CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2015 – Talk about egos and self-righteousness, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of names to throw around: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly. If narcissism were a beauty pageant, however, none of them could hold a candle to Barack Obama.
“Arrogance” doesn’t even begin to describe this president’s vanity. Nor does “egotistical” or “self-absorbed” or “conceited.” Truthfully, “narcissistic” is too mild. In fact, there may not even be a word in the English language that can correctly define the quality or extent of Mr. Obama’s self-adoration.
Appearing on “60 Minutes” Sunday, Obama was asked by Steve Kroft whether he thought he could win a third term.
Without hesitation the president answered “Yes, I do.”
In fairness, no president is going to say “no,” but it was the implication by Obama that there is nothing to keep him from running again. In true Obama generosity, however, he insisted that he would “follow the lead of previous presidents.”
Obama’s benevolence is as overwhelming as his ego.
Comparing his administration to that of George Washington, Obama told Kroft, “I think having a fresh set of legs in this seat, I think having a fresh perspective, new personnel and new ideas and a new conversation with the American people about issues that may be different a year from now than they were when I started eight years ago, I think that’s all good for our democracy.”
“Fresh” has several definitions. Historically there has never been a president who was “fresher” than Barack Obama. But that’s a different story.
“There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving,” adding Obama, “But the law is the law, and no person is above the law, not even the president.”
After seven years of Obama’s leadership it is almost impossible to imagine he would say that “no person is above the law, not even the president” because he certainly does not believe it.
Comparing himself to George Washington is not the first time Obama has ranked himself in the top tier of presidents. He had also placed himself beside Abraham Lincoln.
That he has had much to do with changing the course of America is indisputable, but other than being one of 44 presidents, there is little or nothing Obama has in common with any of them.
Obama also suggested that Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are a sign of the growing weakness of Vladimir Putin of Russia. Only someone who is totally self-absorbed and out of touch could make such a statement.
“When I came into office…Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region (Middle East),” said Obama. “And today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria, which they’ve had for a long time. Mr. Putin now is devoting – his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally.”
Give the president credit, he must be a member of the Mensa Society for being able to concoct an explanation like that.
Kroft challenged the president saying Russia is testing his leadership by “bombing the people – that we are supporting.”
In typical Obama-ese, the president confidently responded, “If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.”
When Barack Obama came into office seven years ago, he informed the American people that he had all the answers. Since that time the U.S. economy has continued to sputter making only slight improvements in the standard of living for most Americans.
Many, if not most, of his programs have been detrimental to the very people whose lives the president claims to be most dedicated toward improving.
In the end, the person, or persons, who have benefited the most by Obama’s presidency are Mr. Obama himself and his own family.
That will be his legacy. Fortunately for the president, his ego is too big for him to notice.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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