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With His Polls Slumping, the Economy in Decline, and a Strong al-Qaeda, Obama Flees Washington
Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 08/14/2013 5:38:36 PM PDT by Kaslin

President Obama has fled the White House for the peace and serenity of the beaches and golf links of Martha's Vineyard, leaving behind a mess of polls with failure written all over them.

In the sweltering, dog days of August, Obama has left town for a one week vacation, hoping to escape the many troubles that plague his presidency: a declining economy; his job approval polls in a nose dive; and the latest news that the vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the country's direction under his policies.

The Gallup Poll this week shows his job approval marks falling to the low 40s, and "three-quarters of Americans are now dissatisfied" with our country's direction, up sharply from 68 percent in July.

While the news media seem to remind us almost hourly that the Republicans are also unpopular, Gallup's pollsters find that public satisfaction with the Democrats (the people who kill all those House GOP budget cuts) has sunk seven points in this month alone to 37 percent.

"At 22 percent, U.S. satisfaction with the direction of the country is the lowest Gallup has seen since March," the polling organization reported Tuesday.

Obama may be able to temporarily run from his failing grades, but he can't hide from them. More than half of all Americans now disapprove of the job he is doing, and it's not hard to see why.

The economy is not getting stronger in the fifth year of his presidency, it's getting weaker, growing in the last three months by little over 1 percent. "We're still very much living through what amounts to a low-grade depression," writes New York Times economist Paul Krugman, one of Obama's earliest supporters.

Americans are suffering from the dearth of good paying, full-time jobs. "Since January, 833,000 more Americans reported working part- time," while almost 100,000 fewer Americans "have full-time positions," says economist Peter Morici.

Having trouble finding a job? Millions of Americans say they can't find one in Obama's economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 240,000 adults left the labor force and stopped looking for work in July.

Black unemployment was 12.6 percent and Hispanic unemployment is nearly 10 percent. Obama doesn't talk about this which may be why he doesn't vacation in his home state of Illinois where more than 9 percent are out of work.

Throw in higher rents across the country, an average of $3.60 for a gallon of regular gas, a declining stock market that's shrinking worker retirement funds, and one can understand why Americans aren't happy with this president.

The war on terrorism isn't going so well, either. Indeed, Obama dropped President Bush's declared "war on terror" when he became president, hoping to reach out and make nice with the Muslim world.

When that didn't work in his first four years, he ran for re- election insisting al-Qaeda was "on the run" and that its terrorist ranks have been decimated. But events over the past year tell a far different story.

Al-Qaeda has expanded its reach throughout the Middle East and across North Africa, and stepped up its presence and a much more lethal offensive in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead of being "decimated," as we were told, al-Qaeda leaders have been lobbing threats of attacks against the U.S., forcing the White House to shut down nearly twenty embassies abroad, and putting us on a higher alert here at home.

But the growing terrorist threat under Obama's policies of retreat and retrenchment doesn't stop there. In its lead, front page story Tuesday, The Washington Post ran this headline: "Al-Qaeda's Iraq affiliate expands presence in Syria." A subhead states that al-Qaeda is "gaining regional dimensions."

"A rebranded version of Iraq's al-Qaeda affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting to prevent in Iraq and Afghanistan," the Post reported.

The widening terrorist insurgency, now calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq, "has been bolstered by an influx of thousands of foreign fighters from the region and beyond," the Post said.

Does this sound like al-Qaeda is, as Obama boasted, "on the run"?

Obama assumed the presidency with a foolish laundry list of long outdated and failed liberal ideas, believing he could revive the American economy if he spent enough money on a 1930s-style agenda of public works projects and other federal spending programs.

The result was about $6 trillion in higher debt that didn't restore the economy and unemployment to pre-recession levels. In the fifth year of his failed presidency, hiring is still "sluggish" and the recovery is still "tepid", to quote many of the latest newspaper headlines.

Congress is in no mood to spend more money on his shell game economics that would only throw good money after bad. It's clear that his latest big spending proposals are going nowhere for the rest of his presidency.

