Obama struggles to explain why Americans don’t support his foreign policy anymore

posted at 10:01 am on June 27, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In what even The New York Times characterized as a “campaign tour,” President Barack Obama traveled to Minnesota on Thursday where he confronted the malaise which haunts his presidency and threatens to cost his party their majority in the Senate. “Cynicism is popular these days,” Obama conceded, “but hope’s better.”

Cynicism doesn’t become popular in a vacuum. The hope Obama referenced, which certainly characterized the mood of the country in the wake of his 2008 election even amid one of the worst economic downturns of the last century, had to be crushed first.

Steadily and with obstinate persistence, the president chipped away at the public trust on domestic issues – channeling his energies not into the economic recovery but into a massive overhaul of the health care system which remains unpopular to this day.

For a time, the president’s popular appeal was buoyed by his approach to foreign policy. Elected to reverse the policies of his predecessor, Obama could largely rely on his instincts when confronting challenges overseas. When the threats to American security and hegemony proliferated, however, as a result of his actions, the public began to sour on Obama’s doctrine-less approach to foreign affairs as well.

On Tuesday, Obama awoke to this nightmarish headline in The Washington Post: “Why is Obama’s foreign policy now polling like Obamacare?” This condition has everything to do with the chaos in Iraq – his legacy achievement, the crisis which he was elected to address, is still a crisis and American troops are back in Baghdad.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Friday, Obama was confronted with the unpopularity of his approach to foreign affairs and the growing threat posed by ISIS militants. The ABC host noted that even Obama’s own former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, has suggested that ISIS represents a greater threat to the United States than Osama bin-Laden’s al-Qaeda.

When asked if these al-Qaeda affiliated militants are growing in strength, the president conceded that a central plank of his 2012 reelection campaign – that the terrorist network was “on the run” and “decimated” – was no longer true.

“The majority of Americans don’t support your path on foreign policy,” Stephanopoulos said. “Are you failing by your own standard?”

“I know we go back to the polls but, throughout the first half of my presidency, the polls showed strong support for my policy,” Obama replied.

“But the public has to support it, doesn’t it?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“But not at every minute, George, because there’s going to be times when the world is messy,” Obama said with a chuckle.

The president enjoyed the support of the public and a broad mandate to reshape the United States’ approach to foreign affairs because Americans no longer believed that the Bush administration’s goals in Iraq and Afghanistan were attainable. They believed Obama when he wrote in 2008 that “Iraq is not the central front in the war on terrorism, and it never has been.” It is now, and Americans feel less safe than at any point since the immediate post-9/11 period.

That’s why Obama has lost the public’s trust on foreign policy matters, and why the polls are unlikely to turn around for him soon. Betrayal is a hard thing to forgive.


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Lanny Davis, Long-Time Clinton Adviser: It’s Waaaaay Past Time For An Independent Counsel/Special Prosecutor To Investigate The Internal Revenge Service

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Resist We Much on June 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Hey, presidentin’ is hard…

– Barry

Wyznowski on June 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

“Cynicism is popular these days,” Obama conceded, “but hope’s better.”

Six years into his failed presidency, and he’s still trying to push that “hope and change” garbage?

What a tool.

UltimateBob on June 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Hey, presidentin’ is hard…

– Barry

Wyznowski on June 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Particularly when you’re trying to save bogey from 30 feet away…

Athos on June 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Resist We Much on June 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Until Holder’s job is threatened, nothing is going to happen, no matter the list’s length.

ROCnPhilly on June 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Resist We Much on June 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I’m still a bit queasy over who Holder might select as special prosecuter, if it ever happens. I’m sure he already has someone in mind…if ya know what I mean.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

when does obama leave office? are we there yet?

warmairfan on June 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Brushing several assiduous flies from his face, B. Hussein Turdbama struggles to explain why Americans don’t like the way he smells …

Pork-Chop on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I also find it intriguing that an old Clinton supporter is suddenly having a come to Jesus moment regarding the Obama administration.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Until Holder’s job is threatened, nothing is going to happen, no matter the list’s length.

ROCnPhilly on June 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Even if Holder’s job was threatened, he would rather fall on his own sword to protect Teh Precious than do what’s right.

