Charles Krauthammer: Barack Obama, a stranger in his own government

Some are leaders and some are managers. Obama is neither.

National Post | Full Comment

WASHINGTON — The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

IRS? “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” he thundered in May 2013 when the story broke of the agency targeting conservative groups. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.”

Obama had never managed anything before running for the biggest management job on earth. It shows.

Except that within nine months, Obama had grown far more tolerant, retroactively declaring…

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