Noonan: Where is the competence?

posted at 1:40 pm on May 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In our earlier thread on Chris Matthews, one commenter asked why we consider the MS-NBC host a barometer of conservative opinion, considering Matthews’ deeply liberal worldview.  It matters because the disillusion of people like Matthews, who sold their audiences on the near-perfection of Barack Obama, are instructive moments to see just how far Obama has fallen in public reputation.  After all, conservatives didn’t fawn over a man who had no executive experience and spent most of his legislative career voting “present” rather than showing any leadership.

Well, most conservatives didn’t, anyway.  At least one who succumbed to Obama’s glamour wonders what happened to the cool competence Obama exuded during the presidential campaign.  Peggy Noonan’s column today in the Wall Street Journal sums up Obama’s biggest political problem — the perception of ineptitude:

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. …

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.

In other words, the President has been voting “present” for most of the first five weeks of the disaster.  It’s not as if it’s the first time Obama tried to avoid responsibility for an issue or refuse to show leadership.  Many of us wrote extensively about Obama’s pattern of avoidance during the election — and suggested that Democrats try Obama in a lesser executive position first, such as Governor of Illinois, before nominating him for the top spot, in order to make sure he was up for the job.

Unfortunately, some conservatives such as Noonan rebutted those arguments, choosing instead to see cool competence instead of complete inexperience and a pattern of avoidance.  One can do that as a legislator with few ill effects, because in the end others will choose to lead.  When that person assumes the top executive job, especially without any experience and seasoning for the job, things fall apart when disaster strikes as they have here.  Only those who willingly allowed themselves to be enchanted by charisma and public relations could possibly act surprised when inexperience leads to incompetence.

I like Peggy Noonan; she was wrong about Obama, and she’s starting to realize just how wrong she was.  She also concludes with some first-class analysis:

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.

That is precisely why we shouldn’t have elected a man with no executive experience to the toughest executive job in the world.  We need strong leadership, especially in times of crisis, not a man who prefers to vote present rather than lead.  And we probably wouldn’t have elected Obama or even nominated him this time around if the national media had done half of the job vetting Obama that they did with Sarah Palin, an atrocious failure documented best by John Ziegler in his film Media Malpractice.

As I said earlier, I like Peggy Noonan, and I’m glad to see that the scales have fallen from her eyes — but she still gets a Captain Louis Renault award for being shocked, shocked! at the incompetence of Barack Obama:


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Wyznowski on May 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I totally agree, and I disagree with the idea that we need to or are supposed to bash the woman now forever because she made a bad mistake. Whatever faults Noonan may have had with her failure to recognize what Obama was properly, she deserves credit for coming around to recognize his presidency for what it is now, and the article above is truly an excellent read and analysis.

MikeknaJ on May 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM

It was OBVIOUS! Apart from that, one cannot be a conservative and say anything good about a candidate that is absolutely the antithesis of everything conservatives believe in.

As far as i’m concerned, I don’t care to hear any advice or commentary from Peggy Noonan, Colin Powell, or Kathleen Parker, or Christopher Buckley, etc. For the damage they have already done, they owe it to the world to just shut up!

The only thing I want to hear from them is “I’m so very sorry! I was a complete imbecile.” And then I want them to go away.

DiogenesLamp on May 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

When he’s hell bent on cramming down our throats his “fundamental transformation of America”, incompetence looks like a good thing.

petefrt on May 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

MikeknaJ: I agree with you that we need to appreciate people who supported Obama changing their minds about him. It does us little good to reject them and their ability to influence others to change their minds as well.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Let me try to make this simple for you. Think Charlie Brown – Lucy – Football. The Peggies and Lucies never change, and Charlie will never win no matter how many times he decides that maybe this time it will be different.

MikeA on May 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Noonan is incompetent.

ebrawer on May 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

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

Maybe with other presidents.

Not this one.

For a president this radically idealogical, who wants to remake America, yes, actually, it’s a VERY good thing that he becomes weak and ineffectual. Because it makes it easier to defeat him.

Vyce on May 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

We WILL NOT GET THEM if we just throw stones at them while they attempt to make their way back to the GOP ballot box.

MikeknaJ on May 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I welcome Noonan’s single vote at the ballot box, but her days of standing on the Republican or Conservative soapbox with a loudspeaker are finished. No one can really take her opinions or observations seriously today.

RJL on May 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I like Peggy Noonan; she was wrong about Obama, and she’s starting to realize just how wrong she was.

I don’t particularly like Noonan. Her only claim to fame is that decades ago she was a speechwriter for Reagan. Now she is just some snotty back stabber who routinely trashes conservatives and Republicans. I hope she is happy with Obama, people like her helped put him where he is.

