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President Obama’s blame-shifting has grown “tedious and monotonous”

by | Dec 27, 2013

 

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

Just so we’re clear, President Obama’s approval numbers, which had dipped to 39% yesterday, have vigorously rebounded: he’s now at 40%, according to Gallup. Okay, maybe not vigorously rebounded, and, to be sure, it is entirely possible he will be drop below 39% in a few days. But I wanted to be clear that for a day the President is no longer at the ominous below 40% plateau.

What was particularly interesting about the Gallup poll was that the drop to 39% approval (as opposed to 54% who disapproved, by the way) was some of the commentary it enlisted.

“We think of presidents as being morale leaders … and he goes out and complains,” Richard Benedetto, a retired White House correspondent and a journalism professor at American University, told the Boston Herald. “He complains about the fact that he doesn’t get enough cooperation from the other side. ‘It’s not my fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault.’ And that message gets old for the American public. … It’s not a good sign for Democrats in Congress going into next year.”

The Herald story also quoted Robert Y. Shapiro, a Columbia University political science professor, who said “the recent numbers are especially ‘striking’ in the face of the apparent rise in the nation’s economic outlook” which often act to “buoy a public’s opinion of the White House.”

Not so, Shapiro said, in this instance. “It shows you the power and the disappointments voter have with what’s going on in health care”—aka the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov.

Assuming everything does not suddenly start to purr come January 1, how will President Obama respond? You don’t have to be an opponent; even allies must know that this President does not do apologies well.

Indeed, his whopper– “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”—became the “Lie of the Year” for 2013 because he couldn’t stand to admit this was an absurd assurance from the get-go. NOW we are told over and over that ObamaCare has “winners and losers,” as if we didn’t know that before; as if we didn’t strongly suspect there will be infinitely more losers than winners.

Writing on the Commentary blog, Peter Wehner explains that while President Obama may come up short in the truth-telling department, he never lacks for people (other than himself) to blame every time something goes wrong. Wehner concludes

“It’ll be interesting to see if Mr. Obama is emotionally able to adjust to this new situation. My guess is he’ll try the same lines of attack–including portraying himself again and again as the only adult in a room of unruly children–even as most Americans believe his act has grown old and stale. And as the failures of the Obama presidency continue to multiply and his record of incompetence becomes even more indisputable, will Mr. Obama become more aggrieved, more prickly, and more detached from reality? The new year will go some distance toward answering whether you can teach a hubristic president new tricks. This much we know: the old ones have become tedious and monotonous.”

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