Zogby Report Card: Obama facing 'the music' over Bowe Bergdahl fiasco

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Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that the bungled unveiling of the Taliban prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl overshadowed everything, including his trip to Europe.

"The White House miscalculated the response to the release of Sgt. Bergdahl and the trade with the Taliban. The president held firm explaining his 'sacred duty' to leave no soldier behind. But now the president and the sergeant will face the music. Still, Bergdahl is free, something many of the president's critics have been demanding for months.

“Something tells this humble pollster that the five released Taliban prisoners have tracking devices and their own personalized drones ready to strike, in which case the biggest losers in all of this may be those 350 poor virgins in Heaven who are assigned to these ugly monsters.

Job growth stayed steady and the unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent because almost 200,000 Americans joined or re-joined the labor force.

“And the European Union has agreed to tougher sanctions against Russia, but the Bergdahl issue overshadows everything else, including the president's trip to Europe. Thus, not a good week."

Grade — D

Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.