Saturday, December 11, 2010

Barack Obama - #2466 - Peggy Noonan: From Audacity to Animosity - Wall Street Journal

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. Republicans are "hostage takers" who worship a "holy grail" of "tax cuts for the wealthy." "That seems to be their central economic doctrine. Read more........



Delegating the Presidency - American Thinker - The hallmark of our democracy is the peaceful transition of Presidential power following an election. These transitions are well planned, seamless and with the presence of comity. Last Friday, we witnessed a different sort of Presidential transition, one without an election, peaceful, seamless, full of good humor, but not likely planned. For the world to see at a White House press briefing, President Obama conceded the presidency to former President, Bill Clinton, without fanfare or an election. He just surrendered and left good naturedly to join his wife at a Christmas party. The only thing missing was the last trip on Air Force One, back to Chicago to write more memoirs. One can assume the Presidential resignation, which lacked formality, is temporary, as it would cause a constitutional crisis by not following the prescribed line of succession.  Nonetheless, we did witness a startling semi-succession of presidential power, with the not-so-subtle admission that, despite Mr. Obama’s acclaimed oratory strengths, he is unable to sell his Bush-era tax cut extension compromise. What is a President to do when he has lost the base, the center, and his only new best friends are the Republicans? Read more........

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