Monday, December 2, 2013
Former White House Adviser David Plouffe: People "Trust This President"
Politico -- Former Senior White House Adviser David Plouffe on Sunday said he believes President Barack Obama’s “numbers will recover” and that people “trust this president.”
“It’s been a tough patch,” Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And it’s not just healthcare, you know, the shutdown affected everybody, confidence in government. But let’s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that: Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns.”
“I think the president’s numbers will recover, I think people’s confidence will recover,” he added. “And we need to push Congress to do immigration, to do the smart things to help the economy.”
But Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), also on the “This Week” panel, said the problems with Obamacare will continue to damage the president and his administration.
“The first impression here was terrible, and I think it will be an unfolding disaster for the president,” he said. “This thing is going to be an unmitigated political disaster for the president."
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), meanwhile, said he was more optimistic about the health care law.
“This website is technology,” he said. “It’s going to get better. It’s already better today.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, however, said the president’s reputation has been seriously hurt by his claim that those who liked their health plans could keep them. Americans look at Obama and “think, ‘He’s no dummy,’” Noonan said. And “because he’s a smart guy, that means he deliberately misled us” to pass the law.
But, Plouffe said, “I think he spoke directly to this. And I think people accepted what he had to say. I think people trust this president. I think there’s been numbers all over the place. But I'm confident in a few months from now, those trust numbers are going to come up and his approval number will come up.”
Blog author's comments - The government shutdown had little to do with where Obama and many Democrats find themselves today. And it was not the fault of the Republican Party. Obama and Harry Reid wanted the shutdown and they were not going to negotiate on anything to get it, so they could place the blame on the Republican controlled House. This vindictive president should get credit for the shutdown but he knew the liberal mainstream media would cover for him.
Obama's polling numbers took a downward turn with the Obamacare rollout disaster and when the public finally realized that Obama lied to them when he said if they liked their health care plan they could keep it. He was not truthful to the people about Obamacare and what it would do to many of them. He has been lying about his many scandals - Benghazi, the IRS targeting Obama's enemies, the government watching the AP reporters, the NSA wiretaps and 'Fast and Furious' just to name a few. This is what he does and this is who he is. I don't understand how anyone can or could ever trust this president.