The Billings Gazette apologized on Friday for its 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for president in an editorial titled "Gazette opinion: Obama earned the low ratings."
The Gazette said it missed George W. Bush and the "good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq."
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It recapped several mistakes Obama has made during his presidency:
- Obama has also failed on energy policy by not approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which could be helpful to the economy.
- He has failed in Iraq; the country is now on the brink of civil war.
- The Gazette wrote that the Bowe Bergdahl exchange made the Obama administration seem incompetent.
- The VA system has been mismanaged by the Obama administration, leading to veterans dying before they could receive medical care.
- Obama has also broken his promise to become the "most transparent administration in history." The Gazette said the president’s administration is so opaque that is has earned a reputation worse than that of Richard Nixon.
The Gazette closed its editorial by noting that these mistakes "demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure":
These are all signs — none of them definitive on their own, necessarily. However, when taken in completely, these demonstrate a disturbing trend of incompetence and failure. It's not just that Americans are in a sour mood about national politics. That's probably part of it. Instead, Obama has become another in a line of presidents long on rhetoric and hopelessly short on action.
Obama's hope and change have left liberals and conservatives alike hoping for real change, not just more lofty rhetoric.