He Was Supposed to Be Competent

BY Peggy Noonan, WSJ

 so much for that theory…

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.

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  1. Ralph McGee says:

    It's not just Obama. Our entire body of elected officials have become their own category of elite that live in a self-created bubble that is Washington D.C. They lost touch with the American people years ago. This is NOT a Democrat/Republican thing…it's a POLITICIAN thing. And they are no longer interested in what the American people want, only what will serve their best interests and careers and pocketbooks. People need to study a bit of history and actually LEARN the truth about what is going on and stop listening to the current media – regardless of left or right….Come on everybody….open your eyes and LOOK!!! If it isn't too late already….
    As far as competency…you have to have experience for that….and our current president has none. Not one qualification that would impress me to even consider him for a low level management position in ANY company, much less to run any country.

    • That is because he merely the puppet of a far left progressives who have been planning this takeover for many years. Georg Soros, Maurice Strong, Al Gore and the Chicago org crime machine are all involved. Those who would be responsible for prosecuting the criminal behavior are themselves corrupt. Their placements was intentional. Eric Holder has no intention of investigating any of this behavior or allowing independent prosecutor to do so. UNTIL AMERICANS TUNE IN AND UNDERSTAND THIS, THE UTTER DESTRUCTION OF THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT STOP.

  2. D LEGGETT says:

    The president is not in sync with this counyry are the people of this country. He has proven that with his actions of our vetrans and our armed forces. this president thinks it is he and not the people who decides what is best for all of us and has not a clue to what is best for this country. He needs to stay out of local and state governments.

  3. Wendy Tuch says:

    Ms. Noonen,

    My compliments on an outstanding piece of journalism! You have always stood out from the rest and now you are better than ever!

    I would love to read a follow-up article that includes such tidbits as: Sestak, Internet Neutrality, World Gov't., bribery in Congress ad nauseum. Add those to the aforementioned three, we have a president who obviously has no love for this great country.

    And finally………..there is the fact that so many patriots want bho to be impeached…


    Dr. Wendy Tuch, Ph.D.
    Phoenix, AZ

  4. Proud American says:

    The reason why BHO is not in sync with his countrymen 'IS' because we are not is countrymen. I realy believe he was NOT born here and so he has no ties except to Islam, socialists, communists, marxist et al.
    NO true American could or would run the USA into this bottomless pit of debt. Would not run around the world bowing from the waist to foreign leaders!!! To me, the bowing translates into " I am at your service." He's doing what ever his 'handlers' order him to do!!…. The whole country should get together and see to it that this traitor and all his accomplices are prosecuted for treason!! Where are all his background records prior to becoming a Illinois state senator. I guess the Freedom of Information Act does not include THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!! All the intense searching in 2008 to prove that McCain was a citizen….. But not this Teflon traitor. There has to be some very powerful stuff in his background to have spent over $1mil.
    to expunge it……I'm sure we would all like to know what it is.

  5. iitywybad says:

    Well, well Ms. Noonan! Isn't this a little harsh coming from someone who was quick to support BHO in the presidential campaign and continues to support and make excuses for him when you appear on Sunday morning talk shows – all the while trashing true conservative patriots like Sarah Palin? Perhaps you might be able to impart a little of this common sense to another of your elite faux conservative brethren named David Brooks – in fact, why don't you try talking to all of them such as Christopher Buckley, Colin Powell, etc. etc etc!

    Unfortunately, this one piece of insight will not restore the respect I once had for you and your writing. I think it is amazing that it has taken you four years to learn what we all knew from the beginning.

  6. cactusbob says:

    Obama's presidency will go down in history (and in flames, hopefully) as a unique experience. He was elected using the tactics of Chicago thugs which also got him elected to the Illinois Senate in the first place. His official record has largely been concealed, from his birth certificate to his passports, to his college records and financing information, to his record in the state senate. His two books are all that give any picture of his person, and they are partly imagined. He has never held any conventional sort of job, only that of Alinsky-style rabble-rousing and carnival type promoting.

