Pride Goeth Before The Fall

President Barack Obama has delusions of grandeur.

During his “60 Minutes” interview with a fawning Steve Kroft two Sundays ago, President Barack Obama offered one of the better bons mots he has uttered since he won the right to be the President of the “57” States:

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.

His statement was not included on the show; it was available only online. How charitable of those paragons of journalistic skepticism at CBS to spare us all such horrors by carefully editing the piece to exclude Obama’s amble through arrogance. Obama’s careful avoidance of his latter two years aside, millions of people nationwide would have spit out their coffee all over their morning papers upon reading such rubbish. Commuters would have barreled into multiple-vehicle pileups all across America’s highways upon hearing such hubris.

I’ll presume that CBS’s decision to cut the President’s bizarre homage to himself emanated entirely from the desire to protect us all from Obama’s enormously overinflated self-image. Surely, they didn’t cut it to protect the President from turning himself into the butt of the biggest joke since Dan Rather missed forged documents class in investigative reporting school.

While Obama openly placing himself in the top four is howl-worthy on its own, two of his three list-mates are “Michael Moore falling down the stairs” funny. FDR? Of all the Presidents who required a global conflagration to avoid spending the country into oblivion, I suppose FDR is tops. And I believe Johnson’s lone positive act involved not running for re-election — unless Obama was referring to President Andrew Johnson. If that’s the case, his lone positive act was that he didn’t set anything on fire during his impeachment trial.

Even a casual review of the home front reveals that Obama’s only Presidential peers in contributing to the domestic tranquility are those revered icons of economic ineptitude Presidents Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover and Martin Van Buren. The unemployment rate, which does not include those who have tapped out of the emaciated job market, remains a millstone around our collective necks. Meanwhile, Obama’s overarching private sector tinkering has benefited cronies like Jeff Immelt and various union thugs while producing Obamacare, Operation Fast and Furious, the “Occupy” fleabags and the Chevy Volt. If he does us any more favors, Standard & Poor’s will cut our bond rating to “Bhutan.”

As for foreign policy accomplishments: Our exit from Iraq appears to have come just in time to make way for Iran to get serious about its nuclear aspirations. The Islamofascists who own that poor land have hardly backed off their terroristic fist-shaking; and when they began mowing down protesting teenagers, Obama responded with halfhearted condemnations. Perhaps if the Iranian demonstrators had been led by the Sharia law-imposing Muslim Brotherhood, Obama would have kicked in a couple of battalions or vocal support in the same manner he did for the so-called “Arab Spring” demonstrators. And while the execution of Osama bin Laden was certainly cause for celebration, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the Taliban continue to steal our oxygen. Elsewhere, Obama’s irrepressible charm has enraged the Israelis, enriched foreign oil barons and earned belly laughs from the Chinese. Hardly the resume of a President on a par with the truly accomplished masters of Presidential politics.

I suppose I should grant Obama some leeway. After all, if the media used up their bag of superlatives to describe me every time I opened my eyes, I might start to believe my own press — no matter how undeserved it might be. A few days after Obama got cozy with his special friend Kroft, the Republican candidates for the Presidency faced each other in another debate. Despite his own delusions of grandeur, Obama wouldn’t have ranked in the top four there, either; and no clever editing by CBS could have changed that.

–Ben Crystal


Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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