Obama: How do I love me? Let me count the ways!
Posted by danishova on April 6, 2009
During his endless G20 tour, Barack opined in a “Town Hall meeting” in Strasbourg that Americans have been “arrogant” and “dismissive” towards Europe. That was quite the stunner, coming from The Most Arrogant Man on the Planet, who never fails to remind us that we are supposed to be just like him (or them if we include his wife).
Recently he counseled parents not to let their children grow up to be investment bankers, while praising (surprise!) lawyers and teachers… professions which just happen to have been pursued by the narcissistic man in the mirror. (Who knew that lawyers were so necessary to the advancement of humanity? Apparently things have changed a bit since Shakespeare’s day.) But it doesn’t stop there. While pushing his Universal Service schemes, he uses himself (and Michelle) as the exemplars:
Obama began his career by moving to the South Side of Chicago to direct the Developing Communities Project. Together with a coalition of ministers, Obama set out to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued by crime and high unemployment. After graduating from law school, Obama passed up lucrative law firm jobs to head Project Vote, which helped register 150,000 new African American voters in Chicago, the highest number ever registered in a single local effort. Michelle Obama was founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago, a leadership development program that identifies and prepares talented young adults for careers serving the public good.
Ordinarily we draw inspiration from heroic figures, and voluntarily strive to emulate their admirable qualities (or even deeds) in some way. However, with the Obama’s they not only tell us how wonderful they are, they actually push legislation which effectively forces us to be just like them!
The truth is, beneath the veil of “serving the public good” lies some pretty ugly stuff. Perhaps it is seductive to some fringe radicals, but few would find the thuggish tactics of Saul Alinsky to be the beau ideal. One would have to be a Chicago politician to admire tactics like earmarking a cool million of to your wife’s employer so she can get a big, fat raise . The indoctrination of our youth through organizations like Public Allies, or signing on with the ACORN mob’s associates at Project Vote is not what most Americans would choose for our children, and doing it for “the poor” or “African Americans” does not make it any less abhorrent.
The ideal man does not prattle on about all the sacrifices he’s made, and demand that we sacrifice just like him – we come to these conclusions on our own. Who but a fool is seduced by a hypocrite who lectures us to turn our thermostats down while setting his own thermostat up really high? Who finds something to admire in callous suggestions that we “properly inflate one’s tires” as we struggle with the economic impact of historically high gas prices?
Thank God (no, Barack, I’m not talking about you) some of our friends across the pond are starting to catch on the tedious self-absorption. One can only hope that the American people begin to take notice of what Iain Martin has observed:
Isn’t it time for him to go home yet? It is good, in theory, that the new President of the United States is taking so much time to tour Europe. He arrived in London last Tuesday, has been to Strasbourg, Prague yesterday and now he’s off to Turkey. It shows, I suppose, that he cares about the outside world and that is ‘A Good Thing’. But his long stay means that we are hearing rather a lot from him, way too much in fact.
Perhaps, Benjamin Franklin was thinking of someone like Barack when he said, guests, like fish, smell after three days.
His speeches have long under-delivered, usually leaving a faintly empty sensation in this listener even though I welcomed, moderately, his victory last year as offering the possibility of a fresh start and a boost to confidence.
Yet, we are told that he is a great orator and in one way he certainly is. He does have a preternatural calm in the spotlight and a mastery of the cadences we associate with the notable speakers in US history – such as JFK and MLK. But beyond that, am I alone in finding him increasingly to be something of a bore?
His performance at the first press conference in London with Gordon Brown featured moments in which he sparkled – his riff on loving the Queen was a high-point. But most of the serious answers that I listened to were interminable, windy and not very impressive. At points there were pauses so long that it appeared he had simply lost his train of thought.
Ha! More likely, he lost sight of TOTUS.
Today, we were treated to another set-piece Obama speech, and my didn’t he go on a bit? The crowd in Prague was huge, and initially wildly enthusiastic, but what he served up was not any more impressive than his damp squib in Berlin last year. Is there a computer which churns this stuff out for him?…
…But Obama was only warming up. "When I was born," (Everything usually leads back to him, you’ll notice)… "the world was divided, and our nations were faced with very different circumstances. Few people would have predicted that someone like me would one day become an American President." (Him again)…
"Few people would have predicted that an American President would one day be permitted to speak to an audience like this in Prague. And few would have imagined that the Czech Republic would become a free nation, a member of NATO, and a leader of a united Europe. Those ideas would have been dismissed as dreams". (Not by Ronald Reagan they wouldn’t have been, when most of Obama’s Democrat friends thought the then US President’s robust approach to the Cold War made him a loony on the loose).
"We are here today because enough people ignored the voices who told them that the world could not change. We are here today because of the courage of those who stood up – and took risks – to say that freedom is a right for all people, no matter what side of a wall they live on, and no matter what they look like… (subtly this time, but right at the end the sentence leads back to him again).
President Obama returns this week from his whirlwind "It’s good to be me" tour through continental Europe and Asia. Many here stateside are beginning to whisper that Mr. Obama is the most arrogant leader this country has seen in a generation. He holds Americans and the Constitution in utter contempt…
Mr. Obama has taken Narcissus to a new level. He is mesmerized by his own words. He wields no delusions of his own grandeur…