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Obama: It's Your Mop Now

Peggy Noonan opines on Obama's "It's not my fault" routine, and says it is getting old:

At a certain point, a president must own a presidency. For George W. Bush that point came eight months in, when 9/11 happened. From that point on, the presidency--all his decisions, all the credit and blame for them--was his. The American people didn't hold him responsible for what led up to 9/11, but they held him responsible for everything after it. This is part of the reason the image of him standing on the rubble of the twin towers, bullhorn in hand, on Sept.14, 2001, became an iconic one. It said: I'm owning it.

But alas, the president doesn't relish this new-found responsibility. Noonan continues:

The president doesn't seem to like this moment. Who would? He and his men and women have returned to referring to what they "inherited." And what they inherited was, truly, terrible: again, a severe economic crisis and two wars. But their recent return to this theme is unbecoming. Worse, it is politically unpersuasive. It sounds defensive, like a dodge.

The president said last week, at a San Francisco fund-raiser, that he's busy with a "mop," "cleaning up somebody else's mess," and he doesn't enjoy "somebody sitting back and saying, 'You're not holding the mop the right way.'" Later, in New Orleans, he groused that reporters are always asking "Why haven't you solved world hunger yet?" His surrogates and aides, in appearances and talk shows, have taken to remembering, sometimes at great length, the dire straits we were in when the presidency began.

This is not a sign of confidence.

Funny that Obama has a problem with accepting responsibility, when he relentlessly lectures the rest of us about ......responsibility. It's his mantra.

But I suppose that advice is for us, not for Him?

Obama, quit whining about:

Insurance Companies/Talk Radio/ and so on......

You asked for the job.

It's your mop now.


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Comments (21)

Obama doesn't seem to have ... (Below threshold)

Obama doesn't seem to have ANY problem taking credit for anything GOOD that happens, however.

House-Painter: "Your house isn't painted!"
Home-owner: "Yes...that's why I hired you...you're a HOUSE-PAINTER...right?"
House-Painter [whining]: "But it's not PAINTED!"
Home-owner: "You're fired!"

Sadly, we have to wait 3+ more years to FIRE this whiner!

Why exactly did he run for ... (Below threshold)

Why exactly did he run for President then?

Did he honestly believe it would be as easy as community organizing?

Problem for Obama is that this is the first time in his life he's not receiving accolades for simply being Obama.

A lot of his critics think he's in over his head. The worry is that he's starting to wonder about that also. The tragedy is that it wasn't considered before the election.

There's Obama, busily moppi... (Below threshold)

There's Obama, busily mopping away...

...with the wrong end of the mop.

"It's Bush's fault that the stick keeps sliding across the floor!"

Meanwhile, there are still plenty of Democrats who are still blaming Bush for putting the yarn on the wrong end of the handle.

They gave the man a hammer ... (Below threshold)

They gave the man a hammer on their way out of office to fix the problems that they had left.

He took the hammer and suddenly everything looked like a nail.

However he began pounding away on those nails with the wooden end and began whining that it kept bouncing off instead of driving them home.

So he got the broom (stimulus) out of the closet and tried to sweep most of the nails under the rug to deal with later. Only the broom knocked over the water cooler and spilled into everything.

So now there were nails (problems) and water (stimulus money) all over the place and he has to grab the mop to clean it all up.

Inexperience is rearing its ugly head, this guy shouldn't be making minimum wage let alone half a mil per year for doing such a crappy job of making the problems worse.

Well, PEGS, if ZER0 owns th... (Below threshold)

Well, PEGS, if ZER0 owns the mop, you own the bucket of filty water he's using to baptize America. After all, PEGS, you went all gooey over ZERO before the election and carried his water then. Don't expect conservative readers to care much about what you have to say now, sweetie.

Sigh, and Ms Noonan had suc... (Below threshold)

Sigh, and Ms Noonan had such high hopes for Obama just 12 months ago. Someone should tell Peggy there are thousands of people who could have written this for her months ago.

Well you have to give Noona... (Below threshold)

Well you have to give Noonan one thing, we're seeing "buyers remorse" in public. There are a lot more pundits and MEDIA people who still have to take a bitter bite out of that apple, and the resultant bash to their ego.

