President Obama rode to the Presidency using slogans like “Hope and Change” and “Change You Can Believe In”. He entered his Presidency with sky-high poll numbers. As the first black (biracial) President, Obama enjoyed the support of well over 90% of black voters and upwards of 70% of the American people overall. Now he is viewed unfavorably by over half of the American people. Obama has racked up legislative victory after legislative victory aided by substantial Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Yet Obama’s support is slipping weekly. How can this be? THAT’s EASY…… Obama has squandered his credibility.
Obama promised to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Regardless of how naïve or foolish this promise may have been, Obama’s credibility took a hit as he flailed away looking for ways to meet his self-imposed deadline. He learned (on the job) that President Bush kept prisoners at Guantanamo for indefinite periods of time for a reason. These are bad actors whose home countries do not want them back.
The much ballyhooed Stimulus Plan was passed almost unilaterally with Democrat votes. Obama bellowed (read from his teleprompter) that unemployment would not reach 8% if only the roughly $800 billion “stimulus program” was passed. Two years later unemployment has spiked to over 9.5% with few signs that this figure is coming down anytime soon. You and your advisors were wrong, Mr. President. Recovery summer has devolved into double dip summer despite the huge amounts of money you have thrown at the Country’s economic problems. All we have to show for all this spending is a sea of red ink and a cadre of salvaged bureaucrats.
Obama promised that his health care (Obamacare) bill would bend the cost curve down. The bill was to be deficit neutral to positive. Fully three years before the advent of the health care exchanges, Democrats have abandoned the storyline that Obamacare will reduce costs and lower the deficit. These claims were never credible. Neither were you on this subject, Mr. President.
The President promised his gay, lesbian, and transgender supporters to act on “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. He hasn’t. Obama promised Hispanics comprehensive immigration reform. This has not happened. The President promised a post-racial Presidency. Under Obama the Justice Department has been hyper-racial.
Obama promised to get our troops out of Iraq by the end of August 2010. It looks like this is one promise he is going to keep. We could have marched the troops out of Iraq anytime we chose as long as we were not concerned about the consequences. Those of you that believe the political situation in Iraq warrants withdrawal of our troops at this time, please step forward.
I readily admit to being anti-Obama. I did not think he was qualified to be President when I cast my ballot in 2008. Obama makes promises he can not keep. He did this during his campaign for President. He continues to paint rosy pictures and deliver abysmal results. Unfortunately for the President, he now has less credibility than Bill Clinton. I never even thought that was possible.