So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.
It was as if you lumped Hurricane Katrina and the Abu Ghraib abuses into one week for George W. Bush. And added on top of that the time he oddly groped German Chancellor Angela Merkel and got caught cursing on a hot mic.
Even then, it wouldn’t be as bad as Mr. Obama’s week. You would probably also have to toss in the time Mr. Bush’s father threw up into the lap of Japan’s prime minister. Only then might we be approaching how bad a week it was for Mr. Obama.
Not that you will see any trace of embarrassment in the face of Mr. Obama. He has mastered the high political art of shamelessness, wearing it smugly and cockily. Kind of like a hoodie.
The week brought to the forefront questions about Obama’s loyalty, competence, coherence and leadership. In an election year, concerns like these do not portend well.
Peggy Noonan described the good will that Obama came into office with. According to Ms. Noonan that good will is ebbing away:
Something’s happening to President Obama’s relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him.
The ebbing process started right after Obama assumed office. The events of the last