Somewhere within the coils and folds of the frontal lobe of his cerebral cortex, one assumes that there is a synaptic connection, however weak, that is trying to communicate to President Obama that he is, in fact, a mortal human being, and thus capable of normal human failings. It is only an assumption, however, and certainly not one based on empirical observation. To listen to Obama speak out there on the campaign trail – and when has he ever not been on the campaign trail? – one could be forgiven for concluding that here is a fellow who seems to be under the impression, not only that he was conceived without sin, but perhaps that he was never conceived at all - at least not in the mundane biological sense - that he simply popped out of the godhead as the personification of one of the almighty’s particularly good ideas. Given the atmosphere of triumphalism that surrounded Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, there was a genuine need for some equivalent of the slave who stood behind the Roman conqueror whispering in his ears, “All glory is fleeting.” In this case, the old retainer seems to have fallen off the chariot, and our emperor has been permitted to pursue his gaudy course, absorbing the fulsome praise of his minions, and of his cheerleaders in the press, as if it were no more than his due.
I imagine most politicians suffer from an enlarged ego; Bill Clinton, in my view, was one of the most severely afflicted. But he is a shrinking violet, a self-despising flagellant, compared to Barack Obama, whose self-love - unlike his qualifications and job performance to date – is truly “awesome”.
How else to explain Obama’s hectoring of all voters in general (and Democratic voters in particular), his complaint that the woes of his party on the eve of the mid-term elections are due to the inchoate fears of the people, instead of to a rational examination of observable circumstances by an increasingly knowledgeable and well-informed public? In Obama’s world, there can be no ill-effect traceable to the agency of himself as cause. When things go wrong, it’s the fault of George Bush, or Karl Rove, or Rush Limbaugh or (unsubstantiated) foreign money, or perhaps even sunspots or a fatty diet.
Obama’s ego is titanic and, like the unhappy ship of that name, is in for some rough sailing.
"I summon the demons of projection, misinformation and fraud to salvage my legacy!"