observations and opinion
Peggy Noonan, whom I always read and often agree with, planted a really ungenerous piece in the Wall Street Journal today about President Obama. Yes, the President is a disappointment in many ways. But lord oh lord, how quickly people forget what he faced and what he accomplished, however imperfectly, and in the teeth of rabid unpatriotic opposition. I posted this comment on the Journal, in response to Ms. Noonan’s column:
A man falls asleep while smoking and sets his house alight. Arriving at the scene, a fireman runs in and carries out each member of the family. Then he goes inside to save the cat. Returning with the pet, he is greeted by an angry home-owner: “To hell with you!” cries the home-owner – “You didn’t save my flat-screen TV!”
President Obama is the fireman in this parable; too many Americans are the home owner.
Yes, the Preisident seems to be a fallen star. But Peggy Noonan used to know something, which she seems to have let slip from her grasp: the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Does doing the best you can, within your limitations and in the face of ferocious, ridiculous obstruction, earn a man a second term as President of the United States? Let’s hope so.