Terrye on May 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Obama is inept. He helps us see it daiy. He and his lapdogs were taking shots at AZ immigration laws and we find they haven’t read the bill. He says he is too busy to meet with the AZ givernor when she is in town. I suspect he is afraid of losing his green fees if he misses 9 holes of Gulf. Country clubs are getting strict. You betcha!!!

Obama is part of the Beltway dipsticks cabel.

seven on May 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

It’s not just a “perception of ineptitude.” This Messiah exudes ineptitude.
It’s not just the lack of leadership experience. It’s a lack of leadership personality. He is unable to quickly see what course of action to take in the most mundane of situations, let alone a full-blown crisis. He is unable to envision the consequences of his words or actions. He has no idea, despite his widely-touted “world view,” how his behavior is really perceived across the world. He tries to play professor in dealing with problems, and lectures rather than explain his actions. And he is surrounded by like-minded but equally incompetent advisors and staff.
“Failure” is too simple a term for this mess.

n0doz on May 29, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I hope she fails.

BDavis on May 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Peggy wants the haloed one to recoup his place. She doesn’t like the fare served at Tea Parties. There’s no Chateau Talbot ’84 and aged Spanish Manchengo like at those upper West Side soirees she’s enjoyed since the campaign in ’08.

xkaydet65 on May 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I hope she fails.

BDavis on May 29, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Already there.

hillbillyjim on May 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Groupie regrets persistent rash acquired from fading rock star.

News at ten.

viking01 on May 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

No need for anyone, anywhere, to ever take Peggy Noonan seriously again. About anything.

Plenty of us uneducated rubes could see that Obama would be a disaster and had no business being anywhere near the Oval Office. But Peggy and her East Coast media smart set knew better and told us so.

The people who foisted this disaster on us–the ones who sold us Obama and told us he would be great–need to pay a price. They need to be held responsible. One way is to shun their opinions and thinking.

Don’t give Peggy, Brooks or ANY of them a break, for any reason. Make them persona non grata in public life. The results of their self-important stupidity are too dangerous. Assuming, of course, we survive Obama.

tsj017 on May 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

How much intelligence does it take to realize a President cannot provide free beer and pizza for everyone on a daily basis while reducing taxes for 95% of the people?

Noonan was affected by two things:

1. Obama fit well with her elitism. He attended the right schools, read the right words off the teleprompter. All her associates said he was the man.

2. Blind jealousy: Sarah Palin is young, beautiful, has a loving family ans a husband that’s a hunk. She can draw tens of thousands (Noonan would be lucky to draw 100). Palin couldn’t care what the elites think. She is happier spending time with her family or travelling the country (figuratively) drawing and quartering Barack Obama than shopping on Fifth Avenue or at a DC or Manhattan cocktail party.

Palin has everything Noonan doesn’t have. She sees her career ahead of her as she looks down the highway; Noonan sees hers in the rear view mirror.

bw222 on May 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

MikeA
Your cartoon analogy is cute but too simple. The reality is that there are voters in the middle who will be influenced by what people like Noonan say. It does not help our cause to reject people who have audiences and who have come around to seeing at least some of Obama’s flaws.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Where is Peggy’s copetence?

In her panty hose

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM

MikeA
Your cartoon analogy is cute but too simple. The reality is that there are voters in the middle who will be influenced by what people like Noonan say. It does not help our cause to reject people who have audiences and who have come around to seeing at least some of Obama’s flaws.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Exactly.

To correct MikeA’s analogy, no one is advocating letting Peggy hold the football. But if she wants to cheerlead or be a booster for conservatives or against Obama then let her help because it’s better than her being pro-Obama. I’d rather have her write columns like the above than columns that support his agenda today.

MikeknaJ on May 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Always remember after there is no doubt that we have a incompetent laughingstock for a president, the demonrats destroyed our healthcare system unanimously. The mainsteam media still drinks kool-aid from the trough that The One prepares for them so there is still dangerous water ahead.

volsense on May 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM

bw222 – Bingo, you win the prize!

Jayrae on May 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Peggy Noonan’s greatest value (like Frum, Brooks and Buckley) is serving as a “faux conservative” for MSNBC than to transform the opinions of independents. Other than a once a week column in the WSJ, she isn’t that widely read.

What’s to say she won’t go over to the “dark side” again to appease her elitist friends or the people that sign her checks at MSNBC?

bw222 on May 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

bw222 on May 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

She was affected by one thing and one thing only: the color of his skin and her chance to “prove” she’s no racist. The same reason other “conservatives” did it.

They used Palin, education and alike as their public reason(s). They knew exactly who this guy was, what he believed, his lack of experience – they knew it all – and they threw in with him anyway. I doubt strongly that did that because of Harvard or Plain.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Noonan: Where is the competence?

Good question, Peg.

