But there's something else that has led Mr. Obama to his falling poll numbers. When FDR followed the disaster that was Herbert Hoover, he took a new and different path. The government would now hold a new place in the daily American reality. When Ronald Reagan followed the disaster that was Jimmy Carter, he took a new and different path. The federal government would be pushed back from its intrusions on Americans. But when Barack Obama took over after the disaster that was George W. Bush, he did not, in terms of the most pressing domestic issue after unemployment, take a new and different path. He spent, just like Mr. Bush, only even more. It was as if he were saying, "You think Bush broke the bank? I'll show you what a broken bank looks like." This isn't a departure, it's a doubling down.(I am not sure that FDR actually did take a much different path than Hoover, but at least he made the public think he was taking a different path. Hoover was an interventionist who had great faith in the ability of government to make the world better, and so was Roosevelt.)
Noonan seems to be suggesting that Obama will not be seeking re-election in 2012. Will others pick up that idea and start asking whether Obama will run in 2012, as so many are asking if Palin will run in 2012?