    There was ample evidence that his priorities were not those of a main-stream American, as his associates were Marxists and others inimical to our constitutional republic. Even his upbringing was with non-American influences. Not his fault? No, but that is what he was as a candidate, and it was all ignored by the voters who were mesmerized by the carnival promoter. Now he has installed the beginnings of a European Socialist government, his Muslim background fitting right in, and while he would love to quickly minimize our military, he doesn't dare go there and instead he is gradually weakening it with budget cuts. He minimizes our international stature by bowing to world leaders and terrorists.

    It would be very interesting to see how this first Black president, who has elevated racism from barely existing to a prominent part of his conduct, will be considered a decade or two from now.

  7. Fred Mueller says:

    You don't see how Obama can politically survive this? It's simple, actually. He's backed by BILLIONAIRES! They will stop at nothing and spare no expense to keep this lying crook in office. Their goal is to take away our Constitution, our rights, our freedoms and have complete control over our lives. They have more money than God. Impeach Obama? That would be a wonderful, deserving thing. But all I can say is… GOOD LUCK!

  8. Think Dead Fish Rhom is guilty but "Dumb" Clinton is taking the heat.

  9. No one ever said he was competent. A fool, inexperienced, a muslim radical, YES but never COMPETENT !!

  10. I must go one further. It's not politicians but PEOPLE who are really causing their own trouble. The Bible warned us when we want a king, instead of God, that we would be taxed out of our mind, that the king would eventually take away everything from us, including our sons and daughters.

    Let's hope we start all over again,so we are taxed minimally, meaning the king must start all over too and give humans a respite, but all, oh so briefly. God help us all from our OWN selves.

  11. ObamasEnemy says:

    I think the Impeachment of this Worthless Excuse of a Leader will take place in 2011, hopefully. Obama has proved he is incapable of leading anything but a community protest. He is a Total Failure when it comes to being a President. Anyone who shows such utter disrespect for our Soldiers and for our Country, has no business being in any political office in America. Obama has shown he has no Honor, no Integrity, no Truthfullness about him. He might make a great president in his home country of Kenya, but as an American, he sucks big time! Could it be because he is not an America? Obama needs Investigated, Impeached, and Imprisoned!

  12. Doris J. Cooper says:

    This so called PRESIDENT, THE COMMANDER AND CHIEF of the greatest country in the world, which by the way was never legally proven, and it should have been verified when he signed up to campaign for the job, Whom ever was in charge of verifications, DROPPED the ball. He is not a natural borned citizen, if he had of been, he could not have attended a school in Indonesia being a citizen of another country, but that being put aside, he has brought shame and dishonor to our country and our flag, like no other president before him. He doesn't salute or cross his heart in allegiance to our flag, and our greatest ali, which is England, he doesn't pay respect by bowing to their Queen, yet he will bow to the leader of a Muslim country, that is treason. He a great country. He is ignorant and unqualified for the job. He wants things his way and has no concern for the wishes or needs of the American people the tax payers, the one's that pay him. Doesn't he work for us? Most people on any other job would be fired or terminated for poor job performance, is there a difference?

  13. It has become starkly obvious to me, that Obama's white house, has expertiese only, in the issues of (FUNDEMENTALLY CHANGING AMERICA). This gulf oil disaster, is only a Major Distraction to their agenda, to make this country a part of the New World Order/One World Governance, with the United Nations being the governing body. The Sestek issue of late is also a major distraction, and will slow down the Obama White House's agenda, much to their chagrin. My last comment isssss——- GO FBI PROBE.

  14. Doris J. Cooper says:

    Bert–You got it exactly right, they had stupid Clinton do it, instead of Emanuel or O.B. himself, that way they don't take the heat. All the games up there in the capitol—no wonder they don't have time to run this country, which by the way they are too stupid anyway. They all need to be tossed out on their ears with no life long pension from us tax payers. I'm looking forward to the day.

  15. Wondering Woman says:

    Competent at what?

    Lieing proficiently does not qualify one to be a leader. It shows a lack of character, not a desirable trait in any situation!

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