The flight of Icarus

There is an editorial in today’s Washington Post by the inimitable Charles Krauthammer that is a must-read for everyone. In only a few short paragraphs, Krauthammer reconciles the reality of Obama’s first 7 months in office with the fantasy he and his supporters have clung to since the early days of his campaign. Contrary to what the president and his blind followers may think, he is not a god, nor is he remotely anything more than just another misguided man with a lot of bad ideas.

I can understand Obama and his disciples clinging to the fantasy of his supposed deity; the truth–that he is just a mortal–is more than any of them can bear. Just like Icarus, Obama has flown too close to the sun and he is now doomed to roam the earth just like everyone else. And when you realize that he is not a god and he cannot make the ocean levels drop and the climate cool, you are not left with much of anything.

Obama, the Mortal

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 4, 2009

What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)?

The conventional wisdom is that Obama made a tactical mistake by farming out his agenda to Congress and allowing himself to be pulled left by the doctrinaire liberals of the Democratic congressional leadership. But the idea of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pulling Obama left is quite ridiculous. Where do you think he came from, this friend of Chávista ex-terrorist William Ayers, of PLO apologist Rashid Khalidi, of racialist inciter Jeremiah Wright?

But forget the character witnesses. Just look at Obama’s behavior as president, beginning with his first address to Congress. Unbidden, unforced and unpushed by the congressional leadership, Obama gave his most deeply felt vision of America, delivering the boldest social democratic manifesto ever issued by a U.S. president. In American politics, you can’t get more left than that speech and still be on the playing field.

In a center-right country, that was problem enough. Obama then compounded it by vastly misreading his mandate. He assumed it was personal. This, after winning by a mere seven points in a year of true economic catastrophe, of an extraordinarily unpopular Republican incumbent, and of a politically weak and unsteady opponent. Nonetheless, Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one’s own image.

Read the entire editorial HERE.