Already weakened by last month’s debt-ceiling harangue, the president—whose approval rating has dipped to 42 percent—will have to answer to critics and GOP presidential candidates that the S&P downgrade of America’s credit rating happened under his watch.
If that weren’t bad enough, a commentary in the Opinion pages of The New York Times rips his ability to communicate. On Sunday, the Times ran Emory university psychology professor Drew Weston’s lengthy essay “What Happened to Obama?” which takes the president apart for his failure to communicate with the American people.
The problem, Weston asserted, is that the president isn’t telling the American public a clear story. People want to hear a strong narrative, he said—one featuring a protagonist and villains, a journey to be completed, or an enemy to be vanquished.