Americans say Obama worst President since WWII

July 4th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

ABC News reports:

President Obama is considered to be the worst president since World War II, narrowly beating out George W. Bush, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Obama was the choice of 33 percent of those polled for the selection of worst president, the largest percentage of any of the 12 presidents since 1945 when the war ended.

The poll asked people to name both the best and worst presidents. The results are quite interesting.

Best Presidents

  • Overall 35% Reagan, 18% Clinton, 15% JFK, 8% Obama, 55 Eisenhower
  • Republicans – 66% Reagan, 6% George HW Bush, 6% JFK – Reagan is the undisputed Republican hero
  • Democrats – 34% Clinton, 18% JFK, 18% Obama, 6% Reagan, 6% Johnson – no one stand out candidate but Clinton well ahead
  • Independents – 36% Reagan, 17% JFK, 16% Clinton, 8% Eisenhower, 6% Truman, 4% George HW Bush, 2% Obama – Obama not rated by independents

Worst Presidents

  • Overall 33% Obama, 28% George W Bush, 13% Nixon, 85 Carter
  • Republicans - 63% Obama, 14% Carter, 5% Nixon, 5% George W Bush – Obama probably suffers a bit from being the incumbent. I’d rate Carter as far worse.
  • Democrats - 54% George W Bush, 20% Nixon, 6% Reagan, 4% Obama
  • Independents - 36% Obama, 23% Bush, 14% Nixon, 9% Carter

 

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63 Responses to “Americans say Obama worst President since WWII”

  1. Ed Snack (1,737 comments) says:

    Surely this is just racism, how else could it possibly be explained ?

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  2. kowtow (7,625 comments) says:

    Interesting that it’s the independants who mention Truman and not the Democrats.

    Democrats really are ‘low information voters”

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  3. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    A hole in one I’d say.

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  4. Longknives (4,456 comments) says:

    Racists..

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  5. SHG (363 comments) says:

    Nearly half of Americans believe that mankind was created by God within the last 10,000 years.

    Summary: Americans are fucking retarded.

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  6. big bruv (13,292 comments) says:

    I do think that Reagan at 66% is hilarious.

    I do not doubt Reagans ranking, nor his popularity with some Republicans but the fact of the matter is that if Reagan came along today he would not get the nomination from the Republicans simply because he was not religious enough to satisfy the fucked up Christian conservative nutters.

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  7. Pharmachick (228 comments) says:

    While there’s some serious racism going on there, let me share the following with you all ….

    I lived in America for just shy of 13 years, and moved to Canada 10 months ago.

    President Obama has been the biggest promising, lowest delivering president in memory. He’s prevaricated, back tracked and proved to be generally spineless. He actually had a massive mandate to stand up to the Republicans and instigate change in his first term but didn’t. I was a huge Obama supporter, but in the last couple of years I came to see him for what he is – empty rhetoric and no resolve. The changes he has made internally to the US (including “Obamacare”) are minimal at best.

    He’s better then GW Bush, whom many of my friends and colleagues abhorred. But not by a whole lot.

    Shakespeare comes to mind ….

    “…full of sound and fury
    signifying nothing”

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  8. Longknives (4,456 comments) says:

    You’re all racist! Obama is the Messiah….

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  9. Longknives (4,456 comments) says:

    And Michelle is the most beautiful woman in the World…

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  10. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    Saw an interesting quote recently:
    Obama did not inherit a bad economy… he asked for it, campaigned for it, spent millions to acquire it. And when he got it he made it worse and blamed someone else for it.

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  11. kowtow (7,625 comments) says:

    “SHG (352 comments) says:
    July 4th, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    Nearly half of Americans believe that mankind was created by God within the last 10,000 years.

    Summary: Americans are fucking retarded.”

    No, summary SHG is fucking retarded.

    No complaints about the fucken yanks in 1941 when we needed them,except from the usual retards.

    And to continue bigot bruvs boring theme,he’s here,on song.

    “…. fucked up Christian conservative nutters.”

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  12. kowtow (7,625 comments) says:

    ‘e’s not the Messiah, e’s a very naughty boy.

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  13. kowtow (7,625 comments) says:

    pharmachick

    I rcall not just Obummers’ rhetoric but the media party that got him elected.

