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Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-17-13 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 12/18/2013 9:41:48 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble.

I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White House, and when I say, “That place just doesn’t seem to work,” they don’t defend it, they offer off-the-record examples of how poorly the government is run. One thing that’s clear this holiday season: New York’s Democrats, to the degree they ever loved the president, don’t love him anymore, and have moved on. They are not thinking about what progress he might make in Washington next year, they’re talking about what Hillary might do the year after that.

My worries came home with a certain freshness after the Mandela memorial, where the United States Secret Service allowed the president of the United States to stand for 19 minutes next to the famous sign-language interpreter who, it was quickly revealed, was not only a fraud but a schizophrenic con man who is now said to have been involved in two deaths. ~snip~ That said, it still looks like very basic negligence, as if no one is keeping enough of an eye on the Secret Service, no one’s checking the quality of the advance or sending emails asking: “Hey, what do we know about the sign language guy—any chance he’s a mentally ill criminal?”

It all looks so lax, so loosey-goosey.

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KEYWORDS: bho44; government; management; miserablefailure; obama; whitehouse
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is what happens when you make a leftist academic the leader of the free world. Twice. Given the ignorance of the average voter I doubt we’ve learned our lesson.


51 posted on 12/18/2013 12:12:47 PM PST by opus86
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, judging by that one Secret Service guy who came out with the anti-Obama book, they may be intentionally trying to lift his veil of protection.


52 posted on 12/18/2013 12:14:48 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Psalm 73

I used to love reading Peggy Noonan - but that was a long tme ago - now she’s just tedious.

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Yes, it was nice back in the days before I knew what she really is.


53 posted on 12/18/2013 12:24:22 PM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That woman writes more words and says less with them than anybody I know except for Jay Carney.


54 posted on 12/18/2013 12:28:35 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: forgotten man

I think Jimmy Carter was an incompetent president who was in way over his head. 0bama is an evil person who hates America and is doing a damn good job of destroying our country and our liberty.

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Bingo! I wish the Soros Administration was, indeed, incompetent. But they are not, and they are systematically destroying our country. The stupid website was very successful at what it was constructed to do, i.e., create chaos and crisis in health care.


55 posted on 12/18/2013 12:29:31 PM PST by Bigg Red (He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.--Is 40)
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To: opus86

Academic? He hardly qualifies for that adjective.


56 posted on 12/18/2013 12:31:52 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Given his weak resume it’s the best I could do.


57 posted on 12/18/2013 12:34:44 PM PST by opus86
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bfl


58 posted on 12/18/2013 1:26:26 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Obama love is timeless.


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59 posted on 12/18/2013 2:45:30 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: Col Freeper

You sir are being far too kind but I certainly agree with the premise! ;-)


60 posted on 12/19/2013 12:56:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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