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Obama wishes he had an easier job, like president of China

posted at 11:06 am on March 11, 2011 by

It’s always about him:

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Good. Grief. Obama is so perfectly wrong for the presidency it’s hard to know where to begin.

Bill Kristol:

Mr. Obama is right.

If you’re president of China, people around the world who are fighting for freedom don’t really expect you to help. If you’re president of China, you don’t have to put up with annoying off-year congressional elections, and then negotiate your budget with a bunch of gun-and-religion-clinging congressmen and senators. If you’re president of China, you can fund your national public radio to your heart’s content. And if you’re president of China, when you host a conference on bullying in schools, people take you seriously.

It’s just not fair. Being POTUS is too hard. People expect so much and complain and criticize your every move. So Obama, in classic narcissist style, blames the job instead of himself. By implication, he also blames America for being America and not China. And what really bothers him isn’t that he’s not up to filling the role as leader of the free world, but that he looks bad as he flounders and fails.

This reminds me of a couple of Obama’s greatest hits:

When asked what humbled him in his first 100 days, he answered:

Humbled by the — humbled by the fact that the presidency is extraordinarily powerful, but we are just part of a much broader tapestry of American life, and there are a lot of different power centers. And so I can’t just press a button and suddenly have the bankers do exactly what I want or, you know, turn on a switch and suddenly, you know, Congress falls in line.

Also frustrating: sometimes the lackeys forget their place and you have to fish for compliments:

At his November 12 press conference in Seoul, President Obama was asked the following question by CBS’s Chip Reid: “What was the number-one complaint, concern, or piece of advice that you got from foreign leaders about the U.S. economy and your stewardship of the economy?”

Whereupon the president began his response with a complaint: “What about compliments?” he asked. “You didn’t put that in the list.”

Temperament does matter. And Obama’s is all wrong.

Cross-posted at P&P.

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Dear Liar is doing a heckuva good job — making Jimmy Carter look good.

rbj on March 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Good solid B+.

Dominion on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Poor Barry hasn’t figured out yet that being President is a job, not a popularity contest. I suppose we can award him “Mr. Congeniality”, but not “Most Likely to Succeed” . . .

tpitman on March 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Maybe he could win the swimsuit contest?

Pundette on March 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM