Tag Archives: Obama credibility

Poetic Justice

A Tweet Too Far?

In Donald’s view, his Twitter account has never failed him.
It’s been his stalwart go-to whenever critics assailed him.
But Republicans cringe
When his tweets seem unhinged,
Like when he posts unsubstantiated claims Obama surveilled him.

Enumerati

Trump’s Congress Address Drew Smaller Audience than Obama’s

52.4 million to 48 million

Hollywood Reporter: “The event predictably topped the night’s few other telecasts, grossing just more than 48 million viewers on 11 networks airing coverage between 9 and 10:15 p.m. ET. On par with early metered market stats, a cumulative 27.8 overnight rating among households, it’s still off from President Barack Obama’s first joint sessions meeting — or even his first State of the Union.”

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Manchin: Obama Has a Care Deficit

The President is bright and very articulate and speaks very well. People just don’t believe he cares. That’s the disconnect that I’m seeing.

— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), in an interview with Time.

Enumerati

Fox News Poll Plumbs Obama’s Lying

37%

Of respondents to a new Fox News poll think President Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24% say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15% “never.”

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Beshear On Whether Obama Will Campaign for Kentucky Dems

My guess is that he would say to Alison Grimes, ‘You know, I’ll be for you or against you, whichever will help you the most.’

— Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), quoted by the Washington Post, on whether President Obama will campaign in Kentucky.

Enumerati

Fewer Think Obama Can Govern Effectively

40%

Of Americans believe President Obama can manage the federal government effectively — a 12 point-drop since June — a new CNN/ORC poll finds.

News & Comment

I Really Want to Buy Into This Slate Pitch, But …

I’m not sure I can swallow the assertion that Barack Obama is the shrewdest political tactician since LBJ, but David Corn does make a compelling case, and I really do want to believe that all this time Obama knew exactly what he was doing on Syria, Putin and the debt showdown.

I suppose he’s just being Lincoln-esque. Again …

Do you buy the pitch?

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Sullivan: Enough with the Eye-Rolling Already!

I’m tired of the eye-rolling and the easy nit-picking of the president’s leadership on this over the last few weeks. The truth is: his threat of war galvanized the world and America, raised the profile of the issue of chemical weapons more powerfully than ever before, ensured that this atrocity would not be easily ignored and fostered a diplomatic initiative to resolve the issue without use of arms.

— Andrew Sullivan, writing on his Dish blog.

Poetic Justice

Over His Diplomacy

Last night as President Obama explained his Syria stance,
Most of America watched “So You Think You Can Dance.”
We’ve all grown so weary of
His position(s) on Syria,
That he might as well be the president of France.

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If Obama Loses Syria Vote, So What?

Presidents suffer defeats all the time. Obama lost on cap-and-trade. He’s lost on plenty of judicial and executive branch nominations. He couldn’t get agreement for a grand bargain. He lost on gun control. What’s more, Republicans have been opposing him on virtually everything from the day he took office. In what concrete way would a defeat on Syria change this dynamic in even the slightest way?

— Kevin Drum, writing in Mother Jones.