The Corner

Uneasy Lies The Head

The President gets a touch of the Thomas Friedmans:

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

I don’t know whether it’s that much easier being President of China. Maybe Obama should have started by being President of Costa Rica or Slovenia, and worked his way up from there. Bill Kristol:

Barack Obama ran for president of the United States. Maybe he should start behaving as one.

The Pundette adds:

Temperament does matter. And Obama’s is all wrong.

Indeed. I don’t mind the union bruisers, Marxist social engineers and lockstep zombies of the Democrat identity-group plantations voting for Obama: They knew what they wanted, and they got it. But I find it harder to understand the preening metrosexual nincompoop ObamaCons besotted with fantasies about his “temperament” (mentioning no names). His “temperament” would seem to be one of his more obvious failings.

In New Hampshire, the same year Obama won, a Dartmouth College student got elected as county treasurer: Like Obama, she had an Ivy League education; like Obama, she looked great in a bathing suit. And, like Obama, she found all the meetings and budgets and stuff totally way more work than she’d expected. Being county treasurer in Shanghai would probably have been a lot easier. Still, it comes to something when a whiny Valley Girl sounds less like a whiny Valley Girl than the President of the United States does.

A few days ago, noting that Obama seems to like the car and driver and wardrobe budget and so forth, John Hinderaker suggested he might find it easier being king, and letting someone else take on the tedious chores of the executive. John thought this could be accomplished by a constitutional amendment, but that seems unnecessarily complicated. Why doesn’t Obama just appoint himself the czar czar?

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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