The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal.com’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.
What Would We Do Without Experts?
“Teens Should Find Summer Jobs Now, Say Experts”–headline, WISH-TV website (Indianapolis), May 27
“CNN’s John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama ‘detached,’ ‘flat footed,’ and ‘incompetent,’ ” notes Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard:
“Forget for a moment that Republican outrage,” said King on his CNN show [Sunday] morning. “More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat footed, even incompetent.
And if anyone should know about the need to “get a spine,” it’s an anonymous coward.
Why Do Bad Things Always Happen to Him?
“Barack Obama is a historic figure and his election as president was hailed worldwide as a famous victory. But what awaited him was the worst set of national conditions since Herbert Hoover took the oath on the eve of the Great Depression some 80 years ago. Obama, as we all knew even as he took office in 2009, was inheriting the Great Recession. What we didn’t know was that he was about to inherit something even more unmanageable: a set of global problems demanding leadership that a weary America was no longer eager or easily able to provide, and a changing world no longer willing to accept U.S. leadership without question.”–John Farmer, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), May 25
Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“An earlier version of this editorial misstated the dates of a pilot program to privatize inland revenue collection. It ran from 1996 to 1997, not 1996 to 1967.”–New York Times, May 26
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