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“Obama Fatigue” … You Got That Right

I have little affection left for Peggy Noonan since she flung-in with the MSM's hyping, spinning and promoting of the empty-suited Barack Obama in the 2008 election cycle. Her on air swooning over the historic aspect of an Obama presidency aside, she, of all people, failed to point out his vague and empty campaign words, and the hints of socialism/communism that only the common, hard working, taxpaying man on the street could reveal. This was a woman who took a leave from her typical job of political opinion writing to help Pres. George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 because she felt it was that important he win a second term in office, and John Kerry was the wrong competitor at the wrong time. Yet, at the end of his difficult second term, she seemed to believe we, the country, needed this elusive hope and change the media and Hollywood invented and highly marketed Barack Obama, man of the world from Chicago via Hawaii, Kenya, and Indonesia, was promising amid parting the skies and lowering the seas, and bring us all together under a starry sky around a green energy campfire singing, "Kumbaya my lord" ... to him.

However, in recent years, Ms. Noonan has taken to pointing out the obvious ... to those of us who knew in 2008, anyway ... that Barack Obama has been anything but good for this country and never will be, and is in it for his own empty narcissistic glory. Here is her latest...

Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 because he was not George W. Bush. In fact, he was elected because he was the furthest thing possible from Mr. Bush. On some level he knew this, which is why every time he got in trouble he'd say Bush's name. It's all his fault, you have no idea the mess I inherited. As long as Mr. Bush's memory was hovering like Boo Radley in the shadows, Mr. Obama would be OK.

This week something changed. George W. Bush is back, for the unveiling of his presidential library. His numbers are dramatically up. You know why? Because he's the furthest thing from Barack Obama.

Obama fatigue has opened the way to Bush affection.

In all his recent interviews Mr. Bush has been modest, humorous, proud but unassuming, and essentially philosophical: History will decide. No finger-pointing or scoring points. If he feels rancor or resentment he didn't show it. He didn't attempt to manipulate. His sheer normality seemed like a relief, an echo of an older age.

And all this felt like an antidote to Obama—to the imperious I, to the inability to execute, to the endless interviews and the imperturbable drone, to the sense that he is trying to teach us, like an Ivy League instructor taken aback by the backwardness of his students. And there's the unconscious superiority. One thing Mr. Bush didn't think he was was superior. He thought he was luckily born, quick but not deep, and he famously trusted his gut but also his heart. He always seemed moved and grateful to be in the White House. Someone who met with Mr. Obama during his first year in office, an old hand who'd worked with many presidents, came away worried and confounded. Mr. Obama, he said, was the only one who didn't seem awed by his surroundings, or by the presidency itself.

[...]

But to the point. Mr. Obama was elected because he wasn't Bush.

Mr. Bush is popular now because he's not Obama.

The wheel turns, doesn't it?

Here's a hunch: The day of the opening of the Bush library was the day Obama fatigue became apparent as a fact of America's political life.

When Bush left office, his approval rating was down in the 20s to low 30s. Now it's at 47%, which is what Obama's is. That is amazing, and not sufficiently appreciated. Yes, we are a 50-50 nation, but Mr. Bush left office in foreign-policy and economic failure, even cataclysm. Yet he is essentially equal in the polls to the supposedly popular president.

Continue reading...

And here we are, only initially into another four ... long ... years of Barack Obama and his self-serving smugness, and his grifting and enslaving of the American taxpayer at every level. Fatigue. Ms. Noonan? Try sick and tired.

9 comments to “Obama Fatigue” … You Got That Right

  • Honey

    I found this irritating to read. This moral equivalency and cuteness.
    I used to love Peggy Noonan. I once did her a favor on an NR cruise and she gave me an angel for a Christmas tree with a lovely personal note calling me her angel.
    But when she turned on Sarah Palin, she lost me forever. Miss Noonan is going to have to do a lot to win me back.

  • Too late, and much too little. She's a groupie twig, just bending with the wind. Watch her swoon over Hillary if she runs in 2016.

