Since his re-election to the presidency Barack Obama has confirmed my judgment that he is emotionally and politically immature, incapable of learning from his experience in the White House, incapable of flourishing as a mature individual.
Peggy Noonan, the highly successful speech-writer for President Ronald Reagan, sums up Obama’s weakness and failure throughout the fiscal cliff ‘negotiations’ in her typically convincing way:
“He won but he did not triumph. His victory didn’t resolve or ease anything, and it heralds nothing but more congressional war to come….The old animosity was aggravated. Serious men don’t taunt. And they don’t farm the job of negotiating out to the vice president because no one can get anything done with the president. Some Republican said, ‘He couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag.’ But – isn’t this clear by now? – not negotiating is his way of negotiating.” Peggy Noonan, ‘There’s no ‘I’ in Kumbaya’, The Wall Street JournalJanuary 5, 2013
On the fiscal cliff issue, Obama, for the most part got his way. But he won by unnecessarily losing goodwill. And he has four more long years to go. His incumbency assuredly will not be well-remembered by the American people:
“Maybe he thinks bipartisan progress raises the Republicans almost to his level, and he doesn’t want to do that. They’re partisan hacks, they’re not big like him. Let them flail. This, however, is true: The great presidents are always in the end uniters, not dividers. They keep it together and keep it going. And people remember them fondly for that.” Peggy Noonan, ibid.