Bibi Netanyahu can’t run for president of the United States. But he showed those who are running how to get the better of Mr. Obama: Talk straight. Talk substance. Go directly at him.
While Congress was applauding Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Obama was showing us what leadership isn’t. On a visit intended more to advance his re-election campaign than the interests of the United States, Mr. Obama played Ping-Pong with British Prime Minister David Cameron, signed the wrong date in the distinguished visitors’ log at Westminster Abbey and botched a toast to the Queen.
The fluffiness of the agenda didn’t prevent Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron — pygmies who imagine themselves giants — from comparing themselves to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
We should bear this in mind when Obamaphiles in the news media bemoan the alleged weakness of the Republican presidential field. Jay Cost, perhaps the premier psephologist in American today, noted that the three most plausible declared candidates — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — all have more impressive resumes than Barack Obama did when he ran for president. And — unlike Mr. Obama, who voted “present” more than 100 times in the Illinois legislature — all can boast significant accomplishments.