UltimateBob on June 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Does it smart to watch the Clinton posse starting up the meat grinding machine for your buddy?

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

This is your idiot without a teleprompter.

sentinelrules on June 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Is America’s opposition to President Obama’s foreign policy grounded in racism? Sadly, if you eliminate all other possibilities, that is all that remains.

Let’s set aside conservative emotionalism for a minute and look at the facts:

- President Obama has endowed all Americans with free and improved health/medical care, yet you oppose him.

- President Obama is healing our failing planet, yet you oppose him.

- President Obama is rebuilding our country and enhancing government services, yet you oppose him.

- President Obama freely provides his expertise to our corporations, yet you oppose him.

- President Obama is still planning to cut taxes for 90% of Americans, yet you oppose him.

Perhaps the most disturbing and revealing aspect of this racist opposition is the fact that conservative bigots detest President Obama solely for his skin color, yet he doesn’t even talk or act like a typical African-American.

You people make me sick.

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Only in your warped, delusional, racist little mind is any of those things true.

You are a joke.

UltimateBob on June 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I also find it intriguing that an old Clinton supporter is suddenly having a come to Jesus moment regarding the Obama administration.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

This. Hillary is desperate to separate herself from Obama, and is trying every way imaginable to finesse a way for all of the blame for Benghazi to fall upon him.

GGMac on June 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Ha! Better, but, still a bit over the top. I see you already got a nice one, though. 10-12 lbs, by my guess.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

He talks about hope like he doesn’t even know what it is. Hope is the last thing you do when you’ve tried everything. Not the first arrow you pull from your quiver.

ConDem on June 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This. Hillary is desperate to separate herself from Obama, and is trying every way imaginable to finesse a way for all of the blame for Benghazi to fall upon him.

GGMac on June 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Yeah. She’s safe on this IRS thing, which is why they’ll dump on the Lightbringer, but, I think Trey Gowdy is gonna make old Hillary pee her pants suit, on Benghazi, about late summer.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

ABC Radio was in full whore mode for Ogabe this morning.

viking01 on June 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Community organizing at it’s finest. What a buffoon.

sgtstogie on June 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Thats funny right there.
Here’s one: Frank Lib = Bilk Narf!*

* makes about as much sense as your post.

Mimzey on June 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

“Betrayal is a hard thing to forgive.”

True, but Obama hasn’t ‘betrayed’ anyone…

… He is only living up to what is in his heart.

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I have said many times that I post here for gags, stunts and shows.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

What was so important about that particular timespan? Just curious.

Also curious as to why Bush would even want to give 1 on 1 interviews while he was President? He knew full well that the Democrat Media never considered him the legitimate President, ever since they immediately sent their armies of reporters to Florida to recount the ballots to try and prove that he really lost. They couldn’t do so, which just made them even angrier.

But to shoot your feeble attempt to hijack the thread down in flames, need I remind you that Chimpy Bush in fact did a 1 on 1 interview with Bob Woodward of the Washington ComPost in May of 2008. The interview (in the Oval Office) lasted 2 days.

And later in 2008, in December, Chimpy did a 1 on 1 with Charlie Gibson for ABC.

And in January of 2007, Chimpy did a 1 on 1 with C=BS “News” anchor Scott Pelley. That one took place at Camp David.

That same month, he did a 1 on 1 with NPR’s Juan Williams.

Going back further, Chimpy did a 1 on 1 with Frank Bruni of the NY Times in 2001.

Sorry, but you made that too easy.

F-

BTW, after leaving office, Chimpy also did another 1 on 1 interview, for NBC “News”.

But your fellow BDSers went nuclear because the interviewer
was one of his daughters! ThinkProgress was especially apoplectic about that, ignoring that Bush’s daughter had previously done a 1 on 1 with her grandfather for NBC, and also that NBC also employs another President’s daughter and pays her for doing nothing.

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

You people make me sick.

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

“Hey look, Norman, I hooked Walter!”

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Obama struggles to explain why Americans don’t support his foreign policy anymore

It’s only a struggle because it requires him to notice and acknowledge the existence of the real world, as opposed to the fantasy universe between his ears.

