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Must be cursed

November 13, 2013 - Blaine Hyska
The office of the presidency must be cursed.

Nice guys move into the White House, and they turn into evil villains.

Take President Bush, for example. He was a friendly, likable guy going in. After he resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a few years, even his most loyal supporters had to admit he was dunce. His opponents called him evil and calloused. His presidency was plagued with the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the resulting war in Iraq, and the Great Recession.

By the time he left office, few admitted ever having voted for him.

In hopes of changing the country’s direction, Americans then sent President Obama to the White House. He, too, was a friendly, likable guy going in.

Today, toward the end of his second term, he’s seen as far less than likable. USA Today has reported a new Quinnipiac University survey shows that American voters disapprove of Obama's performance by 54 percent to 39 percent, the worst marks of his presidency.

Most of his problems center around his new health care plan that calls for mandated health insurance for everyone. Once an important center-piece of his agenda, Obama’s health care program is plagued with website problems, and cancellation notices on existing policies, something he promised would never occur.

In fact, in a Rasmussen Reports survey, 25 percent now rate the Obama administration’s response to the problems associated with the new health care law as good or excellent, while 54 percent consider the administration’s response to be poor. And 71 percent think Americans should be allowed to keep their current health insurance policies even if they do not meet the standards set by the new law, while 19 percent say they should not be able to keep their existing policies and 10 percent are not sure, Rasmussen Reports says.

Clearly, national opinion has shifted.

Obama’s electronic surveillance program, handling of the civil war in Syria and the increase in the national debt have not helped his image.

Today, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are seen as the front-runners in the 2016 presidential election. They’ll gladly spend millions of dollars for a job that pays to $400,000 per year, including a $50,000 expense allowance.

And the winner will likely be seen as an also-ran once he or she leaves office.

That’s politics.



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