WASHINGTON — It is a well-known axiom of presidential politics that when things aren’t going well at home, chief executives go abroad.
With his presidency beset by a wave of scandals — from the shocking politicization of the IRS to damaging national security leaks — and his declining job approval polls, President Obama fled town this week for a European tour. Surely, his once-legendary popularity abroad would give him a much-needed boost at home.
But Obama found that the political climate wasn’t much better there than it was back here. Not only did the nasty scandals follow him overseas, but he also discovered that he wasn’t the rock star he was in his heyday.
Indeed, a Gallup poll in March found public approval of U.S. leadership in Europe had plummeted 11 percentage points since his first year in office, to 36 percent. Half of that decline was in the past year alone....To Read More...