Sunday, July 20, 2008

Time Out for Politics: The Audacity of Vanity

BB NOTE: We're trying to keep this down to a dull roar, though we all know it's an election year. Some of our best friends around here are Democrats and we love them. But sometimes something comes along that just pleads for posting and today is one of those days. So we'll order a round of chais and butterbeer and bowls of popcorn for you to toss or share. We know that it's getting a bit, well - for the lack of a better word - creepy when Barry books the 80,000 seat stadium for himself next month. So pull up your bowls of popcorn and your mugs of chai as we present Charles Krauthammer hitting it out of the park:

Americans are beginning to notice Obama’s elevated opinion of himself. There’s nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted “present” nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history — “generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment” — when, among other wonders, “the rise of the oceans began to slow.” As Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, “Moses made the waters recede, but he had help.” Obama apparently works alone.

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He lectures us that instead of worrying about immigrants learning English, “you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish” — a language Obama does not speak. He further admonishes us on how “embarrassing” it is that Europeans are multilingual but “we go over to Europe, and all we can say is ‘merci beaucoup.’ ” Obama speaks no French.

His fluent English does, however, feature many such admonitions, instructions and improvements. His wife assures us that President Obama will be a stern taskmaster: “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism . . . that you come out of your isolation. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”

For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is?


Read the whole thing here. Tip of the Tinfoil to RWB.

1 comment:

KJC402 said...

EXCELLENT! Articulate, accurate account of who he is and what he thinks he knows. Could not have said it better myself!