Since before he was elected, Obama has had a strong ally in the press. This has allowed him to remain personally popular and likeable all while his policies have proven to be UNpopular.
Perhaps such a relationship is seeing its expiration date:
After emerging from the showdown over the Republican-led government shutdown relatively unscathed, the Obama administration finds itself under assault on three fronts: problems surrounding Obamacare, revelations of the U.S. spying on allies, and the 2012 attack on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya — over which a senator has threatened to hold up all of the administration’s nominations.
The controversies are sure to fuel continued Republican attacks on Obama and his Democratic allies as the nation gears up for midterm elections next year, and the White House has portrayed the attacks as so much partisan chatter.
But to CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, they reflect the relative inexperience of the Obama White House.
“This is an administration that has been very, very good at its politics, but has never been very good at execution of policies from Day One,” he said Monday.
“It’s an administration which has some really smart people in it, and a lot of younger people. It doesn’t have very many heavyweights,” he said.
This isn’t news here and was certainly predicted during the first election cycle that Mr. Obama survived. And, I have to admit, now that he’s President, the fact that he is largely ineffectual may be my most favorite thing about him.
But this ACA rollout is a disaster. A disaster the likes of which would get an executive in the private secotr fired.