Is Obama a lame duck or just lame?

President Obama is fading, “failing to lead, to break through, to show he’s not at the mercy of events but, to some degree at least, in command of them,” Peggy Noonan wrote. Still, she concluded: “It’s too early to write him off as a lame duck because history has a way of intervening. A domestic or international crisis that is well-handled, or a Supreme Court appointment, can make a president relevant. There are 44 months left to Mr. Obama’s presidency. He’s not a lame duck, he’s just lame.”