Friday, April 22, 2011

Public Opinion Declines in Presidential Ability to Lead

President Obama hit the campaign trail again and this time it was to sell his ideas on debt reduction. By ideas I mean ridicule and mock Republican ideas because he has not come forward with any of his own ideas. The only attempt he has done is present a budget which was roundly criticized for not dealing with any big problems.

The polls show all time low marks of confidence from the people.

Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

At a time of rising gas prices, stubborn unemployment and a cacophonous debate in Washington over the federal government’s ability to meet its future obligations, the poll presents stark evidence that the slow, if unsteady, gains in public confidence earlier this year that a recovery was under way are now all but gone.

Capturing what appears to be an abrupt change in attitude, the survey shows that the number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse has jumped 13 percentage points in just one month. Though there have been encouraging signs of renewed growth since last fall, many economists are having second thoughts, warning that the pace of expansion might not be fast enough to create significant numbers of new jobs.

And yet the President doubles down and increases the attacks on Republicans as he goes to campaign events and scripted town halls. It was announced the fundraisers will be off limits to the press. Also, the amount of money raised will not be available to the press. This article notes that President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 disclosed the money amounts.

Pres. Obama's re-election campaign won't be disclosing how much money is taken in at the individual fundraising events attended by Pres. Obama. Neither will the Democratic National Committee.

An official says it's the same policy by which the Obama Campaign operated in the 2008 election cycle.

Fundraising numbers have to be filed with the Federal Election Commission, but often not until weeks later - and the FEC documents don't itemize amounts raised at specific fundraising events.

Along the campaign trail, the President has been caught spouting off some less than truthful "facts" and some downright exaggerations for the sake of making his misguided points.

He referred to the failure of a Minnesota bridge in 2007 as an example of what would happen to our infrastructure due to the cuts made in the Path to Prosperity budget plan of Rep Paul Ryan. The problem with that is the bridge was not only under repair at the time it collapsed, the NTSB report determined the problem was a design error.

President Obama likes to tout "green" energy in contrast to fossil fuels Yet, he continues to get the facts wrong. The alternatives are decades away from full and efficient utilization. Just Wednesday Obama was corrected Wednesday for his misinformation on coal energy production. He claimed coal was dirty and caused asthma in those living around mills.

This was quickly dismissed as incorrect by the medical community. Asthma symptoms may be increased by coal production nearby but it doesn't cause the illness in the first place.

During town hall style campaign events in California Obama addressed the price of gas at the pump for the average family. He said to one audience member's question that that person may want to trade in his "old beater" for a fuel efficient new car to lower energy costs. He said the "old beater" probably only got 8 miles per gallon. Then, Thursday, GM pointed out that the presidential limo only gets 8 miles per gallon, too. Not to mention the gas guzzlers that follow in the presidential entourage and security detail.

His tone and strategy is not one of a leader, of a statesman. He continues to fail to rise to the office. Exaggerating the truth or simply making up his own statistics and facts is not the path to success in acquiring the confidence of the people in these tough economic times.

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