Peggy Noonan is deeply disappointed in President Obama’s response to the oil spill:
The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They’re in one reality, he’s in another.
Noonan, who liked Obama during the campaign, seems not to have noticed many of the realities about him that were amply demonstrated long before his inauguration. And she still seems to thinks Obama more fool than knave.
I beg to differ, of course—I believe he is a combination of both. And Jules Crittenden nails it in his response to the Noonan column:
The big surprise with the current president is not so much that he is incompetent, inexperienced and divisive, but the extent to which he is all of those things, and the extent to which anyone is surprised. It’s not like there weren’t enough warning signs on the way in, all of which were summarily dismissed.