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The presidency

Posted: July 3, 2014 9:46 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

It’s not easy being president these days. If you doubt that, look no further than a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, a respected non-partisan entity that doesn’t have an ax to grind with either major political party. The new poll shows that President Obama is now regarded as the worst president since World War II, surpassing George W. Bush, who was previously considered the worst. It’s no coincidence that the two chief executives at the bottom of the standings are the last two to serve in the Oval Office.

In all fairness, Obama and Bush are more in the public consciousness because of their recent terms. They have both presided over wars and conflicts which have become increasingly unpopular. They both were president in difficult economic times, Bush during the period when the economy tanked, and Obama during the last few years, when the recovery has fallen far short of what people had hoped. Obama also has been perceived by many, even those who had great hope for his presidency, as being mightily arrogant. He has all but ignored cultivating relationships with members of Congress, and his unilateral decisions have run afoul even of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Both men made their share of mistakes. But a part of it, too, is that we live in an increasingly intolerant world. That’s reflected in the low opinion Americans have of both Congress and the White House. How refreshing it would be to see someone elected who could rally citizens around the core principles of this country and help people focus on the positive rather than the negative.

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