James Taranto, making a wonderful comparison between laments that arose from within the mainstream press in 1980, when the ineffectual Jimmy Carter was on his way to losing in a landslide (to a conservative, agggghhhh!), to similar whines today:
"Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of slogging echo across the decades. They emanate not just from the failed president but from sympathetic journalists trying to absolve him of the responsibility for his failure."
Jimmy Carter too faced crises beyond his control. Until Ronald Reagan stepped up and took control of them.
And now poor Barack ...