The Credibility Deficit

New polls say that this president has plummeting approvals on his foreign policy. Michael Barone describes the nuances here.

Booking a tee-time, seeking advice on brackets, or planning next va-k? What diff does it make?–( Flickr)

(6/17/14) The most recent Pew Research Center poll conducted for the Council on Foreign Relations shows that 52 percent of Americans — the highest percentage in the last 40 years — think the U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own. Evidently they don’t want to see America being, in the old phrase, the policeman of the world.

Barack Obama seems to be following the polls, yet more and more voters express disapproval of his foreign policy — 50 percent in a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, with only 41 percent approving, a new low in that survey.

But history tells us something else about Americans’ attitudes. They have understood, no matter how little they want to be bothered or to see their fellow citizens suffer casualties, that Americans have a stake in what goes on beyond our borders and across the seas.

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Ask Churchill about frivolous voters. They decided not to punch his ticket in 1945, in pursuit of domestic programs. Churchill had been beloved seeing them through the war. Still admired as a hero, they replaced him with Attlee opting instead for a welfare state.

Obama has been the beneficiary of the whimsy of voters, when it suited his fancy. He’s been fortunate in that, based on nothing but his rhetoric and sound bites. He fashioned himself to fit even against other liberal contenders. Of course, Obama wants legend status without being a legend — only in his mind.

But Obama would represent the Chamberlain faction of appeasement. All that is ancillary, only to show that there is a public perception no matter what Obama seems to think. So far everything has been one way, his. The recess appointment decision verified that.

So he recognizes public opinion when it suits him, when it doesn’t he doesn’t need it. The quintessential tyrant. Now it seems any of his credibility is being challenged, from all sides. The empty suit has a design flaw, and it’s showing.

Now he once again calls scandals phony, a fabrication of Washington.

Obama’s latest rhetoric is designed to blame public disgust and cynicism he created in the White House on everything else in Washington. Since his Supreme smack down, he needs to blame anyone. These are his issues, policies, and his economy; yet he is projecting all the blame on others. Then adds he will take more action on his own.

USA Today

“They’re phony scandals that are generated,” Obama said. “It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base — it’s not on the level. And that must feel frustrating, and it makes people cynical and it makes people turned off from the idea that anything can get done.”

Obama did not specify what he meant by “phony scandals.”

Obama was a little more specific when he spoke at a congressional campaign fundraiser Thursday night, saying lawmakers should focus on people like the working mother with whom he had lunch that afternoon.

“We talk about phony scandals,” he said, “and we talk about Benghazi, and we talk about polls, and we talk about the tea party, and we talk about the latest controversy that Washington has decided is important — and we don’t talk about her.”

That SCOTUS decision was not a “controversy” you created, it was abuse of power.

But don’t talk about all those victims you left in your wake, Obama, by your administration. All those IRS victims, all the VA victims, the Benghazi victims, or still countless others you blame for the condition of the country, when it is you that is directly responsible for the malaise. What about the whole country of victims you created?

Plus he has no credibility or trust to start with… and no ‘good faith’ credit.

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4 comments on “The Credibility Deficit

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    Besides all the people mentioned he has devastated families all across the country with no jobs and no way to support their families. He never takes a look at the people who have no food to feed their children. We have it here in my country. The AG extension office has to put together food buckets they send home with kids so they have something to eat over the weekend because there is no food.

    It’s obvious by the polls the American people by a 75% don’t think the IRS scandal is a phony scandal. He makes himself look like a complete idiot when he says the things he does.


    • bullright says:

      Pepp, nice to see you posting. Sure is a country hurting, much of it from him. While he jet sets around doing fundraisers, he’s created a two class system. Michelle too, with her food preaching, organic this or that. People are lucky to have food. Maybe he’ll declare war on that next. It is sad we have this condition here yet he doesn’t care one bit. He really doesn’t care about anything.

      I’m surprised he’s still trying to justify it all. It’s obvious to the rest of us. The real insult is they want to talk like they know what poor is and hard times are. Both Obamas and the Clintons. Give me a break.


      • peppermintfarm says:

        Bull, yeah isn’t that a crock, the Clintons and Obamas acting like they know what poor is. Hilarious! Both couples live like kings and queens. I hope Shrillary goes down into the dust of history in 2016 as the most hypocritical woman ever. Them being broke! Does she really believe people will believe that stuff.

        Not too many folks believing His Highness either these days.


        • bullright says:

          For sure, like they’re commoners, blue collar types. (barf) I see her book is falling, only 100k or so. And they gave her that huge advance. Probably thinking she has to plug and refer to it constantly on her campaign.

          We never bought that pork belly story either. But they keep going on and on. Unbelievable.



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