Can you tell us where yours went in less than 1,000 words and without 8 metaphors and 22 cliches?

BacaDog on May 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

But he is what they have. They are invested in him.

I find this truly pathetic about Obama backers, especially blacks. Though he deserves ratings in the low 20s, he’ll never go below mid-30s because of the investment that blacks and leftists have in him.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 4:24 PM

If my memory serves me correctly, Chris Matthews was a fan of G. W. Bush for at least two years, or at the least he was very fair with him. Matthews was one of the people who coined the “everyone wants to have a beer with Dubya” meme and Liberals were really pissed at him for siding with Bush. But he turned on Bush after the launch of the Iraq war and then later when things started going badly in Iraq he turned on him with a vengeance.

For this, alot of people think of Matthews as a political weathervane who sticks his finger in the air to determine which way the political winds are blowing, then spinelessly changing direction to go along with the prevailing winds.

Because of that, I get the feeling that the “tide” is changing for Obama due to his reaction to the Gulf oil leak. Matthews wouldn’t so strongly criticise him if he didn’t tthink it was popular sentiment. He’d never stick his neck out. He basically admitted that he’s a shifty, spineless hack on the Daily Show a couple years ago.

OxyCon on May 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I know the amateurs among the voters can be fooled. But Peggy has me confused. I always expected professional versions of air headed pieces of crap to be able to identify another one.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

She was affected by one thing and one thing only: the color of his skin and her chance to “prove” she’s no racist. The same reason other “conservatives” did it.

They used Palin, education and alike as their public reason(s). They knew exactly who this guy was, what he believed, his lack of experience – they knew it all – and they threw in with him anyway. I doubt strongly that did that because of Harvard or Plain.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Bingo. And wouldn’t it be nice to have someone in the executive branch right now who has extensive experience dealing with the oil industry?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Don’t slap me – hey I like seeing Obama get pelted with a Katrina-like disaster as much as the next guy – and it’s awesomely satisfying to hold him up to the same standards that the press held Bush up to but …

I’m starting to feel very uncomfortable with what we seem to be demanding of our Presidents these days. We seem to hold them accountable for every little thing that happens. Mother nature launches a hundred year storm on New Orleans, a few local officials botch the job and the President gets the blame.

BP loses an oil rig – millions of gallons of oil spilling into the gulf and it’s the President who gets the blame and …

Yesterday, the President promised whatever resources were required to make everyone whole again – including the environment – the problem is – the Constitution doesn’t give him the authority to cash the checks he’s writing.

We’re encouraging dictatorship here. Yeah – it’s Obama I know – but he’s precisely the kind of guy you don’t want to encourage.

You can’t hold a guy accountable who doesn’t have the responsibility. If you insist on doing so – he will eventually protect himself by just “assuming” the responsibility – and that means dictatorship.

Careful here.

HondaV65 on May 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

tsj017 on May 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Exactly.

I will never be that easy on Noonan. She’s supposedly “seeing the light” AFTER it is becoming sexy at the cocktail parties to jump off the bandwagon.

Her analysis sucks because anyone can get it right with hindsight. When foresight was required, her libido took over. Like the insecure girl that desires acceptance, she allowed herself to get date raped while cat calling and deriding the popular girl.

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Saltysam on May 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM

But…..but…..but….everyone wanted to get aboard
the first A/A President ‘HISTORICAL’ bandwagon!!!!

canopfor on May 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Noonan acted stupidly. Pass me another Amstel.

jbh45 on May 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM

HondaV65 on May 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

He’s not getting the blame for what happened. He’s getting the blame for not doing anything about it and running from it. As Peggy herself notes, BP is never going to care more than the people affected.

Jindal has been busy taking charge and is being held up by Obama and his Admin. That’s why he said basically, get engaged and take charge or get out of my way.

What people expect in times like this are what the nation got in the wake of 9/11, another big man-made disaster. They want Executives taking charge – they want leadership – not somebody running from it for 40 days only to then show up for a photo-op playing in the sand. The only reason he even showed up now is, he thought they stopped the leak.

I don’t see exactly what this country has always expected and most gotten, is somehow encouraging dictatorship. Presidents and Governors have always risen and fallen based on the leadership in times of disasters, no matter what the source.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Peggy Noonan is not a conservative. Her claim to finally see how incompetent and inexperienced Obama was is a demonstration of her being even more incompetent and foolish than Barak. Peggy should move on from WSJ and doing something else for a living. True conservatives have enough of a problem without her. Lady got fool by a poor con artist and snarked at us from her position of supposed intellectual superiority. You like, you can have her.

aigle on May 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I know the amateurs among the voters can be fooled. But Peggy has me confused. I always expected professional versions of air headed pieces of crap to be able to identify another one.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Ditto!!!

