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WSJ's Henninger: Obama's 'Credibility Melting'

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Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 12:32 PM

By Dan Weil

The many woes facing Obamacare represent just one part of the deteriorating Obama presidency, according to Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger.

"From the moment he emerged in the public eye, . . . Barack Obama's calling card has been credibility," Henninger writes. "All of a sudden, from Washington to Riyadh, Barack Obama's credibility is melting."

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Take the issue of immigration. Sen. Marco Rubio said the chance for immigration reform is virtually nil, because of "a lack of trust" in Obama.

Rubio said he and reform advocates fear that if they reach an agreement with the president, perhaps offering a path to citizenship in exchange for strong enforcement, Obama will leave them in the cold by abandoning the enforcement provision.

"When belief in the average politician's word diminishes, the political world marks him down and moves away," Henninger says.

Another example of Obama's waning credibility came last weekend, when Saudi Arabia declined a seat on the U.N. Security Council, Henninger writes.

"Global disbelief gave way fast to clear understanding: the Saudis have decided that the United States is no longer a reliable partner in Middle Eastern affairs."

Obama just isn’t viewed as a reliable partner by those who would do business with him, Henninger says. "They don't trust him. Whether it's the Saudis, the Syrian rebels, the French, the Iraqis, the unpivoted Asians or the congressional Republicans, they've all had their fill of coming up on the short end with so mercurial a U.S. president."

The lack of faith in Obama could also poison coming budget negotiations between the two parties in Congress, Henninger says.

"The bad air over this effort is the same as that Marco Rubio says is choking immigration reform: the fear that Mr. Obama will urge the process forward in public and then blow up any . . . agreement at the 11th hour with deal-killing demands for greater tax revenue."

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