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Barack Obama Scandals: 6 Pundits Who Have Turned On Obama During Presidency

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Barack Obama ran his 2008 presidential campaign on a platform of transparency, bipartisanship and "change" people could believe in. After six scandal-laden years in the White House, even moderate to liberal pundits have begun to show regret, disdain and mistrust of a president who seems to make decisions based on what he wants, rather than on what the nation needs.

Here are six pundits who have unexpectedly turned on Barack Obama:

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1. Liberal columnist Exra Klein wrote in a column for VOX that President Obama has achieved many of his "change" goals. However Klein, while praising Obama for pushing change through the political system also states, "But he didn't do all this by fixing American politics. He did all this by breaking American politics even further. Obama hasn't healed the divisions between Democrats and Republicans. Rather, he's one of the most polarizing presidents since the advent of polling."

2. Bill Maher of HBO's "Real Time" is known for his politically incorrect speech, no holds barred use of foul language under the guise of being comedic and edgy, and his political satire. He's a big supporter of President Obama but has also levied some harsh criticism of the president's veracity. While chatting with comic Jon Stewart, Maher made this comment about Obama's claim to be a Christian. "You know who’s a liar about this, is Obama. Obama is always spouting spiritual [expletive] and I don’t believe it for a second. He’s a drop-dead atheist, absolutely."

3. Ed Schultz from MSNBC's "The Ed Show" is known for his potty mouth punditry and he's also a big fan of President Obama. However, even the uber-liberal Schultz had a moment of clarity when it came to the 2014 midterm elections. "Last night was a complete rejection of the President of the United States and what he stands for. You can’t sugarcoat it."

4. Director, producer and liberal activist Michael Moore has long been an ardent fan of President Obama. However, he made the news when he criticized Obama for the healthcare rollout in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. "… let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful." Further, "That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get."

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5. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd uncharacteristically, and rather bitterly, turned on President Obama. In a column dripping with criticism on everything from Obama's lack of interest in working with Republicans to his disappointing transition from "The One" to ordinary, Dowd took Obama to task. Never one to mince words, Dowd concluded, "The sad part is that this is an ugly, confusing and frightening time at home and abroad, and the country needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into some petulant expression of his aloofness, where he regards himself as a party of his own and a victim of petty, needy, bickering egomaniacs."

6. CNN anchor Jake Trapper was one of many in the media who was shocked that President Obama chose not to attend a unity rally in Paris after the offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. Leaders from around the world attended the rally and marched in solidarity for free speech and America was nowhere on that front line. Trapper expressed his dismay, "I say this as an American — not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN — but as an American: I was ashamed."

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