Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- It was precisely Feb. 5, 2009, when I broke my self-imposed rule. It was not a very old rule, but it was serious. I had told myself that I would not criticize the new president of the United States, Barack Obama -- at least not for a few more months. But I slipped up. I could not completely swallow the fact that a community action leader with almost no experience at the national level had become president. There were already complaints coming in from foreign parts. The Indians warned against his sticking his nose into their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir, and to the president's offer of talks with Iran, a low-level spokesman, Gholam Hossein Elham, replied, "This request means Western ideology has become passive."

Yet since those halcyon days, the flubs and near disasters have gotten worse. They have gotten worse for two reasons. To begin with, there is the experience factor. President Barack Obama is less experienced than any modern president, and I am not sure he has had any more experience than any president, period. Maybe Millard Fillmore was less experienced. I shall research the matter and report my findings.

Now think about what this means. He has had no experience in foreign affairs, intelligence gathering, the workings of the Treasury or any other aspect of the federal government. He does not know how to deal with a gigantic oil spill or, come to think of it, a small one. We are left thanking the stars in the heavens that this president has Joe Biden at his side! Maybe we are even reassured that Rahm Emanuel is there, if one does not mind a sharp elbow in the ribs, and David Axelrod and that someone by the name of Valerie Jarrett can be counted on to keep watch while this president flies off to foreign parts.

Second, Obama is wedded to the politics of the far left. He thinks that because there is someone to the farther left of him, he is a moderate. But as things stand, there are people to the right of him, too. As I see it, there are at least three-quarters of the American people to the right of him, possibly more. These people matter. It probably was imprudent of him to go to the baseball game last weekend, even if the Chicago White Sox were playing. And the next day, he should not have played golf, even if Joe Biden came along. Not even if Saul Alinsky had written about golf back in the 1960s.

Glenn Beck

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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