December 10, 2010

NO GOOD PRESIDENT HAS EVER BEEN A HATER...:

From Audacity to Animosity (PEGGY NOONAN, 12/09/10, WSJ)

We have not in our lifetimes seen a president in this position. He spent his first year losing the center, which elected him, and his second losing his base, which is supposed to provide his troops. There isn't much left to lose! Which may explain Tuesday's press conference.

President Obama was supposed to be announcing an important compromise, as he put it, on tax policy. Normally a president, having agreed with the opposition on something big, would go through certain expected motions. He would laud the specific virtues of the plan, show graciousness toward the negotiators on the other side—graciousness implies that you won—and refer respectfully to potential critics as people who'll surely come around once they are fully exposed to the deep merits of the plan.

Instead Mr. Obama said, essentially, that he hates the deal he just agreed to, hates the people he made the deal with, and hates even more the people who'll criticize it. His statement was startling in the breadth of its animosity.


...but the UR has so little depth and his presidency is so inextricably tied to an image of himself that any resistance he meets is in fact personal, not just political.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2010 5:47 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« THE O-POCALYPSE JUST KEEPS GOING: | Main | THE OTHER BUSH LITE: »