Emmett Tyrrell

Move on to Suskind's first quote from economist Larry Summers, complaining to economist Peter Orszag, "We're home alone. There's no adult in charge." Settle on Page 365, where the speculations of us Obama critics are pretty much vindicated. There is Obama's inability to make a decision, his "drift" and his "loss of interest." He refers to Summers once again, Orszag is quoted as telling Suskind, "Larry would say (to Obama), 'I'll make my argument first; you can go after me.'" Orszag then recalls something Suskind was to hear from countless others, "I'm thinking, 'I can't believe he's talking to the president that way.' I just don't know why Obama didn't say, 'I made that decision a week ago. Just do what I say.'" Well, Obama probably did not make that decision a week ago. In another meeting, after "a dozen arguments" Suskind writes, "Obama, in a voice that was softly dispirited, said, 'Well, if you guys can't agree, I mean, we don't have to do it.'" As I say, this is from one page. The book continues and makes very painful reading even for me in all my vindication.

Suskind contains his narrative to Obama's economic policy and, to a lesser degree, healthcare. There is nothing in the book about foreign policy or the way this president has conducted two foreign wars and a worldwide effort against terrorism. My agents tell me Obama's conduct of foreign affairs and of the war on terror are even more appalling.

Somewhere in the deadly proceedings, Suskind calls in one of the president's still-happy servitors, David Axelrod, who still can sing of Obama's "broad intellectual curiosity. He just fluidly moves from one thing to another." Ah, note those fluid moves, and Axelrod assures us that "Obama will be one of history's seminal presidents." I suppose that is true if our history is to include national decline. I, however, see a better future.

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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