That analysis comes from CNN’s John King, who notes that Barack Obama has had some, er, problems connecting with the public in his second term. In the poll released yesterday, CNN asked respondents for opinions on twelve issues, and Obama didn’t get to 50% on a single one — but had majority disapproval for all but two:
In fact, his overall approval rating in the CNN series has barely budged from the announcement over a year ago that the IRS had targeted Obama’s political opponents in Tea Party organizations. It’s also about the same time that whistleblowers emerged to dispute the White House/State Department narrative on Benghazi, too. At that point, CNN had Obama’s job approval rating at 53/45, roughly where it had been since his re-election. It hasn’t been above 45% since.
Only on environmental policy did Obama register a positive reaction, but it’s mighty thin at 49/45. He scored 49/49 on terrorism, but most of the poll was conducted before Americans found out that Obama released five of the most dangerous Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay — and did so illegally. Don’t expect that number to remain balanced for long, in other words. On issues closer to the midterm focus, Obama performs abysmally:
- Economy – 38/61, down from 43/56 in September
- Health care – 36/63, was 42/55
- Foreign affairs – 40/57, same
- Helping the middle class – 40/58, was not asked in September
- The VA – 37/58 (new)
- Ukraine – 38/53 (new)
The economy will be the real danger area for Democrats in the midterms, especially those running in red and purple states, and so will health care. Those are the top two issues respondents named for the most important issue in the country, 40% and 19% respectively — and they used to be Democratic Party strengths. The White House wants to talk about the environment and immigration, but neither of them even reach double digits on the priority list CNN gets from its survey.
This is the price of incompetence, and this was before the Bergdahl disaster. It’s left the White House and its Democrat allies no room to pivot anywhere. As King and his panel conclude, it’s not so much disagreement on the issues as it is a vote of no confidence in the man who’s implementing them.
In essence, Obama didn’t release 5 Islamic terrorists. It appears that he freed 6.
There are so many crimes committed by Obama and his syndicate that choosing a few for any column is–almost–a monumental task. For example, Obama does not uphold many US laws…if he doesn’t like them. In most Presidential Administrations this–in itself–would be considered a crime. In the Obama syndicate, however, it isn’t even a blip on the country’s radar…and certainly not worthy of the now Marxist Media’s attention.
Actually, almost no crime committed by Dictator-in-Chief Obama and his growing criminal syndicate appears to attract much interest–at all–from the traditional (aka totalitarian-supporting) US media. The only thing important to the media has been protecting one of their own–Obama–whom they view as being a Marxist; something the American press has strangely loved for decades and who will destroy the golden goose USA that has allowed them to spew their bile. Note: On the Left, stupidity seems to have no perceptible boundaries.
OK, sure. We released some really bad guys as part of President Obama’s illegal deal with the Taliban. But, hey, don’t worry. None of these guys will ever be rejoining their terrorist organizations, and none of them will ever pose a threat again. Right?
According to none other than President Obama, it’s entirely possible that the five recently released prisoners will attack us again – once the homecoming parties die down, of course.
The President made the claimed this morning during a press conference in Poland:
“In terms of potential threats, the release of the Taliban who were being held in Guantanamo was conditioned on the Qataris keeping eyes on them and creating a structure in which we can monitor their activities. We will be keeping eyes on them.
Is there the possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely. That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo – there’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place.
I wouldn’t be doing it if I thought that it was contrary to American national security, and we have confidence that we will be in a position to go after them if in fact they are engaging in activities that threaten our defenses.
But this is what happens at the end of wars.
That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation. That at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back …and that’s the right thing to do.”
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The Obama State Department told reporters the US supports the new Hamas-Fatah Palestinian government.
What a surprise.
U.S. law is very clear about aid to Hamas–
US law bans funding to Hamas-backed governments stretch back to the 2006 Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. Recent language from the 2012 approps bill restricts aid from going “to Hamas or any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.”
The Free Beacon reported:
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tentatively approved of Palestine’s new unity government Monday, saying “Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government.”
“But,” Psaki continued, “we’ll be watching closely to ensure that it upholds the principles that President Abbas reiterated today.”
Asked if this means that the U.S. will continue to provide aid to the Palestinian government, she replied “It does. But we will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and calibrate our approach accordingly.”
The Daily Sheeple
The AP has reported that the White House has apologized for not giving key lawmakers advance notice of the controversial Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap:
Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican respectively on the Senate Select committee on Intelligence, said White House officials called them Monday to say the lack of notification had been an oversight. Feinstein said she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.
The White House damage control comes as Republican lawmakers accused the White House of putting U.S. service men and women at risk by releasing the five top Taliban members being held in Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl.
How is that possible, when Obama himself signed the 30 day advance notice into law last year?
Family Security Matters
I keep wondering what it must have been like to be a young student at West Point listening to their Commander in Chief’s platitudes and ignorance wash over them. West Point is where our nation’s future leaders in war receive an education in how to protect the nation by crushing our enemies, if Presidents and Congress will let them.
Unfortunately for them, this President seems to think that climate change is the nation’s biggest enemy and that a loose coalition of Islamic fanatics is the other. There was no talk of an increasingly aggressive China, a Russia that seized Crimea and would like a chunk of the Ukraine, or an Iran that got out from under some strong financial sanctions and will continue to build its own nuclear weapons no matter what Obama and other negotiators may want.