Peggy Noonan on How No One Loves Obama. Peggy Noonan has an unusually positive outlook on the debt ceiling debate: "The Republican establishment reasserted itself this week, and good thing, too, because the establishment was right...So accept victory, avert crisis, and get it to the Senate." And that's that. Having resolved this, she turns to what she actually wants to discuss, which is "something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It's something I've never seen in national politics"..."It is that nobody loves Obama." This is "amazing" because "every president has people who love him." But not so in this case, according to Noonan. She offers as evidence: "Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama" and one "hard-line progressive" told her "I never loved Barack Obama." So why does she think the Obama is so unlovable? Because "he isn't good at politics because he doesn't really get people." She parses this out a bit more: "he's good at dismantling. He's good at critiquing" but "he's not good at building, creating, calling into being." In the debt ceiling crisis, "he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it." Then she really cuts in with her final lines: "He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser."
Jonathan Capehart on How Everyone Loves Obama. Peggy Noonan is wrong, Jonathan Capehart wants us to know. "Her opinion piece is all the more noteworthy for calling the president 'a loser.' There are many legitimate criticisms you could level against Obama, particularly about his governing style or his personality. But calling him a 'loser' was uncalled for." Capehart looks at Noonan's "evidence" that no one loves Obama: "She got a lot of comments that backed up her claim. But she didn’t talk to my ex, Giuseppe." Fair point. Capehart's ex, Giuseppe, is an Italian "who came to this country to pursue the American Dream and fell head over heels for Barack Obama in 2007." And this is what Giusseppe has to say about Noonan's contention: "Don’t believe her! I LOVE the guy, and I LOVE the family. Instinctively. I connect to him like I have never connected with any politician EVER before . . . here or in Italy. The man could be my friend. He speaks my language, he is smart, he is funny. I could hang out with him any time. I feel I would talk to him or share my life with him like he was you, or Marques, or Willie, or Maurice or ada! I guess Noonan doesn’t know nobody like us!" Your move, Noonan.