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Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan

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Posted By:garnet, 12/18/2013 7:37:03 AM

Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/18/2013 7:40:30 AM     (No. 9658359)

Oh Peggy. I am not a northeastern member of the establishment like you, but I could see though The Won quite early on while you were blinded by the stars in your eyes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: EuroTim, 12/18/2013 7:46:06 AM     (No. 9658369)

Recent weeks? Recent weeks! Ha ha ha ha!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Taylor1066, 12/18/2013 7:55:03 AM     (No. 9658377)

Speaking of incompetence, the WSJ site has the text of the article repeated on the same link...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/18/2013 7:58:03 AM     (No. 9658378)

Good God, Peggy, just listen to yourself! It´s clear from the first paragraph that you are still terribly conflicted over the Messiah.

You must have a degree in journalism. Nothing else could explain your naiviety and lack of cognitive reasoning ability.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/18/2013 8:01:10 AM     (No. 9658384)

For example, sometimes online newspapers repeat the same article twice in one post.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 12/18/2013 8:01:24 AM     (No. 9658386)

It takes a blonde...

(No offense to smart blondes out there.)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JimS, 12/18/2013 8:15:18 AM     (No. 9658407)

"I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management."

Yeah. That would be the most recent 260+ weeks

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Reply 8 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/18/2013 8:18:39 AM     (No. 9658411)

Pathetic Peggy. You helped give our Republic this horrible leftist and you still pine for the brilliance of your misperceptions. In January, as Americans begin to die from lack of medical care, you will have blood on your hands that no amount of confessing will ever remove.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Freeloader, 12/18/2013 8:36:01 AM     (No. 9658442)

Incompetence? Ms. Noonan was one of Obama´s biggest "cheerleaders" back in 2008:

Exhibit "A":
"He (Obama) has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief..."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 12/18/2013 8:39:52 AM     (No. 9658451)

I just love this line, "...in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration..."

Only recently, and she´s only "begun to worry?"

Geez - what a moron. I´ve been worrying since November 2008.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 12/18/2013 8:45:39 AM     (No. 9658457)

Too late, lady.

They had 3½ years to make sure ObamaCare will work, three years to get it right top to bottom, to rejigger parts of the law that they finally judged wouldn’t work, to make the buying of a policy easy on the website. And they not only couldn’t do that, which itself constitutes an astounding and historic management failure, they make it clear they were taken aback by their failure. They didn’t know it was coming!

Peggy still doesn´t realize that the whole mess was designed to fail, to destroy the private insurance industry? She still thinks this is a website problem?

I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management.

Given what Peggy already knows through the last five years, she is worried only that they are incompetent? Does she want them to be competent with their agenda? I don´t.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dwbbb, 12/18/2013 8:46:39 AM     (No. 9658461)

Well, Peggy, I began to worry about your basic competency as a journalist/commentator back in 2008.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 12/18/2013 8:47:07 AM     (No. 9658462)

The article mentioned something I´ve been wondering about: How in the world was a seriously mentally ill man with a violent past allowed to stand next to the president for 20 mins? (sign language interpreter). What a huge lapse in security.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/18/2013 8:51:06 AM     (No. 9658470)

The most pertinent item comes from someone quoted by Ms Noonan: the White House is not the government but the Obamaites have always been convinced that it is.

I have struggled to express this thought in the past but it very neatly summarizes their outlook and expectations. It is an ideal pocket field guide to understanding the way Jarrett et al behave.

