If anything is obvious about the Orator in Chief, it is how highly he thinks of himself. The H for his middle name doesn’t stand for Humility.
James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal has a perfect explanation today of how this president, so obsessed with getting rave reviews, can’t overcome his urge to give himself rave reviews. As Taranto writes:
Imagine if President Nixon had decided to base his 1972 re-election campaign on the boast that he landed on the moon. His predecessors tried and failed for eight years. It wasn’t an easy decision–what if something went wrong? But that’s why you hire a president, to make those gutsy calls. Which path would George McGovern have taken?
That’s analogous to President Obama’s effort to campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden. His absurd braggadocio is turning one of the few successes to occur under his leadership into a political liability.
Others have noted this narcissistic inclination in the president.
Perhaps it comes from having never really succeeded at anything except beating an inept Republican in 2008, a year that we imagine any dolt could have beaten an inept Republican. class="alignright size-full wp-image-69587" src="http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/files/2012/
So, as the president recoups from straining his arm to pat himself on the back, how is his self-praise going over?
The headline in the UK’s Mail Online: SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during e...
Yeah, it’s even more awkward when you brag about yourself and the people who really did the deed are still around to hear you. Another headline:
Will Navy SEALs swift-boat Obama over the bin Laden raid? - “A backlash is growing to the victory dance over the terrorist’s death, fueling concerns that Obama’s biggest foreign policy success could be turned against him.”
As noted elsewhere at the Journal, “It’s hard to imagine Lincoln or Eisenhower claiming such credit for the heroic actions of others.”
In Michael Mukasey’s column, he mentions, “That is not to say that great leaders, including presidents, have not placed themselves at the center of great events. But generally it has been to accept responsibility for failure.”
Yeah, that’s easy to imagine. The self-proclaimed Mr. Hope admitting failure?
We know he wouldn’t because he hasn’t, despite having failed repeatedly for nearly four years.