From Emmett Tyrrell at Townhall.
Supposedly, this White House has just made a furious attempt to sink a book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President” by Ron Suskind, which came out Sept. 20. Jay Carney, the White House spinmeister, spoke ill of it. Numerous former White House staffers spoke ill of it. Carney said, “One passage seems to be lifted almost entirely from Wikipedia.” Why would a respected writer want to do that? I suspect that the White House is going to be as effective in sinking Suskind as it has been in keeping President Barack Obama’s polling numbers lofty.
The book tells us what we Obama critics have all been saying since early on. This president is the most incompetent and ideologically rigid president in American history. For my part, I began the refrain in July of 2009 with a comparison to Andrew Johnson, who at least had the excuse that he was drunk most of the time that he was in the White House. I continued it in August of 2010 when I complimented Jimmy Carter by saying he is no longer the worst president of modern times (a compliment that has as yet gone unacknowledged, I might add). And I have continued with monotonous regularity, hazarding the prospect of becoming a bore. Yet I suppose one is never a bore when one calls a liberal hansdoodle a hansdoodle even when he sits in the White House and has been called all manner of genius by our liberal elites. Remember when the “historian” Michael Beschloss said Obama’s “IQ is off the charts”? There will come a day when Beschloss explains that he was saying Obama registered “off the charts” at the opposite end of genius.
……Suskind’s first quote from economist Larry Summers, complaining to economist Peter Orszag, “We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge.”
……There is Obama’s inability to make a decision, his “drift” and his “loss of interest.” He refers to Summers once again, Orszag is quoted as telling Suskind, “Larry would say (to Obama), ‘I’ll make my argument first; you can go after me.'” Orszag then recalls something Suskind was to hear from countless others, “I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe he’s talking to the president that way.’ I just don’t know why Obama didn’t say, ‘I made that decision a week ago. Just do what I say.'” Well, Obama probably did not make that decision a week ago. In another meeting, after “a dozen arguments” Suskind writes, “Obama, in a voice that was softly dispirited, said, ‘Well, if you guys can’t agree, I mean, we don’t have to do it.'”
The book doesn’t delve into Obama’s mishandling of the war against Islamic terrorism, his inept foreign policy, or his habit of pandering to America’s enemies while kicking allies to the curb. But all of that, including the economic mess created by Obama’s Keynesian agenda, is self-explanatory.