Unfortunately, Ms Noonan is still Beltway-cozy-comfortable with ´government takes place at the Agriculture Department.´ Why? What agriculture has this department engaged in? They restrict, monitor and punish just like the EPA. They kick back to political cronies with subsidies for growing nothing or, worse, things we have a surplus of - which explains the ethanol farce.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Velox, 12/18/2013 8:57:34 AM     (No. 9658482)

As a person that was given the chance to manage a group of people at a young age, I knew that it would be impossible for Obamie to be a successful executive.
A person that has never managed, thinks they simply tell everyone what to do and they go out and do what you want.
If they don´t agree with you, they will make a half hearted effort, so your way will fail and they can say, I told you so.
There are two ways to lead.. One is to get everyone completely on board so they believe in the directions.
The other is to be so tough with them, they are afraid for their jobs. To do this someone must be fired early and publicly.
Believe it or not the fear method works best!
I learned the methods, but was never a good manager, as I was a wimp when it came to firing someone and I hated to constantly play the coordinator every moment.
As a result, I made my career as a one or two man band.
Management is not for everyone.
Obamie, never had a chance of success.
He thinks he is God, and as such every utterance should be followed without hesitation .
On top of that, he has never made a move I agreed with.
Every thing he has done is 180 degrees away from the correct decision to better the USA.
The man is a fool along with his American hating minions.
Because the press has covered for him for the past 10 years, he has gotten away with playing the fool and us being told how brilliant he is.
He is about a smart as Moochie is attractive iwith her 200lbs plus butt.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 12/18/2013 9:00:07 AM     (No. 9658485)

How anyone with half a mind thought this presidency would go any differently just boggles the mind. You has to be willfully ignorant to ignore the signs.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 12/18/2013 9:05:45 AM     (No. 9658493)

Poor Piggy.....

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NJVol, 12/18/2013 9:10:36 AM     (No. 9658503)

Peggy wrote an article about herself?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/18/2013 9:11:05 AM     (No. 9658505)

Saint Peggy sees the good in everyone.

In this way she serves as the logical counterbalance to the leftist habit of projecting the worst motives onto those with whom they disagree.

Charity and politeness look good on everyone and in this case the price of looking good is the loss of our republic.

But hey....she means well.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: texaspast, 12/18/2013 9:18:05 AM     (No. 9658516)

#17, you just summarized Machiavelli´s instructions on princely leadership: people will do what the king directs either because they love the prince, or because they fear the prince. Both would be great, but unlikely. Since love is fleeting and fickle, Mr. Mac said it is better for a prince to be feared than loved.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rmagnus, 12/18/2013 9:22:56 AM     (No. 9658520)

Peggy is finally peeved. The government must have recently been involved in disrupting her Scotch supply.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: varjo, 12/18/2013 9:35:02 AM     (No. 9658538)

The President is competent in the areas he has passion in:

Using the IRS and EPA to target his political enemies.

Promoting radical Islam and punishing Israel.

Picking and choosing what parts of laws he will enforce or not enforce (e.g. Immigration)

The other parts of government are too boring. He only likes the bully pulpit to actually "bully" his political opponents, Christians, conservatives, etc.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/18/2013 9:56:32 AM     (No. 9658571)

What petrifies:

- Stinky has hand on our nuclear arsenal;
- He is a danger to himself and all American Citizens;

- He should be under psychiatric observation and is´nt;

- He has no ethos or moral compass, a very dangerous combination; which displays his personal instability.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Elvira, 12/18/2013 9:56:43 AM     (No. 9658574)

Stopped clock, blind squirrel, etc.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: steph_gray, 12/18/2013 10:04:31 AM     (No. 9658591)

Here Peggy utterly blurs the most important distinction between public and private sectors:

But a government has to be leaned on every day, through management talent earned by experience. Generals can issue orders but federal agencies must be gently guided and clubbed around the head, every day.

People who run big businesses learn these facts of executive leadership early on. So do leaders of small businesses and great nonprofit organizations, and local political leaders in charge of local agencies whose success or failure can be charted.

In a successful private business people do not have to be clubbed to do stellar jobs because they have a profit motive to do so. In the government the only incentive is to do mediocre work - in fact mediocre is the winning strategy for getting bigger budgets in future.

