Obama Is Looking Especially Lame These Days
Krauthammer, Noonan take on the president
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
President Obama pauses as he answers questions during his new conference on April 30.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama is getting knocked around on the right today as a weak, or at least weakened, leader: At the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer observes that it wasn't too long ago that Obama was triumphant in his re-election, all set to get Democrats back in power in the House and turn his second term into a "left-wing dream factory." Well, "the Big Mo" is gone now. It started when Republicans called his bluff on the sequester and embarrassed him badly. Then he invested much political capital into gun control, only to see it fizzle. On the world stage, he looks "passive" on Syria.

"From king of the world to dead in the water in six months," writes Krauthammer. "Quite a ride." What's next? Oh, expect a "comeback kid" narrative at some point, thanks to the cyclical world of "media boredom" we live in. At the Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, Peggy Noonan says Obama isn't a "lame duck, he's just lame." Noonan hates that the president is complaining again about Republicans in Congress. She harkens back to the rivalry between Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Reagan knew the game. "He had no problem dealing successfully with O'Neill. He didn't moan, 'Oh they hate me, it's no use!'" That's life in DC. "And if you're a leader you can lead right past it." Click for her full column, or for Krauthammer's full column.

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jriven00
May 6, 2013 3:48 AM CDT
Obama is and has always been a clown...so what's new?
Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 5, 2013 1:17 AM CDT
Even the mindless and stupid who elected the Obamanation have caught on to his lies, weakness and failings.
NorCalHal
May 5, 2013 1:16 AM CDT
Looking "especially" lame.. I guess that means more lame than he usually does? That's pretty hard to do!