Who would have ever guessed that it would be John Kerry, of all people, who would raise the bar so publically, and unintentionally (I think), in my little game by introducing the term “unbelievably small” into the lexicon surrounding this embarrassment of and administration. I think that one is going to stick with them for quite some time.
Just over a year ago I noted a few of the still rare…and at the time, I thought, rather bold…instances of jabbing at his smallness by genuine smart people.
The Smallest of Men… (RedState Diary, August 17, 2012)
[…and really just a reason to post a few jabs that make me giggle at the expense of the most powerful “man” on Earth]
If memory serves, it was still relatively early in 2009 when comments were made on the Hugh Hewitt radio show to the effect that “no incoming President is as big as the office he is entering but most grow into it…and that it was clear even then that this President was going to shrink the Presidency to fit him.”
Even after he had posed confidently behind a toy “President-Elect” emblem for more than two months, I don’t think many of us were quite sure how little this man really was.
Two years in, smart people were still taking the time to craft linguistic gold to mock the obviously shallow “Constitutional academic”…such as this “direct shot at [President Obama’s] ruling class elitism and rather arrogant and simplistic ‘not Bush’ approach to leadership (think Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, etc.)” (1):
“Wanting something to end, and being the right sort to want something to end, surely were to be synonymous with something ending.”
Even earlier this year, a modicum of (undeserved, in my opinion) respectfulness remained as actual smart people weighed in…such as this from Richard Epstein via Instapundit (2):
“I like Obama but I reject the suggestion that he is an intellectual. He is an activist merely mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual.”
Things seemed to nose dive rather quickly from there. Earlier this month, a real Law Professor put it rather bluntly (3):
“It is becoming clear that Obama is not only intellectually, but also morally unfit to hold the office of President.”
And, finally, earlier this week The Chicago Tribune…the home town news!!!!…chimed in with this via Instapundit (4):
“Team Obama tried to defend Biden, but it was nonsensical babbling.”
I dare say that none of this is radical right wing ranting…and the fact that people with real resumes can so easily say such biting but true things about a President and the administration that will carry his name into the history books has got to irritate the thin skinned to no end. (Sure, the media said some really nasty things about Mr. Bush – who, by the way, was thick skinned to a fault – but that was really just the crass left-wing political Dadaism of those mid-decade years. It sure had destructive short term electoral impacts but it will not define the man in our history…he went a lot further in that realm with his own words.)
Then again, I could be wrong. It’s hard to gage those that do not see the shame in advancing “Leading from Behind” as their foreign policy doctrine.
I do think history will not be kind. Given the shortage of notable Presidential speeches, the words of others will fill the void. I suspect the smart people have already got a jump on preparing those texts.
I can think of no better prize for such a small, small man.
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Now, it seems, everyone is in the game. Even the quickest pass through recent Instapundit posts finds references to “Clown Car Presidency”, “laughingstock”, “diminished figure”, “outperforming Jimmy Carter as the most feeble US president of modern times”, “worst day in Western diplomatic history”, and “an unmitigated clusterf**k”. Similarly, a quick sample from Powerline:
“Is the Obama presidency ‘collapsing’ — ‘dissolv[ing] before our eyes’ — as Pete Wehner argues? I’m not prepared to say that.
But Obama’s credibility seems to be eroding, at last, in the public’s mind. And may finally be starting to look small, and even a bit ridiculous, to many who have never viewed him that way.” (5)
“I am quite sure that not even junior White House administrative assistants buy this patently absurd spin. The senior official’s comments are clueless ten times over, including the presumably inadvertent support they lend to Putin’s low estimate of Obama.” (6)
“Putin deems President Obama in need of a tutorial on the rationale of the United Nations and its role in the resolution of conflict between and among nations. Putin has come to give Obama the short course. It’s The UN for Dummies…” (7)
My favorite, however, comes from Judith Levy over at Richochet:
“But we should all be clear about what just happened. The Americans were conned by a master of the game.
And when you’re on top, you don’t let up. Thus the Russians are wasting no time laying out — in calm, diplomatic tones — the terms of extortion for a White House that does, admittedly, tend to need things to be spelled out.” (8)
That solidifying image, combined with persistently unremarkable speechifying (with another fine example this week), will ultimately be very hard to hide from history. This disgusting period of American history…now clearly in both domestic and foreign policy arenas…will forever be linked to complete inadequacy for the job and the times through the Obama name. As funny as I want it all to be, that is a scar that will haunt us all for a very long time.
“Unmitigated clusterf**k” indeed.
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