    Best thing since Lincoln!(Not that I support Federalism)

    bwahahahahaha

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  14. scrubone (3,048 comments) says:

    Yea, those right-wing Americans.

    They:
    a) Won’t vote for anyone who isn’t Christian enough
    b) think that Mormonism isn’t Christianity
    b) voted for a Mormon for the nomination

    How screwed up is that!

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  15. Mike (433 comments) says:

    I don’t trust any poll that has Obama close to GWB.

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  16. Manolo (13,367 comments) says:

    It must be a Fox ABC News conspiracy. I suggest a suicide watch on stephieboy.

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  17. All_on_Red (1,359 comments) says:

    I see the Dow has cracked 17,000. President Goldman Sachs eh.
    Wonder how all that hope and change is going for all those Blacks who voted him in. Oh I know, “(CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans 16 and older who did not participate in the labor force climbed to a record high of 92,120,000 in June, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)”.

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  18. Gulag1917 (657 comments) says:

    The US has still a lot of potential but it will require some radical changes.

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  19. Fentex (867 comments) says:

    And DPF’s investigation into the methodology of this report as he promised he always performs so no one would suspect him of cherry picking only what pleases DPF to report shows…?

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  20. Daniel (170 comments) says:

    Seems like quite a silly poll – how your random guy on the street can reliably compare the performance of the current President to that of Presidents of the 40′s, 50′s etc seems preposterous. If I was doing a similar article I would would compare a performance poll on Obama taken now to a performance poll taken of President X at the same time during their second term.

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  21. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    Ed Snack (1,719 comments) says:
    July 4th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Surely this is just racism, how else could it possibly be explained ?

    It’s a pincer movement.

    The right hates ‘The Kenyan’ Hussein Obama even more than they would hate the ‘average’ Democrat President.
    (And the birth certificate and his middle name are what it seems to always come back to, so yes there’s certainly racism involved!)

    Meanwhile, many on the left have been underwhelmed by his performance…

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  22. Fletch (6,025 comments) says:

    Surely this is just racism, how else could it possibly be explained ?

    You’re kidding right? You must be.
    If you look at the record of the worst presidents the U.S has ever had, Obama has outdone them all.

    He has out-Cartered Carter with his awful foreign policies. He has out-Nixoned Nixon with his IRS scandal (only one of many, which include Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the VA scandal, NSA spying and tapping the phones of AP journalists).

    Also his use of executive orders and saying he just isn’t going to follow the law in some respects (the immigration debacle going on right now – a HUGE influx of children that he won’t send home and that are having to be housed in makeshift accomodation; immigrants who are also bringing in diseases like whooping cough).

    No, Obama being the worst president ever is well deserved. He IS the worst, bar none. If you want to talk racism – if he were white, he would have been impeached years ago.

    I follow U.S politics. I read about everything he does. He is totally hopeless.

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  23. dime (9,430 comments) says:

    “the fact of the matter is that if Reagan came along today he would not get the nomination from the Republicans simply because he was not religious enough to satisfy the fucked up Christian conservative nutters.”

    he was more religious than Romney. the mormon. the last guy to get nominated.

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  24. CrazyIvan (87 comments) says:

    I’m not surprised but disappointed about how low Eisenhower is rated (probably few of those who voted for him aren’t around anymore). JFK was overrated – more for his image instead of anything he actually achieved. DDE definitely deserves to be rated higher than the incumbent…

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  25. Redbaiter (7,619 comments) says:

    Best friends with John Key too of course.

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  26. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    I can’t believe JFK doesn’t rate higher.

    You know…

    …the guy who saved the world from nuclear armageddon when there were only a couple of hours left on the clock (before there was a diplomatic playbook for how to do nuclear brinkmanship safely)…

    …the guy who instigated mankind’s most monumental achievement so far, on not much more than the strength of Wernher von Braun’s handshake and assurances that sending a spacecraft to the moon was totally feasible..

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  27. Mike (433 comments) says:

    Fletch ,

    GWB started a war under false pretenses, let me guess, the Iraq war was a blistering success?

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  28. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    It’s interesting that the incumbent Pres is rated the worst, and his immediate predecessor is rated second worse.

