On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made his famous call for a national “war on poverty.”
It's January 6 and it is business and politics as unusual.
For many, today marks the beginning of the first full week of work for the year of 2014. It also represents the first full week of politics, especially here in Louisiana.
To show the importance of the future of New Orleans and possibly to offset the impact of campaign money reportedly coming in from outside Republican sources to help defeat Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, President Barack Obama has stepped into the mayoral political ring and has endorsed current Mayor Mitch Landrieu in his bid for a second term.
This year, it finally became fashionable for comics to lampoon President Obama. His infamous lies about Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of the Healthcare.gov website were too tempting for comics to ignore. It is no surprise that the President’s poll numbers have significantly dropped. In fact, the latest poll shows that the President is more unpopular than former President George W. Bush and his disapproval ratings are the lowest of any President since Richard Nixon.
It has been a disturbing week for American Christians. At Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, a nativity scene was removed after complaints from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Today, at the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama greeted a number of world leaders, including the communist dictator of Cuba, Raul Castro. The President warmly shook hands with Castro, slightly bowing during the visit to engage in pleasantries.
This week, fast food workers from around the country went on strike to demand higher wages of $15 per hour. There were strikes in 100 cities and protests in another 100 cities. The campaign was designed to elicit sympathy for fast food workers making $7.25 per hour, the current minimum wage.
The poll numbers continue to get worse for President Obama. This week, he suffered from the worst ratings of his presidency. CBS News reported an approval rating of only 37%, while CNN showed the President at a 41% approval rating. On the issue of Obamacare, the American people are extremely unhappy, giving the President’s signature program only a 31% approval rating in the CBS poll.
Gov. Bobby Jindal managed to be both right and wrong in his latest communication about the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit against Louisiana’s scholarship voucher program: the Pres. Barack Obama Administration has shifted tactics, but its goal to rewrite jurisprudence in the way it finds ideologically acceptable remains the same.
As President Obama stumbles and fumbles his way through his second term, his mistakes are impossible to overlook. From his handling of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East to his failed economic policies to the disastrous roll out of Obamacare, it has been a year of train wrecks for the President.