aigle on May 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Noonan was hypercritical of Bush during his tenure as president. I wonder how she would contrast the levels of competence now.
onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

She hated dubya because he wouldn’t install her as his head speechwriter. That rejection led to her persistant nagging about him. Did you ever notice how critical she always was of his speeches?

a capella on May 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

a capella on May 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

In fairness, I think the only really good speech he gave in 8 years happened when he grabbed a bullhorn on a pile of ruble.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Peggy has no business assessing anybody’s level of competence after her preference for Obama. Labrador retrievers are less easily led and she was utterly taken in by his “moderate” stances. Same can be said for Chris Buckley and the Pierre Trudeau conservative boys club of Frum and Brooks. No judgement and no credibility. Take your geritol Peglet, and just shut up.

clnurnberg on May 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

When you can’t see the problem from the beginning, that no experience means no experience, what use are you in the future. it really didn’t take much to see that no experience, combined with rev Wright’s church, was a really bad mix.

I’m done …

tarpon on May 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM

In fairness, I think the only really good speech he gave in 8 years happened when he grabbed a bullhorn on a pile of ruble.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

No, he also gave another great one at the National Cathedral a few days later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDcdpEBctaQ

Del Dolemonte on May 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM

and I’m glad to see that the scales have fallen from her eyes

Has her Road to Damascus moment been confirmed?

John the Libertarian on May 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM

The only reason he even showed up now is, he thought they stopped the leak.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I’ve been wondering how he’s going to take it back when the top kill fails.

Frankly, I kind of like it when the government is incompetent, except for defense.

Otis B on May 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

“She was affected by one thing and one thing only: the color of his skin and her chance to “prove” she’s no racist. The same reason other “conservatives” did it.”

It’s same reason everyone but the die hard lefties voted for him. And the irony is that it appears they were so anxious not to appear racist that they behaved in condescending, racist ways.

“He’s so smart.” “He’s so competent.” “He’s got a great crease in his trousers.” (My personal favorite) When the fact of the matter is none of these people knew jacks— about Obama and were too lazy or scared intellectually to check him out. Little late now, Peg.

ncjetsfan on May 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Who really cares what this old Peggy-come-lately has to say now? Peggy, you used-up old RINO, we knew what a sad-sack of Marxist crap Obumbles was 2 years ago. Where were you – admiring his fine moobs or the crease of his pants too?

Just go away and take the rest of Obumbles RINO fan-boyz with you. You squishes have helped destroy America and we just don’t want to read your pathetic and deluded opinions anymore.

Ogabe on May 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I don’t particularly like Noonan. Her only claim to fame is that decades ago she was a speechwriter for Reagan. Now she is just some snotty back stabber who routinely trashes conservatives and Republicans. I hope she is happy with Obama, people like her helped put him where he is.

Terrye on May 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Amen.

funky chicken on May 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

As I said earlier, I like Peggy Noonan, and I’m glad to see that the scales have fallen from her eyes

I don’t, and her new-found wisdom comes to late to redeem her. Not only was she (like Brooks and other “cocktail conservatives”) blind to Obama’s glaring weaknesses of both experience and character, but she was amazingly rude and catty about Sarah Palin in that infamous open-mike incident. And the case of the vapors she got when Bush referred to God in his 2nd inaugural address was both laughable and mindbogglingly ignorant of the history of religion and presidents.

She’s become an elitist, a salon conservative who’s satisfied to lose gracefully. I’ve no use for her anymore, but I do congratulate for finally waking up.

irishspy on May 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

People like Noonan and Buckley had connections to conservatives but no true conservative voted for this marxist community agitator.

Five minutes of research on Oliar set of so many alarms that most of us never stopped digging.
Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis, Ayers and Rev.Wright – HELLO!

Noonan and Brooks and the other phonies foisted on us by the
MFM as conservatives told us to forget those connections.
It’s too convenient to say that you’ve now decided that Nitwit is the wrong guy.

People that get orgasmic with a nicely turned phrase or the crease of some slacks are superficial intellectuals.
The relevant facts and obvious lack of meaningful experience were screaming out to conservatives grounded in reality.

And Ed, I got a chuckle out of you mentioning that you liked her two times before hanging her out to dry. Beautiful!

ontherocks on May 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

This is my problem with Peggy,and the msm as a whole.

They deliver, or used to deliver the news. They were to be trusted by Americans to deliver the truth, not propoganda. Not pandering to one side, or the other. Yet they chose to pander, and allow emotions to get in the way of objectivity.

They are no longer, and will no longer be trusted in my eyes. Ever!!! They blew it with me. I don’t care if the veil has been lifted from her eyes, or Matthews, or anyone elses. They failed to do the job they were supposed to do. Be a beacon of truth for the citizens. Not the pawns of a political.

