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Obama should intervene in his presidency

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Dorian Davis
Adjunct Journalism Professor, Marymount Manhattan College

Obama has lost more ground than Gaddafi. A new Gallup poll shows faith in his leadership is crumbling among Democrats and Republicans alike. And given his penchant for getting involved in a crisis once it’s too late to make a difference, he might want to intervene in his own presidency now.

It’s been happening for 26 months without him. His landslide ’08 win helped Democrats expand their lead in Congress, and had some pundits predicting a permanent Democratic realignment. But in the months since, he’s gone from being the biggest star in the world — Time magazine’s Man of the Year and a Nobel Peace Prize winner — to being the Invisible Man.

I’d hide too if I had his record. Obamacare, his administration’s signature accomplishment, turned overnight from an asset to a liability that no Democrat dared mention in the midterms. Now whole states are getting Obamacare waivers and even healthcare reform supporters — Rep. Anthony Weiner, for instance — are looking for the exits. There’s been no effort to stem the national debt — in fact, Obama has added trillions to it since taking office — and no movement on entitlement reform.

But Obama has to step up sometime. His hands-off approach to everything from BP’s oil spill to healthcare reform, DADT repeal and the Middle East uprisings is eroding his own base. Gallup’s new poll, for instance, shows public perceptions of him as a “strong leader” dropping 21 points since his inauguration: 52 percent now call him decisive; 48 percent forgot he was president.

Two weeks ago, when he told a White House conference on childhood bullying that bullying leads to “absence and poor performance,” I thought he was about to blame his presidency on it. Even Democrats are fed up with his equivocating. 2012 is coming up. He’d be smart to get involved.

Dorian Davis is a former MTV HITS star turned libertarian writer. He’s been published in Business Week, NY Daily News, XY & more. He’s an NYU graduate and National Journalism Center alum. He teaches journalism at Marymount Manhattan College.

  • ToonTheNews

    Obama Loses Nobel Peace Prize!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWmVKnYFodg

  • Kurtis D. Davis

    This communication occurs with full due respect for 5885 brave young soldiers, now dead for the sake of our freedom and liberty. With regards to having confidence in the President, let’s take a look at the sacred oath sworn by the highest echelons of the military: “I do solemnly swear that I will SUPPORT and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC; that I will bear TRUE FAITH and ALLEGIANCE to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Please notice there is no provision to obey orders. However, the President has violated his own oath of office, and ordered the military to do the same thing. Is it then any wonder that people have lost confidence? If these sacred oaths do not mean anything, then why did anyone bother to start with?

  • Sproing

    There is a very basic reason for Obama losing ground in any poll regarding leadership. He is not a leader.

    He loves to talk, he loves to make pretty speeches, he loves seeing his name in lights. He does not like sticking his neck out on anything that might come back to haunt him in his drive to be a ‘politically’ important President. He hides behind the Congressional leadership of his party, he hides behind his enumerable Czars, he hides behind his cabinet secretaries, and he hides behind an army of press flacks and media enablers. He is even now hiding behind NATO and the U.N. so as to minimize any harm that might be done to his re-election campaign.

    The one thing he almost never does is actually lead !!

  • Lou

    It’s still big “L” here – http://dailycaller.com/author/ddavis/

  • Karol

    To whom do I write to change “Libertarian” in Dorian’s profile to a lower-case “l”?