Jonah Goldberg on Obama’s Presidency: He’s a God No More

Jonah Goldberg has a piece that speaks the ultimate truth about Barack Obama: the veneer has worn off Obama’s facade. He has been exposed for what he is, which is nothing but a man who is ill prepared to be president of the United States. This part of the piece is my favorite, but the whole thing is fantastic:

All presidents go through rough patches, and Obama’s no exception. Odds are his poll numbers will get better — and worse — in the years to come. All of this is typical.

But this misses a crucial point: Obama isn’t supposed to be a typical politician. He was supposed to be The One. He was supposed to change Washington. Transcend race. Fix souls. Bake twelve-minute brownies in seven minutes.

Oprah promised Obama would help us “evolve to a higher plane.” Deepak Chopra said Obama’s presidency represented “a quantum leap in American consciousness.” Last month, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas proclaimed that Obama stood “above the country, above — above the world, he’s sort of God.”

Well, now he’s the god who bleeds, and once you’re the god who bleeds, it’s hard to get the divinity back in the tube, as it were.

Obama undoubtedly has major accomplishments ahead of him, but in a real way the Obama presidency is over. His messianic hopey-changiness has been exposed for what it was, and what it could only be: a rich cocktail of pie-eyed idealism, campaign sloganeering, and profound arrogance.

As president, he’s tried to apply the post-partisan gloss of his campaign rhetoric to the hyper-partisan dross of his agenda. And he’s fooling fewer people every day.

Indeed, the one unifying theme of his presidency so far has been Obama’s relentless campaigning for a job he already has. That makes sense, because that’s really all Obama knows how to do. He’s had no significant experience crafting major legislation. He has next to no experience governing at all.

I want to direct your attention to that last paragraph in particular because it’s an issue so many of us have discussed the entire campaign. Obama has had so little experience of any significance that if he completes two terms, he will have spent more time as president than he has in any other of his jobs. Think about that. He had not been in any one job for more than eight years, and that was as an Illinois state senator. Not one of those positions offered him any real experience that has prepared him for his current position of president. His short tenure as a US senator was virtually non existent because he spent most of that time out on the campaign trail.

Read all of Jonah’s piece. It’s worth your time.

Hat tip: Bookworm

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