Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1420079 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Since: May 11

Carlisle, PA

#1156220 Jun 25, 2014
harmonious wrote:
<quoted text> drop dead pussass cracka,, blacks call whites derogatory names daily, gawd yur stupid. and I repeat, F that half black POS Oblama. You remember that racist thug Traygone, don't you?
White American liberals, the stupidest group of people to ever walk the planet.
This is like the 12 year old getting caught smoking & says " but other kids do it".
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1156221 Jun 25, 2014
EasyEed wrote:
<quoted text>
"real dumb"
Listen and listen carefully. The US can keep our troops in Iraq. All it takes is president who is not a boy/girl who has a pair. Currently the US does not have that kind of president. He runs from his shadow, takes a nap, plays golf and/or hosts fund raisers and negotiates with terrorists. The US should have told the Iraqi figurehead that the US would keep troops in his country and that the US justice system would handle cases of misconduct. No and ifs or buts. If US troops were still in Iraq bracing up the local troops the current debacle would have never happened.
Peace
KMA
GPUAR
No we can't moron; not without the consent of the Maliki government and the people of Iraq. If we did it would amount to an illegal occupation.
Bush's feckless adventure into that country set up the present debacle.

You're an idiot Eed; you always have been and always will be!

Since: May 14

Location hidden

#1156222 Jun 25, 2014
AOL wrote:
Ted Cruz had a dual citizenship he decided to rescind his Canadian so he only has a USA citizenship.
USA decided to rescind Ted Cruz. We don't want his dumbass either.
AOL

United States

#1156223 Jun 25, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
OK so
George W Bush - grew government, doubled the debt, recession, etc - No Tea Party
Bill Clinton - evil liberal President - No Tea Party
George HW Bush - raised taxes, passed cap & trade No Tea Party
Ronald Reagan - Deficit Spending & growing the debt - No Tea Party
Jimmy Carter - Another evil liberal & CRA supporter - no Tea Party
But, elect a blsck president, and the Tea Party forms.
Thanks Galt for pointing that out.
William Jefferson Clinton said HW Bush was a moral man of the highest integrity a good person. Clinton also calls himself the black sheep of the Bush family with Barbara Bush as his mom. Barbara Bush has said she is very fond of Clinton and will be forever grateful for his treatment of her husband during his hospital stays.

Too bad you fail to see how HW Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and GW Bush all work together to make the world a better place especially true of Bush 41 and Clinton.
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1156224 Jun 25, 2014
Between tax cuts for the rich, war profits for Halliburton, or support for our troops - which does the Bush Administration choose, time and time again?

Bush Administration cuts $1.5 billion from military family housing. The Bush Administration cut $1.5 billion for military family housing, despite Department of Defense statistics showing that in 83,000 barracks and 128,860 family housing units across the country are below standard.("Nothing But Lip Service," Army Times, June 30, 2003; "House Appropriations Committee Approves $59.2 Million for Ft. Hood," U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards Press Release, June 17, 2003)

Bush Republicans support millionaires instead of military veterans. Bush allies in Congress stopped efforts to scale back the tax cut for the nation's millionaires by just five percent - a loss of just $4,780 for the year - in order to restore this funding for military family housing.("The Tax Debate Nobody Hears About," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)

Bush Administration underfunded veterans' health care by $2 billion. The Bush Administration's 2004 budget underfunded veterans' health care by nearly $2 billion.("Vets Health Low on Bush's Priority List," The Hill, September 17, 2003; "Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003; U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, September 2002)

Bush Administration proposal would end health care benefits for 173,000 veterans. More than 173,000 veterans across the country would be cut off from health care because of Bush Administration proposed budget cuts and its plan requiring enrollment fees and higher out-of-pocket costs.("Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)

Bush Administration budget cuts force more than 200,000 veterans to wait for health care. Over 200,000 United States veterans have to wait more than six months for a medical visit because of health care shortages.("VA Health Care Funding Alert," Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Press Release, January 31, 2003)

Bush Administration opposed plan to give National Guard and Reserve Members access to health insurance. Despite the war efforts of America's National Guard and Reserve Members, the Bush Administration announced in October 2003 its formal opposition to give the 1.2 million Guard and Reserve members the right to buy health care coverage through the Pentagon's health plan. One out of every five Guard members lacks health insurance.("Bush Opposes Health Plan for National Guard," Gannett News Service, October 23, 2003)

Bush Administration cuts $172 million allotted for educating the children of military personnel. The Bush Administration's 2004 budget cut $172 million of impact aid funding. Impact aid funding assists school districts by making up for lost local tax revenue from tax-exempt property, such as military bases. These education cuts will especially affect school-age children of troops serving in Iraq who reside on military bases.("Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)

Bush Administration tax cut denies military families increase in child tax credit. The families of 262,000 children of military personnel do not receive the child tax credit increase because the plan fails to cover taxpaying families with incomes between $10,500 and $26,625. According to The Washington Post, the House version of the Bush Administration plan "wouldn't help many of those serving in Iraq." One solider who will not benefit is Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson, the soldier and single mother who was wounded twice in the same convoy as Jessica Lynch.("Ex-POW's Family Accuses Army of Double Standard on Benefit," Washington Post, October 24, 2003; "The New Senate Child Credit Legislation - What It Does and Does Not Do," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, June 25, 2003; "Whose Child Is Left Behind," Children's Defense Fund, July 23, 2003)
AOL

United States

#1156225 Jun 25, 2014
Grey Ghost wrote:
Prominent Democrats
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Rick Noriega, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas -- joined the U.S. Army in 1979; currently Lt. Colonel in Texas Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan.(1)
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)-- rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in the An Hoa Basin west of Danang; was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.(1)
Representative Tim Walz, D-MN - Twenty-four years of service in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2005.
Representative Joe Sestak, D-PA - 31 years of service in the Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral.
Representative Chris Carney, D-PA - Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for Operation Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.
Representative Patrick Murphy, D-PA - extensive career in the U.S. Army from 1993-2004; earned Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.
Representative Phil Hare, D-IL - Served in the United States Army Reserve for six years.
Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA)- distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990.(1)
Former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71.(1, 2)
Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)
Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)
Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service
Former Senator Bob Kerrey... Democrat... Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam (1, 2)
Senator Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, World War Two (1, 2)
Senator John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat (1)
Representative Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea (1, 2)
Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam (1, 2)
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)- U.S. Army Reserve, 1968-1975.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)- U.S. Army, 1951-1953.(1)
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)- Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.(1, 2)
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)- U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91 (1)
Former Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC)- served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.(1)
Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA)- Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal.(1, 2)
Former Representative "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.(1, 2)
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.(1, 2)
Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor - volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat "V." (1)
Gray Davis, former California Governor, Army Captain in Vietnam; received Bronze Star.(1)
Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57
Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate - 38-year career of public service in the Army, culminating as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
...and your extensive list of those democrats who did not serve?
LIBERALS

Lillington, NC

#1156226 Jun 25, 2014
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
Prominent Republicans
Representative Patrick McHenry, R-NC - did not serve. Saw fit to endanger American troops' lives after a visit to Iraq by violating operational security and helping militias target their mortar attacks on the Green Zone.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY - did not serve (1)
Senate Assistant Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-MI - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Senate Republican Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, R-AZ - did not serve.
Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair John Cornyn, R-TX - did not serve.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign, R-NV - did not serve.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-OH - did not serve.
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-MO - did not serve.
House Republican Conerence Chair Adam Putnam, R-FL - did not serve.
House Republican Policy Committee Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI - did not serve.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole, R-OK - did not serve.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani - did not serve.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney - did not serve in the military but did serve the Mormon Church on a 30-month mission to France.
Former Senator Fred Thompson - did not serve.
Senator John McCain - McCain's naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. Why did the Bush campaign smear him so in 2000? At least Senators Cleland (D-GA), Kerry (D-MA), Kerrey (D-NE), Robb (D-VA) and Hagel (R-NE) defended him.
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Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve (1). "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
Former House Majority Whip Roy Blunt - did not serve
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve.(An impressive medical resume, but not such a friend to cats in Boston.)
Rick Santorum, R-PA, formerly third ranking Republican in the Senate - did not serve.(1)
George Felix Allen, former Republican Senator from Virginia - a supporter of Nixon and the Vietnam war, did not serve.(1)
Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld - served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor.(1) Served as President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East and met with Saddam Hussein twice in 1983 and 1984.
GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really means four years. Still says that he's "been to war." Huh?
VP Cheney - several deferments (1, 2), the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service")(1)
Former Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - did not serve (1, 2); received seven deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State
Jeb Bush, Florida Governor - did not serve.(1)


