Well, sure, the president would think so: Nancy Pelosi proved extremely effective at forcing through his agenda. The American people clearly disagreed: In the 2010 midterm elections, they handed Republicans the largest majority they’ve enjoyed in the House since 1946. The loss was the greatest either party experienced since 1938.

Yet, the president remains optimistic that the electorate wants Pelosi to hold the Speaker’s gavel once again. Speaking at a gala of the National Italian American Foundation, Obama not only praised Pelosi as “one of the best speakers of the House this country ever had” — he also predicted she’ll be speaker again in 2013.

He also cheesily attempted to ingratiate himself with Italian Americans:

Obama made several other comments to try and connect with the Italian American audience, lamenting at one point, “I do not, in fact, have any Italian ancestry. Not all of us are that lucky.”

“I can’t cook as well as any of your grandmothers,” he added. “Michelle won’t let me have seconds or thirds anymore.”

“So all I’ve got to offer is a last name that ends in a vowel,” Obama said. “That‘s all I’ve got.”

Gotta love the president’s ability to think highly of himself and his cronies regardless of the facts. It’s inspiring, really. Then, again, it’s probably pretty easy to think you’re someone special when audience members’ first reaction when you begin to speak is to take snapshots of you. Check out the beginning of this video and all the little blue camera screens. Clearly, the crowd likes him. They really and truly like him: