More telling, Obama offered an aside that spoke to his diminished state and captured the mood of a president and party under assault.A bit thin-skinned, isn't he?
“They talk about me like a dog,” Obama said with a chuckle of his political opponents. “That’s not in my prepared remarks but it’s true.”
Was he awake during the Bush presidency? The Clinton presidency? Heck, I remember the way that opponents talked about Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. That's what happens in politics. Remember the jabs that W. was a "miserable failure," a loser who liked to send soldiers to die so as to get reelected? Of course, you do. It was just a few years ago.
But Obama seems to think that he's the first politician to be criticized severely by his opponents. There was a reason that that line wasn't in his prepared script - it's unpresidential and his aides would have realized that Obama just sounds self-absorbed and self-pitying. Did Obama think that he was such a glorious, practically divine figure that he would be immune from criticism or ridicule? Well, reality is where the rest of us live and in that reality, Americans criticize a politician whom they don't like and whose policies they disapprove. Presidents need to be tougher than to start whining about criticism before sympathetic audiences.