Really good reading

From Commentary:

There is something highly unusual in watching a president call attention to his own impotence. The president is declaring to the world that he is simply too weak to govern.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    I have beat the drum of the incompetence of this President and his administration for over 2 years. Reading the President’s own words provided by your link’s author reflects that the President agrees with that assesment only he chooses to blame others for his inability to provide leadership or governance. This is not surprising from someone who chose to vote ‘present’ hundreds of times prior to his election.

    But worry not. He will continue to give speeches as if that is somehow leadership, and continuing to say it’s so — will make it so.

  2. Ouch. Obama’s base is a little displeased as well.

    The most charitable explanation is that he and his advisers have succumbed to a view of electoral success to which many Democrats succumb — that “centrist” voters like “centrist” politicians. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. Centrist voters prefer honest politicians who help them solve their problems. A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted “present” (instead of “yea” or “nay”) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues.

  3. J. Strupp says:

    The shame of it all is that the President has many tools at his disposal that could be used to improve economic conditions without the consent of Republicans in Congress. He just chooses not to use them. Instead, he complains about what he can’t get done through Congress. It’s getting really tough to watch his incompetence.

    His people need tell him that no one cares about “jobs” speeches anymore. They aren’t listening. Time to DO something. Use Fannie and Freddie to refinance ALL mortgages down to near 4% regardless of LTV. Set up an infrastructure bank with unused funds from ARRA programs and spend the money. Fast. Pressure the Fed. to buy up riskier assets and target a higher rate of inflation. Hell, extend the damn payroll tax cut. Stop wasting your time fighting with Republicans and recess appoint some folks to key economic positions in Treasury. Most of all, stop wasting your time talking about the deficit. Short deficit reduction isn’t going to help anyone and turns our attention away from the real crisis in this country which is low growth and cronic unemployment.

    The guy needs to DO something. If not, he should go away ad let someone else try. If we keep going on like this for another 5 years we’ll have 40 million people sittings around doing nothing instead of 25 million.