Six years into his administration and a lot of people in the United States today regret casting a ballot for the struggling Commander in Chief. A poll earlier this year found that nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of voters “regret” voting to reelect President Obama in 2012.
Well, it seems some newspapers are also lamenting their endorsement for the president.
Publishing an editorial Friday, the Billings Gazette, a newspaper in Montana, conceded its mistake in supporting Obama in 2008 and listed several reasons why it was wrong in doing so. The piece started off: “Sometimes, you have to admit you’re wrong. And, we were wrong.”
At the time, the news publication thought the state of the country couldn’t get any worse than they were under President George W. Bush. The article cited the president’s approval ratings and how they’re lower than under his predecessor, even when the U.S. was engulfed in an unpopular war and the government was vehemently criticized for the Hurricane Katrina boondoggle.
In addition to approval ratings, the Billings Gazette highlighted the NSA spying scandal, the failed Obamacare rollout, the Veteran Affairs scandal, a paucity of White House transparency, the latest swapping of five Taliban leaders, clamping down on the Keystone XL pipeline and a lack of proper stem cell research.
“These are all signs — none of them definitive on their own, necessarily. However, when taken in completely, these demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure. It’s not just that Americans are in a sour mood about national politics. That’s probably part of it. Instead, Obama has become another in a line of presidents long on rhetoric and hopelessly short on action,” the editorial stated.
“Obama’s hope and change have left liberals and conservatives alike hoping for real change, not just more lofty rhetoric.”
President Obama currently maintains an average approval rating of 48 percent for his term to date.