In 2008 Obama’s last chance to get me to vote for him passed when he selected Joe Biden as his running mate instead of Hillary Clinton. The hot button issue that made me look to McCain/Palin was my hope that McCain would be more supportive of strong borders and against illegal alien amnesty than “Open Borders” Obama. Stop laughing.
Since I was a lifelong Democrat and proud liberal and so were all my friends, I figured I had better do my homework to explain my heresy so I started reading Michelle Malkin and Jonah Goldberg and before I knew it, I got hooked on the hard stuff: conservative blogs. I kept an annotated list of links to stories that I thought were particularly persuasive for conservatism, or damning about Obama. However, I lost one of the most important ones and could not find it by Googling. I am very glad that it caught neo-neocon’s eye, too, on July 23, 2008, and I found it again when she linked it this spring. I am cleaning house of tabs in Google Chrome I’ve been saving to write about one day — my Firefox tabs are another story — and I just want to get it into my blogstream, as it were (boldfacing mine):
He bows to nobody
Obama was arrogant to begin with, but it seems that the adulation he has gotten from the press and the public in his race towards anointment as Democratic Presidential nominee has driven him and his crew to new heights of self-admiration. I don’t think the proper word is “narcissism” in this case; it’s megalomania.
Here’s one quote, from spokesperson Susan Rice, after citing what a world traveler Obama is as his qualification for comprehending international affairs:
And then there’s Obama himself, in Monday’s interview with Lara Logan:
Logan: Is this trip partly aimed at overcoming that perception that, you know, there is doubt among some Americans that you could lead a country at war as commander in chief from day one?
Obama: You know, the interesting thing is that the people who are very experienced in foreign affairs I don’t think have those doubts. The troops that I’ve been meeting with over the last several days, they don’t seem to have those doubts.
So the objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki or President Sarkozy or others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years….
[and a bit later] Logan: Do you have any doubts?
Show me a person without doubts and I’ll show you an arrogant—and dangerous—fool.
The link in neo-neocon’s piece doesn’t go to the original story at Fox News any more, but waddaya know — with the exact quote from neo-neocon and Google I see that Rick Moran also wrote a piece about this for American Thinker:
No presidential candidate in memory has had the unmitigated arrogance to assume he will be re-elected for a second term. The example of Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush should be all that is necessary to disabuse a candidate from entering that territory.
But Obama is oblivious. And not only about arrogant remarks that reveal his casual relationship with the facts. After all, unless he believes he can get Congress to repeal the 22nd Amendment, his two terms will end after 8 years.
Obama taught Constitutional law — and he didn’t know the maximum a president can serve is eight years? If anyone ever wonders why I started writing about the best unifying explanation of Obama’s behavior as president — besides his being a sociopath — is that his destruction of America’s economy is his fire in the Reichstag and that his Enabling Act is coming — this “others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to 10 years” is what launched me down that path. Whenever Obama says he will back a program over the will of the American people even it it means he’ll just be a one-term president, it gives me the shivers, because when you feel secure that you will be president-for-life, you only need the one term.