For those in the msm, who for one reason or another, believe themselves to be smarter, better, and more intellectual than us drones here in middle America….f’off.

I’m not an elite, and even I saw this man for what he was. The fact that you didn’t….speaks volumes, as to just how smart, or stupid, you really are!

capejasmine on May 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

“The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy.”

Speak for yourself, ma’am.

KS Rex on May 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Peggy Noonan deserves a pie in the face…

Khun Joe on May 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I like Peggy Noonan a lot. I’m disappointed she didn’t see through the smoke and mirrors prior to this moment, but I still like her.

However, she and a group of other moderate conservative journalists and political pundits saw competence, integrity, and intelligence in Barack Obama that, quite frankly, didn’t exist. Even with more experience, the man is just over his head. He was and remains a lousy, unprincipled politician … not to mention a mediocre athlete.

He would make a great travel agent, though.

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Noonan is the last person I would look to for anything.

KBird on May 29, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Was Noonan dazzled by the molasses-slow or non-response re the killing of the military recruiter, the Ft. Hood shootings, the panty-wannabe bomber, the Times Square wannabe-bomber?

ObaMao has failed this country miserably in his responses to threats against its citizens. He has sold out our allies and made foolish overtures/concessions to those who are antithetical to our national interests.

ObaMao is wasteful with our national purse as he pursues his pie-in-the-sky social engineering programs. Anyone with an ounce of research ability would have known about the shambles ObaMao made with public moneys while he was in Chicago from the still-decripit slum housing to the abuse of education funds via the Annenberg Challenge.

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 6:10 PM

You like her. You like her. You really, really like her. Her and her competent choice of a President against her “supposed” Party affiliation and great ability to discern competence and quality in political leaders. Yep. You sure do!

Sultry Beauty on May 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I liked Peggy Noonan until this column:

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110006184

This is when I knew something was very wrong with her, and it’s why her fawning over Obama didn’t really surprise me all that much.

calabrese on May 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

In other words, the President has been voting “present” for most of the first five weeks of the disaster.

Barack Hussein Obama has been voting present for his entire life.

moochy on May 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Did Peggy ever think Obama was going to be competent? I thought he was supposed to be an inspiration and his election history-making and a real game changer. It’s been all that hasn’t it?

Now he has to be competent, too? that just seems really unfair, to saddle him with that expectation on top of all the other magical things he’s doing for us.

Bennett on May 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM

He (ObaMao) would make a great travel agent, though.

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM

At first I laughed at your conclusion, but on second thought I don’t think that ObaMao could even plan a successful trip for himself.

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

RINO!

Thanks to elites like Noonan, our country is facing extinction. It is amazing to me that these people were so much smarter than us in fly-over land, yet didn’t bother to actually do the research and actually check BO out. Heck, if anyone had read his TWO autobiographies, they would have known of his profound narcissism.

And why has it taken so long for her to finally figure it out? She my friends… is an pseudo intellectual idiot!

libertylady on May 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

I’m starting to feel very uncomfortable with what we seem to be demanding of our Presidents these days. We seem to hold them accountable for every little thing that happens. Mother nature launches a hundred year storm on New Orleans, a few local officials botch the job and the President gets the blame. ..You can’t hold a guy accountable who doesn’t have the responsibility. If you insist on doing so – he will eventually protect himself by just “assuming” the responsibility – and that means dictatorship.Careful here.

HondaV65 on May 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I’ve also been experiencing a deep undercurrent of unease along with my schadenfreude while witnessing the long overdue payback our finger-pointer-in-chief has been getting for ‘his Katrina’ and couldn’t quite put my finger on why. You put it into words for me, thank you.

leilani on May 29, 2010 at 6:36 PM

He would make a great travel agent, though.

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Are you sure? Please show me a shred of evidence that backs up your claim! :-)

libertylady on May 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

And what are the odds of the RINO squishes going back and giving Obumbles tongue-baths again next week? I’d say the odds are pretty high that the spineless RINOs will be back nuzzling Obumbles nether regions as soon as things start looking up again.

Ogabe on May 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Very good analysis AP… Peggy really destroyed her reputation by supporting a man with little or no experience. Especially when you consider those with whom this man surrounded himself with. A preacher who hates the version of America handed to Obama. A husband and wife team who bombed the Pentagon and have blood on their hands; just to name a few. The most powerful position in the world is something Peggy seems to recognize. Why then would anybody with Peggy’s knowledge about potus not know better than to support an unknown for this position.

The Sestak cover-up has pure rookie panic written all over it. A seasoned pro would not have let this go down in this fashion. Everything about this man has rookie & radical written all over it.

Common sense tells me that you’re right about her AP, and that it is good in the big picture that she is finally getting it. The other part of my brain wants to see her shamed from ever writing again.

