Barack Obama has had a rough few years as far as approval ratings go. It is not uncommon for the President to have low numbers in the second half of the second term, but Obama’s are lower than normal. But what does the military think of their top boss, the Commander-in-Chief? They give the 44th President a 15% approval rating with 55% giving a firm “thumbs down.” Why so low? Let’s take a look.
The ranks of our Armed Forces are known for being filled with Republicans and Obama is a Democrat, so there is some of it. Diehard Reds will shoot him down simply for being Blue.
The military is mad at both Republicans and Democrats. Only 1 out of 10 troops believe that the government has their best interests at heart. If both parties are being viewed as no good for the troops, then even the pro Democrats in the ranks will be unsatisfied with Obama.
The military is not fond of not having clear objectives. With everything happening in the Middle East as it has these last few years, it is hard to know what will happen in the near future, as far as the Armed Forces are concerned. A soldier likes to get a set of orders that are clear so they can act them out. Instead, we have pulled out, gone back, shifted, and been left in the dark. GITMO was supposed to be closed but isn’t. People have been released from GITMO to end up having $5M rewards placed on them to be found again.
The military is also big on respect. Other presidents have displayed moments of disrespect to our troops, but Obama is almost constantly in the limelight for forgetting to salute, saluting with a coffee cup in hand, and ignoring the death of the highest ranking officer killed in a war zone since Viet Nam while making speeches about a teen who was killed by the police. Acknowledging the death of Michael Brown is just fine, but it shouldn’t keep the President from at least making a comment on General Greene’s death. After all, Obama was the General’s boss and sent him over to Afghanistan.
Continuing with disrespect, last weekend Obama double dissed a pair of soldiers on their wedding day. Two soldiers decided to get married at a golf course in Hawai’i and thought it would be cool if the Commander showed up, so they invited him as they knew he was in the general area at the time. The response from White House Staff was a polite “no” as the President was otherwise engaged. No big deal. He is a busy man after all. Turns out he was too busy because he had golfing to do… at the course he was invited to attend a wedding at… and he wanted the wedding moved so that it would not interfere with his game. He did call to apologize to them in the end, but that is kinda like saying “Sorry I don’t care about you to the point that I forced you to make last minute changes to the most important day of your life so that I could continue to ignore you in peace.”
With all of this, it is not hard to see why the military does not hold this president in the highest of regards. Maybe the 45th president will be a bit better in the eyes of our troops. Until then, I guess they will just have to hang tight and do what they do best: Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome.
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