The pres­i­dent is bow­ing out

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Pres­i­dent Obama did it again. De­spite be­ing head of state of the most pow­er­ful na­tion on the planet, he bent over to give a bow to the leader of a lesser coun­try. Mr. Obama’s lat­est show of fealty was to Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon at the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in Los Ca­bos, Mex­ico, on June 18. His re­peated bow­ing to for­eign politi­cians is con­duct un­be­com­ing a pres­i­dent of the United States. As polls in­creas­ingly show, Mr. Obama’s odds for re-elec­tion are be­ing set back by his im­age of weak­ness.

Mr. Obama played his 100th golf game as pres­i­dent re­cently, which he some­how squeezed in be­tween tax­payer­funded trips on Air Force One to raise cam­paign cash. All the while, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are per­sis­tently un­em­ployed, with the loom­ing fi­nan­cial col­lapse of Europe threat­en­ing to throw the U.S. econ­omy into a wild and dan­ger­ous tail­spin. As Mr. Obama sat on his hands, the Arab Spring has turned into a night­mare marked by as­cen­dant Is­lamic rad­i­cal­iza­tion in the Mid­dle East. On top of all this mayhem, the anti-U.S. bloc of in­cor­ri­gi­ble na­tions is uni­fy­ing and be­com­ing bolder, as ev­i­denced by the up­com­ing mas­sive, com­bined mil­i­tary ex­er­cises by China, Rus­sia, Syria and Iran.

When asked why they will vote a cer­tain way, only 17 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say Mr. Obama is do­ing a good job and de­serves a sec­ond term, ac­cord­ing to Gallup.

Repub­li­can chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney is lead­ing the pres­i­dent by 4 points na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen Re­ports. No doubt, that’s largely be­cause 52 per­cent of Amer­i­cans don’t think the econ­omy will be stronger a year from now. Lack­lus­ter lead­er­ship hasn’t im­pressed Barack’s former ad­mir­ers over­seas, ei­ther. Since 2009, Mr. Obama’s ap­proval has dropped 15 points among Euro­peans, 24 points among Chi­nese and 19 points in Mus­lim coun­tries, where the pres­i­dent only scratches out a 15 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter.

The elec­toral map doesn’t of­fer Mr. Obama any more com­fort than the world map. In the bat­tle for the swing states, the pres­i­dent is los­ing or neck-and-neck in many places he won hand­ily when he de­feated Ari­zona Sen. John McCain in 2008. Mr. Rom­ney now is lead­ing in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Wis­con­sin, all of which Mr. Obama won four years ago — the last by a huge mar- gin of 14. The pres­i­dent’s 2-point deficit in the Tar Heel State is trou­bling be­cause Democrats are hold­ing their na­tional con­ven­tion in Char­lotte, N.C., in Au­gust, which would make that im­por­tant state ex­tra-em­bar­rass­ing to lose. Per­haps worst of all is an EPIC-MRA sur­vey that shows Mr. Obama down in Michi­gan, a union strong­hold he took by 16.5 points last time. Ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen, the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic stan­dard-bear­ers are tied in Vir­ginia and Colorado, which Mr. Obama won by 6 and 9 points re­spec­tively against Mr. McCain.

The show is al­most over, and the cur­tain is about to be pulled on the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poor per­for­mance. When Novem­ber rolls around, Mr. Obama will have the op­por­tu­nity to step to cen­ter stage and take one fi­nal bow.

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