The Billings Gazette, a Montana newspaper that endorsed President Obama over John McCain in 2008 admitted Friday that they were wrong — Obama is in fact worse than his predecessor George W. Bush.
According to the Gazette, the impending collapse of Iraq (and the shameful, worldwide consequences of that foreign policy blunder) was the straw which broke the camel’s back.
Here is what they wrote in 2008:
“At this extremely challenging time, America needs a uniter, not a divider. In this economic turmoil, America needs a thoughtful, cool-headed optimist who envisions a bright future for all citizens.
After several years in which worldwide respect for America has been diminished, our great nation needs a new leader who can inspire confidence at home and abroad.”
And here is the same paper in 2014, after all the false idealism of “Hope and Change” wore off:
Sometimes, you have to admit you’re wrong.
And, we were wrong.
We said that things couldn’t get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush.
But, President Barack Obama’s administration has us yearning for the good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.
The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polls show that Americans are giving Obama lower marks than in 2006 when Iraq was going poorly for Bush and a tepid response to Hurricane Katrina sunk Bush’s ratings.
It’s not that popularity polling should be the final or even best measure of a president. There is that old saw that points out there’s a difference between doing what is right and what is popular.
For us, though, it’s the number of bungled or blown policies in the Obama administration which lead us to believe Obama has earned every bit of an abysmal approval rating.
They go on to list the VA scandal, Bowe Bergdahl, and the failure to build the Oil XL pipeline as other reasons why they have lost confidence in Obama.
Too many Americans must feel like this paper, but are too ashamed to admit. At one point, Obama seemed cool and his soaring rhetorical skills were a big change from the Bush administration. But now we have seen he was more style over substance. Bravo to the Billings Gazette for admitting the error.