Against a backdrop of a just released poll signaling American's trust in President Obama is plunging and as Tuesday's State of the Union Address looms, on Friday morning the Drudge Report was screaming in an all caps, super-bold, super-sized foreign affairs headline. The message is reinforcing the notion that the Obama administration is stretching the truth: "IRAN: 'WE DID NOT AGREE TO DISMANTLE ANYTHING.'"
Only a few insiders know exactly what Obama's State of the Union speech will contain. The Washington Post speculates that the president's number one priority will be to "defend Obamacare." At this time, two major rivals, Obama and Matt Drudge each share the same goal if not the same outcome: engaging Americans.
As a heads-up for Obama and for Drudge, arguably editor of the top news aggregate, on the "grid" priorities according to Quinnipac were explained, thus: "The Jan. 22 national poll found economy/jobs and healthcare are top voter priorities; Obama gets low grades on top priorities."
It's true the presidential poll shows a majority of Americans now find President Obama is dishonest and untrustworthy. It's true that the poll is showing a negative 39 - 47 percent for handling Iran as well.
Bottom line, according to Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute:
"It's the economy, Mr. President,' say dissatisfied American voters who are not yet willing to give President Barack Obama a thumbs up on his presidency. If, and it's a big IF, the president can convince the American people that the economy is getting better and that Obamacare will be good for them, it will go a long way to rebuilding his sagging job approval ratings."
Still as a factor of trustworthiness, Drudge's link leads to a report stressing no matter how many times or ways the Obama administration says a deal has been struck with Iran to dismantle their nuclear program, the truth of the six-month deal has been "mischaracterized." According to the CNN report, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari, the deal struck Monday between the United States and Iran was that Iran freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for eased sanctions.
"We did not agree to dismantle anything," Zari insisted, adding, "If you find a single, a single word, that even closely resembles dismantling or could be defined as dismantling in the entire text, then I would take back my comment." A senior Obama administration official has already claimed, "We expected that the Iranians would need to spin this for their domestic political purposes, and are not surprised they are doing just that."
As an opponent of the president's policies, Drudge's Iran headline would appear to be "on the mark." However, Matt Drudge recently tweeted, "My biggest fear as editor of Drudge Report is people are slamming off all news and politics. Disgusted, frustrated and going off the grid." Matched against American priorities, are Drudge headlines "on the grid," or should the headlines be tightened up to better reflect what might really engage disenchanted American voters? Will Obama's SOTU be on target?