Over the last couple of years, some polls have been done that indicate that people have lost “confidence” in President Obama. Though I’ve never quite understood why.
What has (or hasn’t) the president done that would make the American people lose confidence in his ability to lead?
Has our economy not bounced back, with constant job growth, for over five of his first six years in office? – YES
Have we not seen the strongest year of job growth (2014) since Clinton was president? – YES
And let’s not forget that he became president right in the middle of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
But even going beyond just the economy, have we not successfully avoided starting any new wars?
Did he not get Syria to turn over their chemical weapons without firing a single shot?
Did we not locate, and kill, Osama bin Ladin?
Has our uninsured rate not dropped significantly thanks to the Affordable Care Act?
Did Republicans not look like absolute fools at the end of the 2013 government shutdown?
I get it if he “hasn’t done everything you had hoped he would do.” Though I’m not exactly sure what it is they wanted him to do. Don’t forget that Obama has faced the most obstructive Congress of possibly any other president in United States history. So he’s been very limited as to what he actually can get done. And anytime he tries to get something done on his own, Republicans go on every right-wing media outlet they can find to perpetuate the idea that whatever he’s doing is unconstitutional and illegal!
If you want to attack the website issues last October, that’s fair. The “Obamacare” website rollout was an absolute disaster, but every time some issue comes up (such as Syria last year and ISIS now), people rush to whatever camera they can find (especially Republicans), doubting everything he does. And practically every single time, he makes them look like absolute fools.
Last year when Republicans were doing everything they could to bash Obama on Syria, he called their bluff. They didn’t even know how to respond – but he knew exactly what he was doing. Not only did the president publicly throw his support behind military action in Syria, but he left the decision entirely up to Congress. He did that knowing that Republicans would screw around long enough, not get anything done, and he would be able to achieve his ultimate goal of getting Syria to disarm their chemical weapons stockpiles without firing a single shot.
Meanwhile, Republicans spent that entire time trying to attack the president – for doing exactly what they were telling him to do all along. Then the government shutdown came and he won again. Republicans looked like fools trying to devour one another as polls showed an overwhelming number of Americans were opposed the shutdown and were blaming the GOP for it. All the while President Obama sat back, knowing eventually Republicans would be forced to cave – because even they knew the shutdown made absolutely no sense. And that’s exactly what happened. While I know President Obama has been far from perfect, I’m just not sure exactly what he’s done that makes people “lose confidence” in him. From what I’ve seen, he’s calculated and even-keeled. Not only that, considering the Congress he’s been given, he seems to have done just about all that he can.
Americans complained when we had trigger happy President George W. Bush rushing off to get us mixed up in complex situations without any kind of plan; now they seem unhappy because Obama seems to actually think out what he wants to do before acting. And now that ISIS is a growing threat, once again many Americans (especially Republicans) can’t wait to criticize everything the president says and does. Though that’s nothing new. But I’ve noticed I don’t see many of them offering up any feasible plan of their own. And, no, unilaterally sending troops into Syria isn’t a “plan.” That’s a quagmire that would make the war in Iraq seem like nothing. From what I’m seeing, he’s trying to get a coalition of leading European nations, as well as nations from within the region, all on the same page to decide together what to do about ISIS not only in Iraq but in Syria as well. Which is the intelligent thing to do. But like always, Republicans will do everything they can to attack and criticize everything President Obama is doing to deal with ISIS.
In the end, when all is said and done, he’ll once again make them look like absolute fools.