In her latest opinon piece at WSJ online, Ms Peggy Noonan notes ‘He Was Supposed To Be Competent’ in reference to President Obama. In regards to his actions this past year, she notes that he has been anything but competent.
I don’t see how the president’s position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president’s political judgment and instincts.
There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don’t see how you politically survive this.
The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.
The American people have spent at least two years worrying that high government spending would, in the end, undo the republic. They saw the dollars gushing night and day, and worried that while everything looked the same on the surface, our position was eroding. They have worried about a border that is in some places functionally and of course illegally open, that it too is gushing night and day with problems that states, cities and towns there cannot solve.
In his news conference Thursday, President Obama made his position no better. He attempted to act out passionate engagement through the use of heightened language—”catastrophe,” etc.—but repeatedly took refuge in factual minutiae. His staff probably thought this demonstrated his command of even the most obscure facts. Instead it made him seem like someone who won’t see the big picture. The unspoken mantra in his head must have been, “I will not be defensive, I will not give them a resentful soundbite.” But his strategic problem was that he’d already lost the battle. If the well was plugged tomorrow, the damage will already have been done.
The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way. In any case, the strategy was always a little mad. Americans would never think an international petroleum company based in London would worry as much about American shores and wildlife as, say, Americans would. They were never going to blame only BP, or trust it.
I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: “Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust.” Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet the need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable: “We pay so much for the government and it can’t cap an undersea oil well!”
What continues to fascinate me is Mr. Obama’s standing with Democrats. They don’t love him. Half the party voted for Hillary Clinton, and her people have never fully reconciled themselves to him. But he is what they have. They are invested in him. In time—after the 2010 elections go badly—they are going to start to peel off. The political operative James Carville, the most vocal and influential of the president’s Gulf critics, signaled to Democrats this week that they can start to peel off. He did it through the passion of his denunciations.
The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It’s not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of “the indispensable nation” be so weakened. I never until the past 10 years understood the almost moral imperative that an American president maintain a high standing in the eyes of his countrymen.
Taken in context, everything Ms Noonan relates has merit, except for the idea that the President was ever vetted as being competent to peform the duries of President in the first place.
The lame stream media spent more time vetting Joe The Plumber than they did vetting Barrack Obama. They sent one hundred investigative hacks to Alaska looking for dirt on Ms Sarah Palin. They never sent one person into the city of Chicago looking for anything other than rainbows and unicorns when it came to Barrack Obama. Trust me, there is plenty of dirt in the man’s closet if anyone should care to look.
President Obama’s resume is a very thin example of a man that spent the majority of his life spending other people’s money on Socialist programs.
He had never ran a business, or been in charge of anything more than a campaign and many of the items listed on resume just do not truly reflect what he actually accomplished.
For instance, he was never a college law professor. The people that worked with him suggest that he was politically appointed and never too the job seriously, thus he was never considered an asset to the teaching community. You would think at least one reporter would be interested in that little tidbit of information.
Like his duties as a state Senator, a member of the House and Senate, each job listed in Barrack Obama’s resume was simply a stepping stone to the next level. He never took the job seriously, or performed the job in the manner required of the office held. He was a Senator for barely a year when he began his campaign for President. Few fellow Senators even recall his presence.
Now, as he campaigns for President of the World, people wonder if President Obama is incompetent to perform the duties of President? My question is, at what point in time was he ever vetted to be competent in the first place?
We can place the blame for this whole disaster at the feet of the lame stream media who have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that they are definetly incompetent and totally incapable of vetting someone for the nation’s highest office.
Case in point. The disaster speaks for himself 🙂