The President’s numbers are tanking again. He is making such a mess of things that he has lost ground in almost every major area. Things are so bad that even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews a normally staunch supporter of President Obama recently referred to him as “Carteresque”.
Here is a transcript from the that show:
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Welcome back. The word these days is optics, visuals, signals. In the Carter presidency, the optics were not exactly robust, and Ronald Reagan rode that to a big victory in 1980. Is the Obama White House sending some Carteresque signals these days? Some see that in the deep bow to the Emperor of Japan, an unforced error say critics. Then there was, there was what happened in China: Obama got nothing in the way of concessions over there in spite of playing the polite visitor. And his effort to speak directly to the Chinese was jammed by the government. Third, that decision to try the terrorists up in that federal court in New York City. Again, nothing that had to be done, and critics say it shows that Obama, his team doesn’t understand this is a war we’re in. David, that’s the question. These optics are everything in a president. Carter used to carry that garment bag over his shoulder. This president is he making mistakes like in China like in Japan?
DAVID IGNATIUS, WASHINGTON POST : I think he is coming across as stiff. He is talking too much sometimes and communicating too little. So the opposite of what we saw during the campaign. Although the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York apparently was Eric Holder’s, it strikes me that it really is a mistake. I mean, there are too many bad things that could happen. There is no reason to have to have done this. And, you know, it’s a political feel for decision-making. That wonderful thing you just did about President Johnson’s feel for the moment. That’s what I think is missing now with this group in the White House. I don’t know where it’s gone. They certainly had it during the campaign. Maybe they’ll get it back. But it’s missing now.
MATTHEWS: It’s the political touch. You were in China. You just got back. Tell me about that. The president tried to speak to the Chinese people and apparently it was jammed. Tell me about that.
ANNE KORNBLUT, WASHINGTON POST: This was the big moment of the whole trip to Asia in fact, eight days in Asia he was going to speak to Chinese students in Shanghai unfiltered at least in his answers, and in fact the Chinese government, you know, they allowed the event to take place, but it was only shown locally on Shanghai television. People didn’t see it. The one piece of news he made in it saying that the internet should be free and people should have access dribbled out to the Chinese public and then started being deleted from all the Chinese websites. So, then, the following day he held a quote unquote press conference with the Chinese President Hu Jintao in which there were no questions and they read statements. Now, this is of course, this is the Chinese, it’s their home turf. They were allowed to do what they wanted to. That was the White House’s argument. And the White House haggled with them to get it more open.
MATTHEWS: The White House got jammed here.
The once untouchable president is beginning to struggle with the public’s growing discontent with his policies and job performance. This administration has demonstrated an ongoing attitude of superiority and an apparent disregard for the wishes of the people by continuing to push unpopular programs and spending down our throats.
If you need proof look no further than the numbers below from the most recent Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Also note that Republicans are currently beating the Democrats in every policy category and that leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress have major problems with their “Unfavorable” ratings. For the record, the Republicans have done nothing to deserve this turnaround. The country is mostly conservative and independent – this is more a vote against the Democrts than for the Republicans. See numbers below:
Perceptions of Obama
Obama Approval Index -15
Strongly Approve 27%
Strongly Disapprove 42%
Taxes Will Go Down 19%
Gov’t Spending Will Go Up 66%
Obama on Economy – Ex/Good 34%
Trust on Issues
Education Dem 38% GOP 43%
Health Care Dem 40% GOP 46%
War in Iraq Dem 38% GOP 45%
Social Security Dem 37% GOP 45%
National Security Dem 37% GOP 50%
Economy Dem 36% GOP 48%
Taxes Dem 35% GOP 50%
Abortion Dem 35% GOP 47%
Immigration Dem 33% GOP 45%
Gov’t Ethics/Corruption Dem 31% GOP 34%
Nancy Pelosi Fav 33% Unfav 57%
John Boehner Fav 27% Unfav 34%
Mitch McConnell Fav 26% Unfav 32%
Harry Reid Fav 25% Unfav 47%
The numbers speak for themselves with 64% of Americans saying the country is on the wrong track. It’s time to go back to what works; a constitutional government and a free market economy.
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“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry