Rich Galen

I am not, as you might know by now, a huge fan of President Barak Obama. Neither, it seems, are a large majority of the American people. According to the latest summary of national polls from, the President's job approval is sitting at only 41.9 percent.

I'm not going to go through the whole "the GOP will take control of the Senate" thing again today (although I reserve the right to continue to saw off my personal prediction limb over the rest of the Summer). I want to take a look at why the President's numbers are stuck where they are.

There was a huge deal last week when studies were released showing that the rate of Americans without health insurance had dropped to 13.9 percent.

Hosannas were shouted by the Liberal media that Obamacare was working because prior to the beginning of the program the rate was 17.4 percent.

What was missed in all that was at the end of 2008 the uninsured rate was 14.4 percent meaning all the shouting, money, energy, polls, punditry, and finger pointing has resulted in a reduction of zero-point-five percent from the end of the Administration of George W. Bush.

As Macbeth might have said about the whole thing: It has been "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

The immigration crisis at the border is absolutely a Presidential issue. Members of Congress can't send the Capitol Police to the border to catch children sneaking across. We can argue what should happen to those children, but there is no argument that it is an Article II (Executive Branch) responsibility.

Whether the President should have gone to the border or not when he visited Texas is a question for the advance staffs, but the "optics" as we in the know like to call them, are not as important as dealing with the problem.

If we allow tens of thousands of young people to stay in America it will create a magnet to attract even more that will make the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland look like a refrigerator magnet by comparison.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at