The secret ingredient

I am happy to see that my friend Peggy Noonan has graduated from being the star-struck cheerleader of Obama to joining the ranks of the disillusioned.  Back in the summer of 2008, when much of the country was swooning over The One We’ve Been Waiting for For (remember that?), Peggy was enthusiastically outlining the case for Barack Hussein Obama in the Wall Street Journal:

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

Embarrassing, what? But 18 months after that “fresh start” things are looking pretty rancid, even to Peggy. “He was,” she complained in her WSJ column a few days ago “supposed to be competent.”


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  • potato

    “But actually I think his handlers are competant at using him as their Teleprompter. He doesn’t work hard enough to accomplish all that by himself.”

    Maybe, but when you surround yourself with zealots it’s easy to delegate responsibility. That leaves lots of time for golf.

  • nomdeblog

    That’s an excellent point potato.

    Obama hates capitalism, he doesn’t want America to be any more exceptional than the Euroweenies and he thinks everyone should benefit from the success of other people’s hard work and risk taking.

    Anyone awake (Peggy Noonan, a Washington elitist, was either asleep or incompetent or wants a Messiah to replace Reagan) knew that’s what Obama was up to and he appears to have succeeded magnificently at achieving those goals.

    Ergo Obama appears competent … unfortuantely.

    So yes , that’s a good arguement. But actually I think his handlers are competant at using him as their Teleprompter. He doesn’t work hard enough to accomplish all that by himself.

  • potato

    Not sure this article is insightful at all. First of all, I don’t think that the Presidency should be a personality cult. Too many of these articles seem obsessed with Obama’s apparent arrogance, etc., when this is not evidence of incompetence nor unfitness for the job. Secondly, the writer belabours Obama’s incompetence but in the very same article he claims the Obama is successfully transforming America, as he said he would do. Doesn’t that mean Obama is competent?

  • FredR

    What’s that? The MSM is only now discovering that their hero cannot walk on water like they wanted him to?

    I don’t like Obama and I don’t like his policies – but I do feel sorry him: he was put on such a ridiculously high pedestal by the MSM (and his campaign handlers) – primarily because he wasn’t Bush – that he has had nowhere to go politically, except down. But only a little bit of sympathy, because Obama certainly knew he was running a campaign based on populaity, not policies, and he played up his popularity to the hilt to get elected.

    But wow, that downhill slope is ever so steep right now.

  • Cy

    Obama is a walking stimulus package. The sheer volume of hate columns attacking every aspect of his being and association (not to mention all but dropping the n-bomb) must have generated tens of millions in revenues for aspiring Bob Novaks.


    Who’s going to be the first to ask for a blood test on his kids?

    In fairness, Bush provided the same stimulus to the comedy industry.

  • Joe

    Actually I don’t believe Oblamebush ran his own campaign. From all the evidence I have seen Oblamebush is not his own man. He is simply a front man for a leftist group seeking to bring about massive changes to America. Obama is too lazy, too stupid and definitely too disengaged to seek and attain the highest office in the nation without massive help from others. In other words the only thing Oblamebush has ever run is down the block to buy a deck of smokes.

  • beentheredonethat

    Obama was supposed to be competent? What did he ever do previously to demonstrate he was competent? The answer of course is nothing. He had no resume qualifying him for the Oval Office, he was hired based on other than bonifide life achievements.