Keemo on May 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

People that get orgasmic with a nicely turned phrase or the crease of some slacks are superficial intellectuals.

ontherocks on May 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Exactly. How can we be expected to put any serious intellectual stock ever again in the political analysis she’s paid so handsomely to offer the public when Noonan & others like Brooks and Buckley chose to put more of their stock in such shockingly superficial & sophmoric criteria such as melanin & pant creases & a still-unverified Ivy League academic record than they did honor & honesty & proven executive competence.

There were leftist commentators & analysts working during the campaign who offered far more perceptive discernment about the abundant red flags signalling Barack Obama’s serious personal, professional & political limitations than these superficially conservative ‘thinkers’ managed to muster, for pete’s sake.

The quality of their judgement has been revealed to be so fundamentally flawed – so preternaturally naive & wilfully negligent – that the damage to their reputations for crafting respectable, weighty political analysis is just going to be well-nigh irreparable among thoughtful persons, even among those who are inclined to forgive them.

leilani on May 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I’m starting to feel very uncomfortable with what we seem to be demanding of our Presidents these days. We seem to hold them accountable for every little thing that happens. Mother nature launches a hundred year storm on New Orleans, a few local officials botch the job and the President gets the blame.

BP loses an oil rig – millions of gallons of oil spilling into the gulf and it’s the President who gets the blame and …

Yesterday, the President promised whatever resources were required to make everyone whole again – including the environment – the problem is – the Constitution doesn’t give him the authority to cash the checks he’s writing.

We’re encouraging dictatorship here. Yeah – it’s Obama I know – but he’s precisely the kind of guy you don’t want to encourage.

You can’t hold a guy accountable who doesn’t have the responsibility. If you insist on doing so – he will eventually protect himself by just “assuming” the responsibility – and that means dictatorship.

Careful here.

HondaV65 on May 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

That’s called a double standard isn’t it? The Liberals get to point fingers all they want at GB for Katrina, but we can’t point fingers at Obumbles for his Katrina moment. Wow – tough crowd!

Ace’s take on the double standard

Ogabe on May 29, 2010 at 6:49 PM

HondaV65: I take your caveats with a grain of salt. ObaMao has repeatedly misused his own cabinet and agencies to avoid assuming their rightful responsibilities. The only “oversight” that he seems to demand is to get rid of his political enemies/adversaries. Look at the lack of accountability of people like Holder or Napolitano or Geithner. Look at the negligence in the MMS and in the Energy Department. Look at the cuts he proposes in our Coast Guard. Look at the refusal to respond to the border-control requests of governmors in the Southwest or the delays in responding to Jindal’s needs to cut through red tape.

ObaMao is not a problem solver. He is a problem avoider and a problem maker. He has been behind much rising division in the country.

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Forget about converting her, Ed.

Time is running out.

We need people who see through things better than the likes of Peggy Noonan and Christopher Buckley. They are the problem, not the solution.

After all, if we fawned over everyone who could turn a pretty phrase, why would we need anything other than the left-wing media?

They’ve been turning out pretty phrases for over a century and look where it has gotten us.

Stepan on May 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Peggy Noonan’s column today in the Wall Street Journal sums up Obama’s biggest political problem — the perception of ineptitude:

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Corrected.
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Plus, I love it when supposedly smart people, who have lots of paper to prove just how smart they are, have to admit that they were mistaken. Hugely mistaken. Taken in. Punked. Lied to and used. Forever in need of a second opinion on their best opinions.
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They should all just step right up to he plate now, and demand a do over. They caused this mess, OBAMA. He is their fault and they need to fix the problem.
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He didn’t just happen. They did this… Damn it.
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RalphyBoy on May 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

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.

But you voted for him anyway didn’t ya? Peggy “White Guilt” Noonan…

repvoter on May 29, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Plus, I love it when supposedly smart people, who have lots of paper to prove just how smart they are, have to admit that they were mistaken. Hugely mistaken. Taken in. Punked. Lied to and used. Forever in need of a second opinion on their best opinions.

You just described Proud Rino and crr6 to a tee!

Keemo on May 29, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Gave credit for this post AP when it was the one and only Ed M…… Shame on me; sorry Ed.

Keemo on May 29, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Allah you are missing the point.

Peggy has lifted herself up and thought herself to be smarter and better than us. she by her profession and words has shown her thoughts about Obama and about us. Now that she is proven 100% wrong she backtracks. Why would we listen to somebody that has been so wrong. she is an idiot and her words no longer deserve to have any weight whatsoever in regards to Palin, Obama or any national political figure.

see when pundits are proven so wrong and so stupid they deserve to be fired from the punditacy. I have fired Peggy and no longer listen to a word the lady says.

unseen on May 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Here’s Noonan in September 2008 after learning that McCain had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate:

Thinking that the microphone had been turned off — or, perhaps, that the video signal had stopped transmitting — Noonan and Murphy ripped into Palin as a political choice who would weigh down the GOP ticket.

