Fournier on Obama: It’s the arrogance

posted at 2:00 pm on March 17, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The AP’s political analyst Ron Fournier attempts to put his finger on a sour note creeping into the Barack Obama campaign. Despite the near-adulation Obama has received from the press and his fainting fans on the campaign trail, something off-putting has begun to seep from the interactions of both Barack and Michelle Obama in public His diagnosis — arrogance:

He’s bordering on arrogance.

The dictionary defines the word as an “offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.” Obama may not be offensive or overbearing, but he can be a bit too cocky for his own good. …

But both Obama and his wife, Michelle, ooze a sense of entitlement.

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics,” his wife said a few weeks ago, adding that Americans will get only one chance to elect him.

Of course, arrogance comes with the territory, as Fournier acknowledges. One can hardly get more arrogant than the Clintons, who have acted as though the nomination process should have been nothing more than a coronation, but with voters casting flowers at her feet all along the way.  Obama would have to display at least a little arrogance just to elbow his way onto the stage, let alone compete.

There is something a little presumptuous, though, about selling one’s husband as the only salve for broken souls.  It may be a little over the top to suggest that America will only get one chance to support a 47-year-old candidate who’s spent all of three years in national office.  That especially hits a sour note, as though the Obamas will act like petulant children unless the entire country falls in a dead faint at their feet.  At least Hillary had an argument for the coronation, with the Clintons  having spent the last several years working towards it.

This analysis sounds like more of a personal observation than a political diagnosis, however.  Rumors of poor relations with the media have risen, especially now that Obama has come under the kind of scrutiny that should have been applied last year.  That arrogance got displayed two weeks ago when answering — or rather, not answering — questions about Tony Rezko.  He instead told reporters how pointless the exercise was and then complained that he had taken eight whole questions during a press conference, before skedaddling out the side door.

That could prove dangerous for Obama.  In large measure, the press made him, and the press could easily break him with just a little serious coverage of Rezko and Wright.  If Obama thinks he can out-arrogant the media, well … I triple-dog-dare him to try.


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It may be a little over the top to suggest that America will only get one chance to support a 47-year-old candidate who’s spent all of three years in national office.

Not if she’s promised to kill him if he doesn’t get elected.

James on March 17, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I think Fournier’s article is pretty lame. His citations are what would pass as humor when in the first person. If anything, it says less about Obama and more about the media souring on Obama. Those are lines they would have laughed at a month ago, and for them to be sited now as arrogant is nit-picking.

Privately, aides and associates of Obama tell stories about a boss who can be aloof and ungracious. He holds firmly to views and doesn’t like to be challenged, traits that President Bush packaged and sold under the “resolute” brand in the 2004 election.

That however can hurt him ala Kerry – Secret Service. And his wife is a whole ‘nother story.

Spirit of 1776 on March 17, 2008 at 2:13 PM

James, it’s because she’s already picked out the drapes for the Oval Office and she won’t go through that hassle again.

michaelo on March 17, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Michelle O at Villanova video
Revel in Mrs. Entitlement’s arrogance.

She’s a piece of work. See if you can put Rev. Dr. Hon. Esq.’s words in the context of “understanding” and all that that she talks about.

benrand on March 17, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Voters so far have seen Obama as a “fill in the blank” candidate so as to see him the way they want to see him. Now, they are beginning to see him for what he is.

He and his wife are as invested in the victim mentality as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. They need to make the shift away from looking at others to blame for their situation and begin to look at what they can do to help themselves.

In most cases, America pulls for the underdog, except when they sense excessive excuses to justify failure.

Excuses are for pregnant Nuns.

saiga on March 17, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the media’s betrayal of Obama is occuring during Easter week?

billy on March 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM

SO how soon before B Hussein Obama starts wearing an American flag on his lapel?
Maybe we should do a countdown clock like FNS.

Iblis on March 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Heh tucker Carlson takes on Trinity

http://mediamatters.org/items/200702090009

William Amos on March 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

He’s bordering on arrogance.

Bordering? He and his wife are right smack dab in the middle of it and have been since Day 1.

pilamaye on March 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Flame out! Just a matter of time. Just another Jessie Jackson clone in sheeps clothing. Too bad most black politicians seem to turn out that way.

Maybe Tiger Woods is a Republican.

saiga on March 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

I don’t know which is worse, BHO or wifeee. Arrogance is the correct word to discribe both of them. I just hope we continue to dig up stuff on both of them and not let die down.
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letget on March 17, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I would say “he” has this one chance to be elected, before people get to know him and his wife, better.

2Tru2Tru on March 17, 2008 at 2:41 PM

I’m no body language expert and don’t pay that much attention to Obambi and even I’ve noticed arrogance in his demeanor, manner of speech, and even the way he carries himself. He reminds me on occasion of the punk kids who deign to get out of the way of adults at the mall and bump into you on purpose. I’d say his wife Michelle is even worse. I’m just waiting for her to say “as a strong, proud, black woman…”.

