George Will hit’s it on the head. In his latest column, he shows us just how self-center Obama is when it comes to things like the Olympics.
Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.
Will also points out how empty Obama’s speeches really are writes:
Nine days before speaking in Copenhagen, the president, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, intoned: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.” What was the speechwriter thinking when he or she assembled that sentence? The “should” was empty moralizing; the “can” was nonsense redundantly refuted by history. Does our Cicero even glance at his speeches before reading them in public?
Of course, the answer to his rhetorical question is “no!” Obama is far to in love with the image he has created of himself. That image is quickly fading for many Americans, and many never bought into it. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, Obama’s image will fade for him as well, and he will start governing with some wisdom instead of the empty rhetoric that he blathers in such places like the U.N. Security Council, or in front of the IOC.
As has been noted by others, Obama can give a great speech. But he lacks any ability whatsoever in pursuading anyone. That is a good thing when it comes to health care. But ver bad when it comes to protecting our nation.
Read the rest of George Will’s column here.