Polls agree that President Obama has a credibility problem. In the CNN poll, 49 percent think he is honest and trustworthy, a drop of nine points in a month. In the Fox poll, voters are split on the question, 48 percent to 48 percent.
Frankly, it has taken an inordinate amount of time for the voters to understand they are being given, at best, half-truths on everything from Benghazi to Obamacare. The lack of credibility has also soured voters on big government, to the dismay of liberal statists.
In foreign policy, the credibility problem plagues him. Consider all the things Obama has asserted that simply aren’t true:
- Sanctions are working against Iran.
- Bashar al-Assad was a reformer before he was on the verge of being ousted before we didn’t know who to back before we took a half-step two years too late.
- Benghazi was the result of some video.
- The problem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is Israel’s building.
- We could exit Iraq with no status of forces agreement without threatening gains there.
- We could work with Mohamed Morsi.
- China wants to be a constructive partner with the United States.
- Al-Qaeda was virtually eliminated with Osama bin Laden’s death.
- Vladimir Putin’s election was praiseworthy.
On it goes. I accept that Obama may not have been intentionally misleading on all of these, but you are in deep trouble when your defense is that you have rotten judgment and don’t understand what’s going on.