L’état c’est Obama
posted at 10:44 am on October 23, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Last night’s debate may have lacked the anticipated fireworks over the Obama administration’s pathetic attempt to sell the American public a false bill of goods after the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, but it contained an important reminder. Late in the debate, in an obvious stumble, the president said:
One thing I think Americans should be proud of, when Tunisians began to protest, this nation—me … my administration—stood with them earlier than just about any country. [Emphasis added]
There may be no “I” in team, but there is most definitely an “I” in president and nation. And in Obama’s eyes, if no one else’s, the two are one and the same.
It is the latest flexing of his best-worked muscle, the egotissimus anteriori. It is telling. if unsurprising after four years of non-stop speeches filled with self-reverence. Terrence Jeffrey of CNSnews.com counted the number of first-person pronouns in a single 25-minute speech and found that Obama used “I” 98 times and “me” 19 times.
There was plenty else the president said that won’t pass the smell test. He tried once again to invoke “the record,” but there was no Candy Crowley to oblige. He would have lost the point anyway, since his claim—that Mitt Romney advocated allowing the U.S. auto industry to go bankrupt, period—was false.
His entire performance last night was another effort to atone for his lame showing in the first all-important debate by peppering his answers to questions with cheap shots and snarky zingers. In the end, it was too little, too late. More viewers tuned in to the first debate than to either of the second or last night’s debate, and early reports suggest last night’s may have had the smallest audience. The New York Times quotes foreign policy analyst Anne-Marie Slaughter as having tweeted during the debate, “I live and breathe this stuff, and I’m bored.”
CNN acknowledges that Mitt Romney did what he came to do, and that was to appear knowledgeable and presidential. And he did it without repeatedly using first-person pronouns.
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