Obamateurism of the Day
posted at 8:05 am on November 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
You know, Barack Obama’s critics called him The One in order to lampoon the adoration from his supporters that seemed to come in inverse proportion to his actual accomplishments. It turns out that his opinion of himself is at least as high as his adoring followers — and Obama apparently thinks the head of the government of India should share it, too, as Kevin Williamson reports at The Corner:
President Obama welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House with words that have inspired snickers in New Delhi:
“Yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, its fitting that you and India be so recognised,” 48-year-old Obama told the 77-year-old Indian leader.
The general reaction in India has been: Who the heck does this guy think he is? Note to the Great Diplomat: When you do a head of state an honor, you don’t remind him, in public, of the fact that you have done him an honor, particularly in self-aggrandizing terms of this sort.
Maybe he expected Singh to bow…
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