Representative and Senators facing tough re-election campaigns are not willing to share a limb with a President that some Democrats now feel is a liability to their futures. Obama’s endorsement carries no weight with voters.
To put it simply, Obama is a screwup as President and not a leader.
“Great leaders are a very rare thing, and the man in the White House today ain’t one of them,” writes Keith Koffler in Politico.
Obama’s failure to convey any hint of genuine emotion, to rouse the American people to turn their hearts toward the Gulf and to assure them that their world — still built on the plentiful supply of fossil fuels — is not falling apart, is a profound failure of leadership.
Instead of offering reassurance, the president is using the crisis to promote his political agenda, hankering for alternative energy and climate change legislation in Congress — though there won’t be any significant replacement of carbon-based power sources for years to come.
Writes Ahmed Moor in The Huffington Post:
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Barack Obama is the like the AIG CEO who, upon realizing his short-term bonus potential, signed off on the underwriting of what we now know were toxic asset-linked CDOs. The shareholders — you and me — are hurting. The irony is that by pursuing toxic policies, Obama is creating a state that few people should want to lead; after all, who wants to preside over the fall of Rome?
Maureen Dowd, writing in the New York Times, says Obama is a crybaby who blames others — including the media — for his failures.
“It hurts Obama to be a crybaby about it, and to blame the press and the ‘old Washington game’ for his own communication failures,” Dowd says.
Jonathan Alter, author of “The Promise,” a book about Obama’s first year in Office, told Dowd that Obama can’t take the heat of the Presidency:
On health care, Obama told single-payer liberals that they had to deal with the world as it is, not as they wanted it to be, but he doesn’t take his own advice when it comes to the media. Obama refuses to deal with the media world as it is. He’s holding out for the media world that he wants. But that will never be. That disdainful attitude toward 24-hour cable culture is slowing his political reflexes. We’re seeing that in the oil spill.
What we are also seeing is nothing less than a monumental failure in a President.