I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this bit of hubris from President Obama during his chat with 60 Minutes, broadcast last Sunday.
No, Obama didn’t compare himself to Jesus. But almost. Here’s what he said.
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.
It’s one thing to tout your achievements as you run for president. It’s quite another to cast yourself as among the giants of history. Especially with unemployment at 8.6 percent.
If anyone ever noticed Ronald Reagan, the Bushes or even Bill Clinton proposing themselves as possibly equal to Abraham Lincoln, I’d like to hear about it.
Obama is of course careful in his phrasing, lawyer and politician that he is. He’s talking about legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in his first two years. I’m not sure what Lincoln’s foreign policy achievements were in his first two years, though I suppose you could at that point consider his actions with respect to the Confederacy foreign policy, at least from the perspective of the South.
But whatever the technicalities, the message from Obama is clear: I’m one of these guys.
And another message is presupposed:
If only you stupid Americans who have me at 42 percent in the polls could possibly understand.