Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is walking down the “red line” road again, this time in Ukraine, but hasn't made clear what he will do if the situation unravels.
“More troubling is when President Obama assures reporters and the nation that there will be consequences' if the military in Ukraine intervenes further in the uprising in Kiev's Independence Square. What consequences? We have been down this red line' road a few times and it is best to not make promises you cannot keep.
“The North American Summit in Mexico attended by Obama left Canada's leadership frustrated with the U.S. refusal to proceed with the Keystone XL gas pipeline, but otherwise was overshadowed by other events (Kiev, the Olympics) and terrorism threats. Also on the international stage, Syria continues to prove that there are no good options for resolving this human tragedy.
“Meanwhile, the president's approval rate is moving up to the mid-40s."
Grade — C-
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."
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