Is it true that Obama received 3 Purple Hearts ?

The Purple Heart is the oldest United States military decoration, which is awarded in the name of the president to those who have been killed or wounded while serving on or after April 5, 1917, with the United States Armed Forces. This medal is a 1 3/8 inch wide purple heart bordered with Gold and a profile of General George Washington is overlaid in the middle. Above the heart and between sprays of Green leaves, is a replica of the Washington Coat of Arms (a White shield with three Red stars and two Red bars at the top).‘FOR MILITARY MERIT is engraved on the reverse side, below the coat of arms and leaves
Buroc Millhouse Obama

New Britain, CT

#1156227 Jun 25, 2014
AOL wrote:
<quoted text>
William Jefferson Clinton said HW Bush was a moral man of the highest integrity a good person. Clinton also calls himself the black sheep of the Bush family with Barbara Bush as his mom. Barbara Bush has said she is very fond of Clinton and will be forever grateful for his treatment of her husband during his hospital stays.
Too bad you fail to see how HW Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and GW Bush all work together to make the world a better place especially true of Bush 41 and Clinton.
RealDave is a fascist and a hater. He hates his own neighbors if they are not a socialist or Obama Lapdog like he is.

As far as Obama goes, he is the most divisive and radical partisan president in history.

A failure.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1156228 Jun 25, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
only fools like you continue to live in the past.....
but looking forward, how can the IRS get a criminal conviction of a taxpayer for tax evasion if they are dependent on taxpayer records that just went pfffttt.....
destruction of evidence is no longer a crime.....
fools? like the fools that need to blame the disaster that was Bush on everyone but Bush? like how Bill Clinton is somehow responsible for Bush's failed homeownership program, while Barney Frank said something, Democrats somehow did nothing while trying to do something; and so Bush is totally absolved of any wrongdoing by those who have the biggest case of voters remorse in American history.

and i imagine your Bush apology tour will go on for many years to come. fools indeed.
Buroc Millhouse Obama

New Britain, CT

#1156229 Jun 25, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So the idea that these orders were misrepresented in these foreign countries is Obama's fault?
misrepresented my azz, Lapdog.

Weasel.
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1156230 Jun 25, 2014
AOL wrote:
<quoted text>
...and your extensive list of those democrats who did not serve?
I suspect that most will be able to see who the chickenhawks were that got us into Bush's illegal and lie induced war.
LIBERALS

Lillington, NC

#1156231 Jun 25, 2014
By Sean Sullivan June 4 &#61664;

A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton's and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush's according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday.

Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. Forty-eight percent say it is less competent than Bush's, compared to 42 percent who say it is more competent. Seven percent judge Obama's and Bush's the same.

Fifty-five percent say that the Obama administration has made the country weaker; 35 percent say his administration has made it stronger.

The poll was conducted June 1-3 by the Democratic Anderson Robbins Research and the Republican Shaw & Company Research.
Patriot

Longmont, CO

#1156232 Jun 25, 2014
Remember all the gas explosions , how they suddenly stopped as quick as they started??

The trains, gas processing facilities, and even several frack wells all blowing up ... businesses, homes, and trailers... even propane tanks... blowing up over and over each day...

Then... this past year in 2013... it all stopped, just a few explosions over the past year.

Now we know why. The gas that was being provided may have had OTHER gasses mixed in... like hydrogen sulfide.

