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Obama Dons the Presidential Cloak (Peggy Noonan Barf Alert)
Wall Street Journal - Opinion ^ | February 27, 2009 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 02/27/2009 5:10:38 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

A mysterious thing happened in that speech Tuesday night. By the end of it Barack Obama had become president. Every president has a moment when suddenly he becomes what he meant to be, or knows what he is, and those moments aren't always public. Bill Safire thought he saw it with Richard Nixon one day in the new president's private study. Nixon always put a hand towel on the hassock where he put his feet, to protect the fabric, but this time he didn't use the towel, he just put up his feet. As if it were his hassock. And his house.

So with Mr. Obama, about four-fifths of the way through the speech. He was looking from the prompters to the congressmen and senators, and suddenly he was engaging on what seemed a deeper level. His voice took on inflection. He wasn't detached, as if he was wondering how he was doing. He seemed equal to the moment and then, in some new way, in command of it. It happened around here:

"The eyes of all people in all nations are once again upon us—watching to see what we do with this moment; waiting for us to lead. Those of us gathered here tonight have been called to govern in extraordinary times."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; obama; peggynoonan
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1 posted on 02/27/2009 5:10:38 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Peggy has a Mandingo moment.


2 posted on 02/27/2009 5:12:31 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Peggy has become a complete joke. You all have strong stomachs, I can’t even read her stuff anymore.


3 posted on 02/27/2009 5:13:53 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Noonan can be spotted bottom left.

4 posted on 02/27/2009 5:14:00 AM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

After I read “What I Learned at the Revolution”, I’ve always been somewhat suspicious of Peggy Noonan, but of late, she’s absolutely revealed herself for who she is.

Quite honestly, I believe Peggy has inflated her role in the Reagan Administration.


5 posted on 02/27/2009 5:17:26 AM PST by IMissPresidentReagan (I no longer have a President. I just pray in four years I still have a country.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ya know those scabs on your knees are never gonna heal, Peggy, if you keep groveling like that.


6 posted on 02/27/2009 5:17:40 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (I don't even think I think!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Peggy, you're nothing to me now. You're not a sister, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you on television, or read what you write. I don't want you near any conservative conferences. When you see my friends, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there. You understand?

With apologies to Michael Corleone.

7 posted on 02/27/2009 5:17:53 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I didn’t even finish this. Peggy needs some mental health care.

She would probably say much the same about Hugo Chavez.


8 posted on 02/27/2009 5:18:42 AM PST by dforest
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I need some toilet paper... wait I have a copy of a Peggy Noonan book on hand!

The only dilemma, is it is her book on Reagan.


9 posted on 02/27/2009 5:20:57 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What happened to her? Early onset dementia? Some form of drug addiction? Too much time with her Obama shower massager? She is as unreadable as Chrissy Matthews is unwatchable. Obama is spreading fiscal misery across several generations and she is having obamagasms about it? Disgusting.
10 posted on 02/27/2009 5:21:02 AM PST by GBA
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Peggy Noonan writes............Who cares?


11 posted on 02/27/2009 5:21:22 AM PST by TheRake
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To: truthkeeper

I wrote a satire that she would be dazzled by this jivester

even her name is now a joke- Peggy Whonan?

Invites to the steak dinners (wagyu?) in georgetown must still be arriving


12 posted on 02/27/2009 5:21:52 AM PST by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: GBA
Too much time with her Obama shower massager?

ROFL!!

13 posted on 02/27/2009 5:22:19 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: GBA

I always though she was an airhead.


14 posted on 02/27/2009 5:22:19 AM PST by scooby321
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I guess as interesting as why does she write this diarrhea of the pen, why does the WSJ publish it?


15 posted on 02/27/2009 5:23:45 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Who takes this woman seriously after the ‘mike’s still on’ incident?

I sure don’t.


16 posted on 02/27/2009 5:24:42 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oh, spare me peggy. You couldn’t see through all that BS. More like a Dictator talking than a President in my opinion.


17 posted on 02/27/2009 5:31:46 AM PST by waxer1 ( Live Free or Die; Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Looks like Peggy is trolling for invites to all the Washington insider parties. She’s angling to be the token “conservative writer”.


18 posted on 02/27/2009 5:31:51 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: truthkeeper

Same here.....:(


19 posted on 02/27/2009 5:32:55 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

He’s not my president. Put down the beer bong, Peggy.


20 posted on 02/27/2009 5:35:14 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Years ago I wrote of an Italian woman in my neighborhood who made spaghetti every day. When I asked how you tell it's done, she showed me: You take a strand and fling it against the wall. If it's done, it sticks. If it's not done, it falls off the wall down the side of the stove. You keep flinging till one sticks. At the end of the day that is Obama's recovery plan.

Is Peggy Noonan completely crazy?

21 posted on 02/27/2009 5:35:18 AM PST by tapatio
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To: GBA

I think she is positively smitten: not by Obama, all kidding aside; but by access to power.


22 posted on 02/27/2009 5:41:46 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
MAN, Oh, man. Just reading the first sentence of this headline made me grateful for two things. 1. I purposefully and happily refused to watch the pseudo-STOU address (I've seen enough of them, and from inside the House Chamber) and 2. I didn't read this column.

I read the substance of his essentially meaningless speech and my opinion of Bobby Jendal hasn't been changed because of some disappointment with his choice of ties or tone or body language, or whatever. I can see now that I made the right choice.

23 posted on 02/27/2009 5:46:17 AM PST by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: tapatio
Miss PIGGY PEGGY felt rejected after Ann Coulter became the female face of conservatism. She needed the attention and wasn't getting any, sooooo she chose to put toothpicks in her nose and play pompus liberal on the second rate shows. Good luck Peg, don't let the door hit ya on the way down.
24 posted on 02/27/2009 5:47:40 AM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D .C.)
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To: shadeaud

Never did like her. Always came off as a BS artist who was into the cocktail party scene.


25 posted on 02/27/2009 5:49:18 AM PST by icwhatudo
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Some other "journalistic" twit wrote about "The Speech":

We witnessed a young man at the height of his political power, supremely confident and self-possessed, who is determined to rush through his extremely ambitious agenda...”

As I wrote after seeing that:

What does this remind me of? Oh, yeah:

Moscow, 1917

Berlin, 1933

Peking, 1949

Havana, 1959

and now:

Washington DC, 2009

26 posted on 02/27/2009 5:50:34 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again---and J. Edgar, too)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
She was always way too faux intellectual for me. Breathy voice, measured speech. I can't believe she still is considered a Conservative voice in DC. It's people like Peggy who give the Democrats cover for their antics. I heard a Dem on FoxNews blame California's financial problems on the ‘Republican’ Governor. I wish these types would change their party status. They are not Conservative or Republicans.
27 posted on 02/27/2009 5:54:07 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Peggy must be smokin’ wacky tobacky.


28 posted on 02/27/2009 5:58:40 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Anybody know what company sells knee pads? I’m going to invest in that company.


29 posted on 02/27/2009 6:04:14 AM PST by randita (Starve the beast - earn as little as you can get by on and spend even less.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Noonan redefines “swarmy.” I read one sentence from her, and I feel like vomiting. My guess is that she is a victim of alien abduction, and they rewired her brain.


30 posted on 02/27/2009 6:08:11 AM PST by Raster Man
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And we’re supposed to listen to this bi-otch about the supposed shortcomings of Sarah Palin?


31 posted on 02/27/2009 6:10:46 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Michelle Obama was inspirationally beautiful,

Does anyone here find this woman gawky, gangly, borderline grotesque?

When is some child going to stand up and just say, "hey the Emperor has no clothes and his wife is unattractive."?


32 posted on 02/27/2009 6:14:39 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hard to believe this woman used to be a speechwriter for President Reagan.


33 posted on 02/27/2009 6:18:35 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oh, and by the way, Peg-leg Noonan, Miss Washington insider know-it-all, FDR didn’t smoke Lucky Strikes, as you wrote-he smoked Camels.

Which is better than what you’re smoking......