Out here, the facts are;

1. The American people have finally figured out why he sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church all those years. Answer; Because The One hates America as much as Wright does.

2. The rest of the West has figured out that he hates them, too. Something they have come to expect from their own leftist leaders, but coming from an American president causes cognitive dissonance of the first order.

3. Everyone has realized that his bromance with not just Islam, but all things “Eastern” and “mystical”, is pathological. He should be wearing a sadhu’s robes, sitting in a full lotus, and chanting in a cave in the Himalayan foothills, not trying to lead the free world.

4. Finally, all his dreams of remaking the world into a post-modern, primitivist Utopia are doomed to fail. Not only because reality and physics won’t cooperate, but because he is an inept frigging idiot who can’t even run his own White House. And who has employed an entire staff of inept frigging idiots solely on the basis of never having to hear anyone disagree with him about how incredibly brilliant he is.

In short, everyone else down to the lowest of low-information voters now realizes that we have a violently anti-civilization, primitivist, arrogant, narcissistic, hostile con artist with a room-temperature IQ trying to “lead from behind”.

And those who put him there are now trying to explain to everyone else why they voted for this sociopathic Forrest Gump twice.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

must…not…feed…troll

TarasBulbous on June 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

And those who put him there are now trying to explain to everyone else why they voted for this sociopathic Forrest Gump twice.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Thanks for reminding me to get more ammo.

davidk on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Everyone:

Frank Lib’s brilliance lies in the two seemingly opposite effects it has on us.

1. The over the top and obvious parody of the Left that many of us see. A perfect caricature of an expected reaponse.
2. A subtle and believable position statement that others believe he holds. Again, a perfect caricature of an expected response.

anuts on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

*response

anuts on June 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I’m still a bit queasy over who Holder might select as special prosecuter, if it ever happens. I’m sure he already has someone in mind…if ya know what I mean.

butch on June 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I’m guessing Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers is at the top of the list…

landlines on June 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“I know we go back to the polls but, throughout the first half of my presidency, the polls showed strong support for my policy,” Obama replied.

More proof that Obama is about 4 years behind everyone else.

What a fool.

portlandon on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.
libfreeordie on June 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I seem to remember that in between those selected years our country was in the middle of war effort on multiple and asymmetrical fronts. You’ll pardon if our Commander in Chief felt one on one interviews was lower priority than this particular Commander in Chief whom incidentally also has a war effort on multiple fronts to prosecute.

anuts on June 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Ok, ok, I had to laugh at that one ;)

Thanks

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Obama does not know how to participate in an intelligent discussion with anyone who does not agree with him, has no concept of “compromise,” and has no idea how to actually solve real problems.

Since the founding of the country, president Obama is singularly unsuitable and unprepared for conduct of foreign policy.

landlines on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

In short, everyone else down to the lowest of low-information voters now realizes that we have a violently anti-civilization, primitivist, arrogant, narcissistic, hostile con artist with a room-temperature IQ trying to “lead from behind”.

And those who put him there are now trying to explain to everyone else why they voted for this sociopathic Forrest Gump twice.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Pretty much sums it up right there. I don’t even think he is a genuine Marxist as many conservatives do, because that would require some intelligance and he has none. He just believes whatever radical, third-world-romanticizing, Jew-hating hooey was thrown at him at Columbia and Harvard and by Jeremiah Wright.

The sad party is he really thinks he’s a genius. Remember the “I’m a better policy director than my policy director, a better writer than my speechwriters” nonsense? Ugh.

rockmom on June 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

And you people make me laugh, little man made of straw.

You people make me sick.

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Recon5 on June 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. – President Obama

I’m confused, maybe libfree can explain this for me.

All the “smart” people I meet have their opinion change when the facts change. They might dismiss a JV player until they start playing pro, but once they do they don’t dismiss them.

And once a group takes over 1/3rd of a country, they’re a bit more serious, aren’t they?

Only the really really stupid people I know never change their opinion regardless what the facts do.

And Obama doesn’t change his opinion regardless what the facts do; but you’re convinced he’s really super-smart.

