Liberal columnist Maureen Dowd of The New York Times has joined the chorus of media pundits pleading with President Obama to stop “whining” and “whiffing” about criticism with his administration.
Dowd said Tuesday, “An American president should never say, as you did to the New Yorker editor, David Remnick, about presidents throughout history: ‘We’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.’ Mr. President, I am just trying to get my paragraph right. You need to think bigger, and instead show the leadership people expect as America’s commander-in-chief.”
More frequently lately, even the supportive liberal media that have fiercely defended Obama for over five years have grown tired of the complaining. Dowd stated “Obama has put himself in a weak position because he appears to have resigned from the possibility of making great historic strides on the world stage.”
Dowd was not through with her criticism of the president. “An American president should never say, as you did to the New Yorker editor, David Remnick, about presidents throughout history: ‘We’re part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.’ Mr. President, I am just trying to get my paragraph right. You need to think bigger,” she wrote.
It is a rarity to see anyone from the New York Times take a swipe at the Obama administration, much less the president himself. It shows how disgruntled the left is becoming with the president’s weaknesses and low poll ratings going into the November midterms.
Obama did not raise his credibility with Dowd on his recent Philippines visit where he again acted like a spoiled child rather than the man responsible for the free world. Dowd said Obama’s behavior during a press conference in the Philippines was another example of weak leadership.
“An American president should never say as you did Monday in Manila when you got frustrated in a press conference with the Philippine president: ‘You hit singles; you hit doubles. Every once in a while, we may be able to hit a home run.’ Especially now that we have this scary World War III vibe with the Russians, we expect the president, especially one who ran as Babe Ruth, to hit home runs.”
But her final paragraph was the most surprising for any New York liberal. “How can we accept these reduced expectations and truculent passivity from the man who offered himself up as the moral beacon of the world, even before he was elected?”
How can “we” indeed Ms. Dowd.
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