When Peggy Noonan’s On . . .
She is on. Here’s her comment on President Obama’s Wednesday press conference: “Viewers would have found it disappointing if there had been any viewers.” She continues: “The president is speaking, in effect, to an empty room. From my notes five minutes in: ‘This wet blanket, this occupier of the least interesting corner of the faculty lounge, this joy-free zone, this inert gas.’”
A related note: About three years ago, I heard President Bush make the argument for one or another of his policies, something foreign-policy-related, and his case on it seemed to me quite persuasive. A couple of days later, to my great disappointment, the poll results came in: the same lopsided rejection of the policy that existed before Bush spoke. Puzzled, I asked a prominent conservative intellectual of my acquaintance what could account for the American people’s failure to grasp what seemed to me so sensible. He answered: “It’s not so much that they are rejecting Bush’s argument, as that they’ve simply stopped listening to him.”
It took Bush six years to reach that point. Obama has worn out his welcome practically overnight.