Op-Eds Speaking Truth to the Powers-That-Be
The President of the United States is engaged in a no-win war. Not with Syria, but with the hard big-W White far Right of The Dead Billionaires Club and their political monkey wrenches, the Tea Party. The majority of Mr. Obama’s polling problems still stem from PWB: Presiding While Black.
If Mr. Obama endorsed breathing, he’d be accused of genocide, as lemming Teahadis dropped dead from asphyxiating themselves.
A recent CNN poll that suggested that 51% of Americans don’t believe that President Obama is “honest and trustworthy”  Could this be the same 51% of white racist Americans who believe in the birther myth that President Obama is a Kenyan, and not an American citizen? 
Mr. Obama is dogmatic, but the President who oversaw one of the shortest recoveries from financial disaster, on his watch has:
The Obama Administration has really been the only force driving the conduct of the People’s business, and doing so through the gauntlet of the 112th and the 113th Congress the two worst legislative bodies in U.S. history , and a post-Citizens United playing field where billions of dollars are being stockpiled into gridlock.
This track record also points to Mr. Obama as a centrist, not the fire-breathing socialist bogey man that these very rich elites and their billions in advertising spin poor white and paranoid Right Americans into frothing at the mouth about.
Proof of that centrism may be the more modest degradation of Mr. Obama’s approval numbers with liberals, which spiked to 13% in July, double its May figure, in large part due to the Snowdon leaks of NSA data mining operations. 
Liberals are already upset with the president for putting Medicare and Social Security reform on the negotiating table without good faith from the Libertarian Tea Party, and for use of drone strikes to wage war on jihadists hiding in civilian populations.
That program, though, was not an Obama creation. It was established by the George W. Bush Administration, and defended by then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as constitutional years before Mr. Obama took the oath of office . It is also very difficult to extinguish. As Asheesh Bhalla at policymic.com points out:
“[I]t is the continuation of a program established under the Bush administration with congressional approval. President Obama would require significantly more political leverage to ask the intelligence community to not operate it. A president can only make meaningful reform to the protections of civil liberties where he has the buy-in of Congress.” 
The last deep tilt in the President’s popularity came from Mr. Obama’s proposal of a Syrian air strike as retaliation for a large scale chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government against its own civilian population. That attack, killed more than 1400 people, mostly non-combatant women and children. There have been dozens of other smaller chemical attacks in Syria over the last few months with weapons that remain on the top taboo lists of governments world-wide.
That same kind of “get tough” approach that Republicans would applaud in a white male president they excoriate for the PWB president, even though it lead to Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, putting his prestige and push behind disarming the Syrians of their chemical stocks, though, and a political dialogue that would not have existed had the threat not been made.
Is it all race? No.
Libertarian isolationism gains more favor in political circles after major financial upheavals. FDR faced similar challenges from the parents and grandparents of the same 1%ers who were the Living Billionaires Club in that day.
One of the reasons that we have the office of President of the United States is because the Founding Fathers suspected there would be times when the internal bickering or parliamentary gamesmanship of a popular democracy could compromise the security and/or the international standing of the nation.
It is why presidents have used their executive privilege to put the military into motion.
There have been misuses of that executive power as well:
In all, though, the last five years under Mr. Obama have been a gift basket to both the Right and the Left. Liberals moved the football forward on the health care front, preserved and grew jobs. Wall Street was successful in erecting a Berlin Wall around its entitlement to sell the same emperor’s New Clothes derivatives that led to the global melt down of 2008-2009, and CEO salaries are at an all-time high. .
George W. Bush’s similarly low approval ratings came largely on the back of his two ill-gotten wars, the job exodus that his administration encouraged via their disastrous “outsourcing” policy, and his Criss Angel act on tax cuts in a $10.3T war effort, and other epic economic blunders that saddled the current Administration with $1.3T a year in debt service when he exited.
Barack Obama’s low approval ratings? With his level of accomplishment, in the headwinds of America’s most powerful elites unleashing unlimited billions on stopping change at all costs, and their placement of Tea Party regulars for a gutting of the People’s houses that get their business done to benefit their 1% masters?
If that large swath of America swayed by Fox News and the barrages of ads and junk-food Republican media could quit buying guns and put down their Kenyan-colored glasses for a moment, Barack Obama’s approval ratings would be a different story.
My shiny two.