In a similar poll in mid-February, the GOP Congressional Insiders gave Obama an average grade of 'C' for how he dealt with the turmoil in Egypt which led to the resignation of then President Hosni Mubarak. Indeed, while only a fifth of the GOP Insiders last month gave Obama a grade of 'D' or worse, today more than half of the GOP Insiders mark Obama mark him that poorly.
Democratic Congressional Insiders still give Obama a higher average grade of 'B-' on Libya, but that's down from the 'B+' score he received from them last month for his handling of the Egyptian crisis.
At times, the criticism of Obama by GOP Congressional Insiders was withering. "He's failed -- as sadly; we've come to expect -- to provide us with leadership or guidance as we confront the consequences of upheaval in both Libya and the greater Arab world, particularly the implications for oil supply and prices," said one GOP Member of Congress. "The President's entire team is just reacting at this point," added another." There appears to be no coordination whatsoever."
Even Democratic Congressional Insiders who gave Obama passing marks were not very complimentary. "He kept us out of another war, but we still have a crazy guy in power," said a Democratic Member who gave Obama a 'B.' "Too little, too late; and it may result in Qaddafi staying in power," said another who graded the president's handling of the Libyan crisis, a 'C.'
The National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll is a regular survey of Democratic and Republican Members of Congress.
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