    This poll tells you more about people’s short memories and general distaste for politicians than anything else.

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  29. polemic (360 comments) says:

    Any way I dont care what you all think.

    President Obama needs a medal for the way he has forced Obamacare through against everything the Republicans threw at him because like it or lump it he is caring for the poor and weak in society by this quite apart from continuing to have the guts to stand up against and ever growing tide of Islamic terrorism.

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  30. Mike (433 comments) says:

    Downticks incoming…

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  31. polemic (360 comments) says:

    Again the trust issue comes up again .

    Who do you really trust…

    Obama has and incredibly difficult job to do as well as fighting a left winged press and we sit over here and point the finger.

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  32. dime (9,430 comments) says:

    RRM – i thought that. but only 4% of dems rated obama the worst. the independants really swayed it cause he really has been shit.

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  33. Mike (433 comments) says:

    The Republicans in the US are a great example of how you lose the centre when you shift too farther to the right. The biggest problem they face is that they have overwhelming popularity at the state level, but get crushed nationally because the primaries are essentially a test to see who the most hardline person is. Even still, establishment candidates like Romney slip through, but only after pandering to the hardline base (and ruining their credibility to the centre).

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  34. F E Smith (3,302 comments) says:

    Ha, JFK is way over-rated, RRM. Not a good president at all, and almost caused a war with his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Carter is just damned lucky, because I still think he is the worst in a very long time. Johnson, on the other hand, should be higher.

    And I have to say that I think that Reagan would definitely win the Republican nomination if he was running today rather than in 1980.

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  35. Fletch (6,025 comments) says:

    Fletch ,

    GWB started a war under false pretenses

    Did he?

    let me guess, the Iraq war was a blistering success?

    It actually was until Obama pulled all the troops out for purely political reasons.

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  36. Scott1 (448 comments) says:

    Current President always gets a massive negative vote from the opposition. Same was true for Bush.

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  37. Mike (433 comments) says:

    //And I have to say that I think that Reagan would definitely win the Republican nomination if he was running today rather than in 1980.//

    I disagree with this. Reagan would be crushed by the republican voters today:

    1. Granted amnesty to 3 million illegals (Simpson-Mazzoli Act)
    2. Grew the federal government (with deficit spending) via a progressive tax system to fund social security, founded the department of vet affairs
    3. Closed tax loopholes millionaires were benefiting from
    4. Negotiated the Montreal Protocol (an early example of an environmental agreement)
    5. Backed the Brady gun laws
    6. Signed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act which prevented hospitals from turning away patients because of their citizenship or insurance (similar to the anti-discrimination provisions of Obamacare)

    Heck he looks like a bleeding heart liberal compared to how far right the base is today.

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  38. Mike (433 comments) says:

    Fletch,

    You must not follow US politics too closely because Iraq is seen as a failure on both sides of the political aisle, save for the absolute fringe warhawks. For example, even Glen Beck, a prominent conservative commentator, admits the war was a failure.

    Secondly, yes GWB absolutely did launch the Iraq war under false pretenses, feel free to do your own research, the information is easily available.

    I am interested though, how exactly was the Iraq war anything resembling a success prior to the troop withdrawl? Large swathes of the country were under tribal control, insurgency was always around, there was no stability, and the overwhelming majority of US citizens voted the war a waste of their blood and treasure (prior to the withdrawl). It seems you know more about their politics than they do!

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  39. SGA (811 comments) says:

    Scott1 at 5:58 pm

    Current President always gets a massive negative vote from the opposition. Same was true for Bush.

    Yeah, I wondered about such things too. Be interesting to see where Clinton was at the same time in his second term as well. Probably an age thing going as well – how many of the poll were actually old enough to remember Eisenhower’s presidency?

    FES – I’m not a USA political history buff, but I’ve heard similar about JFK from others who know more. The aura of Camelot remains powerful.

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  40. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Mike (388 comments) says:
    July 4th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I disagree with this. Reagan would be crushed by the republican voters today:

    Your mistake is to believe people rational and consistent. He would win on his name alone and the fantasy of his legacy. Conservatives would have an orgasm at just the sight of his name on the ballot.

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  41. Mike (433 comments) says:

    I assume that F E Smith meant that someone identical to Reagan was running again (in a simulation where Reagan hadn’t been president before).

