Now that we’ve managed to get past the Obama years, it would be nice to forget they ever happened. Alas, he made his mark on history, and it will be up to history and future generations to judge his presidency. At this point it does not look good.
Mr. Obama’s race to establish a legacy as the end of his presidency approached revealed a man who was clearly worried that his administration would be remembered as a dud. Or possibly worse. Even Mr. Obama’s supporters are often forced to point to intangibles such as “a new era of hope and opportunity” in order to conjure something positive to attach to his administration of the federal government. It must be a dreary task.
Mr. Obama did succeed in laying the groundwork for liberal Supreme Court decisions by his appointees. And he did engage in reckless military interventions, primarily in the Middle East. It is not entirely clear how history will judge those acts. One thing that is sure however, is that his approval ratings were dismal as recent research from the Gallup organization points out.
In what cannot be pleasing for him to hear, “Former President Barack Obama had an overall average approval rating of 47.9 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.” What makes matters worse and even more humiliating for the former president is that, “Only three presidents had a lower average approval rating since Gallup started doing these surveys in 1945: Gerald Ford (47.2 percent), Jimmy Carter (45.4 percent), and Harry Truman (45.4 percent).”
This means that Mr. Obama had a worse overall approval rating during his presidency than did Richard Nixon or any other president not mentioned previously. Ouch.
One can observe that his approval numbers were above 50 only near the beginning and ending of his presidency, but were pulled down by disapproval in the vast time in between those two points. This leads one to the conclusion that, “The public liked Obama when he first took office and when he was on his way out, but consistently disapproved of Obama the majority of his time in office.”
Why did we as Americans on average disapprove of his presidency? Perhaps because we already knew or quickly learned that he was going to be an advocate for only certain specific segments of American society. That he was going to pursue a haphazard and dangerous policy of foreign intervention. And that his signature legislative effort, Obamacare, would be a fiasco.
In fact, the American people have been very kind to the man by not assigning an even lower approval rating. He should count his blessings.