Hank: "Problem for Obama... (Below threshold)

Hank: "Problem for Obama is that this is the first time in his life he's not receiving accolades for simply being Obama."

uh...problem is that he IS still getting awards for "being Obama" (Nobel, Emmy, Car-of-the-Year, Male Model 2009-2012, etc...)

the "elite" of the world are bizzy coming up with NEW awards...just to shower them upon his Awesomeness, Obama the First!

What a blabbering nincompoo... (Below threshold)

What a blabbering nincompoop obama is and his polls are falling fast

What a blabbering nincom... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

What a blabbering nincompoop obama is and his polls are falling fast.

I love how you some of you just make things up off the top of your head. For the past 2 months Obama's favorbility rating has been steady with about favorbility of 52% and unfavorbility of 43%.


He knew the... (Below threshold)

He knew the job before him in November. If it's too big for him to handle then step aside and let the grown ups do the job.

We've all been in over our head at times.

Obama didnt inherit anythin... (Below threshold)

Obama didnt inherit anything.

Inherit implies a passive act, Obama went out and told the entire world that he was the man for the job.

He campaigned non-stop for years. He literally begged us for the chance.

tina s - "I love how yo... (Below threshold)

tina s - "I love how you some of you just make things up off the top of your head."

You gonna bake a pie with all those cherries you picked?

Clue, get one.

ObamAyres as Mr. Magoo: "O... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

ObamAyres as Mr. Magoo: "Oh silly me! That's not a mop Magoo -- that's a fire hose!"

Barry, the problem is that ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Barry, the problem is that when someone talks about his ability to make the oceans recede, he raises expectations. (Not among grownups, who roll their eyes, but among liberals.) So you were talking crap, and now are measured against the crap you talked. Don't whine like a bitch; man up and deal with your job, or resign.

12. Posted by LiberalNightm... (Below threshold)

12. Posted by LiberalNightmare | October 23, 2009 7:23 PM |

Thread winner.

"Obama didnt inherit anythi... (Below threshold)

"Obama didnt inherit anything"

Least of all any brains..

Obama has a twin. Ankenaten... (Below threshold)

Obama has a twin. Ankenaten (Amenhotep lV)
was a revolutionary pharaoh who tried to
totally change Egypt...to make it in his HIS
image. He failed. His legacy was the defacing
of his cartouche and monuments by generations
after. Insufferable hubris causes bad vibes.
Obama is tone-deaf. It's genetic.

"" .... what they inherited... (Below threshold)

"" .... what they inherited was, truly, terrible ... ""

Are you kidding?

What they "inherited" was a the machinery and the power of the federal government of the greatest nation there has ever been and/or can ever be!

That they were (at least by those of their supporter/"electors" who were not retarded, were not criminal aliens and/or mean-spirited and/or pathologically greedy and/or were not felons and/or were neither fascists nor crypto-fascists: IE, were not members of the "Democratic" Party's "base") expected to employ that machinery and that power to clear away the wreckage and detritus of a monetary mess created (by themselves and by other corrupt-"Democratic" Party apparatchiks and cronies) before they arrived.

And were expected to employ that machinery and that power to continue to fight-to-win the Democratic-Party/United-Nations Joint-Venture Iraq War and to employ that machinery and that power to confront and to deal with an Iran/Islamanazi-terrorist-troubled world whose roots lead right back - via Foggy Bottom's brahmanas and via the likes of Jamie Gorelick and the rest of the recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting, thieving, co-serial-rapist Billy-Bubbah Blythe Gang, to that worst-to-date of all of the many modern traitor/"Democrats:" the gormless Jimmah Cartah.

The American people didn... (Below threshold)

The American people didn't hold him responsible for what led up to 9/11

Some did. A lot of Democratics did blame him. They are still harping about that August briefing.

Gee, what happened, Peggy? ... (Below threshold)

Gee, what happened, Peggy? Hussein was one of your personal heroes a few short months ago! Is the MSM no longer interviewing you on a daily basis--gleefully publicizing your sell-out of conservative values! Don't tell me you were tossed under the bus too.






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