Obama Comes Into Focus: Noonan

At home, Obama's plans are grandiose, Noonan says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 9:27 AM CDT
Obama's losing his cool, unflappable otherness.   (AP Photo/Phil Noble, Pool)
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(Newser) – Part of President Obama’s power has always been his cool mystique, writes Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal. Difficult to classify, “he seemed something refreshing: a mystery.” But nothing clarifies like actions and decisions, “and he’s been quite the decider.” Though the consummate moderate abroad, Obama has been downright grandiose at home. “He thinks big! His plans are all-encompassing!”

The result is that Obama has been “not so much deeply defined as tagged.” And his fate may depend on “the vagueness that was part of his power.” Noonan cautions: "There is considerable good will for the president, and all the polls show considerable support, but one wonders for the first time if Mr. Obama's support isn't becoming, in the old phrase, a mile wide and an inch deep."