Peggy Noonan Suddenly Decides That Hero-Worshipping Presidents Is “Un-American”
How can you tell a Democrat is about to move into the White House? When Nooners writes something like this:
The Founders, who were awed by the presidency and who made it a point, the early ones, to speak in their inaugural addresses of how unworthy they felt, would be astonished and confounded by the over-awe with which we view presidents now. We treat them as if they are the Grand Imperial Czar of the Peacock Throne, and we their ‘umble servants. It’s no good, and vaguely un-American. Right now patriotism requires more than the usual candor. It requires speaking truthfully and constructively to a president who is a man, and just a man. We hire them, we fire them, they come back for photo-ops. They’re not magic.
Yep, presidents are just ordinary, regular schmoes who we hire and fire every 4 years.
Unless of course, they’re Republicans.
…that’s how I think a lot of people felt when Reagan was in the White House: Daddy’s home. A wise and brave and responsible man is running things. And that’s a good way to feel.
Nothing like having a wise, brave, responsible Daddy in the White House. A Daddy who’s like a big, huggy…
The charismatic figure Mr. [George W.] Bush follows is the last big American president, the last who had the massive presence of a battleship, Ronald Reagan.
Battleship! And the thing about wise, brave, charismatic battleships? They’re really enormous.
Reagan brought a constellation of virtues to the office of the presidency—guts, compassion, humor, a lack of pretension, a willingness to face the world and tell the truth, a willingness to make decisions and stand by them—and his leadership changed the world, and for the better. As president, he was a giant.
A giant wise charismatic brave battleship who changed the world! Let’s face it. Reagan, in a nutshell was…
Ronald Reagan was, is, a great man.
But wait a minute. Why did he have to be great? I mean, aren’t presidents just there for the "photo-ops"?
The presidency is now about two things: ridding the world of madmen who seek to terrorize, and making America safer from weapons of mass destruction. Everything else comes after that.
He [George W. Bush] has become, as everyone has pointed out, a leader. Our leader, the American president.
Wow. Ridding the world of madmen? Keeping America safe? Our Leader with an implied capital ‘L’? Sounds like that does take, well, a Great Man. . .
Noonan: Mrs. Bush, when you married George [W.] Bush, did you have the sense that maybe you were marrying a great man?
A Great Man…with Greatness!
Harry Truman was a great man. And I believe we are seeing the makings of a similar greatness in George W. Bush…
It’s going to be an awfully long time before she can compose love letters to the next Great Giant Republican Charismatic Brave Daddy Battleship President.
In the meantime, it would be un-American for us to forget that Obama’s "just a man."