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Fred Barnes: Obama's Decline Started in First Term

By Melanie Batley   |   Monday, 03 Jun 2013 09:33 AM

Barack Obama's presidency is in sharp decline, mainly due to the way he operated and decisions he made during his first term, according to Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard and a Fox News commentator.

In a Monday op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal, Barnes said that just six months after Obama's triumphant re-election, even support from his own Democratic Party is receding as scandal further compounds the decline of his presidency.

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"Now, six months later, the Obama administration is in an unexpected and sharp state of decline. Mr. Obama has little influence on Congress. His presidency has no theme. He pivots nervously from issue to issue," Barnes wrote.

"What there is of an Obama agenda consists, at the moment, of leftovers from his first term or proposals that he failed to emphasize in his re-election campaign and thus have practically no chance of passage."

Barnes says that Obama's disdain for and exclusion of congressional Republicans throughout his first term has made it impossible to find necessary compromises on key policy issues such as the budget and Obamacare. Meanwhile, he says, Obama's failure to develop close relationships with Democrats in Congress has resulted in waning support from his own party.

"The Obama breakdown was not caused by the trio of scandals — IRS, Justice Department, Benghazi — now confronting the president. The decline preceded them. It's the result of what Mr. Obama did in his first term, during the campaign, and in the two months following his re-election. But the scandals have worsened his plight and made recovery next to impossible," Barnes wrote.

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