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Scandal Mania Takes Bite Out of Obama

President Obama's approval rating plummets over scandal mania. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama’s approval rating plummets over scandal mania. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

SCANDAL MANIA has torpedoed President Obama’s approval rating, which is at its lowest in the last year and one-half. It has been a rough start to President Obama’s second term, with CNN reporting the numbers today, which begin with the President’s trustworthiness taking a big hit.

Obama’s down to 45% approval, with over 6 in 10 Americans believing the U.S. government’s size threatens our rights and freedoms.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning comes as the White House has been reacting to controversies over a massive U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration’s handling of last September’s attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department’s secret collection of journalists’ phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.

The poll indicates that for the first time in Obama’s presidency, half of the public says they don’t believe he is honest and trustworthy. And Americans are split on the controversial National Security Agency anti-terrorism program to record metadata on U.S. phone calls, but they support the NSA program that targets records of Internet usage by people in other countries. That doesn’t mean they necessarily like what is going on: Just over six in 10 believe that government is so large and powerful that it threatens the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans.

When there are cumulative news events that raise question about trust, it hardly matters that the Benghazi terrorist attack onslaught has been proven incorrect on the facts, or that the White House had nothing to do with the IRS snooping on conservatives groups.

The other side of the story, starting with journalists being investigated, but then the NSA story, which revealed secret government spying that included targeting average Americans, as well as demanding cooperation from the biggest tech companies in the world, reveals big brother is everywhere.

It’s just one reason there was news out of the White House that President Obama intends to address the NSA spying scandal after he returns from the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, where the conversation with Russia’s President Putin won’t be around the Super Bowl ring he is being accused of stealing, but will focus on arms being sent to Syria. Of course, the other side is that Obama will have to face the reaction of the news going public that Medvedev was allegedly spied on by the NSA at the G8 in London.

American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in London, leaked documents reveal.

The details of the intercept were set out in a briefing prepared by the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s biggest surveillance and eavesdropping organisation, and shared with high-ranking officials from Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Obama’s brand has been damaged by a contagion of news stories, not all fair but still having a cumulative effect, depicting a president who seems unrecognizable to many Americans compared to the person who came into office in 2008.

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29 Responses to Scandal Mania Takes Bite Out of Obama

  1. June 17, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    When there are cumulative news events that raise question about trust, it hardly matters that the Benghazi terrorist attack onslaught has been proven incorrect on the facts, or that the White House had nothing to do with the IRS snooping on conservatives groups.

    You know, Taylor, the fact that his people – Stupid Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Jay Carney,were out there lying to the American public for days about what happened, when they did know it wasn’t because of a damned internet movie, really does make it hard to believe he and his administration are trustworthy. If for some reason they didn’t know, (Which I don’t believe that they didn’t), then they should have said something to the effect, that the cause is still unknown. But, it was bad timing for Obama, being the election was right around the corner. So, they had to make it look like something it wasn’t.

    Also in regard to the IRS snooping on conservative groups and the White House knowing nothing about it, well, I could possibly believe that, except, from what I understand, not one liberal group was targeted.

    The fact that all of this has happened under his watch, makes him responsible. Just like all the crap that happened under Bush’s watch, whether he knew about it or not was his fault, right? That’s what the liberal media would have you believe anyway.

    • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      The problem is that everything conservatives have been telling the media has been lies. You cannot gain much traction when you are screaming about someone lying when you are lying yourself. The GOP has bee making up scandals for two decades now. You only can cry “wolf” so long before no one will listen to you anymore.

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am #

        You are the pot calling the kettle black.

        • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:47 am #

          ROTFLMAO!! You are accusing someone of lying after 4 people dying t but have no problem with someone lying that caused the deaths of over 4,000. Okay. Gotcha.

          • June 17, 2013 at 11:57 am #

            You don’t even make any sense.

    • Taylor Marsh June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Jay Carney is paid to give the White House line. See Ari Fleischer on Iraq.

      There is no evidence the Ambassador Rice lied, because she was given talking points rewritten by scapegoat Michael Morrell, who has now retired. She the ambassador to the UN at the time, not involved in internal policy discussions.

      As for Hillary Clinton, there is no proof she lied on Benghazi. None whatsoever, though Fox News did their best to damage her in hopes it would discourage her from 2016.

      The ACLU NAACP was targeted directly by the IRS during the Bush administration, but I don’t remember much caterwauling about that. Same for the Episcopal Church in Pasadena, among others, for opposing the Iraq war.

      You will, however, get no argument from me that what happens under President Obama’s watch is his responsibility.

      There is no “liberal” media, which the NSA scandal proves for those capable of a non-partisan thought, because liberals are at the center of the PRISM – NSA investigation to come, as well as the very leak that exposed Obama’s dragnet spying on the media.

      • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am #

        The whole “liberal media” whine is so silly. Conservatives LOVE to see themselves as victims of the media. The media in this country certainly needs a shake up but not because of it being “liberal” so much as the accuracy problem. But conservatives will never admit this because then they would have to criticize Fox News too which they are LOATHE to do.

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:46 am #


        Finally, the liberal media jumps in, but only because their own were targeted by the NSA. It’s too bad they don’t care about everyone’s freedoms.

        • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:50 am #

          Dead Eye Dick your hero supports this kind of spying. Conservatives don’t like privacy and are a bunch of nosy busy bodies that want to be in everybody’s business. FYI it was a liberal that broke the story.

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:48 am #

        The ACLU.

        Are they supposed to be liberal? I thought they went around allegedly protecting everyone’s freedoms?

        • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:52 am #

          Yes, that is exactly why they were targeted by the Bush Administration. They are suing Obama over this.

          • June 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

            Exactly, so what was Taylor’s point in bringing that up?

            You can’t even argue logically, ga6th.

            You’re just another clueless liberal talking smack. Another clueless liberal who hates anyone who doesn’t believe the same way she does.

        • Taylor Marsh June 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm #


          correction appended above, not ACLU but the NAACP was targeted by IRS during Bush-Cheney.

      • Independant1 June 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

        Where did the information come from which generated the talking points for Rice?

        There is proof Clinton lied and still is. Clinton knew it was a terrorist attack within a few hours. There are emails confirming that. Yet she lied to the public and more importantly to the victim’s parents to their face on the tarmac.

        Who refused the extra security before the attack?

        Who gave the order to stand down during the attack?

        Who attacked state dept employees for telling the truth?

        Did Hillary tell the President about the attack? If not, why not? If so, when?

        The absence of answers to these critical questions is very telling.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter June 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

          Nice to see you get your disinformation from the same sources as mjsmith. Equally fact void as well.

          • Independant1 June 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

            And what disinformation specifically would that be?

            Are you calling the fallen soldier’s parents liars? They are the ones who said Hillary told them they will get the guy who made the video. (who was still being blamed for the attack on the embassy).

  2. mjsmith June 17, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    All of the attacks on the President are all George W. Bush’s fault. They are also the fault of the people asking the questions. People responsible for investigation the President are bad people self-serving imbeciles. Why does Fox News report this stuff? Why are other media outlets reporting this stuff? “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!?!?!!!”

    • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Well, Daryl Issa shot himself in the foot by making stuff up but it’s not the first time but I’m sure you don’t care.

      • Taylor Marsh June 17, 2013 at 11:29 am #

        Geez, someone is sounding decidedly like Rush Limbaugh today…

    • mjsmith June 17, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      I just know the process. News comes out. Accusations are made. The accusers are attacked. Nothing ever gets answered.

      • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:44 am #

        Why should someone respond to crazy accusations? But i have to laugh at a conservative whining about this kind of stuff because legitimate criticisms of the Iraq war were screamed down by the Bush Administration. Getting a dose of your own medicine, huh?

        • June 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

          Yes, and Bush had the blessing of all the high end liberals that you adore, namely, Hillary Clinton, when he chose to invade Iraq. So, your stupid arguments don’t fly, ga6.

          • Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

            Of course, the buck does not stop with Bush. Bush is not responsible for anything he did in office. We know the conservative apologia by hear now thank you.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter June 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

        “I just know the process.”

        Really…that would be exactly what limpy tells you?

        ” News comes out.”

        How about lies are made up.

        ” Accusations are made. ”

        Constantly…with zip facts and have been for 5 years now.

        “The accusers are attacked.”

        Well we are talking about faux Not News and the wingnutesphere aren’t we?

        “Nothing ever gets answered.”

        Well since the questions are based on lies and distortions no answer is possible is it?

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      yes, it’s all Bush’s fault!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter June 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Nice to see you got your talking points from limpy and the wingnut radio along with faux not news. As usual they and your post are void of any facts.

      • mjsmith June 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

        More trolling from secular. Nice to know that you do not have an opinion. How does it feel sec to just harass people for what they say and not have a single intelligent thing to say yourself?

        The best and only opinion I can get out of you, no matter what the subject, is “the repubs are bad” You are a troll sir and this is based on the fact that all you do on here is troll others.

  3. Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I think the NSA stuff is what hurt his numbers not the IRS or Benghazi because the IRS stuff and the Benghazi stuff was pure tea party victim whining. A lot of people are against the snooping. Not surprised Mr. 19% approval himself Dick Cheney came out in support of NSA snooping.

  4. Ga6thDem June 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Taylor’s point of bringing up the ACLU is that they have been consistent on this issue unlike conservatives who are now screaming about Obama doing it when conservatives were okay with Bush doing the same thing. Conservatives were cheering on taking away civlil liberties and all kind of other things as long as Bush was doing it. Obama doing it not so much. What a bunch of idiots. People like Glenn Greenwald were against both Bush and Obama having these powers.

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