NBC‘s Chuck Todd has probably lost his position on the Obama Christmas card list this year. A staunch apologist of Obama’s time in office, Todd said Wednesday morning on MSNBC‘s Morning Joe, that the public was basically declaring Obama’s presidency, “over.” This observation was made in response to a very damning poll released by NBC/Wall Street Journal that said, among other things, that Obama was less competent than President Bush post Hurricane Katrina.
I don’t necessarily think this is a sign that the mainstream media is finally turning on Obama. To be honest, Chuck Todd really had no choice but to be honest about this poll. After all, he still wants to have a little credibility left once Obama’s time in office is over.
“This poll is a disaster for the president,” Todd said. “You look at the presidency here: lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.” (Here came some awkwardness, as Nicolle Wallace, former Bush communications director at the time of Katrina, was sitting at the table.)
“Then on the issue of do you believe you can still lead, and a majority believe not,” Todd continued. “Essentially the public is saying, ‘Your presidency is over’ by saying a number like that. 54% saying he no longer has the ability to lead and solve problems. That’s one of those things, you’re sitting at the White House going, ‘Wow.’”
The poll was conducted before Iraq burst into proverbial flames, stemming largely from failed Obama policies. The sum of Obama scandals is genuinely taking a toll on the President and how people perceive his leadership. The media, largely in damage control mode scandal by scandal, are unable to control this much damage at one time. With the IRS email debacle, followed closely by the upheaval in Iraq, the Chuck Todd’s of the media world have no choice but to spin where they can, and be candid when there’s no alternative.
In a way, I think Todd probably believes he’s helping Obama by saying that the results of this poll translate into voters saying his presidency is “over.” Think about it. If Obama’s presidency is over, then he can’t really be held responsible for anything that takes place from here on out. I think in a very convoluted way, Chuck Todd is trying to say that voters aren’t going to hold Obama responsible for much of the mayhem that seems to be taking place. To a certain extent, Obama has been able to avoid much blame for anything.
Todd’s comments could also mean that his (Todd’s) idea of Obama’s presidency is over. Remember what the Obama presidency meant to people like Chuck Todd. It was supposed to be a transcended event. Something the likes of which had never been seen before or would ever be seen again. His presidency turned out to be one of the most partisan, most scandalous, least transparent, and most squandered in terms of country galvanizing opportunities, in American history.
It’s easy to see how Todd may have come to the realization, especially considering the competency to Bush after Katrina comparison, that the dream (Obama’s presidency) is over. Don’t forget, Hurricane Katrina was the tipping point for Bush. Once it was perceived in the public that he mishandled that, he was done. Obama’s competency not stacking up to Bush post Katrina is huge. Huge.
(cross posted at Rotten to the Core)