Nobody Loves Obama?

>> Friday, July 29, 2011

Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal has written a piece that paints a sad picture of President Obama... no one loves him. The first third of this article chides and scolds republicans and Tea Party-ers alike, but that she sayshttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif, "is not what I want to talk about."


They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support.
--Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
July 29, 2011

I want to talk about something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It's something I've never seen in national politics.

It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton's troubles there were always people who'd say, "Look, I love the guy." They'd often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren't that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.

The past few weeks I've asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: "I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did 'love' him, I can't think of anyone who still does." Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? "Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about NAFTA or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring." With Bush, "if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is 'genuine.'" He "doesn't exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine."

Maybe Mr. Obama is living proof of the political maxim that they don't care what you know unless they know that you care. But the idea that he is aloof and so inspires aloofness may be too pat. No one was colder than FDR, deep down. But he loved the game and did a wonderful daily impersonation of jut-jawed joy. And people loved him.

The secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn't really very good at politics, and he isn't good at politics because he doesn't really get people. The other day a Republican political veteran forwarded me a hiring notice from the Obama 2012 campaign. It read like politics as done by Martians. The "Analytics Department" is looking for "predictive Modeling/Data Mining" specialists to join the campaign's "multi-disciplinary team of statisticians," which will use "predictive modeling" to anticipate the behavior of the electorate. "We will analyze millions of interactions a day, learning from terabytes of historical data, running thousands of experiments, to inform campaign strategy and critical decisions."

This wasn't the passionate, take-no-prisoners Clinton War Room of '92, it was high-tech and bloodless. Is that what politics is now? Or does the Obama re-election effort reflect the candidate and his flaws?

Mr. Obama seemed brilliant at politics when he first emerged in 2004. He understood the nation's longing for unity. We're not divided into red states and blue, he said, we're Big Purple, we can solve our problems together. Four years later he read the lay of the land perfectly—really, perfectly. The nation and the Democratic Party were tired of the Clinton machine. He came from nowhere and dismantled it. It was breathtaking. He went into the 2008 general election with a miraculously unified party and took down another machine, bundling up all the accrued resentment of eight years with one message: "You know the two losing wars and the economic collapse we've been dealing with? I won't do that. I'm not Bush."

The fact is, he's good at dismantling. He's good at critiquing. He's good at not being the last guy, the one you didn't like. But he's not good at building, creating, calling into being. He was good at summoning hope, but he's not good at directing it and turning it into something concrete that answers a broad public desire.

And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn't serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn't enough. He demagogued the issue—no Social Security checks—until he was called out, and then went on the hustings spouting inanities. He left conservatives scratching their heads: They could have made a better, more moving case for the liberal ideal as translated into the modern moment, than he did. He never offered a plan. In a crisis he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it.

So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.



When was the last time Peggy Noonan called ANYONE a loser? The man who won big in oh-eight, is now a loser? Well, I've near always thought this, and I have for the longest time felt Obama was the most dangerous man in the world, but to read Ms. Noonan calling the president of the Unite States a loser!? I have rarely read her to be so blunt. Even about Obama. She chides and scold everyone, no matter what their political identity, but I don't think I've ever read an article by her wherein she so coldly and deliberately slammed a public figure.

12 comments:

Edwin Drood July 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

The thing is Obama promised everything to everyone.

He promised to get out of Iraq while promising to win in Iraq.

He promised to raise taxes on big corporations while promising to bring more business to the US.

He said he was going to unite the nation then started slamming his critics.

He said he was going to cut spending while promising to invent new government programs.

Edwin Drood July 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

ohh yeah and my personal favorite he promised to give terrorist a civil trial and at the same time promised to kill Osama on site.

ELAshley July 29, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

Well, at least he made good on the last... giving (attempting to, anyway) civil trials to terrorists, and killing Osama on both sight AND site.

Jim July 30, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

I don't think I've read a more pompous load of horse manure in my life. Half of what she wrote is fantasy and much of the rest is simply false.

Her analysis of Obama is based on a hiring notice? Did Obama write it?

What a load of crap! But I'm sure you enjoyed it.

Mark July 30, 2011 at 5:54 AM  

When you have comments from people who disagree with the article, calling it horse manure, it's clear there are still some who are in love with Obama. And, if that isn't enough to convince you that Obama is still loved, watch MSNBC and CNN sometime, just for a few minutes. The Media still love Obama.

The question is: Why?

ELAshley July 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Everything that criticizes Obama is "crap" to you, which simply means you're witless.

ELAshley July 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

In answer to your question, Mark, it's simple:

Liberals are afraid of the Constitution; they hate the morality it details, and were they to find themselves in a nation that managed to re-enthrone the Constitution, almost everything they believe in would suffocate in the rarefied air of genuine freedom.

Liberals aren't happy unless they're enslaving someone at the expense of someone else, while exempting themselves as much as humanly possible. That's why it's nigh on impossible for a liberal journalist to see, let alone report the truth. The same with tools like Jim.

Jim July 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

Speaking of loads of horse manure, see EL directly above.

Liberals LOVE the Constitution. To state otherwise is pure manure.

"They hate the morality it details." I'd love to read further explanation of that one.

"were they to find themselves in a nation that managed to re-enthrone the Constitution"

Nicely pulled right out of your ass.

"Liberals aren't happy unless they're enslaving someone at the expense of someone else, while exempting themselves as much as humanly possible."

More manure.

"tools like Jim". Bwahahahahaha!

Pfffft!

Edwin Drood July 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

Remember that time when Obama said he was going to cut spending by not replacing baby boomers who were retiring from Government service, then he added record Government workers at higher salary?

Edwin Drood July 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

Jim apparently thinks data mining doesn't exist. Ya see Jim if someone has to do data mining and marketing that means their message isn't very appealing at face value. You have a hard time understanding sentences that are longer than 2 or three words (probably why you voted for Obama). So I'll try to make this simple.

Noonan (the author) is saying that if Obama needs a Data-miner then his messages probably isn't very authentic and/or good; if it (the message) was then he wouldn't need a data-miner.

She's not accusing him of writing a want-ad (wow you're stupid)

Jim July 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM  

"Remember that time when Obama said he was going to cut spending by not replacing baby boomers who were retiring from Government service, then he added record Government workers at higher salary?"

No. Can you give me a citation that verifies this assertion?

"Jim apparently thinks data mining doesn't exist. Ya see Jim if someone has to do data mining and marketing that means their message isn't very appealing at face value."

Total nonsense. You can use data mining to find out who voted, how likely they are to vote, whether they voted absentee or early, how they got to the polls, and all kinds of information that would be extremely valuable for GOTV efforts. BTW, I'm in marketing IT. I know that data mining exists, you patronizing jerk.

Peggy Noonan is still living in the last century. If you think Republican candidates aren't looking for the same skills, you are living in the last century, too.

"She's not accusing him of writing a want-ad (wow you're stupid)"

Of course not, and you're stupid to think I suggested that. My comment was to question how she could suggest that Obama was a loser because of the skills he was looking for in campaign workers.

"Is that what politics is now? Or does the Obama re-election effort reflect the candidate and his flaws?"

What a load of manure! Yes that IS what politics is now.

Peggy Noonan is the loser.

Edwin Drood July 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

hey stupid, you wrote

"Her analysis of Obama is based on a hiring notice? Did Obama write it?"


it really speaks for itself

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