How smart do you have to be to act THIS stupid?

gekkobear on June 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Since the founding of the country, president Obama is singularly unsuitable and unprepared for conduct of foreign policy. the presidency.

landlines on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

leftamark on June 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Obama conceded, “but hope’s better.”

You know what is even better then hope? CHANGE!

KMav on June 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Frank Lib on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

We are very disappointed that you have omitted so many of The Dear Leader’s achievements in the above-referenced post. Simply calling His opponents “racists” is not enough, as we have informed you numerous times during Indoctrination. There must be more than this. Much more. It is evident that the depth of your love for Him is deficient is some way.

You are hereby given Administrative Leave from DepTruth and ordered to report to Room 101 in the Department of Love (DepLuv) for further assessment and training. Full Transgender facilities will of course be available for you.

Progress and Hope,
L. Lerner

spiritof61 on June 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Remember all those 1 on 1 interviews Dubya gave form 2006-2008? Yeah me either.

libfreeordie

ooooooooooooooo ….. That’s gonna leave a mark. /sarc

BD57 on June 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Everyone:

Frank Lib’s brilliance lies in the two seemingly opposite effects it has on us.

1. The over the top and obvious parody of the Left that many of us see. A perfect caricature of an expected reaponse.
2. A subtle and believable position statement that others believe he holds. Again, a perfect caricature of an expected response.

anuts on June 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

There’s no brilliance in pretending to be a troll.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

There’s no brilliance in pretending to be a troll.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Frank Lib’s sarcasm is actually good-he makes it perfectly clear he’s mocking illiberals. Malicious trolls and their bullsh!t are a whole different story.

non-nonpartisan on June 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Shorter headline:

Obama struggles to explain why Americans don’t support his foreign policy anymore

RavingLunatic on June 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. – President Obama

Which largely explains the White House administration since January 2009.

orangemtl on June 27, 2014 at 7:03 PM

*malaise*? Did you just use the term *malaise* to describe what’s rotting America, Noah?
Malaise was Jimmy Carter, Tyranny is Hussein.

AppraisHer on June 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Hey, hard…

– Barry BAMSTAHHHH!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNN BAMMY BABYYY!!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL LBUDDY OL PALLL!!!!!! YYYYEAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Wyski on June 2, 2014 at 1:PM

cableguy615 on June 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Obama struggles to explain why Americans don’t support his foreign policy anymore

Could it be that even some of the stupidest amongst universal suffrage American voters have started to realize that treating the world as just another community to organize won’t work?

Obviously they just don’t understand how the left-wing liberal fantasy world is supposed work. In which everyone must learn to stop being human and become the collectivist ant they are supposed to be.

farsighted on June 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Always blame someone else, lie, betray, “not my fault,” indecisiveness, play too much golf, etc. Heck, even low info voters may be catching on.

Add to his unaccountable behavior, his condescending attitude – he never “sold” his ideas, he preached his ideas. The arrogance worked for awhile, but no longer. May be the first time in his life he’s feeling the sting of losing.

MN J on June 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

libfreeordie

Frank Lib

WTH?

Your open enrollment policy is too liberal, in all meanings of the word.

Bleed_thelizard on June 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

This is ridiculous. He never had a foreign policy. His foreign policy reminds me of Charlie Brown’s book report written on the last night of Christmas vacation…

Pest on June 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Surrender isn’t an appropriate foreign policy.

zoyclem on June 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

@franklib–typed as a true liberal–and you prove the saying ‘liberalism is a mental disease’–ppl still no not want obamadoesn’tcare–hospitals are now data mining to see what we buy,drink or smoke thru the use of our debit/credit cards–does that sound like freedom?? how is he healing the planet??more countries are on fire thanks to his feckless leadership–if iran gets the bomb where will you be hiding?? as for his ‘expertise’-he has never run a company-and it shows thru his handling of his obamadoesn’tcare act–he is not a king-he is just a lackey

jstan442 on June 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM

President Obama’s foreign policies does not protect U.S. they weaken U.S and allow foreign governments every opportunity to infiltrate U.S. with devalued currency and terrorists to weaken U.S. from the inside.

MSGTAS on July 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

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