President Obama is the darling of American liberals. But after a year in office, the blush is off the presidential rose. His favorable polling numbers are below his negative polling numbers, and there doesn’t appear to be any reversing of this trend.
But worse than his dropping polling numbers, President Obama is losing favor with the liberal press. The following is the first part of an article by Dana Milbank, a journalist of a decidedly liberal bent:
Obama’s disregard for media reaches new heights at nuclear summit
World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.
They entered a capital that had become a military encampment, with camo-wearing military police in Humvees and enough Army vehicles to make it look like a May Day parade on New York Avenue, where a bicyclist was killed Monday by a National Guard truck.
In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.
The only part of the summit, other than a post-meeting news conference, that was visible to the public was Obama’s eight-minute opening statement, which ended with the words: “I’m going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session.”
Reporters for foreign outlets, admitted for the first time to the White House press pool, got the impression that the vaunted American freedoms are not all they’re cracked up to be.
After Walter Cronkite reported negatively on the Vietnam War, President Johnson reportedly said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” And as more and more liberal reporters and journalists report negatively about President Obama, his polling numbers will continue to drop.
At what point will President Obama realize that he’s lost Middle America?