Ron Fournier | Why We Lied to Obama

Americans told President Obama in 2012, “If you like your popularity, you can keep it.”

We lied.

Well, at least we didn’t tell him the whole truth. What we meant to say was that Obama could keep the support of a majority of Americans unless he broke our trust. Throughout his first term, even as his job-approval rating cycled up and down, one thing remained constant: Polls showed that most Americans trusted Obama.

As they say in Washington, that is no longer operable.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows for the first time that a majority of Americans (52 percent) don’t think the president is honest and trustworthy. His previous lowest mark came on May 30, when 47 percent said he couldn’t be trusted. In a related finding, only 39 percent of the public approves of Obama’s job performance.

This follows recent polls by Gallup and NBC News/Wall Street Journal showing Obama’s approval ratings at the lowest levels of his presidency. Obama’s second term is on the same downward trajectory as President George W. Bush’s. Obama’s predecessor lost credibility with the public after his claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were proven false, and after his rosy assertions about the government’s performance during Hurricane Katrina defied logic.

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