Here’s the subtitle of this post by Robert Tracinski over at The Federalist: “We are so over with being impressed by this president.” Many of us, of course, never were. First, here’s Tracinski’s intro:
A poll released last week had some pretty bad news for congressional Democrats heading into the midterm elections. But buried in the poll numbers was a figure that just might constitute an even more important turning point.
Respondents were asked: “On balance, do you feel that Obama’s presidency so far has been more of a success or more of a failure?” More than half, 52%, said “failure.” Only 42% said “success.” And it gets worse. Only 22% were “strongly” convinced Obama is a success, while 39% are strongly convinced he’s a failure. And the American people have pretty much made up their minds on this; only 6% of respondents had no clear opinion.
Other evidence backs up this turn in public opinion. How bad has it gotten? The last president who was widely written off by the American people as a failure, George W. Bush, now enjoys higher net approval ratings than Obama, while Mitt Romney has been going on an I-told-you-so tour.
At this point, the American people are pretty much feeling like this kid. We are so over with being impressed by this president.
On behalf of long-time critics of Obama, let me say to the American people: welcome to our world. As a public service, to help you solidify your sense that he just isn’t up to the job, let me count down the ways that President Obama has failed to live up to his promises and to the responsibilities of his office. The list is pretty comprehensive.
Next, here’s his list minus their supporting paragraphs:
1. He didn’t heal our racial divisions.
2. The stimulus didn’t stimulate.
3. Financial reform didn’t reform.
4. ObamaCare is a boondoggle.
5. Obama failed to reform immigration.
6. He withdrew prematurely from Iraq.
7. He blew the Arab Spring.
8. Obama ignored the threat of a resurgent Russian dictatorship.
9. He didn’t shut down Guantanamo, keep the NSA from spying, or rein in the drones.
10. He has made America irrelevant.
Here’s just one paragraph from his conclusion:
Obama was originally elected on the basis of celebrity, on vague slogans about “hope and change,” on a sense of self-congratulatory smugness about how progressive and enlightened we would all be if we voted for him. He was re-elected on all of that, plus the smearing of his political opposition as racists and mean rich white guys.
Read the entire article at The Federalist.