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  42. CharlieBrown (905 comments) says:

    I would put Truman as potentially the worst president. Poland living through near on 50 years of soviet rule is his legacy.

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  43. ShawnLH (3,396 comments) says:

    “but the fact of the matter is that if Reagan came along today he would not get the nomination from the Republicans simply because he was not religious enough to satisfy the fucked up Christian conservative nutters.”

    Lol, that’s not a fact, it’s another irrational atheist fantasy.

    Reagan was deeply religious, and would certainly past muster today.

    You really should stop drinking the atheist koolaid BB, it’s melting whatever is left of your brain.

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  44. ShawnLH (3,396 comments) says:

    Obama was and is an anomaly in US politics. Under normal circumstances he would never have been elected (because of his policies Stephie) and the only reason he did was the GFC. Unfortunately for the US his economic plan was, how should I put this, DUMB. And it has failed badly. That combined with a pathetically weak foreign policy, and his ratings are no surprise.

    The Republicans are on track to take the Senate, and have a very good chance of taking the Presidency.

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  45. Redbaiter (7,619 comments) says:

    An “anomaly”..????

    Ha ha, FFS, that’s putting it mildly.

    Its been known for sometime that he’s homosexual, but now the rumour that Michelle is a transvestite is growing stronger.

    Joan Rivers says it is so in a very matter of fact tone in this video-

    http://www.gossipcop.com/joan-rivers-michelle-obama-tranny-president-gay/

    The Progressives who elected Obama have made the US a joke on the world stage. Its about time the adults regained control there.

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  46. Harriet (4,514 comments) says:

    Hitlery hasn’t got a chance.

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  47. eszett (2,334 comments) says:

    You left out this small section from the article.

    Obama ranked fourth on the best president list, and first on the worst president list—perhaps revealing a strong partisan divide among the poll’s respondents.

    So Obama is the 4th best President. And the worst at the same time.

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  48. PaulL (5,873 comments) says:

    Those polls are generally not very useful for the last couple presidents. They get rated in a very partisan way. But interesting to see Clinton so high – I think he gets rated high because he’s not Obama, but could be an indicator that maybe Hilary will get strong support as taking them back to a time when Democrats could (sort of) get things done.

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  49. Jeff83 (771 comments) says:

    You always need to take a list with recent members a pinch of salt, George W Bush was rated the worst precedent at the end of his term but this view has dimmed slightly. Clinton is rated top, but what did he really achieve? What to think of Obama will be clearer in 10 years time.

    Secondly what this poll really shows is the complete polarisation of politics in the USA. You have Fox News on the right, MSNBC on the left spouting their biased trollop. Whilst it has always existed not to the level it now does. It is crippling America. It shows in the ratings too. Worst president in HISTORY for both sides is the most recent on from the other. Presidents who achieved things like Watergate (Nixon), humiliation in Iran (Jimmy) fallen right off.

    This is evidenced by Republicans love child, Reagan. These days he wouldn’t even get through the primaries with his views being ‘too moderate’. They love Reagan, because Fox and everyone tells them he was the best. Reagan raised taxes to levels well above where they are today. Today you can’t if you are a Republican. It’s mental.

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  50. eszett (2,334 comments) says:

    Weihana (4,496 comments) says:
    July 4th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Mike (388 comments) says:
    July 4th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I disagree with this. Reagan would be crushed by the republican voters today:

    Your mistake is to believe people rational and consistent. He would win on his name alone and the fantasy of his legacy. Conservatives would have an orgasm at just the sight of his name on the ballot.

    I think the point being that if Reagan would run today instead of the 80s as someone new and with the same policies he wouldn’t get past nomination.

    The way most conservatives view Reagan today has little to do with the reality of what he did or said.

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  51. Jeff83 (771 comments) says:

    In short the debate is the US is being had between Redbaiter and Bomber. Whilst amusing to watch completely terrifying.

    Thankfully NZ is firmly centralist.

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  52. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    Reagan is over rated.

    His domestic policy performance was weak and he was lucky to be in office when Gorbachev came to power (with all of the consequences for the Soviet Union), as otherwise his foreign policy would have been no better rated.

