August 17, 2010


Q: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

A: Yes, he might last that long.

Plus this: “Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it. He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over. He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library. (Both would be half-size, of course.) I am not saying Obama is not smart; he is as smart as a whip. I am just saying he does not understand what savvy first-term presidents need to understand.” I’m actually still waiting for the evidence of that whole smart-as-a-whip thing.

UPDATE: Reader Troy Lovell writes: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have been wondering for quite a while about that. The only evidence for Obama being smart is that everybody says so. But don’t smart people usually reveal themselves by knowing lots of stuff or making smart decisions? Obama has kept his ‘brilliance’ well-hidden. Since I was the only one who seemed to think so, I figured it must mean that I am secretly racist or something.” It’s a lot easier to look smart when you’re a candidate with the press on your side, than when you’re a President who has to actually do things. . . .

Meanwhile, Obama can’t seem to catch a break: LA OUTRAGED After Obama Fundraiser Shuts Down Traffic For Hours.

MORE: Reader Ralph Hyatt emails:

In addition to no evidence for Obama brilliance, he also is a lousy politician. Seriously, he repeatedly manages to anger both his base and moderate independents on the same issue. This mosque debacle isn’t his first unforced error. What kind of brilliant politician does that? He is a product of machine politics who obtained his offices through patronage, not electioneering. Anyone not blinded by his “charisma” could see that.

It’s the Peter Principle on steroids, I think.

MORE STILL: CNN: Former Obama Campaign Adviser – From Articulate To “Incoherent Presidency.” This is what all the pundits have been thinking for a while. It’s finally coming out. Some — like Simon above — are still deploying a thin smokescreen of irony, but others are beyond even that figleaf.

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