You know you’re in trouble when the leader of France makes more sense than your guy.
It’s just a matter of time, right? Until we enjoy Carter-like respect around the world?
There’s a well-understood and widely accepted time lag in making domestic policy: it’ll take 12-18 months for macro-economic policy changes to work their way into the “real” economy.
I suspect we’ll soon be enjoying the fruits of similar lag between decisions and outcomes in foreign policy.
The Anchoress nails it when she says :
I miss the swaggering cowboy. He may have been tongue-tied; he may have screwed up with an errant backrub, but he didn’t bow to royalty, he didn’t give embarrassing gifts to allies, he didn’t show the Dalai Lama the back door. He never said to a visiting ally (paraphrased) “I’m gonna go have dinner with Laura, and if you decide to obey me, I’ll be around.”
He didn’t shove his finger in the face of another country’s prime minister.
But he was considered the boor.
John Podhoretz makes an excellent point at Contentions. Perhaps the most important thing we opponents of the president have to do is stick to the issues professionally and not develop a tin ear.
The opposition to Barack Obama needs to keep its wits. His domestic-policy proposals and foreign-policy ideas constitute a profound challenge to the good working order of the United States and the world. Spewing repellent nonsense about Obama’s mother and spinning bizarre notions about his innate foreignness — when he is in fact the possessor of one of the great and enduring American stories, and is in his own person a demonstration of precisely the kind of American exceptionalism that Obama so pointedly pooh-poohs — can be used to discredit his opposition.
I take Obama at his word when he says he intends to “fundamentally transform” the country. I do believe that is due in part to how he experienced the country: extended residence out of the country, absentee father, unusual mother, marinated in left-wing academia and jobs (not enough diversity!). But like Podhoretz says elsewhere in his post – I didn’t like the fact that Reagan’s father was a drunk but didn’t hold that against him.
In either case I can’t begin to fathom all the ways their respective upbringings shaped their personal development – let alone shaped their views on individual policy matters.
Forget the armchair psychoanalysis – it’s enough that he’s wrong. Tragically wrong – as we, the Canadians (above), the British, the French (!), the Poles & Czechs, the Israelis, and… and… are about to discover.