Tell me, please, what kind of internal dialogue that you have to have with yourself, how highly you must esteem yourself, to come up with this:
My enthusiasm for the job is undiminished. My faith in the American people, in their core decency, is where it was — in fact, I think it’s a little stronger than it was. And so I’m confident that if we’re telling our story not about — not just about what we’ve done, but more importantly what remains to be done, that we’re going to have five and a half more years to finish the job.
This was, of course, our egocentric president, Barack Obama, speaking at a fundraiser last week.
First of all, did anyone ask him about his enthusiasm for the job? I mean, thank goodness the president is still enjoying himself. Sir, when it’s not fun anymore, please let us know if we can get you a cold drink or maybe a new five iron or just whatever it is we can do to help.
But the whopper is that his faith in the “core decency” of the American people not only remains, but has grown.
We’ve all tried to behave well, of course, both for Santa and so that the president would know that though we occasionally object to his policies, we are in fact good people. And when we err and disagree with him, it is only with the best intentions.
So he recognizes “where we’re comin’ from.” It’s nice that he deduces such things during his frequent strolls along the surface of the Potomac River, where he does a lot of his thinking.
But I believe it’s particularly big of him to tell us that, despite his fall in the opinion polls, the president thinks even better of us. I mean, talk about magnanimity. And our belief in his core decency has . . . oh what the heck does it matter what WE think?
Of course, there’s a scary part to all this. Obama follows his faith in the “core decency” of Americans with a statement that he believes he will be reelected. That means:
Core Decency = Support for Obama
Lack of Decency = Support for Republicans
It’s always fun when politicians accidentally offer you a window on how they really think. It’s inevitable, because their true selves are naturally with them every day, and their arduously constructed exteriors take effort and care to maintain. And sometimes, they’re not as careful as they should be. And that’s when we learn something.
Now that Obama has shown this side of himself, it’s back to all the talk about bipartisanship, wanting to hear Republican ideas, respecting other opinions, and all the other nonsense that provides cover for the horrific political attacks that are sure to characterize Obama’s presidential campaign.
The attacks will be performed with relish, because they are nurtured by the notion within Obama, common among Democrats, that the opposition is dumb, evil, or both.