Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama’s leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. – Confidence Waning in Obama, U.S. Outlook
Perhaps the sacking of Gen. McChrystal and the brilliant stroke of putting Gen. Petraeus in his place will make a dent in the new numbers revealed by the new WSJ/NBC poll. I’m not sure, because when Afghanistan is explained further I’m not sure people will buy why we’re still there. However, for right now, what I’ve written about the BP blowout and Obama’s management of the crisis, particularly on containment, has come true. The crude has dragged him down.
Independents have bolted, Hispanics and women, too, with African Americans remaining his only solid support. If you’ve been reading the site for the last year you have followed the storyline, because everything I have written is proof why Obama’s numbers have finally skidded. People were just waiting for a tipping point and his public management of the BP blowout was it.
In politics, if you’re explaining, you’re losing. Recently, when the White House was defending Obama against charges that Pres. Obama going golfing this past weekend equated to Tony Hayward on a yacht, people saw the correlation, even though I did not. Not even the fact that Obama and Biden were golfing on Father’s Day weekend made a difference. Most people sending me emails thought Obama golfing was insensitive. The issue did give Republicans a chance to change the subject. Strike back after Joe Barton’s BP apology blunder.
Now, as I expected, because oil experts warned of this happening, BP has suffered another setback in containing the oil, because the flow has increased due to troubles at the well head. To find out that BP is being allowed to drill in Alaska on a well that is considered risky, well, it’s insane. Interior Sect. Ken Salazar should have been fired long ago.
But about three miles off the coast of Alaska, BP is moving ahead with a controversial and potentially record-setting project to drill two miles under the sea and then six to eight miles horizontally to reach what is believed to be a 100-million-barrel reservoir of oil under federal waters.
I sent out my summer newsletter this week talking about the comparison between Hayward and Obama, yachting v. golfing. This is a response on Facebook about the issue, which I included in my newsletter:
“I don’t wanna be a dick about this, but I’m sorry, the optics suck and both events reek of elitist tone-deafness. I’m not giving Obama a pass on this. There’s plenty of equivalency.” – RB
After seeing RB’s response, LS emailed in this:
Golf and tone deafness. “… the optics suck and both events reek of elitist tone-deafness….” I couldn’t agree more. – LS
Below are a few other emails I received over the day. The first from a very angry Gulf coaster:
I am sorry but I have to agree with those equating the BP Ceo going yachting with Obama playing golf..in fact I would go further ..he played golf ..walked in nature , had the NY Yankees to the White House and other athletes , and kept giving WH concerts..while we on the gulf were breathing air that was unbreahtable and exposed us to god knows what..while 300 miles away on the Gulf our air burned our eyes, throats and gave us horrible headaches, while feeling like a 10 ton elephant was sitting on our chests..when we culd get no answers from our government..none!!!!!!!!!!!! While BP took over our beaches, our air, our water, our coast guard, our national guard,.and refused help from Fla Scientists..maybe you don’t want to hold Obama accountable..but I damn sure do!! It was under Obama that BP submitted their “spill plan”…bullshot only goes so far. My back Yard is the Gulf..and I will forever hold Obama accountable for ignoring his responsibilities to we the people when we needed a damn leader the most and got nothing from him! Hope his golf game was worth all of us being exposed to horrible, toxins..and god know what! He did not protect we the people ..and that is his damn job! – Arlene
As readers know, I have held Pres. Obama accountable from the start. He and his Administration, especially Salazar, have blown the containment aspect terribly. But the deal made last week with BP was important. There is just no comparison in culpability between Tony Hayward and Pres. Obama, not in any way. I do, however, believe Obama’s energy policy mimics any regular Republican.
More are below, though some are shortened due to length.
Is there anything our president can do that won’t bring criticism??? He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. He cannot win with the wingnuts!! He’s under a lot of stress and if a few holes of golf help him relieve some of that stress on Father’s Day week-end, I say “do it”. It’s not like he’s spending a third of his presidency on vacation!! – GA
obama is in charge of protecting america period. it does not matter from what. the oil spill will wipe out the sea food industry in the gulf and affect millions of people and the fool is doing nothing to protect us from it. […] – mrks
As far as Obama golfing – where was the howls when GWB went to Crawford to clear brush? I’m not happy with Obama right now. I’m not happy with the entire political scene. As far as I’m concerned we have a bunch of politicians who are totally incompetent and in the game for whatever it can get them. I don’t see them serving the people in anything they do. If I had my way I’d vote them all out and put in new faces. I’m sick of the whole system. Why I’m becoming an independent. – JA
Well, I think Obama golfing is kind of worse. For one thing he’s taken one damned vacation after another all spring throughout this crisis. […] Obama needs to take control of both the cleanup and the well away from BP, and get some American oilmen in there. Americans might care a little more about getting something done and done right. I know we have some pretty smart people in the oil industry. We have scientists and we have engineers. We can’t do worse than BP has so far. – A.
Pres. Obama’s steely resolve on the McChrystal matter should help his poll numbers, but considering Afghanistan casualties are going to start rising even higher, it all depends on if news and cable focuses on the facts. Right now, however, the White House political team is stuck explaining how they let this happen.