The Billings Gazette, a newspaper that previously cheered for President Obama in the 2008 elections (but not in 2012), admits that they were wrong when they thought Obama would do a better job than former President George W. Bush.
Via Billings Gazette:
“[W]e were wrong,” the editorial page notes. “We said 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.”
Going back to 2008, this newspaper thought Obama was the leader America needed. They never thought the “change” he promoted would be the downfall of this country.
As quoted on the Left in the West site, this is what they once thought about Obama as a presidential candidate:
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.
Obama is that leader. As Gen. Colin Powell said last week, Obama is the president America needs now “because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities. … He has both style and substance.”
While the Gazette admits that popularity polling does not determine the success of a country’s leader, they believe that, in this case, the polls might have some merit to them.
“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,” the Billings Gazette said.
Taking a look at the last few years, they note some of the president’s major “mistakes.” Their list included the current situation in Iraq, violating U.S. citizens’ privacy by spying on their cell phones, the Bowe Bergdahl situation, the VA scandal, Obamacare, and limiting the voice of journalists from speaking the truth.
“Obama has become another in a line of presidents long on rhetoric and hopelessly short on action,” the Billings Gazette concluded. “Obama’s hope and change have left liberals and conservatives alike hoping for real change, not just more lofty rhetoric.”
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