“It’s over,” said Noonan.

Asked if Palin was the most qualified woman for the Republican running mate slot, Noonan replied, “The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives and [inaudible] the picture.”

I also have issues with her and her dissertations on the Irish, but that’s for another time. Let’s just say she is an elitest to the core.

She’ll get no quarter from me.

IrishEi on May 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Regarding my comment that Obama would make a great travel agent –

He likes the perks of the job. There’s a night on the town in manhattan with Lady MacBeth, hiking, golf, and barbecue in Ashville, Copenhagen with awesome food and exquisite limousines, Martha’s Vineyard, private seaside escapes in Hawaii, Chicago on MEMORIAL DAY weekend (he loves veterans!), Berlin, Paris, London, China, Tokyo, Indonesia, Hanging in the hood with Hugo, endless games of hoops, rounds of golf, private White House concerts with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. I could go on, but what would be the point.

He probably wouldn’t be good at being a travel agent because it means he would actually have to work and produce a service for compensation. That’s not something he’s personally familiar with although he has heard about it.

Still, it’s a great gig. He can’t believe he bluffed his way into this great job. As payback, he’s gonna spread the wealth around for others to enjoy.

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I totally disagree. She and Brooks and Buckley and other camp-followers are forever discredited in my book. The choice in 2008 was pretty stark. They couldn’t put aside their snobbish disdain for Palin long enough to realize that Obama was an incompetent left-wing arriviste. Instead they treated us to sickening paeans to Obama’s “coolness” and “intellect”. They can go take a flying you-know-what at a doughnut.

ddrintn on May 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Abso-F’in-lutely!

I don’t want to hear “he fooled me!”, I want to hear “I was a complete idiot in spite of the fact that others were telling me so”. Obama didn’t fool anyone, they were willful idiots. Go pound sand.

jnelchef on May 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

For a president this radically idealogical, who wants to remake America, yes, actually, it’s a VERY good thing that he becomes weak and ineffectual. Because it makes it easier to defeat him.

Vyce on May 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

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Well said. It is very sad, what is happening in the gulf, but it may be the poison that rids us of the much bigger disaster that is currently residing in the WH. Many years from now the damage caused by the leak will be a memory, Obama’s plan however is to destroy the America we love… forever.
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It’s funny that I have heard only 1 or 2 people at work even mention the spill. 40 days and not a peep. I think the Obamites and reg dems are afraid to bring it up… (more and more each day I’m sure). They know what they did to Bush in blaming him for Katrina. I even heard the ‘Bush/Cheney did 9-11′ & ‘Bush made Katrina hit N.O. because he hates black folk’ lies at work back when.
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I always opened my mouth when they were beating him for no good reason. Many days pissed at each other over their BS-ing the truth to fit the dem/leftist agenda of crushing Bush.
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Since I don’t like conflicts on the job I resist bringing Obama’s crap up, but sometimes, if I think I see a crack of open-mindedness or doubt in the messiah… Well, I’ll slap those who may be savable. But I’m definitely slow to cast pearls of wisdom to swine. It’s just a waste of time.
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So now it’s off to see some friends… Perhaps one of the Obamites I know will be there. Perhaps with tears in their eyes for what they have done. A slap down could ensue… Figuratively speaking of course.

RalphyBoy on May 29, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Wet Tshirts and RIP Dennis Hopper:

If anyone has the interest in some light entertainment, I recommend Las Vegas the TV show esp. Disk 4 Season One and the segment titled New Orleans which was one of the last plays by Dennis. I seldom watch TV trash but a lovely lady in my life can’t get enough of Vegas even though she lives there so I watch the garbage shows, turn off 30 points of IQ and enjoy myself. Then she is back to the strip. Lotta pretty women in Vegas. And on that show.

Also, Bondourant driving school is in Arizaon and I plug it to help the state. I earlier said Nevada.

Hopper would approve of this whole post if he could see it. He might even like all of us, as the eggheads say, on some level.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I totally disagree. She and Brooks and Buckley and other camp-followers are forever discredited in my book. The choice in 2008 was pretty stark. They couldn’t put aside their snobbish disdain for Palin long enough to realize that Obama was an incompetent left-wing arriviste. Instead they treated us to sickening paeans to Obama’s “coolness” and “intellect”. They can go take a flying you-know-what at a doughnut.

ddrintn on May 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This is correct. Competence? Where was hers?

Wolfen on May 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I see your point. However, I would never hire him because I actually work for a living and would need to have reliable accomodations and schedules.

