It’s getting more and more difficult to avoid titling many of our posts, “How’s That Hope and Change Working Out for You?“, as so much of the news these days tosses so many slings and arrows at the Obama administration. And however outrageous Obama’s fortune may be, it certainly doesn’t seem to be working out all that well for him.
From the millions of people now wondering why the President’s Chief of Staff was naked and poking Rep. Eric Massa in the chest in the Congressional locker room showers (ew!) to that unfortunate reference to visiting 57 states in his campaigning; from Obama’s Europalooza 2009 Apology Tour to reneging on missile shield defenses for Poland and the Czech Republic; from the “stupid” comment that resulted in last year’s “Beer Summit” to his egregious and repeated mis-pronunciation of the term “corpsman” just last month, Obama’s halo is getting more and more tarnished as his term wears on.
And now this: a poll that suggests that Americans believe that the rest of the world respects the United States less today than it did two years ago. Allah at HotAir calls it devastating, and he’s right.
This is simply a staggering bit of news, and if the source were, say, Fox News, the administration would, no doubt, attempt to dismiss it as they always do. The catch is this: the survey was created by Democracy Corps, a “non-partisan” but left-leaining organization founded by James Carville and Stan Greenberg back in 1999.
Their poll shows a large loss in confidence that our President has actually restored “our image as the last, best hope on Earth”:
Moreover, beyond attitudes toward “hard security” issues, there are signs of resurgent doubts regarding America’s standing in the world. Even though voters are about evenly split on whether the country is more or less safe today, a 51 to 41 percent majority says the U.S. is less respected in the world than two years ago. This is surprising, given the global acclaim – and Nobel peace prize – that flowed to the new president after he took office.
Perhaps it is in part because of all that “global acclaim.” There’s also Obama’s unfortunate string of global gaffes (tasteless gifts to heads of state, bowing to everyone in sight, an embarrassing trip to Denmark in failed attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago, crashing climate meetings in Copenhagen, oh, the list goes on and on…)
President Obama, in the insolence of office, is not learning on the job. And the American people are beginning to sit up and take notice.