Skip to comments.Slate to Obama: Enough about you, already
Posted on 12/22/2012 7:09:17 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Barack Obama flew to Hawaii this week after fiscal-cliff negotiations stalled, in part for a Christmas vacation, and in part to attend the memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Obama offered a eulogy for Inouye, which usually means offering insights into the deceased’s life and character. Instead, as is Obama’s wont, he talked more about himself than the man whose life was supposed to be the center of attention.
Even Slate noticed the problem, and blasted Obama for his narcissistic streak:
Someone needs to tell Barack Obamait must get particularly confusing this time of yearthat his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obamas birth state of Hawaii.
Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee, helped rewrite our intelligence charter after scandals, and was chairman of the Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair. Its the kind of material any eulogist could use to give a moving sense of the man and his accomplishment. But President Barack Obamas remarks at Inouyes funeral service were a bizarre twirl around his own personal Kodak carousel.
This comes as no surprise to readers of Hot Air; it was a recurring theme in the Obamateurism series. For that matter, so is Obama’s odd concept of math:
Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own lifes chronology. Thus we learn that Inouye was elected to the Senate when Obama was 2 years old.
Er, that’s not true. Obama was born in August 1961, and Inouye won election to the Senate in November 1962, taking office in January 1963. Obama wasn’t two years old, not even when rounding the numbers; he was one year old when Inouye won his Senate election. (At least this isn’t as bad as Obama’s Selma math.)
Emily Yoffe continues:
Obama acknowledges that as a young person he was unaware of politics, and thus Inouye. But then something important happened that made young Obama pay attention to the first man to be elected to Congress from Hawaii after it joined the union. When Obama was 11 years old he went on vacation with his family, and those paying their respects to Inouye got to hear a long description of this amazing trip, from Seattle to Kansas, from Disneyland to Yellowstone. They heard of the young Obamas happiness whenever the motel had a pool or an ice machine. And finally, as the people must have been twitching in the pews wondering where this was all going, we get back to the late senator.
It turns out the Watergate hearings were taking place at that time, too, and Obamas mother watched them in their various hotel rooms. It surprised young Obama to see that a man of Japanese descent was a senator. Little did most people know that the most important thing to come out of the Watergate hearings was that Obama, with his mixed-race background, saw in Inouye a hint of what might be possible in my own life. That Obama in some way may have been inspired to a political career by a man who overcame prejudice and later became Obamas colleague is a fine point to make. But it is an incidental one to the life being celebrated.
It’s fine to relate personal stories during eulogies, but they should have the deceased as the focal point, not the eulogist. As Yoffe notes, this is a constant theme for Obama, whose speeches contain more self-referential pronouns than any of his predecessors of recent memory. Even the President who earned the monicker “The Big Me,” Bill Clinton, looks positively humble in comparison.
We’ll include this one in the OOTY polls next week, to be sure.
....Why he is speaking on any particular occasion....
...and to whom??
Therefore he shifts to---
"Enough about politics.... Let's talk about me?"
They are just figuring this out now. Oh well for Obama, just another bump in the road.
They still love him.
What must it be like to see everything, absolutely everything in the universe only in terms of oneself???
What an asshole. But he does have his worshipers.
RE: But he does have his worshipers.
Oscar Winner Jaimie Foxx wins an award and calls Obama : “Our Lord and Savior”
Obama told reporters earlier in the day that Republicans were focused too much on besting him personally rather than thinking about what's best for the country. . . .
Asked why an agreement was proving so elusive after both sides had made concessions, Obama said it might be that "it is very hard for them to say 'yes' to me."
"At some point they've got to take me out of it," Obama said of Republicans, adding they should instead focus on "doing something good for the country."
You’d think a guy who keeps fighting over questions about his birth certificate would remember when he was actually born.
I wanna talk about me
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one Oh my me my
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see
I wanna talk about me!!!
Criticizing Zer0?????? Is Slate racist?????
Enough about me talking about me, let’s hear you talk about me for a while.
The only thing missing from Obama’s self aggrandizement, is the posting of giant billboards all over the roads and on the sides of tall buildings, with the caption: “Dear Leader”.
But, the democrats will one day, be clamoring for his face on Mt. Rushmore, declaring that, adding his face to the collection there, will be another step towards the healing of America’s past as a racist nation.
Don't they remember how Obama acted when Neil Armstrong passed away?
I wonder if he has thought of issuing calendars that begin in 1961?
I saw that. What a stupid twit.
The ignorant chattering class has never, and will never, understand what a vain scumbag the African communist Ubama is. They would elect him again if given the chance. America is dead as a doornail.
This is nit-picky. Who knows for sure when (or where) the African communist Ubama was actually born? Maybe Ubama is correct.
It’s always a good time for some Toby Keith.