  • Personally, I'm suffering from Noonan fatigue--I can't think of a person who's become more irrelevant since 2008. As for G.W. Bush becoming more beloved, jajajaja! The GOP is rapidly becoming as irrelevant as Noonan. If they run Jeb in 2016, I will be voting Libertarian, as will millions of other Americans fed up with the current Kabuki theater between the two major parties. They are in bed with each other up to the gills while they continue to steal billions from us taxpayers--a plague on both their houses!

  • asombra

    The scales are tilted so far in favor of the "liberal" left that it takes real fortitude and serious integrity not to cave in to the pressure to conform, especially when you're a public name that stands to lose by being "incorrect," or when you're a weakling who desperately wants it both ways. Evidently, most people cannot stand up to that pressure and choose to split the difference somehow, as if that ever really worked. Noonan is engaged in damage control or doing what she now considers safe. Even if she was sincerely fooled by Obama in 2008, that means her judgment is too defective to trust again, because that was much too big a failure. She's simply no longer credible.

    Even in this "fatigue" piece, she's still wrong. Obama didn't get elected because he wasn't Bush. He got elected because too many voters are now either effectively irrational or willing to vote for anybody they think will get them the most freebies. The number of useful idiots and freeloaders is now clearly high enough to elect and re-elect even the most atrocious candidates. Also, it didn't help that McCain, who wasn't Bush either, was anything but a formidable contender, and more afraid of offending liberals than committed to winning the election.

    So let Noonan keep swaying with the wind. She's done.

  • I'm with you asombra... Obama got elected AND re-elected because he promised people the most free stuff.

    We live in a world where freedom is defined as being free from needs, and where wants are elevated to "must-haves". Then both wants and needs in turn become "rights".

    People believe that they have the right to be free from needs, so if you need medical attention, an education, or a house, that is automatically translated into a right.

    If you want a cellular phone or if you want to have sex without consequences, you have a right to a cell phone and free contraception.

    You also have a "right" to kill the unborn consequence of a bad choice, in the name of a right to chose.

    It's a messed up world we live in.

  • Honey

    Libertarians are not a good or reasonable alternative. Conservatives are. Libertarians live in la la land. They do not think there are any external enemies worth fighting. That is nuts. If you want to leave the Republican party, which I think is suicide, at least support conservatives.
    Obama won because Bush made lots on our side angry and they stayed home or voted for Obama. Romney lost, if he lost because I am not yet convinced, but if he lost it was because many on our side stayed home also. It is interesting that Romney got more votes than McCain and Obama lost votes in almost every demographic from 2008; that is why it strikes me as odd that Obama won. Also in a year when we won a lot of governors and state houses and many initiatives for our side got great support even as Obama won, I think it is very fishy.

    • I consider myself a libertarian at this time in my life, mostly because calling myself an anarchist may make some people feel uncomfortable. I distrust government, and the bigger it gets, the more I distrust it.

      I do not live in la la land.

      I believe that less government is best, and that our armed forces should be used in a Constitutional manner. If we're going to be dropping bombs and shooting people abroad, war should be declared. That's what the Constitution requires our government to do. Our government has spent much time figuring out ways to circumvent the Constitution, and waging war without declaring war is just one of the many things that it consistently does wrong.

      I do not for a minute believe that there are no "external enemies worth fighting" neither does any libertarian that I know of, including Ron or Rand Paul. Libertarians believe that the government should adhere to the Constitution at all times, including when waging war.

      My problem with conservatives is two-fold:

      1. They have miserably failed to field a viable candidate for several election cycles, pinning their hopes on people like Fred Thompson, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. The day that a strong conservative candidate is fielded by the GOP's conservative wing, that candidate will win the primaries.

      2. Statism is statism, whether promoted by the left or the right. Any candidate that seeks to grow the size and scope of the government is a statist, regardless of whether they seek to grow it from a leftists or a right-wing perspective. There are far too many statist ideals being promoted by right-wing conservatives to suit my taste these days.

      Yet, not all conservatives fit that mold, so I don't write off conservatism in general.

      And not all libertarians live in la la land, so we shouldn't be written off either.

  • [...] other day I pointed out a colum Peggy Noonan wrote on "Obama fatigue" and how, because of it, Pres. George W. Bush is now seeing a growing affection and popularity, [...]