Obama seems to know this but won't admit it in public. Last month, he meekly proposed linking new tax reforms to more spending on his job programs. Republican leaders rejected his proposal out of hand.

Now he's become a speech president, delivering "major" addresses around the country, but with no really new ideas or proposals to restore our country to its former greatness.

America is in decline. Confidence in our once-powerful economy is eroding. Americans are dispirited and unhappy about our country's course. We have lost our way.

A new direction awaits a future president with a vision of a newly-ascendant, wealth-creating America.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; marthasvineyard; obama; obamaapproval; obamaeconomy; unemployment

1 posted on 08/14/2013 5:38:36 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

How many times in the past five years has “this” story been posted?


2 posted on 08/14/2013 5:40:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Kaslin

The minute Obama knows for sure that the game is over, he’ll resign for health reasons and move to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with us.


3 posted on 08/14/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 08/14/2013 5:45:38 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: blueunicorn6

I’d say it’s far more likely he’ll become head of the UN and do a nightly stint on PMSNBC.


5 posted on 08/14/2013 5:46:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Kaslin

A declining stock market....hmmmm. The markets still up around historic highs. The author should have left that out, there was plenty of ammo for piling on.


6 posted on 08/14/2013 5:48:23 PM PDT by Galactica
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To: Kaslin

We have to look on the bright side. When he is out of Washington he can do no more harm than he already has done.


7 posted on 08/14/2013 5:53:37 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: bigheadfred

The country is so dissatisfied by the direction of the country that they are telling pollsters that they’re ready to annoint Hillary as his successor.


8 posted on 08/14/2013 5:55:23 PM PDT by tatown ("So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquited by women, but it's still white men's fault.")
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To: Kaslin

Yes, but he killed Bin Laden. It was a gutsy call they say.


9 posted on 08/14/2013 5:55:31 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Galactica

A declining stock market in real terms. The numbers are high only because the Fed keeps creating funny money.

Runaway inflation is but a heartbeat away.


10 posted on 08/14/2013 5:55:59 PM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: Kaslin

“We have lost our way.”

YOU might have lost your way—the REST of us are being dragged kicking and screaming down a Marxist path we’ve been fighting against for YEARS! Why didn’t you know his Marxist agenda back in 2007?

(not YOU, Kaslin...)


11 posted on 08/14/2013 5:56:01 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: bigheadfred
How many times in the past five years has “this” story been posted?

Almost as often as "_______ (fill in politician's name) is toast!"

12 posted on 08/14/2013 5:57:21 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Walrus
Runaway inflation is but a heartbeat away.

I agree with your end point, but I said the same thing two years ago and the markets continue to swallow Baraqqi/Bernanke/Lew minibucks at an unlimited rate.

Timing is everything for making money here...

13 posted on 08/14/2013 6:00:03 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: tatown

All people need to do is look at Hillary’s husband. Apparently he was never satisfied with the way she handled things. What makes them think she can handle a country?


14 posted on 08/14/2013 6:00:23 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Kaslin
Blah, blah, blah. My guess is that Obama is still wildly popular and that he would win reelection tomorrow if running. America is teeming with people who vote on raw emotion and as poll after poll shows, they swing from one candidate to any other just like they shop and switch brands of toilet paper.

We are absolutely no better than we were in November 2012. Nothing really has changed from Nov 2012. We still have a half-crocked, incompetent president. Gas stays at nearly $4 per gallon. Inflation is moving along. There are no jobs outside of part-time work. Obamacare is the absolute disaster EVERYONE except Democrats and the corrupt MSM said it would be — and they still reelected Obama.

So why are his poll numbers down now when things are nearly identical to November 2012. It proves Americans are weak-minded, brain-dead, emotionally driven children who are completely disabled from any ability to reason and process thought rationally.

15 posted on 08/14/2013 6:00:34 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s amazing that he’s getting away with saying nothing about the carnage in Egypt, especially while his policy is still supporting the overthrow of Assad in Syria.


16 posted on 08/14/2013 6:01:09 PM PDT by grania
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To: Kaslin
With His Polls Slumping, . . . . . . . .

Is this another Weiner thread?

