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American presidents have often traveled abroad to change the topic of conversation in troubled times and boost their support at home.

This week-long African safari with his family costing American taxpayers an estimated $100 million was designed to do just that for Barack Obama.


He's laboring under the growing burden of multiple scandals:

The ongoing congressional investigation of how four Americans were allowed to die unprotected and unaided in Benghazi and the ensuing cover-up; revelations of political influence permeating the Internal Revenue Service and State Department for years; seizure of media telephone records and the ensuing cover-up; and disclosure by a government contract worker named Edward Snowden of a vast government domestic operation monitoring the private communications of millions of citizens unsuspected of any wrongdoing.

And don't forget the oncoming train wreck called ObamaCare.

This morning comes convincing statistical data revealing the deep wounds Obama has suffered in the minds of countrymen.

The newest IBD/TIPP presidential poll just published elsewhere on this site shows a dramatic decline in voter approval--the worst monthly decline in Obama's 53 months of not spending much time in the Oval Office to the lowest approval level of the Democrat's entire presidency.

“Each day that passes there’s a new mention of these things, they seem to kind of fester, they don’t seem to go away,” said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, which conducted the poll.

The latest weekly average of Obama approval by Gallup shows his national approval down another point to 46%. That same survey found Obama's approval dropping in every single demographic category -- whites, blacks, Hispanics -- and age cohorts, except two.

His once overwhelming support among youths, 18 to 29, ticked up one point to 56%, and Obama's support among Republicans remained unchanged.

But then, at only 13% already, it couldn't drop much more.

While Obama was traveling from Senegal to South Africa to Tanzania today, Gallup released statistics showing that while citizens of all three lands remain hopeful about Obama they have lost significant faith in America's first black president since he took office in 2009.

Gallup's studies found a widespread belief across Africa in Obama's lack of interest and disengagement. That's a sense widespread at home too, causing columnist Charles Krauthammer to observe that Obama seemed a bystander in his own presidential administration.

Public support for Obama's "leadership" late last year in Senegal had declined to 80% from a more impressive 87% just three years previously.

In South Africa, which Obama just left, support for him had dropped to about three-quarters (76%), far from the previous high of 92% in 2009.

Tanzanians have the lowest support for Democrat Obama.

There, approval of him has dropped to 70% from the previous high of almost 90%. Gallup said the declines broadly reflected similar shifts across that vast continent.

Gallup observed:

"Whether (Obama's support steadies or declines more) may rely heavily on whether President Obama makes a strong and lasting impression during his trip -- and follows it up with increased engagement in the region on the issues its leaders and residents care most about."

Initial signs were not promising. In Senegal, Obama called the new U.S. Supreme Court approval of same-sex marriage "a proud day for America,"

But then, speaking at a joint news conference in the presidential palace, Obama publicly pressured the continent's leaders, including his host President Macky Sall, to grant equal rights to gays and lesbians.

Sall wasted no time in rebuking his guest, noting that every country handles its issues in its own time and that Senegal was a tolerant nation not yet ready to decriminalize homosexuality. Sall then pointedly observed that Senegal has banished capital punishment, unlike some other countries like, oh, say, Obama's United States. Ouch!

As it happens, another American president was in Africa too this past week, the architect of history's largest anti-AIDs effort.

While Obama was offering photo-op toasts at state banquets in country after country, George W. Bush was in Zambia. There, the 43rd president was volunteering to help rehab a women's cancer clinic. Quite a contrast between the obviously genuine man of the people from Illinois and the heartless dummy who preceded him from Texas.

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