Obama's Credibility Crisis

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:57 AM

Perhaps it's just as well for the President's peace of mind that he and his family are on another taxpayer-subsidized international jaunt (the President attended the G-8 while his wife and daughters visited Ireland; they're then off to Germany where he will make a speech, before heading on a three-nation tour of Africa).

The news at home for Obama isn't pretty.According to a new CNN poll, almost half of Americans think the IRS targeting of conservatives was ordered by senior White House officials.  And while last month, only 36% of independents thought the White House was behind the targeting, now more than half do.  And it's hard for Democrats/MSM to blame this result on Republicans; no Republican has charged that the operation was directed from The White House.

Moral of the story? Once credibility erodes (as it has through the cascade of scandals that have surfaced over the last couple months), it's hard to "control the narrative" or convince even people as good and trusting as Americans to give you the benefit of the doubt.

It's ironic that Obama's approval ratings are now below those of the president he came to power demonizing. Perhaps there's some poetic justice in the fact that, whatever his political opponents (or other Americans) thought of George W. Bush, they never suspected his administration of ordering the targeting of law-abiding fellow Americans out of The White House.