Monday, July 14, 2008

What about Ego-bama?

Writing in the NY Post, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg thinks Sen. Obama should swallow some of his pride. Here's some of what he says followed by my comments below the star line.

Goldberg begins - - -

In his pre-campaign book, "The Audacity of Hope," Barack Obama proclaims, "I find comfort in the fact that the longer I'm in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a striving for rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition, and that I am answerable mainly to the steady gaze of my own conscience."

Some might think this odd testimony from a young and inexperienced freshman senator on the cusp of seeking the highest rank, and the most famous position, in the world.

It's a bit like a parish priest saying he's happy with his modest lot in life and then declaring he's throwing his hat in the ring to become pope.

But a closer reading reveals a possible explanation. Perhaps he's an adulation junkie. Maybe the diminishing "nourishment" Sen. Obama receives from "popularity" is actually causing him to ratchet up his pursuit of more and more praise just to get the minimal fix he needs.

That would account for why a man who thinks striving for popularity is a character flaw has nonetheless decided to give his nomination acceptance speech in a 76,000-seat football stadium. …

The rest of Goldberg’s column is here.

Question: What if Sen. Obama really, truly believes he’s as great and saintly a public figure as he and Michelle Obama say he is?

In that case, should we expect His Obama-ness to swallow his pride?

Could you blame Obama for believing he's made enough sacrifices for America just by distancing himself from his friend Tony Rezko, recently convicted on 16 felony counts and disowning his close friend and pastor of 20 years, the anti-American racist Jeremiah Wright?

How much more should we expect Obama to endure before he and Michelle assume the presidency of what Michelle Obama says is a downright mean country?

Hat tip: AC


Anonymous said...

I think The New Yorker cover page is a hoot, the only problem is what they see as satire, is another person’s vision of the truth. The cover picture is all over the net. One article at:
-Obama campaign outraged by New Yorker cover-

The New Yorker cover page is Barack Obama's campaign decried Monday a satirical cartoon on the cover of The New Yorker magazine showing the Democratic presidential hopeful wearing Islamic dress while his wife holds a Kalashnikov.

The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall -- all of them echo one attack or another," he said.

Anonymous said...

John -

The last President we had who confused himself like that was the one with initials, JC.

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

John, I have started to read articles about Obama and ‘Acorn‘ another radical group. Acorn is associated with voter registration fraud. So this is what a community organizer does. I was wondering about that.
Inside Obama’s Acorn
By their fruits ye shall know them.

By Stanley

What if Barack [Obama’s most important radical connection] has been hiding in plain sight all along?

Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), the largest radical group in America.

If I told you Obama had close ties with or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about.

Acorn is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because Acorn works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. Acorn likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama