Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Obama's self-love

If we did have a race between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich, it would be a battle between the two to see who has more self-love and a more grandiose vision of himself. "60 Minutes" left it out of their show, but it is now up on their unedited interview that Obama said this about himself.
“The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do.”
Oh, please. His biggest legislative accomplishments were the stimulus and health care. The stimulus so clearly failed of its objectives that Obama has had to make up a phony statistic of "jobs created or saved" to find something positive to say about its results. Practically every day we learn of some story indicating how that money was wasted. A majority of the American people would like to see the health care bill repealed. Republicans were able to ride disgust with Obama's so-called legislative achievements to historic victories in 2010.

John Hinderaker compares
the numbers on unemployment, economic growth, inflation, and gas prices in the first three years of Obama's presidency with those of Reagan's presidency. The comparison is not favorable to Obama. In fact, it would make a great ad for some PAC to run all next year.

And those foreign policy achievements? What are those? I guess he's counting how he arbitrarily ignored the advice of the generals on the ground to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps those were great moves, but we'll have to wait to find out how those turn out. Likewise in Libya. We're still waiting to see what happens with the so-called Arab Spring, but it looks rather ominous at the moment for US interests. And he can't count anything he has done with Iran to be a success. The only move that we can judge now is killing Osama bin Laden. And I doubt if there is any president who wouldn't have given that order.

Hinderaker challenged other bloggers and writers to contrast those three years of Obama's presidency with that of other presidents. Since Obama defined the modern presidency to include Lincoln, why not go back a bit further and include Washington? Or if that seems too much of a stretch, I'd put in the first three years of Truman's presidency. He ended the war in Europe and the Pacific, worked to stabilize the economy in the post-war period while setting us on the way to oppose the Soviet Union in the Cold War without going to actual war with the Marshall Plan and the Berlin airlift as well as establishing the containment policy that would last for decades. Legislatively, Teddy Roosevelt's first three years might stack up there. If we're going to look at the economic record, Coolidge deserves a mention. And Eisenhower is certainly in the mix. Heck, I'm sure that Bill Clinton would love to match his first term against Obama's.

But even if everything was great both domestically and in foreign policy in Obama's America, only the most arrogant of men would start praising himself in front of the cameras in this manner. He is so used to hearing over-the-top praise from the media and winning a Peace Prize before he'd actually done anything that he has totally bought all the hype. Can't he stick up for his actions without having to place himself in the pantheon of American presidents? His self-love is so great that he seems to actually believe this nonsense and see nothing wrong with advertising his own view of himself. And note that, in comparing his achievements to those of Lincoln, FDR, and Johnson, he inserts that telling adverb "possibly." So in his own eyes, he may possibly surpass those former presidents. I guess he did really believe his own nonsense about his nomination being the moment when the rise of the oceans started to recede and the planet start to heal.

His megalomania knows no bounds. Just imagine how great he'd consider himself if he got reelected.