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A Snakebit President
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2010 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 06/17/2010 7:14:44 PM PDT by Wpin

The president is starting to look snakebit. He's starting to look unlucky, like Jimmy Carter. It wasn't Mr. Carter's fault that the American diplomats were taken hostage in Tehran, but he handled it badly, and suffered. He defied the rule of the King in "Pippin," the Broadway show of Carter's era, who spoke of "the rule that every general knows by heart, that it's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart." Mr. Carter's opposite was Bill Clinton, on whom fortune smiled with eight years of relative peace and a worldwide economic boom. What misfortune Mr. Clinton experienced he mostly created himself. History didn't impose it.

But Mr. Obama is starting to look unlucky, and–file this under Mysteries of Leadership–that is dangerous for him because Americans get nervous when they have a snakebit president. They want presidents on whom the sun shines.

It isn't Mr. Obama's fault that an oil rig blew in the Gulf and a gusher resulted. He already had two wars and the great recession. But the lack of adequate federal government response appropriately redounds on him. In a Wall Street Journal investigation published Thursday, reporters Jeffrey Ball and Jonathan Weisman wrote the federal government at first moved quickly, but soon "faltered." "The federal government, which under the law is in charge of fighting large spills, had to make things up as it went along." It hadn't anticipated a spill this big. The first weekend in May, when water was rough, contractors hired by BP to lay boom "mostly stayed ashore," according to a local official. "Shrimpers took matters into their own hands, laying 18,000 feet of boom," compared to about 4,000 feet by BP's contractors.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0bamaisafraud; booms; bp; obama; oilspill; presidency
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To: Wpin
Snakebit.

Not incompetent.

Not malevolent.

Snakebit!

It's more than a question of blind luck, Peggy.

21 posted on 06/17/2010 7:30:22 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Wpin
Cmon Noonan, give up the unlucky bit, he's made his own bed and lies when the truth would probably benefit him.

"Love him or not he's what we've got, and he's what we have for the next two years.

Hopefully not, he doesn't pay much attention to the law and if a few Dems get fed up he may just be impeached.

22 posted on 06/17/2010 7:31:03 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ModelBreaker

Good point - some Presidents aren’t “lucky” they’re competent. Reagan had more snakes than Raiders of the Lost Ark - he fought them... successfully.


23 posted on 06/17/2010 7:31:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Wpin
In the real world, Peggy, We make our own luck. Three Character traits stand out for this president which will always cause him problems:

He is inept. Since he has never done anything, he cannot do anything well.

He is lazy - He considers himself a visionary, but is to lazy to take on the real difficult job a managing a great nation.

He is immature to nearly an adolescent level. He sees the world in the same melodramatic egocentric manner as a 16 years old. He truly believes the world revolves around him.

These sort of character defects generally result in bad luck.

24 posted on 06/17/2010 7:32:15 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Wpin

58 days after 9/11, how were Bush’s poll numbers? Through the roof, no? Where’s 0bama, 58 days after his 9/11-WW2-Black Plague?


25 posted on 06/17/2010 7:33:18 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: Wpin
Brilliant people make their own good fortune.

Morons make their own bad fortune,

26 posted on 06/17/2010 7:33:48 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Wpin

Now that liberals are starting to question Dear Leader Noonan feels she can criticize him (just a little) and still get invited to the good parties.


27 posted on 06/17/2010 7:35:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: patriciaruth

Yup...cater’s fault totally...

Ignoring the revolution isnt what drove them to sieze the embassy...proping him up would have only delayed it..

Giving the shah sanctuary is what drove them to seize it...his advisors where screaming NO!..Dont do IT!

He blew them off..they took our peeps hostage...

Cause...effect.


28 posted on 06/17/2010 7:39:28 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompitence..)
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To: Wpin
Hillary Clinton has luster?? After announcing on Ecuadoran TV that Zeroman intends to sue Arizona? That's luster??

Peggy has "issues". I barely ever read her anymore, decided to give her another chance with this article. I'll be going back to ignoring her again.


The luster of Hillary as of today.

29 posted on 06/17/2010 7:39:40 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (We don't have a leader in the Oval Office, we have a reader in the Oval Office.)
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To: Wpin

Ohhkay, I understand now: Carter and Obama aren’t loosers,
they’re just .. unlucky. Thanks for that insight Peggy. Fail.


30 posted on 06/17/2010 7:39:58 PM PDT by tumblindice ("We are guardians of the taxpayers money." Rep. Chris Carney, D-Pa)
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To: Wpin

If you stand back and observe what has happened just in the past few days,the President’s broken promise to Arizona regarding National guard troops to help them with the border, and Hil’s news that the Fed is planning to sue Arizona for it’s illegal immigration bill just voted in, and is a near copy of Federal law; not to mention his photo op speech regarding the oil spill in the gulf, or his bully pitting through his Socialist heath
care bill against the will of the American people, one could surmise that the American people are being deliberately goaded to start some kind of aggressive action. A very sneaky method in which the Fed would invoke Martial Law in the land. Be careful! Let us keep our heads. Somehow we will take back our country in a sane and legal way through the ballot box. Unless some emergency erupts “unexpectedly” at just the right moment. Then, boys, wait until you see the whites of their eyes!


31 posted on 06/17/2010 7:40:42 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Pan_Yan

Yep.


32 posted on 06/17/2010 7:41:04 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (We don't have a leader in the Oval Office, we have a reader in the Oval Office.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Next up K. Parker. The kneepad queen.


33 posted on 06/17/2010 7:43:06 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: :"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: truthguy; All
She's simply isn't that smart.

No, she's not, and she apparently thinks that we all have very short memories...

Obama and the Runaway Train

Surprise: Peggy Noonan not sure who she’s voting for

He Was Supposed to Be Competent

34 posted on 06/17/2010 7:44:37 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Wpin

Noonan is still smitten by the media lie that Obama is smart. The guy is dumber than a box of rocks. No one who is smart could make as many bad decisions as he does.


35 posted on 06/17/2010 7:46:26 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Wpin; FARS; nuconvert
He's starting to look unlucky, like Jimmy Carter. It wasn't Mr. Carter's fault that the American diplomats were taken hostage in Tehran

Unlucky? Give me a freakin' break, the press are lying again. still.

Carter stabbed the Shah in the back,leading to the Shah's downfall, the success of the initial Revolution and the hostage-taking.

Calling Carter "unlucky" for the hostage-taking is like calling a DUI driver "unlucky" for the others she killed.

36 posted on 06/17/2010 7:47:42 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Wpin

Clearly the Belle of East Rutherford NJ is not a baseball fan. Else she would know the wisdom of Branch Rickey.”Luck, good or bad, is the residue of design. Or as Sophocles might intone,”Character is Fate.” And with credit to the Bard of Avon and Ed Murrow.”Cassius was right. ‘The fault dear Brutus lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.’”


37 posted on 06/17/2010 7:49:45 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: patriciaruth
The whole Iran problem and ALL its sequelae are a result of Carter's inaction.

Why did it take till the 15th post for someone to point out that the second line of Noonan's article was erroneous? Thank you for doing so.

38 posted on 06/17/2010 7:54:43 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Wpin

Peggy, you get snakebit when you play with snakes.


39 posted on 06/17/2010 7:58:29 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Wpin

Can you imagine what Obama had done with a REAL crisis? George W Bush and Reagan showed us how it’s supposed to be handled.


40 posted on 06/17/2010 8:00:09 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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