DerKrieger on March 17, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Cults of personality are only possible if the personality is confident, to the level of arrogant…

Its basis is the suspension of your own worldview to that of the personality… and the abrogation of personal responsibility that allowing someone else to make decisions for you brings.

I predicted 3 years ago that we were “ripe” for the advent of a cult of personality… it will be interesting to see if we avoid electing this completely unqualified candidate.

Romeo13 on March 17, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Put a leash on that great deign!

mymanpotsandpans on March 17, 2008 at 2:53 PM

If anyone doubts the value of a long campaign, this should be enlightening. A short campaign would not have brought all this out.

njcommuter on March 17, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Obama’s appeal is nothing more than a manifestation of a learned cultural arrogance. His ability to sidestep any accountability for questioinable decisions by spinning the Holier than thou projection of blatant arrogance as nuance intellect has been – up to this point – a stroke of campaign genius. Life has a way of showing that for arrogance to be palatable in any dosage, one must demonstrate unqualified success and universal recognition as the best in class. Obama cannot even describe what he has accomplished, so his use arrogance to peddle platitude is wearing extremely thin.

dmann on March 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

I’m sure increasing numbers of people will be turned off by the growing attitude amongst black voters that now is “their time” and that they “deserve” to have “one of their own” elected as if somehow they deserve a black president to make up for some sins of the white majority. A lot of whites will fall for it unfortunately.

DerKrieger on March 17, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Bordering? He and his wife are right smack dab in the middle of it and have been since Day 1.

pilamaye on March 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

haha, bingo.

scalleywag on March 17, 2008 at 3:11 PM

You mean people are just *now* noticing his arrogance? It’s been blatant ever since the 1st Democratic debate. Everyone else referred to their opponents as “Sen. ABC” or “Congressman XYZ”…but Obama consistently referred to them by their 1st names.

His persona is all about arrogance…it’s the “audacity” of hope, remember?

Tim on March 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics,” his wife said a few weeks ago, adding that Americans will get only one chance to elect him.

If you`re too stupid to vote for your God, the healer of your souls, then we`re taking our ball and going home. :-P

ThePrez on March 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics,” his wife said a few weeks ago, adding that Americans will get only one chance to elect him.

ThePrez on March 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Don’t forget Obamarosa telling us:

“Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”

She’s got that right…I am fully informed today!

ihasurnominashun on March 17, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Maybe Neil Boortz put it correctly. Obama, the Clintons, McCain, and all the rest of them are a separate class, the political class. It is more important to them to beat the person from the opposite political party than it is to serve the people, the electorate. Everything else just does not matter.

Wildcatter1980 on March 17, 2008 at 3:59 PM

I didn’t realize he was a Rhodes Scholar? The only truly intelligent people who enter politics have held the Scholarship. The last one we had was… oh, never mind. Intelligence isn’t everything, is it?

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Recall how he looked down his nose at Hillary during the debates? And pretending to make notes all the time?

petefrt on March 17, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Let’s just see what happens after his speech tomorrow….

……..what will the MSM do?

Will they confess to being a “Doubting Thomas” and the worship will continue, or will BillyJeff and Hillary start to lubricate themselves in expectation of further violations of the masses?

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Get ready for the accusation that he’s calling Obama “an uppity black”!

For those without formal education, that’s what Democrats call an intellectual argument. /s

Lockstein13 on March 17, 2008 at 4:12 PM

I’d say Barackstar is a superb Method Actor a la Stanislavski, the chosen role being that of Messiah.

He definitely deserves to add an Oscar to his lei of liberal laudits to date.

Mojamaiko on March 17, 2008 at 4:29 PM

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics,” his wife said a few weeks ago, adding that Americans will get only one chance to elect him.

You know, I dont like her at all and she does ooze entitlement and arrogance but she might be right. Politics attracts some real fools. Although he may not be as smart as he projects. We’ll see.

Dash on March 17, 2008 at 4:30 PM

We’ll only get one chance to elect Barack, Michelle?

Promise?

AZCoyote on March 17, 2008 at 5:21 PM

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics,” his wife said a few weeks ago, adding that Americans will get only one chance to elect him.

And they won’t take it. “No, thank you, Michelle”.

Entelechy on March 18, 2008 at 12:31 AM

A wise person will not refer to themselves as “smart”. It’s okay to be smart, just not to tell others that you are. Probably not even a good idea to think of yourself that way.

Michele isn’t doing Barack any favors. She really should champion breast cancer or some other apolitical cause and STFU.

Immolate on March 18, 2008 at 9:52 AM