Ed Driscoll

More Sage Advice For The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Yesterday, we witnessed a CNN talking head recommend that the president of the United States “Channel your inner Al Capone and go gangsta against your foes,” — and by “foes”, he wasn’t talking about al Qaeda and the Taliban. More domestic clobberin’ time is proffered to the POTUS by David Reilly of Bloomberg.com, in a column linked to by Drudge. You’ll understand why in just a moment:

President Barack Obama is starting to look like the second coming of Jimmy Carter. If he’s going to avoid that fate, the president had better take radical action — and fast.

That means doing more than offering belated talk about jobs, or waging ineffectual on-again, off-again bank warfare. What, after all, is the point of bashing Wall Street only to then blow bonus kisses to JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. head Lloyd Blankfein?

Obama needs to ditch his professorial, community-organizer mien and start cracking some heads. Unless, that is, he is intent on paving the way for a Palin presidency in 2013.

Hey, he called the president “professorial” — doesn’t Reilly know that’s this week’s racial code deciphered by the left’s answer to Bletchley Park? Besides, as far as cracking heads, Reilly isn’t the first journalist to proffer such advice to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner — PBS’s Jim Leher also recommended that President Obama “crack heads” last July.

Mission literally Accomplished, Jim and David. Just ask Kenneth Gladney.

Beyond that, I’m still trying to connect the rest of that sentence: “professorial, community-organizer mien.” That’s a topic that Byron York explored in 2008, when he asked, “What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer?”

When he left for law school, Obama wondered what he had accomplished as an organizer. He certainly had some achievements, but he did not — perhaps could not — concede that there might be something wrong with his approach to Chicago’s problems. Instead of questioning his own premises, he concluded that he simply needed more power to get the job done. So he made plans to run for political office. And in each successive office, he has concluded that he did not have enough power to get the job done, so now he is running for the most powerful office in the land.And what if he gets it? He’ll be the biggest, strongest organizer in the world. He’ll dazzle the country with his message of hope and possibility. But we shouldn’t expect much to actually get done.

In contrast to CNN’s Roland Martin and David Reilly of Bloomberg, that’s actually prescient advice. Read the whole thing, if you missed it two years ago.