This is the same hydrogen sulfide that was turning up in the gas domes of Louisiana. At the time, in 2012, they had to flood the market and sell a lot of the gas from the collapsing domes , turns out the gas they sold was most likely the gas from the Eagleford Shale deposit (Louisiana).
Natural gas mixed with volatile hydrogen sulfide.... explains why peoples houses were blowing sky high, and factories exploding out of nowhere.- Dutchsinse

http://online.wsj.com/articles/oil-from-u-s-f...
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1156233 Jun 25, 2014
LIBERALS wrote:
<quoted text>
Is it true that Obama received 3 Purple Hearts ?
The Purple Heart is the oldest United States military decoration, which is awarded in the name of the president to those who have been killed or wounded while serving on or after April 5, 1917, with the United States Armed Forces. This medal is a 1 3/8 inch wide purple heart bordered with Gold and a profile of General George Washington is overlaid in the middle. Above the heart and between sprays of Green leaves, is a replica of the Washington Coat of Arms (a White shield with three Red stars and two Red bars at the top).‘FOR MILITARY MERIT is engraved on the reverse side, below the coat of arms and leaves
Your question is as stupid as are most of your posts. As usual you don't seem to have a real point.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1156234 Jun 25, 2014
Top Tea Party Activist: If Cochran Wins In Mississippi,'GOP Is Done'

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/amy-kre...

he won, you're done.

tea party nutjobs are never wrong. just ask one of them.....if you have an hour to spare.
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1156235 Jun 25, 2014
LIBERALS wrote:
By Sean Sullivan June 4 &#61664;
A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton's and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush's according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday.
Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. Forty-eight percent say it is less competent than Bush's, compared to 42 percent who say it is more competent. Seven percent judge Obama's and Bush's the same.
Fifty-five percent say that the Obama administration has made the country weaker; 35 percent say his administration has made it stronger.
The poll was conducted June 1-3 by the Democratic Anderson Robbins Research and the Republican Shaw & Company Research.
Only the very dumbest of the dumb could possible think or believe that we aren't better off today than when Obama took office..Posting any FOX poll is toooooo funny. Besides it sounds far more like you are whistling as you pass the cemetery.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1156236 Jun 25, 2014
A divided nation finally agrees on something overwhelmingly: the war in Iraq was simply not worth fighting.

Seventy-one percent of Americans now say that the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it,” a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll shows, with skepticism about the lengthy war effort up substantially even in the last 18 months.