I am afraid that any real job would be above his pay grade!

libertylady on May 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Simply put, her views hold zero weight with me since she endorsed Zero.

ErinF on May 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen.

Wasn’t that obvious from the time he was standing on that fakey-fake Greek column podium at the Democrat convention and his self-absorbed speech in Berlin?

scrubjay on May 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

The unspoken mantra in his head must have been, “I will not be defensive, I will not give them a resentful soundbite.”

For those who didn’t go to Harvard and are not the smartest people on the planet, will tell ya the best defense against Criticism is to do your job, to the best of your ability.

Unfortunately Obama sill hasn’t started to do his job.
He’ still campaign, still playing politics, not doing what’s best for the country.

If Obama played the fiddle, the image would be complete.

DSchoen on May 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Well-well-well! I see that the Peggy Sue finally took the blinders off of them eyeballs…It is about freaking time that you woke up and smell the Second coming of Carter!!!!.

hawkman on May 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

This woman snarked on Bush when he was President for years, then in 2008, she giggled about how incompetent Sarah Palin was on a live TV mike and came out for Zero…
She is dead to me.

Obama’s “not competent?”
Who knew, Peggy?!
All of us with a brain and eyes in our head who could see what an idiot he was from the get-go!

Jenfidel on May 29, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Peggy had her Nooner, now she’s dumped and dismayed.

profitsbeard on May 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM

“He Was Supposed to Be Competent”
- Peggy Noonan

Says who?

jnelchef on May 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Libertylady –

You are correct, of course. I honestly believe a big part of this clown’s motivation to be president is that he wants to be idolized, to enjoy the perks and travel of the job, to essentially be the mayor of the U.S.

He’s like the pathetic loser mom or dad that wants to be seen as the “cool parent”.

jdflorida on May 29, 2010 at 8:48 PM

They [Noonan, et al] can go take a flying you-know-what at a doughnut.

ddrintn on May 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Tuck and roll?

profitsbeard on May 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

In fairness, I think the only really good speech he gave in 8 years happened when he grabbed a bullhorn on a pile of ruble.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

His speech to the joint session of Congress a week or two after 9/11 was A+.

Paul-Cincy on May 29, 2010 at 8:55 PM

We all saw this coming during the election. I hate to say “I told you so,” especially when it means having to deal with this clown in office.

Obama is a man who was always very taken with the idea of BEING President, but ACTING AS President has been a very different thing.

Red Cloud on May 29, 2010 at 8:58 PM

You don’t win elections by turning your back and shoving away the Peggy Noonans of the world.

MikeknaJ on May 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

You don’t win elections by turning your back on back-stabbing, elitist CINOs?

Interesting theory.

SagebrushPuppet on May 29, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Yes it is obvious that a man whose claim to fame was being a community organizer was not ready to run this great country.

CWforFreedom on May 29, 2010 at 9:02 PM

It’s not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term.

Actually, he is turning out like most or all affirmative action hires that I have witnessed. Fortunately most companies have weed out positions for this type and they usually don’t make it to positions that will cause harm that can’t be undone.

Not so with Obama, let’s hope that in the midterms this administration can be neutered.

whbates on May 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Ronald Reagan would not turn his back on Peggy Noonan.

MikeknaJ on May 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Well, he wouldn’t have turned his back on that Peggy Noonan. The current Peggy Noonan, I dunno …

SagebrushPuppet on May 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Would you go back to a team that belittled you, mocked you, and thew stones at you?

You mean a team like Frum, Buckley, Noonan, et al.?

No. No, I don’t think I would.

SagebrushPuppet on May 29, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Peggy, here’s a hint. When people apply for a job they typically show a resume that indicates their level of competence so the prospective employer doesn’t have to take the qualifications for the job on faith alone. Obama doesn’t have a resume that shows competence at anything. He does have a pretty smile though and nice clothes, so I guess you were okay with hiring him. Next time if you don’t want to be disappointed demand a better resume.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Peggy likes being used. It’s out turn.

faraway on May 29, 2010 at 9:19 PM

An affirmative action community agitator…

What could go wrong?

Ogabe on May 29, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Peggy Noonan is a racist. She judges by the color of skin rather than the content of character.

Call her what she is and leave it at that.

northdallasthirty on May 29, 2010 at 9:27 PM

ddrintn on May 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

To you, and to others who suggest that Noonan, Buckley, et al need to be permanently exiled, I’d suggest that we find a way to bring the prodigal back to the family.

massrighty on May 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Sorry, but people like Noonan, Brooks and Buckley have no integrity and their opinions just can’t be trusted anymore. As Krauthammer wrote in his column endorsing McCain, “I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings”. That’s integrity and consistency.

ddrintn on May 29, 2010 at 9:35 PM

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