In January of 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.  He had won an election on a campaign of Hope and Change.  The first poll of his popularity by Rasmussen gave him an approval rating of +28 (44% strongly approving of him versus only 16% strongly disapproving of him).  The next day, after all the glowing press reports from the inauguration, he hit a high water mark at +30% approval.

Mr. Obama promised to fix our “broken” health care system.  He promised to fix the broken economy that he had “inherited” from Mr. Bush.  He promised to close Guantanamo Bay and end the war in Iraq.  He vowed to end the revolving door of lobbyists joining the government and planned to give five days for any bill to see the light of day before signing any legislation.  He said he would work aggressively with Congress to all but eliminate “earmarks” in legislation – he would roll back the amount to under $8 Billion, the level of 1994.  He vowed that no family earning under $250,000 a year would see any tax increases and that seniors earning under $50,000 a year would pay no income taxes.

His failure to keep any of the above listed promises has not helped his popularity or his approval rating as measured by Rasmussen. Yesterday, it stood at -22.  That is a 50 point reversal.

He has directed the Attorney General to sue the State of Arizona for trying to enforce Federal law.  That was not a popular move.  Most polls show that between 60 and 80% of Americans believe that if the Federal Government will not protect our borders, it makes sense for the States to step in and do the job.

The voters in Missouri voted over 71% against Mr. Obama’s vision of mandatory health care insurance.

Now that Mr. Obama has failed to live up to his promises, the promises that won him an election, he no longer has the consent of the governed.  In effect, except for a lapdog Congress, he would be a true lame duck.  That could change this November.  But it doesn’t seem to bother him.  He has already nationalized half the nation’s auto industry, the entire higher education industry and the health care industry.  Can you blame the guy for not caring what his subjects think about him when he has accomplished all that for himself and his friends?