(NaturalNews) Increasingly, traditional allies of President Obama are becoming disillusioned with him, if not openly hostile and critical -- something that would have been unthinkable during the heady early days of his first campaign and term.
No less than TIME is reporting that it is apparent that the Obama administration has become Orwellian in the manner in which it behaves, even though one of its staunchest supporters (and biggest propagandists in his own right) defends it.
In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, former White House Press Secretary (and former TIME Washington, D.C., bureau chief) Jay Carney gave some insight into the administration's handling of classified documents, responding to the "Orwellian" criticism.
"I know -- because I covered them -- that this was said of Clinton and Bush, and it will probably be said of the next White House," Carney said. "I think a little perspective is useful...It is a serious, serious matter to leak classified information. Some of the debate around this kind of forgets how serious that is."
Obama regime's serial use of the 1917 Espionage Act is unprecedented
True enough, but as TIME points out, Carney's position is being challenged all over the place by journalists, historians and academics who can smell what he's shoveling a mile away. To them, the Obama White House has been far more secretive.
"Increasingly, the Obama White House has become so brittle, and so controlling of the message, that people are afraid to respond to me," Kimberly Dozier, a former Associated Press reporter, told TIME, adding that she was one of the several journalists whose http://bigstory.ap.org in the spring of 2013. Some criticized the scope of that investigation as unprecedented in its overreach.
According to ProPublica, an independent organization that does investigative journalism, the Obama regime has filed no fewer than eight cases under the Espionage Act, which makes it illegal to disclose information that is harmful to national security. Before Obama, only three known cases had ever been filed under the act.
That may only be due to improvements and advancements in technology, say some.
"[Bush administration] lawyers told me that they wanted to prosecute as many leaks then, but technology had not moved on to the point where it is today, where it is so easy to track peoples' electronic footprint," said Dozier, now a contributing writer at the left-leaning Daily Beast. "There are simply more tools for the Department of Justice now than they had back then."
Not everyone is buying that, however, as evidenced by a number of other factors which attest to Obama's growing unpopularity.
'Worst president ever'
Obama's poll numbers have been falling for months, but a recent survey put him at rock-bottom on the list of presidents since World War II. According to The Washington Times, one of several outlets to report on the Quinnipiac University findings:
With Mr. Obama deploying troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him. The new poll also revealed that more voters now say GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.
"Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
A separate Zogby poll found that nearly half of voters believe that Obama is incapable of leading the country.
He is also losing popularity and support among his base. Chicago residents, most of them African Americans, have ripped Obama for pledging additional funding and support for tens of thousands of illegal aliens pouring across the U.S. border, while ignoring the mounting violence and breakdown of civil society in one of the nation's largest cities.
"With the president setting aside all of these funds for immigrants and forsaking the African American community and African American family, I think that's a disgrace," the man told the blog Rebel Pundit. "He will probably go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African American president."