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10 Reasons Why President Obama Has Failed As An Effective Leader

Posted on March 31 2011 11:00 am

According to a Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters released Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have reached a new low at 42%. His disapproval rating was 48%. Half of those surveyed for the poll do not think that the president deserves a second term in office.

On the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly posited that Obama’s declining poll numbers reveal Americans’ doubts about his leadership skills and where he is leading our country. Here are just a few examples of Obama’s leadership failures:

  • Obama spent the first two years of his presidency on his signature issue – Obamacare – and pushed through a government-centric solution that the majority of Americans don’t want.


  • Obama has led the country much further into debt, to the tune of $5 trillion of added deficits since he took office.



  • Obama’s budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year was an abdication of leadership. It raised spending and taxes, with no clear path towards real deficit reduction. It avoided entirely the issue of entitlements. Obama did not endorse any of the major elements of his own deficit commission’s deficit-reduction plan.


  • Obama failed to crisis manage the Gulf oil spill by not proactively directing coordination of the timely use of maximum federal resources to help stem the spill and clean up the huge ensuing mess. In fact, his administration got in the way of those states such as Louisiana that were trying to  take care of the problem themselves.


  • Obama has subjected national foreign policy decisions to the ‘global test’ of United Nations approval. He promised to address America’s “priorities” in the UN and warned that not following “the United Nation’s demands” (sic) would make “all people less safe.”


  • Obama took months to respond to the military’s request for additional troops in the Afghan war and then, when he finally announced his decision to add 30,000 troops in December of 2009, he simultaneously talked about a withdrawal timetable.


  • Obama failed to speak out forcefully in support of the dissidents in Iran who were being killed, beaten and tortured by the thugs ruling the Islamic Republic of Iran.


  • Obama wavered from initial support for Egyptian President Mubarak, to wait-and-see, to finally pressuring Mubarak to leave. His administration can’t figure out how much to support the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation in a new Egyptian government, but is willing to give the radical Islamist group, which founded Hamas and has just recently told the Egyptian people to prepare for war against Israel, the benefit of the doubt.


  • Obama dithered for weeks before following France and the Arab League into the United Nations-approved military intervention in Libya. Now that we are involved, Obama is unable or unwilling to clearly define the mission and criteria for success that will allow the United States to cease its active military involvement.

Beyond these specific examples, President Obama has failed to convince many Americans that he truly believes the United States is an exceptional country with a noble purpose. He tried in his Libya speech Monday night to invoke his understanding of American exceptionalism as the justification for his belated decision to use military force against Qaddafi. However, he has made apologies abroad for America on several occasions. For example, in France of all places, he said:

there have been times America’s shown arrogance

Most Americans want a president who leads by making firm decisions with moral clarity and common sense and who puts his country first. Barack Obama has failed this leadership test.

Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam

4 Responses leave one →
  1. April 1, 2011

    I hope that the Republican presidential contenders and the ultimate nominee rip and strip Obama on these 10 points…and more. No more mealy-mouthed McCains…"oh, he's really such a nice guy" BS. Frankly, I hope Trump throws himself into the ring…the man means what he says…no hesitation.

  2. April 1, 2011

    All of the Republican contenders are just that. There is not one that stands out in the crowd in a positive way. I haven't researched or followed one that I can actually get behind, either for their political records or their personal baggage. The Republicans have a chance to unseat an incumbent but are relying heavily on said incumbent destroying himself instead of putting forth a candidate that can actually be trusted to carry out the will of the people. Every time I see a list of the Republican contenders I don't know whether to laugh or cry. It is by and large a list of priveleged elitists that not a whole lot of people (Independents) can get behind or identify as being one of their own. Herman Cain is the only one who stands out in the crowd only becuse he is neither a pojitician, an elitist nor a corporate schill. I have heard that he can't win because of poor name recognition and precisely because he has no political experience, but maybe this might be the exact kind of person that the Republican party needs. Maybe he could be the nominee with Trump as the veep. What a ticket that would be!

  3. October 4, 2012

    Obama Accomplishments:
    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act-Equal pay for women;
    Children's Health Insurance Program;
    2009 Stimulus bill;
    Ordered kill of Somali Pirates;
    Eased restrictions on Cuba;
    Serve America Act;
    Fraud Enforcement Act;
    Federal funding of stem cell research;
    Credit Card Act;
    Matthew Shepard Act;
    Student Aid Act;
    Wall Street Reform Act;
    Rescue of the US automobile industry;
    Health insurance reform;
    Timetables for bringing our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan;
    Extension of unemployment compensation;
    An end to discrimination against homosexuals in the military;
    Assisted in the overthrow of Gaddafi, at no loss of American life;
    Dismantled Al Qaeda to a shadow of its former self;
    Fair Sentencing Act;
    Small Business Jobs Act;
    Veterans' Benefit Act;
    2010 Tax & Jobs Compromise;
    Food Safety Modernization Act;
    New START Treaty;
    US Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan;
    America Invents Act;
    War in Iraq ended with last American troops crossing border into Kuwait;
    Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Credit;
    First President to publicly support the legalization of same sex marriage;
    12 straight quarters of GDP growth;
    32 straight months of private sector job growth;
    Stock market (DJI) climbed from 8,279.63 1/9/2009 to 13,485.97 10/02/2012

  4. August 9, 2013

    Um……supporting gay marriage….would hardly call that an accomplishment….well, a good one anyway.

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