Three years into Obama’s presidency, widespread criticism has done nothing to temper his unbounded narcissism. According to Fox Nation, as of the beginning of August 2010, “Obama [had] spoken some form of ‘I’ or ‘me’ more than 16,000 official times since he took office.” In his defense, his self-image may be distorted by the fawning and pandering that surrounds him daily, including from our hapless vice president.
This guy has a backbone like a ramrod,” said Biden, in one of his many panegyrics to his boss, adding that Obama also possesses “a brain bigger than his skull and he’s got a heart to match both.”1
And as his first term comes to an end, Obama still can’t resist placing himself in the cultural limelight, appearing on pop-culture television programs ranging from The Daily Show to Mythbusters, and The View.
When Obama scheduled his joint session of Congress to campaign for his jobs bill at the same time as a Republican presidential debate, one would have assumed the dispute would end once he rescheduled. Instead, Obama was infuriated that the GOP had forced him to back down.
“It is a big deal that the House said ‘no’ to the president from our end,” said a White House source, according to Politico. The source continued, “This confirms what we all know: They will do anything in the House to muck us up.”2
But was the anger justified? Who walked on whom here? Politico said the White House was well aware Obama’s speech would conflict with the Republican debate, which had been planned weeks in advance, but it insisted on acting like the aggrieved party. Treating the Republican debate as a non-event and Obama’s speech—another predictable, monotonous presidential sales job—as singularly paramount to the nation, the White House source insisted that…
The “debate was one that was going on a cable station. It was not sacrosanct. We knew they would push it back and then there would be a GOP debate totally trashing the president. So it wasn’t all an upside for us.”3
WHEN THINGS AREN’T GOING RIGHT, FOLKS ARE GOING TO DIRECT ATTENTION AT YOU
Just a year before, President Obama had assured us that he, too, despite his lavish presidential lifestyle, could relate to the plight of struggling Americans during our economic downturn, as he and the first lady took a hit in the financial meltdown.
“We’re just not that far removed from what most Americans are going through,” Obama told ABC News. “I mean it was only a few years ago when we had high credit card balances, we had two little kids that we were trying to figure out how to save enough for college, we were still thinking about our own retirement and looking at our retirement accounts and wondering, are we going to be able to get enough assets in there to make sure we’re protected.”
At the time of the interview, his disclosure forms revealed he had a net worth of some $7.7 million. 5
A few weeks later, still fully me-focused, Obama lamented that he was not given the credit he deserves. And “here’s the reason,” he explained to CBS News:
“We’ve gone through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. No other depression comes close. When people have gone through that much trauma, people have every right to be scared, to be angry, to be frustrated. And I don’t expect the American people to be satisfied when we’re only half of the way back.” He added, “One of the things when you’re President is, folks are gonna, you know, direct attention—when things aren’t going right for them—at you.”6
That’s Obama—ever the victim.
Poor President Obama; he is just so misunderstood! Somebody call for a Waaaam-BU-lance!
1 “Biden: Obama Has a ‘Brain Bigger Than His Skull,’” RealClearPolitics, October 15, 2010.
2 Roger Simon, “W.H. furious over speech delay,” Politico, September 4, 2011.
5 “Obama: My Finances Have Suffered Too,” Breitbart TV, July 27, 2010.
6 “Obama: We don’t get enough credit for success,” CBS News, August 1, 2010.
Excerpt from, “The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic”; by David Limbaugh.