Democrats are patting themselves on the back today for managing a second term victory for Carter 2.0. But it’s a victory over a profoundly divided nation.
Obama has a mandate from half the country and firm opposition from the other half. He has been one of the most divisive figures in American history who walks into his second term, having already declared war on the Bill of Rights and on tens of millions of gun owners. That divisiveness is what appeals to the left and what marginalizes him.
This inauguration is the triumph of extremism.It is proof that divisiveness works and that in a low turnout election, pandering to special interests and openly spewing hate can drive ignorant and bigoted voters to the polls. But it takes more than winning an election to be a great leader.
Obama will never be a great leader or a national figure. He is doomed to be what he always was. A corrupt Chicago pol planted by powerful interests in the White House with the aim of tearing apart the country for their benefit. Warren Buffett and George Soros are celebrating tonight while 8 million Americans have permanently left the workforce.
Ruling by executive order does not mean that you are a national leader. It means that you are a petty tyrant who is incapable of bringing the other side around or compromising with them.
America under Obama remains a divided nation. And it will be a divided nation, as long as Obama insists on imperial rule through executive order, while ignoring the nation as a whole. Low turnout elections can get you into office. But they cannot give you the legitimacy to make meaningful and long-term reforms.
Obama’s supporters imagine he’s FDR. He isn’t. And his executive orders and illegal actions are not a New Deal. They are an illegal policy framework by fiat that will be dismantled in the same way by his successor. FDR eventually managed to win the admiration of the country. The first term numbers for Obama show that he never has and never will.
Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents. Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages. Obama’s first-term average is most similar to Bill Clinton’s. Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower were the most popular first-term presidents.
And no. It doesn’t get any better.
Barack Obama’s approval rating currently stands at 56% in the latest three-day Gallup Daily tracking average — seven percentage points higher than the average of his monthly approval ratings (49%) for the first 48 months of his administration, between January 2009 and December 2012. Despite this popularity boost, if Obama’s second-term average approval rating eclipses his first-term average, it would buck the historical trend — only two out of seven post-World War II presidents have had higher approval ratings in their second than in their first term.
Another four years to go before the United States has a shot at recovering from this national tragedy.