We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Barack Obama doesn't seem to care about his unpopularity, or the decisions he's made that have not turned out well. He doesn't seem concerned. A guess at the reason: He thinks he is right about his essential policies. He is steering the world toward not relying on America. He is steering America toward greater dependence on and allegiance to government. He is creating a more federally controlled, Washington-centric nation that is run and organized by progressives. He thinks he's done his work, set America on a leftward course, and though his poll numbers are down now, history will look back on him and see him as heroic, realistic, using his phone and pen each day in spite of unprecedented resistance. He is Lincoln, scorned in his time but loved by history.
Peggy, Peggy...now that she has rubbed all the pixie dust out of her eyes, she is perplexed that Obama is a third rate mind incapable of leading a third world banana republic. He is a petulant child still relishing his Nobel Prize for nothing and overheated accolades.
bang on. Been saying just that for years. He doesn't care what people think of him because he is succeeding in what he set out to do. And that Noonan describes is indeed just what he set out to do.
And the American right has led themselves to be deceived into thinking that all those things are the result of Obama failing. They're not. They're the result of Obama succeeding beyond his wildest dreams...
DEC (Jungle Trader)
There will be plenty of popular historians to sing his praises over the next generation as well. I am 61, and I don't think I will live to see his proper reputation come to earth.
Fortunately I have five sons who will see it finally come to pass, and they will think of me then with wry humor. Not a bad little corner of my eventual legacy.
Assistant Village Idiot
Well Peggy, now that Barak is in his twilight years you can see him clearly.
Now the real point is; since they got a complete cypher elected (twice) and he's done with elections, his only remaining function is to be a distraction while they gin up the next controllable cypher and continue the job of restructuring the American Republic into the Brave New World.
Elections are meaningless. The progressives will never lose another one. The push to pack illegals into the country is only the icing on the cake. The final act will be entitled Guns. Use them or give them up quietly.
John, both will be featured before it is over; some will use 'em and some will lose 'em.
The progs will never lose another election. I'll go farther to say that there will not be another presidential election. These mid-terms are offered as a panacea to any conservatives that think their vote matters. They will also serve to put names on The List so people can be Krystallnacht'ed when the Nacht und Nebel gets rolling. That was the result in the recent Bundy confrontation: lots of patriots merely got documented — pix, sound bites, moments of fame that will cost them dearly. Gun lists? OK, midnight visits complete with flash-bangs and Brown Shirts. Audits? Um, we'd like to check your math. Travel? Your papers please.
Peggy is a little late to the game. Whether she really does see The Zero differently now, or is playing the "I am still Meaningful" game -hard to tell. Her religious conversion knocked around a few marbles in her head IMO.
Obama, Politico says, is “giving more thought to his post-presidency than his aides like to suggest.” But there is nothing really for Obama to think about. His ambitions in this office, just like his ambitions at Harvard, in New York, in Chicago, and in the Senate, are now exhausted. America has disappointed him, and it is time to look to the next challenge worthy of Barack Obama. His post-presidency has already begun.
He has decided to relax. He has decided to fill his remaining days getting the most out of his presidential experience. The free travel and lodgings and security escort, the access to good tee times, the ability to get a reservation wherever and whenever he wants, the chance to meet VIPs who will flatter and ingratiate themselves to him—he is enjoying these perks and privileges to the utmost. His motto is not YOLO. It is YOPO: You’re only president once. Why not savor it?
Obama is golfing more than at any point in his term. In March, as Vladimir Putin launched the newest phase of his quest to recreate the Russian Empire, some in the White House had the temerity to suggest that it might not be a good idea to fly to Key Largo for a long weekend of golf and relaxation. Obama disagreed. “Obama sticks to Florida vacation schedule,” read one headline. This was one commitment on which the president would not renege. “I needed this,” he told guests, including his new friend Alonzo Mourning, over dinner at the Ocean Reef Club. “I needed the golf. I needed to laugh. I need to spend time with friends.” I am sure the Ukrainians understand.