Mr. Obama's Leadership: A Presidency of Scandals

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A growing number of scandals from IRS targeting to the alleged Benghazi cover-up, added to President Obama's inability to work with GOP lawmakers and questions surrounding the future of America's national security, continue to call into question the leadership of the Obama Administration.

Regent University professor Charles Dunn, author of the book Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership, believes a president's leadership ability should be judged on history, rhetoric, theory, culture, morality, politics, and management.
   
"He gets a failing grade for presidential leadership," Dunn said of Obama, "Especially as related to the Congress."

"In other areas I would grade much higher," he continued. "For example, the law of rhetoric: he handles rhetoric very well.

"But if we look at history," Dunn added, "he's elected to represent the whole of the American people. He's the only person who does. I have to rate him very low on that because he has adopted a strategy of divide and conquer."

Dunn believes Obama's healthcare mandate is a good example of that "divide and conquer" strategy.
 
A recent Rasmussen poll shows that 49 percent of voters view the health care law un-favorably, while 47 percent support it. The sentiments of that survey were echoed among Dr. Dunn's students.

"He had all the votes he needed," noted student Rushad Thomas. "He had 60 votes in the Senate. He had overwhelming majorities in the House, so he didn't need Republicans to get anything done,"

"As a result," Thomas said, "you have this massive piece of legislation that has overhauled 1/6th of the American economy without any buy in from half of America essentially."

Dunn points to a speech the president made at a Navy ship yard back in March when the threat of sequester loomed.

"You don't want to have to choose between, 'Let's see, do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?'" Obama said during that address.

But Dunn believes tough decisions are what presidents are elected to make - an area where George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan excelled.

"Look at those great presidents, the tough decisions that Washington made in forming this country and the presidency, the tough decisions Lincoln made, the tough decisions that Franklin Roosevelt made, the tough decisions that Ronald Regan made," Dunn said. "Making tough decisions is one of the key criteria in determining the rank of presidential greatness."      

Dunn warned Obama's leadership strategy during his first term of office will come back to haunt him now during his second term.

"When President Obama won office I spoke very highly of him as a person with great potential," Dunn said. "But we have this big gap between promise and performance. It's a credibility gap and that's what's showing now as his poll numbers are plummeting."

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