Urbin Report

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A question of competence Part II

From the New York Daily News,

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they’re doing?”

The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.

Yes, it’s early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It’s a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House.

Ed Morrissey comments:
Well, what did people expect? For the first time in decades and perhaps ever, America chose a President without executive experience in the public or private sectors, and without military command experience. If people expected smooth performance and cool competence from that kind of resume, then the best that can be said about them is that they indulged in self-delusion on a massive scale.

For the rest of us, this comes as no surprise at all.
Obama is in over his head, and so are his closest aides, such as Geithner, Hillary, and the entire team.

Other than his campaign for President, which was actually run by a seasoned team of long term campaign professionals, our Dear Leader has absolutely zero experience in running anything. He has never worked in the private sector, or ever held an executive position in any government. He's not even served on a School Board or run a Girl Scout troop. The closest he's come to any kind of leadership experience was as a Cub Scout in Indonesia.

So what we have is a Community Organizer of the United States (CCOTS) trying to learn how to be the Leader of the Free World by on the job training. OtJT that seems to be coming in a distant second to a busy party schedule.