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Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama is certainly struggling with foreign policy, but didn’t deserve the beatdown issued by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“A mixed week for President Obama. Overall, his approval rating average stays at around 46 percent and the numbers of Americans who have signed up for health insurance exchanges have exceeded even the administration's expectations.

“On the flip side, substantial majorities of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign affairs and, in particular, the crisis involving the Islamic State, which has now spread its ugly tentacles in Yemen and Libya. The president called together a global summit on Islamic State terrorism which has received both its share of praise for leadership from supporters worldwide -- and castigation from critics who condemned his refusal to recognize a religious dimension to the crisis.

“I would have given the president a C-minus but I am raising the grade because of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani whose criticism of the president for not being a person who loves America was not even worthy to be called over the top. It was under the bottom and denigrates the political discourse. At a time when Americans need to ask legitimate questions about the use of power and force, these kinds of statements — especially from someone whose hero status requires statesmanship not claptrap — are simply disgusting.”

Grade — C+

Down from last week’s B+

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