Vladimir Putin was endorsed by nearly 50% of United States citizens polled on the most effective leader during the attack Syria crisis. Putin topped President Barack Obama by 24 points. While scoring in single digits, Syrian President Bashir al-Assad got a 9% endorsement as the most effective leader, ahead of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande.
No comment yet from the White House on the poll results. However, one must wonder if there are yearnings for Putin endorsements by Democratic House and Senate candidates in upcoming elections.
The results are little surprise. Obama’s job approval rating has hovered between 43% and 47% since the start of September. While the president’s performance is less than stellar it could be worse.
According to the latest poll, the approval rating for Congress is at 14% while 80% disapprove.
Elitists on the left and right have a mantra that includes the ridicule and disdain of the American public. We’re supposedly fools who fall for whatever nonsense comes out of the corridors of power in Washington, DC. These figures and others over time show that when the public gets to view the facts and put events in context, the judgments are sensible and reflect a desire for positive change. In this case, the public demanded diplomacy over the knee jerk reaction expressed by the president — Good grief! A nation disagrees with us, bomb them!
Large majorities opposed any military involvement in Libya. The people were ignored. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and independents opposed any U.S. invasion of Iraq by former President George W. Bush. The people were ignored. This time the people let Obama and the war mongers know exactly how they felt about yet another military assault that had nothing to do with the safety of the United States.
The people also know that Russian President Vladimir Putin saved President Obama’s political career with the deal to disarm Syria’s chemical arsenal. Obama was two days away from a Senate vote that looked bad and about ten days away from a certain defeat of his attack Syria authorization in the House of Representatives. A defeat in either or both chambers of Congress would have been even worse than the setback suffered by the war mongers, Obama in particular, for the initial reaction to punish Syria with missiles.
The message to the president and the war lovers in Congress is clear. Get busy on reducing unemployment, get the economy started for real, and pay much more attention to Main Street than Wall Street.