Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's all about him, him, him

It's no surprise that Barack Obama's short video message for the fall of the Berlin Wall festivities should include a celebration of himself. Remember his wife saying that the first time she was proud of her country was when it started supporting her husband. After all, this is a man whose pride in America has long been tied to his own personal success. As he said in the 2004 Democratic convention speech that launched his national career,

“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story ... and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.”
He said it again in his race speech that he gave after the uproar over his presence in Jeremiah Wright's congregation erupted. "I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible." This is obviously a man who sees his personal success as an expression of what is best about our country. And so he couldn't help but insert that self glorification into his taped speech for the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"Few would have foreseen ... that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it," Obama said.
Of course, he couldn't spare a mention of communism at the very celebration of its great failure. That would be just too divisive.

But celebrating himself -- well, there is always time for that.