A liberal friend pained over the rampant failures of liberal government makes an observation: “Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio are both learning to shave on our whiskers.”

The image is priceless, the insight wise. Their lack of experience in how the world works, and their ignorance of such basic knowledge as meeting a payroll, are proving to be fatal flaws for our president and mayor.

It is no coincidence they share a message of transformational change. Both are guided by ideological faith and are excellent campaigners, but show no operational ability to turn words into deeds.

“Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio are both learning to shave on our whiskers.”

Neither man can negotiate effectively, opting either to completely cave in or simply refuse to bargain. Obama gives Iran everything it wants on the march to nuclear weapons and invites the murderous Muslim Brotherhood to the White House, but won’t meet with Republicans or the prime minister of Israel.

“Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio are both learning to shave on our whiskers.”

De Blasio gives city unions sweetheart contracts, but can’t be in the same room with police and other critics.

Both talk endlessly about income inequality, but hurt the poor with self-defeating schemes for government handouts.

Another telling example is Obama’s latest outrage — his effort to draw a moral equivalency between Christianity and Islamic State barbarism.

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” he said at the National Prayer Breakfast. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.