A trend of incompetence

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trust. Even in the final two years of a President’s term, there should be enough trust that the President is trying to make decisions based on the needs of the country.

Barack Obama has lost that trust.

The Washington Times reports, “Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that President Obama damaged U.S. credibility by drawing a ‘red line’ against Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then failed to back it up with military force when Syria crossed the line.”

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The Associated Press reports on its own poll found that 90 percent of those people most likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election call the economy an extremely or very important issue. They are not happy with the economy and lack of decent jobs.

The poll found that Democrats tend to express more faith in the government’s ability to protect them than do Republicans. Yet even among Democrats, just 27 percent are confident the government can keep them safe from terrorist attacks.

Polls around the country show Obama is pulling Democrats down in elections and Obamacare is bad for Americans.

The Washington Post reports Democrats regret Obama ever saying, “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

Everyone remembers Obama’s “you can keep your health insurance. You can keep your doctor” as the 2013 “Lie of the Year.” Yes, the mainstream press used the word, “Lie.”

Obama tried to assure us that ebola was unlikely to ever occur in the U.S. while refusing to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by anyone with a passport or visa stamp from any of the West Africa countries ravaged with the disease.

Ebola is here.

Tom Freiden, CDC Director and incompetent communicator, contradicted himself on the danger of ebola on CNN after using the word, “sick” to describe the time frame during which an infected person is considered to be contagious.

Any competent medical communicator would use the word, “symptomatic” or the phrase, “showing symptoms such as vomiting, bleeding or having a high fever.” “Sick” could occur at any time with or without physical symptoms.

Americans are not as ignorant as the President and his hand-picked directors presume.

He also picked a woman to head the Secret Service whose idea of protecting the President was to make the Secret Service “more like Disney World.”

Yes, those are her words.

Conservatives do not expect nor do they want the government to “take care of them.”

They do demand some level of competency and honesty from department heads even when the President exhibits neither. So do liberals.

The real problem with Obama’s presidency now is that he lacks trust from liberals as well as the conservatives who value freedom and equal opportunity over government running our lives to try to make every one of life’s encounters “fair.”

Back in June of this year left-leaning CNN conducted a poll asking if people believe President Obama is “trustworthy.”

51 percent said, “No.”

His favorability rating is lower than the lowest polling numbers of former President George W. Bush.

Thirty-three percent of voters think he’s the worst president since WWII. President George W. Bush came in second at 28 percent.

Now we’re getting into the realm of competency.

Obama claims ISIS took him by surprise while members of Congress tell reporters they have been briefed on ISIS regularly for the past two years. Then we learn that the President has attended only half of his White House intelligence briefings. Administration sources say he reads them “when he can.”

His former CIA Director confesses that even he knew the White House story line about Benghazi wasn’t true.

His economic “reforms” have failed.

If he continues this trend of incompetence and obfuscation, perhaps Barack Obama could be the first President to achieve a lower favorability rating than Richard Nixon’s infamous 27 percent.

What a legacy.


Rick Jensen is Delaware’s award-winning conservative talk show host on 1150AM WDEL and 93.7FM HD3, Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.