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Grassley grades Obama’s performance C to F
We asked Senator Charles Grassley to grade President Barack Obama’s performance (close your ears Sasha and Malia) and the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee was a bit of a tough schoolmaster.
“He’s still learning an awful lot,” Grassley said at a Reuters Washington Summit.
But Obama gets a D on foreign policy, a C on domestic policy, and an F on trade (ouch!)
We asked him to explain the grading.
“If you go to class, college, and you don’t do anything you get an F,” Grassley said on trade. He noted that Obama has put a 35 percent duty on tires from China, which the senator believed was not a good idea, but he would have been willing to overlook that if the president was pushing forward on trade agreements.
And why the D on foreign policy?
“He’s taken a month to decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan,” Grassley said.
“And what sort of a signal is that sending around the world when the commander-in-chief of the biggest economy and the biggest military in the world, the policeman for the world, is wondering whether or not he wants to back up the general he appointed to study it, and something that worked in Iraq, and he’s not making up his mind,” Grassley said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Johnathan Ernst (Grassley at Reuters Washington Summit)