” President Barack Obama is on the way to becoming a lame duck president, says Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan in an editorial.
He’s not there yet as anything can happen in his remaining 44 months in office to make him relevant, but he’s getting close, she says.
“He’s not a lame duck, he’s just lame,” the former Ronald Reagan speechwriter writes.
Noonan cites a litany of setbacks that have dogged Obama:
• “He couldn’t get a win on gun control with 90 percent public support;”
• “When he speaks on immigration reform you get the sense he’s setting it back;”
• “He’s floundering on Syria;”
• “The looming crisis on implementation of Obamacare has begun to fill the news. Even his allies are using the term ‘train wreck.’ Obamacare is not only the most slovenly written major law in modern American history, it is full of sneaked-in surprises people are just discovering;”
• His “sequester strategy — scare the American public into supporting me — flopped;”
• “Benghazi and what appear to be its cover-ups drag on and will not go away;”
• “The economy is stuck in low-growth, employment in no-growth.”
“The president seems incapable of changing anything, even in a crisis. He’s been scored as passive and petulant, but it’s the kind of passivity people fall into when nothing works.” “
Recognizing the truth now , five years too late , in no way restores your lost credibility Ms Noonan . Once a fool , always a fool .
” What he couldn’t do was present himself, when everyone was looking, as smaller than you thought. Petulant, put upon, above it all, full of himself. He couldn’t afford to make himself look less impressive than the challenger in terms of command, grasp of facts, size.
But that’s what he did.
And in some utterly new way the president was revealed, exposed. All the people whose job it is to surround and explain him, to act as his buffers and protectors—they weren’t there. It was him on the stage, alone with a competitor. He didn’t have a teleprompter, and so his failure seemed to underscore the cliché that the prompter is a kind of umbilical cord for him, something that provides nourishment, the thing he needs to sound good.
People saw for the first time an Obama they may have heard about on radio or in a newspaper but had never seen.
They didn’t see some odd version of the president. They saw the president.
And they didn’t liked what they saw, and that would linger.”
“Now I’d go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what
kind of adults we are raising.
Every story that has broken through the past few weeks has been about who we are as a
people. And they are all disturbing.”
While I find Peggy Noonan to be something of an elitist snob and part of the problem not the solution , occasionally she says something very much on the mark . This column is one of those rare moments of common sense .
Thanks Peggy . It only took you three years . And the conservative elites wonder why we have as much disdain for them as we do for the liberal elites . Duh!