34 posted on 02/27/2009 6:30:49 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again---and J. Edgar, too)
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To: andy58-in-nh
LOL! You hit the nail on the head!

We have a president who has never run a business, who got into law school via affirmative action, who held a couple of offices but never passed a single important bill, and whose main accomplishment is being a “community organizer”. He's obviously in over his head, having just signed a “stimulus bill” written by congressional staffers, and which he didn't even read. Yet, we're supposed to regard him as presidential because he sounds okay giving a speech using a teleprompter.

35 posted on 02/27/2009 6:38:31 AM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Emotional drivel ... she's pathetic and typical of 56% of America right now.

Giver her 18 months. She will feel like the other woman and will suddenly realize that she was just another a sucker!!

36 posted on 02/27/2009 6:44:11 AM PST by CWW (Palin & Jindal in 2012!!)
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"We have a president who has never run a business, who got into law school via affirmative action, who held a couple of offices but never passed a single important bill, and whose main accomplishment is being a “community organizer”.

That is an extraordinarily fine summary of the life accomplishments of one Barack Hussein Obama. I shall consider making a copy suitable for framing, and arrange to have it delivered to Ms. Noonan's home in Georgetown. I expect it will look rather fresh, tacked upon the mantle wall just above her fading autographed portrait of Ronald Reagan.

37 posted on 02/27/2009 6:50:20 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Conservatives don’t read her anymore, so I always wonder why she has so much visibility in the WSJ. Is she related to an editor. I never read her columns or buy her books. She’s clearly a court jester and performs for whoever currently holds the court. Did kings consult the jester for wisdom?


38 posted on 02/27/2009 6:51:29 AM PST by throwback
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I'm sorry, Peggy Noonan is persona non grata as far as I'm concerned.
39 posted on 02/27/2009 6:52:46 AM PST by Antoninus (License is the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the right to do as you ought.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This article highlights the ineptness of Peggy Noonan, who once had a functioning intellect. Any village idiot can see that Obama’s first weeks of his presidency have been a disaster.


40 posted on 02/27/2009 6:53:39 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Should we even post her crap here any longer?


41 posted on 02/27/2009 6:57:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Desperate propaganda....all this fawning over Michelle and Barak, feels like the work of a PR firm, planting stories.

Pathetic.

42 posted on 02/27/2009 6:58:11 AM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Peggy is the next Arianna Huffington.


43 posted on 02/27/2009 7:06:25 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: Raster Man
My guess is that she is a victim of alien abduction, and they rewired her brain.

Aliens have been dumping brainworms in the Potomac for decades and they get sucked into the DC drinking water supply. That's the only explanation I can think of.

44 posted on 02/27/2009 7:14:08 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

[Rich has mental image of Mickey Mouse putting on the sorcerer’s hat]


45 posted on 02/27/2009 7:15:23 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: 6SJ7
Looks like Peggy is trolling for invites to all the Washington insider parties. She’s angling to be the token “conservative writer”.

Draped on David Gergen's arm receiving hosannas for rising above the little people.

46 posted on 02/27/2009 7:20:27 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Old Peg has come a long way in her speech-hacking career, like that old mare in a classic Andy Griffith episode, when she was put out to pasture she is content now to follow behind the wagon and push with her nose.


47 posted on 02/27/2009 7:25:51 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan
Quite honestly, I believe Peggy has inflated her role in the Reagan Administration.

I'm convinced of it. Is there anyone more superficial or foolish than Peggy NoOne? Stick to covering flower shows or something else on your proper level, Peg.

48 posted on 02/27/2009 7:31:58 AM PST by Sal (Present Narcissus has chains all ready for you dopes. Dope and chains you CAN believe in.)
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To: truthkeeper

I am SO with you! I loved her book on Reagan and the first one - I feel she has stabbed conservatives in the back - all who bought her books - and just wants to keep getting the cocktail party invites - she’s a lonely, sad woman who thinks much more of herself than does anyone else. “...past failed presidency...” indeed!


49 posted on 02/27/2009 7:41:54 AM PST by matginzac
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To: maggief

NO!


50 posted on 02/27/2009 7:47:04 AM PST by matginzac
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