Ron Christie: Media Has Finally Taken Gloves Off on Obama

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 06:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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President Barack Obama's popularity has plunged because the mainstream media has stopped "covering" for him as scandals surround his administration, according to Ron Christie, a former senior adviser to George W. Bush.

"The bloom is off the rose and now the national media is looking at this president," Christie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Now that the stories have gotten out about the various scandals and the American people are actually hearing this on mainstream outlets, of course his numbers are going to drop because the press was largely covering for him for these last five years."

According to a new CNN survey, the president's approval rating is 45 percent, plummeting 8 points in the last month.

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The drop comes amid revelations of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone and email records, the IRS' scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, and questions about the handling of the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Christie, a top Republican strategist and founder of Christie Strategies, said the president's lower popularity may take a toll on his political swing in a few months.

"As we head into the summer months, people are out, they're on vacation. But when we come back in the fall, the president's ability to really have a significant voice on legislation in the Congress has been irreparably damaged," he said.

"Given the fact he won re-election largely on the shoulders of the independent voters — now that they've abandoned him, now that they have viewed his presidency as being somewhat of one where he's very hands-off as opposed to engaged — this, again, shows you that the Democrats are in a really, really poor position heading into the midterm election."

Christie pointed to Obama's campaign of "Hope and Change" in making peoples' lives better in the future.

"'Hope and Change' doesn't get you a job. 'Hope and Change' hasn't created the millions of new jobs that were promised," he said.

"[It] has, frankly, been a failure that a lot of younger voters who were very much in favor of the president … have now realized that his policies not only are not helping, but they're hurting the country — and they're hurting them in particular."

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