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  53. ShawnLH (3,396 comments) says:

    Red,

    “Its been known for sometime that he’s homosexual, but now the rumour that Michelle is a transvestite is growing stronger.”

    That’s hilarious. Almost as stupid as BB’s ranting.

    Joan Rivers is a comedian, you did know that, right?

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  54. ShawnLH (3,396 comments) says:

    “His domestic policy performance was weak and he was lucky to be in office when Gorbachev came to power “:

    Gorbachev’s policies were a reaction to Reagan’s, and it is likely Gorby would have done nothing remarkable had he not been forced to by Reagan’s assertive policy.

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  55. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    Shawn, Gorbachov’s focus was internal reform (perestroika and glasnost had little to do with foreign policy) to save the communist party rule of Russia, de-escalating the foreign policy conflict was simply a means to that end. If the internal circumstance within Russia had been different the Cold War would have continued.

    As we can see with a more secure regime in Russia getting imperialist once again in foreign policy.

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  56. Mike (433 comments) says:

    Lol red is a complete nutter, i love it!!

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  57. UrbanNeocolonialist (182 comments) says:

    Agree the JFK is massively overrated, achieving almost nothing, apart from Bay of Pigs fiasco? (is remembered for committing to moonshot, but wasn’t there during the 6 years the program took). Carter was useless, but I think for me Bush remains the worst – lazy and incompetent.

    Not sure how history will judge Obama as US politics has become so extremely partisan that I am not sure that it is possible for presidents to achieve anything any more. US desperately needs Nationalised Healthcare – they spend twice as rest of world and have lower life expectancy, but the concessions required to get any form of Obamacare passed totally poisoned any promise it had.

    Both Obama and Bush deserve huge criticism for allowing the massive erosion of freedoms that have occurred on their watch. Extra judicial murder and spying etc.

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  58. RRM (9,453 comments) says:

    Ray Gun gave a moving speech in West Berlin, fortuitously shortly before the Soviet Union imploded. What a hero!

    Its been known for sometime that he’s homosexual, but now the rumour that Michelle is a transvestite is growing stronger

    :shock: ENOUGH of your sick sexual fantasies baiter.

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  59. stephieboy (2,179 comments) says:

    There is obviously a strong racial element in those poles including the fact that the US faced in 2008 it’s worst depression since the 1930s .It really took WW2 to drag America completely out of it.No such options exist today.
    It’s interesting to see the kind of solutions to the current situation by the Republican Righr which are largely of a simple minded Ron Paul Liberatrian variety.Whereas Obama could in fact take a leaf out of Key’s and English’s book.in terms of economic management instead of Austrian school and Ron Paul type lunacy.
    The racial element.? Just look at some of the posts here by our largely Con Party fans who post here and you’ll get the drift.!

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  60. stephieboy (2,179 comments) says:

    I do note how one poster has commended Ronald Reagan for his religious beliefs when Nancy and him were rather notorious for their wacko slightly paranormal spiritual ideas.
    And we can also note extapolating from the polls, as eszett shows , Obama is both the fourth worst and fourth best President
    Love it.!

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  61. MH (624 comments) says:

    Round of Gulf wars anybody? Fore.

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  62. altiora (208 comments) says:

    The problem is Obama per se, despite him having some woeful policies (his Middle Eastern excursions are nothing short of crimes against humanity). The problem is the entire American political establishment, or more specifically the fact that dogmatic activists have seized control of both the Democratic and the Republican parties, and they are dragging the system down with their personal denigration of opponents and overt machinations. I visit the USA annually, and friends tell me at the dismay at the political system, which has now developed into shame. Unless the USA people retake their political system, I fear for the future of the USA and for democracy in this world generally.

    There are lessons for New Zealand: politics should be about policy and not involve personal denigration, and the activists should be kept well away from having any real influence. However, it is likely that this has already occurred in Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Greens, so I fear the rot has already begun.

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  63. cha (3,779 comments) says:

    It actually was until Obama pulled all the troops out for purely political reasons.

    FFS Fletch – despite having it pointed out to you the withdrawal was in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement requiring the full withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq by December 31, 2011 signed by the Bush white house in December 8, 2008 you persist with the lie. Moran.

    http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/12/20081204-6.html

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