Even Obama supporters worried about White House incompetence

posted at 9:37 am on March 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I guess we can officially say that the honeymoon’s over.  The New York Daily News, not exactly a pillar of conservative thought, finds itself wondering aloud about whether Barack Obama and his team have the competence to lead the nation.  The whispers have grown into a chorus:

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they’re doing?”

The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.

Yes, it’s early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It’s a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House.

Well, what did people expect?  For the first time in decades and perhaps ever, America chose a President without executive experience in the public or private sectors, and without military command experience.  If people expected smooth performance and cool competence from that kind of resume, then the best that can be said about them is that they indulged in self-delusion on a massive scale.

For the rest of us, this comes as no surprise at all.  The failed appointments have managed to be less embarrassing than the ones that “succeeded”, such as Tim Geithner and Vivek Kundra.  The administration keeps promising plans that never get delivered, and Obama all but abdicated to Nancy Pelosi during the Porkulus debacle.  And that doesn’t even begin to cover Obama’s embarrassing performance during Gordon Brown’s visit, and Hillary Clinton’s shameful “I don’t understand multiparty democracy” tour at the EU.

Obama is in over his head, and so are his closest aides, such as Geithner, Hillary, and the entire team.  The best we can hope is that on-the-job training can work quickly.

Update: Worse than Bush? Kevin McCullough makes that argument in his weekly column.


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The guy is a joke. He’s an out and out liar. If Bush had used the same word-tricks and double talk, he’d have been impeached. He’s never run a lemonade stand. He’s a joke.

marklmail on March 16, 2009 at 6:32 PM

What a Hobson’s choice we had: incompetence or incontinence.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 16, 2009 at 7:01 PM

And are you a socialist or not? If yes, I can find you a nice apartment down the street from where I live. All the socialist amenities you could wish for. The dream is already here on earth, you just need to choose it.

DarkCurrent on March 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Wrong approach, DC. You need to offer getalife a basement room, underneath the abode of her mother, who will accompany her.

Also, you might need to arrange a job on the french-fry machine at a local Mickey D’s, if one exist there. Must be night shift, so that she can continue the daytime barrage of posting on HA.

Yoop on March 16, 2009 at 7:37 PM

The only thing worse than an incompetent is an incompetent Marxist.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 16, 2009 at 10:03 PM

To that point– going on Leno is another transparent play to get the late night talk show off his back.

Sadly he doesn’t get it, Leno knows this and will only embargo the jokes for awhile.

Dick Morris said on Hannity tonight his approval rating will be in the 30′s in six months.

It’s all like a bad episode of “Kings”.
LOL

FireBlogger on March 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Heisei is over already? What’s the next era going to be called? Reisei (零政)?

DarkCurrent on March 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

魅黒世?

amkun on March 16, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Even Obama supporters worried about White House incompetence

For the second time, I had a little heart-to-heart with one of my über-progressive colleagues. She was complaining about the lack of competence in the White House. I asked her about what she thought of Gordon Brown’s welcome package. She had no idea… She got really down then.

Upstater85 on March 17, 2009 at 1:16 AM

Obama is in over his head, and so are his closest aides, such as Geithner, Hillary, and the entire team. The best we can hope is that on-the-job training can work quickly.

Why? I hope they continue to fail miserably. Screw them and their idiot followers. The country will suffer and suffer mightily. And they deserve it.

angryed on March 17, 2009 at 2:36 AM

and…. 500.

G’night.

Geministorm on March 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

For the second time, I had a little heart-to-heart with one of my über-progressive colleagues. She was complaining about the lack of competence in the White House. I asked her about what she thought of Gordon Brown’s welcome package. She had no idea… She got really down then.

Upstater85 on March 17, 2009 at 1:16 AM

Want to cheer her up even more?

Remind her that Gordon Brown is totally blind in one eye and rapidly losing eyesight in his good eye. In other words, he’ll likely not be watching those DVDs anytime soon, if ever.

Del Dolemonte on March 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Remember “sunlight is the greatest disinfectant”

katy on March 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM

True, but unfortunately a majority of the Obamatron lemings have their heads so far up their azzes sunlight will never penetrate!

Liberty or Death on March 17, 2009 at 1:10 PM

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