17 posted on 08/14/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: grania

Because the corrupt MSM refuses to call Obama on this, or on anything — whatsoever.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 6:04:04 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah he spent a trillion dollars on his “stimulus” money, but don’t tell me about public works projects. I went to our State Fair last weekend and most of the buildings were built in the 1930s. Every town and city has municipal buildings, post offices, libraries and schools built during that time.

That’s when I thought: One Trillion Dollars, five years ago. Where are the buildings? Where are the dams and bridges? The schools and post offices?

We were ripped off and our kids have to pay the bill. We live in a 3rd world kleptocracy and our crappy media refuses to report it. But people are slowly waking up on their own.


19 posted on 08/14/2013 6:05:28 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: Kaslin

As the dems push hillary and the pubbies roll over and play dead


20 posted on 08/14/2013 6:11:51 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: Kaslin

I thought he said “Al Quaida is on the run” - unfortunately they are running straight at us and they are carrying bombs.

What an idiot.


21 posted on 08/14/2013 6:20:21 PM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama will be re elected to a third term! Nobody is listening or gives a fat fart anyway.

Obama is the greatest failure in US presidential history on one hand and on the other hand, he's the greatest American who's ever lived.

This is truly through the looking glass type stuff.

It's all about rodeo clowns and Hillary! Clinton -

22 posted on 08/14/2013 6:24:53 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: henkster

lots and lots of brand-spankin’-new Gubmint buildings going up in DC


23 posted on 08/14/2013 6:34:24 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

The Obastard has been on vacation since BEFORE January or 2009. Hell, he’s been on vacation his entire f***ing life!


24 posted on 08/14/2013 6:35:42 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Galactica
A declining stock market....hmmmm. The markets still up around historic highs.

Well not really. In real dollars adjusted for the inflationary actions of brother Bernake its really not up. There is an awful lot of "Fiat" money floating around looking for a place to nestle in.

25 posted on 08/14/2013 6:43:56 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

Maybe he should go into exile on Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, and take Valerie Jarrett with him. And Holder, and...


26 posted on 08/14/2013 7:05:20 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: workerbee

But not nearly as often as “[Conservative TV Show Host Name] DESTROYS [Liberal TV Show Guest Name]”


27 posted on 08/14/2013 9:24:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; thouworm; GOPJ

"Who, me worry? I got so much federal money stashed
offshore, me and Michele can buy this Vineyard dump
ten times over."

"And besides, I aint planning to leave office---so get over
it. I got in by voter fraud before and I'll do it again."

"What Republican Party?"

28 posted on 08/15/2013 5:57:04 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

Thanks liz..


29 posted on 08/15/2013 6:57:27 AM PDT by GOPJ ( When the state knows all but difference between right and wrong, it won't end well--Steyn)
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To: blueunicorn6

IMO, it cannot come soon enough.


30 posted on 08/15/2013 9:12:19 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: grania

about the carnage in Egypt,”””

The Muslims are proving why the Muslim Brotherhood was prohibited from holding ANY KIND of public office from 1925 to 2012. 87 years. They couldn’t hold things together for even 1 year.

Seems Nassar, Mubarek and others knew how evil the MB really is. Obama is supporting the MB.

Birds of a feather...........


31 posted on 08/15/2013 9:14:59 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Liz; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; thouworm; GOPJ

” “What Republican Party?”

Good question.


32 posted on 08/15/2013 10:07:09 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens. KILL THE BILL!)
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To: SoldierDad
"With His Polls Slumping, . . . . . . . ."

"Is this another Weiner thread?"

*snicker*

Wonder if Carlos Danger has a chance of being NYC mayor....

33 posted on 08/15/2013 10:21:06 AM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He's got a great plan!)
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To: Liz

I’d like to see this photo side by side to the photo of Putin riding on the back of a bear.


34 posted on 08/15/2013 10:27:26 AM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He's got a great plan!)
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To: hummingbird
I’d like to see this photo of O, hugging his golf club, side by side with the photo of Putin riding on the back of a bear.

Yeah----that'd be v-e-r-y telling. LOL.

35 posted on 08/15/2013 12:39:22 PM PDT by Liz
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