After the [Paris] attacks Mr. Obama went on TV, apparently to comfort us and remind us it’s OK, he’s in charge. He prattled on about violence being at odds with “universal values.” He proceeded as if unaware that there are no actually universal values, that right now the values of the West and radical Islam are clashing, violently, and we have to face it. The mainstream press saw right through him. At the news conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta referred to the “frustration” of “a lot of Americans,” who wonder: “Why can’t we take out these bastards?” The president sighed and talked down to him—to us. He has a strategy and it’s the right one and it’s sad you can’t see it.Once upon a time, "widows and orphans" was the rhetoric used by robber barons to defend their stock dividend policies.
Let him prattle on about climate change as the great threat of our time.
All he can do at this point is troll the GOP with the mischief of his refugee program. If he can’t work up a passion about radical Islamic violence, at least he can tie the Republicans in knots over whether they’re heartless bigots who want to prevent widows and children from taking refuge from the Syrian civil war.
This is a poor prioritizing of what faces us. The public is appropriately alarmed about exactly who we might be letting in. It would be easy, and commonsensical, to follow their prompting and pause the refugee program, figure out how to screen those seeking entrance more carefully, and let in only the peaceable. If that takes time, it takes time.
Unfortunately, in recalling the way things were when Ronald Reagan could call an evil empire an evil empire, Ms Noonan continues to enable the cult of the presidency, which is what Mr Obama had going for him in 2008.
There will be powerful public support now for spending—wisely, discerningly—whatever is needed for the short term, and a possible long term.That, unfortunately, is the mind-set that made Our President's "we are the change we have been waiting for" resonate with disaffected people. The petulant never-tenured radical emerged later. I know I'm repeating myself, but as the Gruff Old Yardmaster says, "no matter how many times I explain this some doofus always messes it up." Thus. "It may take the failure of one or more of the New Deal or Great Society or Hope and Change constructions to trigger the emergence." Unfortunately, all the hope and change constructions are tottering at once.
Finally, continued travels through the country show me that people continue to miss Ronald Reagan’s strength and certitude. In interviews and question-and-answer sessions, people often refer to Reagan’s “optimism.” That was his power, they say—he was optimistic.
No, I say, that wasn’t his power and isn’t what you miss. Reagan’s power was that he wasconfident. He was confident that whatever the problem—the economy, the Soviets, the million others—he could meet it, the American people could meet it, and our system could meet it. The people saw his confidence, and it allowed them to feel optimistic. And get the job done.
What people hunger for now from their leaders is an air of shown and felt confidence: I can do this. We can do it.
Who will provide that? Where will it come from? Isn’t it part of what we need in the next president?