by Jimmie Bise
I very nearly stopped reading Noonan’s column when I read the headline “He Was Supposed to Be Competent”. Yeah? Well who said that, exactly? Who said that Barack Obama was competent to be President?
It sure as heck wasn’t we uneducated rubes out here in the hinterlands, the people upon whom Noonan heaped scorn. We knew that a guy with not a day of executive experience, who hadn’t held a real job nor earned a real paycheck, who had never faced a serious electoral challenge, and who had never once been held accountable for any position he ever had wasn’t going to become Super Executive when his sainted buttocks hit the Resolute Desk. We knew that a guy who mailed it in when he edited the Harvard Law Review, who hid his college transcripts from us, who claimed to be a teacher but never really taught, did all that not because he was a beacon of competence but because he likely wasn’t. We never said he was “supposed” to be competent, because we bitter clingers, we rabble, never saw a sign that he was.