Obama’s hubris

Charles Krauthammer has written a devastating column about Brack Obama’s pretensions. An excerpt:

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 economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, “Moses made the waters recede, but he had help.” Obama apparently works alone.

Obama may think he’s King Canute, but the good king ordered the tides to halt precisely to refute sycophantic aides who suggested that he had such power. Obama has no such modesty.

After all, in the words of his own slogan, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” which, translating the royal “we,” means: “I am the one we’ve been waiting for.” Amazingly, he had a quasi-presidential seal with its own Latin inscription affixed to his podium, until general ridicule — it was pointed out that he was not yet president — induced him to take it down. . . .

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?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Joan Vennoci of The Boston Globe, who is not conservative, also gets at him with The Audacity of Ego on Monday. she writes early in her column:
    ‘Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a healthy ego. Now he’s turning into the A-Rod of politics. It’s all about him.’
    For what it’s worth in the scheme of things, realizing that he might still win the election, that’ll probably be the one joke comics finally feel free to make about a Pres. Obama, since they’re so shy about joke-making on candidate Obama. The President Obama-ego will be impossible, and just too funny, to ignore–since laughing will be the only defense we’ll have left in an Obama administration.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Joan Vennoci of The Boston Globe, who is not conservative, also gets at him with The Audacity of Ego on Monday. she writes early in her column:
    ‘Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a healthy ego. Now he’s turning into the A-Rod of politics. It’s all about him.’
    For what it’s worth in the scheme of things, realizing that he might still win the election, that’ll probably be the one joke comics finally feel free to make about a Pres. Obama, since they’re so shy about joke-making on candidate Obama. The President Obama-ego will be impossible, and just too funny, to ignore–since laughing will be the only defense we’ll have left in an Obama administration.

  • Carl Vehse

    Before we begin our Obamania worship service, let us pray The Obamessiah’s Prayer:

    “In the name of Reverend Wright, Obama, and Bill Ayers we pray. Obama hear our prayers.

    “Our Obama, who art in Washington,
    Hallowed by thy children.
    Thy Presidency come,
    Thy Legislation be done,
    In Washington as it is in Chicago.
    Give us this day our daily gas ration,
    As we repent for our carbon addiction.
    And lead us not into trepidation,
    But deliver us from George Bush.
    For thine is the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court.
    For eight to ten years.
    Obamessiah.”

  • Carl Vehse

    Before we begin our Obamania worship service, let us pray The Obamessiah’s Prayer:

    “In the name of Reverend Wright, Obama, and Bill Ayers we pray. Obama hear our prayers.

    “Our Obama, who art in Washington,
    Hallowed by thy children.
    Thy Presidency come,
    Thy Legislation be done,
    In Washington as it is in Chicago.
    Give us this day our daily gas ration,
    As we repent for our carbon addiction.
    And lead us not into trepidation,
    But deliver us from George Bush.
    For thine is the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court.
    For eight to ten years.
    Obamessiah.”

  • http://plansforhope.wordpress.com/ alyssa

    Excellent reasons for pause, consideration, and prayer…

  • http://plansforhope.wordpress.com/ alyssa

    Excellent reasons for pause, consideration, and prayer…

  • Anon

    The Antichrist? The Beast out of the Sea?

    Something like that.

    He is now promising to change the entire world.

    Lars would have trouble being more satirical than Barak Hussein Obama is about himself. (Lars has noted that it is difficult to lampoon the post-modern world, it tends to have already done the job itself)

  • Anon

    The Antichrist? The Beast out of the Sea?

    Something like that.

    He is now promising to change the entire world.

    Lars would have trouble being more satirical than Barak Hussein Obama is about himself. (Lars has noted that it is difficult to lampoon the post-modern world, it tends to have already done the job itself)

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s McCain’s new political ad on
    “The One”.

    Charlton Heston is probably chuckling, too.

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s McCain’s new political ad on
    “The One”.

    Charlton Heston is probably chuckling, too.


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