Profit is the single successful engine for running a peaceful world and violent, corrupt, coercion its only alternative. Peggy needs to read Ayn Rand.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 12/18/2013 10:39:19 AM     (No. 9658655)

It´d be interesting to reread L.com articles and posts from 2008.

I doubt many of us would be as humiliated about our assessment of Zippy then as Noonan should be about her new awareness of his evil intent--forget incompetence--now.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Axeman, 12/18/2013 10:42:08 AM     (No. 9658658)

As the curtain is drawn back the light shines in and the cockroaches begin to scurry away from the little man(?) there.
Apologies for the mixed metaphor.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: krause, 12/18/2013 10:47:20 AM     (No. 9658668)

For someone who has been around for some time, Peggy sure is naive. This article says more about her than it does about Obama. Many knew this stuff from the beginning.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: web, 12/18/2013 10:55:47 AM     (No. 9658680)

The government of South Africa is certainly incompetent, as well. They allowed the sign-language interpreter to stand for 19 minutes next to the president of the United States, who, we now know, is not only a fraud but a schizophrenic con man who has certainly been responsible for more than two deaths.
...and Democrats answer to the incompetence of Obama is Hillary? The only things she seems to be competent to manage are Bimbo-Eruptions, Arkancide, intimidation of witnesses, etc. You know, more of the Chicago-Way she learned, just like Hussein.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/18/2013 11:08:03 AM     (No. 9658695)

Remember how Peggy Noonan hated - may still hate - Sarah Palin and wanted her destroyed back then.......but, back then, Obama had everything going for him, according to Peggy. Of course, Sarah did not go to Harvard and Columbia like Obama (we think he did) - and wasn´t Halfrican. They are so awfully shallow, but then so is Obama. Imagine how Sarah would have fared in the office this past many years and how different our country would be today if she were President (and the thought of Hillary! - are all the east and west coast shallowites going to tell us how great she will be?).

When you think of all those years before the internet that we were told about the "media elites" and the "pundits" and told how "erudite" they were. I am sure many times they must have gotten together for a few drinks and asked each other, "How the heck are we getting away with it for so long?"

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Reply 31 - Posted by: danvillebill, 12/18/2013 11:20:00 AM     (No. 9658712)

In 2008Nooner went down to the beach after she heard that Obama was lowering sea levels....

it´s taken her 5 years to figure out she was just seeing low tide.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/18/2013 11:59:15 AM     (No. 9658780)

Peggy, we´re STILL waiting for you to come clean and explain your actions from 5 years ago.

Regarding the interpreter, she says:

In fairness, the event was in another country and the Secret Service wasn’t strictly in charge.

Horse manure. Nothing but more incompetence surrounding this administration.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 12/18/2013 12:00:11 PM     (No. 9658783)

Unfortunately Peggy still thinks O is good at communicating. Obviously hasn´t had to actually listen to him speak.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 12/18/2013 12:25:08 PM     (No. 9658829)

Peggster, it strikes me as you´re doing what we down here in Arkansas call crawfishin.´

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Reply 35 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/18/2013 12:26:38 PM     (No. 9658836)

I try to be optimistic, but 2014 is looking kind of scary with this administration at the helm. It feels like we´re living in a house made of kindling with an imbecile waving around a match and some kerosene.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: harper, 12/18/2013 3:31:46 PM     (No. 9659065)

...which reminds me it is time to have a look at my own weathervane, which is also squeaking a lot lately.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/19/2013 11:26:56 AM     (No. 9660212)

Don´t blame the Secret Service for what happened with the President and the bogus sign language guy while in South Africa, because you can bet that they received a big dose of both racial based and politically correct instructions right from the top to stand down from the security precautions they usually take.

When you get down to the nut cutting Omaha and his crew are all about passing large amounts of taxpayer´s money to their supporters on "social justice" grounds and also to the unproductive. That´s the bottom line on what they have been doing since they arrived in DC.

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Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

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