July 16, 2013
By John Zogby Forbes
Democratic Presidents and Presidential contenders have a long history of bad summers. Jimmy Carter's only term in office was pretty much undone by his famous "malaise speech" of 1979. Who can forget Michael Dukakis riding in the tank in 1988? Bill Clinton used a sworn deposition before a Special Prosecutor to school Americans on "what the definition of is is".
John Kerry went wind surfing, a sport enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans, while his exemplary military service was picked apart by his opposition and Barack Obama just hasn't had a good summer yet.
Here it is the summer of 2013 and the President faces a barrage of bad news. First it is a series of scandals – Benghazi, the IRS, and NSA eavesdropping. Then it is chaos in Syria and Egypt, while the nation he leads stands by powerless. All of this is followed by the antics of a young high school dropout who has used his security clearance to reveal highly classified secrets that are embarrassing the United States before its allies. To cap it all off, the President's domestic agenda is stalled, notably his efforts to pass the first real immigration reform in a generation.
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