Just 22 percent now believe the 2003 war effort was worthwhile.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil...
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1156237 Jun 25, 2014
Buroc Millhouse Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
misrepresented my azz, Lapdog.
Weasel.
You are all azz...wimpie..
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1156238 Jun 25, 2014
Grey Ghost wrote:
Between tax cuts for the rich, war profits for Halliburton, or support for our troops - which does the Bush Administration choose, time and time again?
Bush Administration cuts $1.5 billion from military family housing. The Bush Administration cut $1.5 billion for military family housing, despite Department of Defense statistics showing that in 83,000 barracks and 128,860 family housing units across the country are below standard.("Nothing But Lip Service," Army Times, June 30, 2003; "House Appropriations Committee Approves $59.2 Million for Ft. Hood," U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards Press Release, June 17, 2003)
Bush Republicans support millionaires instead of military veterans. Bush allies in Congress stopped efforts to scale back the tax cut for the nation's millionaires by just five percent - a loss of just $4,780 for the year - in order to restore this funding for military family housing.("The Tax Debate Nobody Hears About," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)
Bush Administration underfunded veterans' health care by $2 billion. The Bush Administration's 2004 budget underfunded veterans' health care by nearly $2 billion.("Vets Health Low on Bush's Priority List," The Hill, September 17, 2003; "Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003; U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, September 2002)
Bush Administration proposal would end health care benefits for 173,000 veterans. More than 173,000 veterans across the country would be cut off from health care because of Bush Administration proposed budget cuts and its plan requiring enrollment fees and higher out-of-pocket costs.("Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)
Bush Administration budget cuts force more than 200,000 veterans to wait for health care. Over 200,000 United States veterans have to wait more than six months for a medical visit because of health care shortages.("VA Health Care Funding Alert," Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Press Release, January 31, 2003)
Bush Administration opposed plan to give National Guard and Reserve Members access to health insurance. Despite the war efforts of America's National Guard and Reserve Members, the Bush Administration announced in October 2003 its formal opposition to give the 1.2 million Guard and Reserve members the right to buy health care coverage through the Pentagon's health plan. One out of every five Guard members lacks health insurance.("Bush Opposes Health Plan for National Guard," Gannett News Service, October 23, 2003)
Bush Administration cuts $172 million allotted for educating the children of military personnel. The Bush Administration's 2004 budget cut $172 million of impact aid funding. Impact aid funding assists school districts by making up for lost local tax revenue from tax-exempt property, such as military bases. These education cuts will especially affect school-age children of troops serving in Iraq who reside on military bases.("Support for Troops Questioned," Washington Post, June 17, 2003)
Bush Administration tax cut denies military families increase in child tax credit. The families of 262,000 children of military personnel do not receive the child tax credit increase because the plan fails to cover taxpaying families with incomes between $10,500 and $26,625. According to The Washington Post, the House version of the Bush Administration plan "wouldn't help many of those serving in Iraq." One solider who will not benefit is Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson, the soldier and single mother who was wounded twice in the same convoy as Jessica Lynch.("Ex-POW's Family Accuses Army of Double Standard on Benefit," Washington Post, October 24, 2003; "The New Senate Child Credit Legislation - What It Does and Does Not Do," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, June 25, 2003; "Whose Child Is Left Behind," Children's Defense Fund, July 23, 2003)
no link....why?
LIBERALS

Lillington, NC

#1156239 Jun 25, 2014
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/ob...

bama’s presidency on the ropes -- again

Just when our NBC/WSJ poll from April showed President Barack Obama bouncing back a bit after the surge of enrollment in the health-care exchanges, then came the crisis in Ukraine. Then the VA hospital controversy. The controversial Bowe Bergdahl release. And now the current instability in Iraq. And they’ve knocked Obama back down to where he was during the HealthCare.Gov woes -- or even worse. Our brand-new NBC/WSJ poll shows Obama’s overall job-approval rating at 41%, a three-point drop from two months ago. His foreign-policy handling has declined to 37%, his all-time low. His fav/unfav numbers are back underwater (41%-45%) after being in the positive territory in April (44%-41%). And perhaps most troubling of all for Obama, 54% of Americans believe that he no longer can lead the country and get the job done for the remainder of his term.“This is a bad poll for President Obama, and not a good poll for anybody else,” said NBC/WSJ co-pollster Bill McInturff (R). Added co-pollster Peter Hart (D):“Whether it’s [Vladimir] Putin, Ukraine, the VA hospitals, Bowe Bergdahl, the events have controlled Obama, rather than Obama having controlled the events,” he said.“He may be winning the issues debate, but he’s losing the political debate, because they don’t see him as a leader.” We’ve seen Obama on the ropes before during his presidency (think after the debt-ceiling fiasco, after the health-care website crash). Can he get off of them one more time? He’s getting awfully close to that “he doesn’t have time to recover” period of the presidency.





More oppose Bergdahl swap than support it

Our NBC/WSJ poll was crafted before the instability in Iraq grabbed headlines, so it doesn’t contain questions on that subject (though we will have Iraq data in a few days). It also was conducted before the United States arrested a suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Still, it shows an American public that has grown dissatisfied with President Obama on foreign policy and national-security decisions. In addition to his foreign-policy handling dropped to 37%, Americans -- by a 44%-30% margin -- disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five imprisoned Taliban fighters. And respondents are evenly divided if the details of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his base in Afghanistan matters in the U.S. decision to secure his release: 47% say the details matter, while 46% say they don’t. The poll also shows that 59% oppose closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, which is up seven points since 2009.

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