Donald Lambro

Barack Obama's presidency is falling apart, as a growing number of Americans now realize his promises of prosperity and jobs were bogus and his health care law a fabric of lies.

A president who promised hope and change has given us despair and a failed,1930s agenda, as a once-mighty economy continues to limp toward the end of its fifth year in "recovery" -- yet with no full, lasting recovery in sight.

Twelve months ago, a majority of voters handed him a second term. This week, the Gallup Poll reported that a 54 percent majority disapprove of the job he's doing -- or not doing -- take your pick.

Public opinion polls, including Gallup's, report his job approval polls shrinking to 40 percent and lower in some surveys, a precipitous decline in so short a time.

In the past week alone, Obama was forced to apologize to millions of Americans who've lost their health insurance under Obamacare, despite his promises they could keep their present medical care policies and that no one would take that away from them. "Period."

It was a tepid apology at best and a politically dishonest one at worst, saying he was "sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me."

He had signed the Obamacare bill into law, knowing it would require that future insurance policies include a long line of costly new benefits for maternity, pediatrics, birth control and other things, whether you needed them or not. Policies that didn't contain them, in many cases because older Americans don't need them, were cancelled.

Obama and senior White House officials insist neither he nor they knew this would happen and blamed insurance companies. These are the same people who promised the online application system was fully operational and ready to go, when preliminary tests clearly showed it was not.

These are the same people who are predicting that tens of millions of Americans would sign up for Obamacare at a level needed to make the program financially viable. So far, applications have been pathetically small.

While the news media has been entirely focused on the Obamacare debacle, the government's latest monthly data reveal new weaknesses in his underperforming economy.

First came last week's economic growth rate that shows the economy grew by 2.8 percent in the third quarter. But several news reports on this unexpectedly higher number pointed out that the preliminary estimate of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) "masks weakness in the U.S. economy."

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.