Friday, January 29, 2010

The Height of Arrogance

Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that the people who decried George W. Bush as arrogant are extolling the virtuous Obama?

The difference between confidence and arrogance can be summed up rather simply. Confidence is walking the walk; not only trusting your beliefs but acting them out. It does not step on toes or send mixed signals because words and action intersect. Arrogance is all talk and little action; failing to follow through on overbearing or overblown rhetoric because of the sheer impossibility or impracticability of it. It confuses and tramples on our basic sense of reason instead of inspiring true belief.

President Obama exhibited lots of arrogance in his State of the Union speech Wednesday. It many instances, it was a roller-coaster ride that defied logic. On the one hand he decries the excessive spending of the past decade, then on the other, he lauds Stimulus 1 as he lays out plans for Stimulus 2. That’s the same Stimulus 1 that has done little (putting it nicely) to even begin solving our economic problems. Obama talks about all the jobs Stimulus 1 has created, without being able to point to a single one. At the same time, he ignores the fact that we’re still losing, not gaining, jobs. All this delivered with a smirk that was matched by his #2 and #3 sitting behind him (oh how I pine for the days when Nancy Pelosi looked downright mortified sitting next to Dick Cheney and behind George W. Bush).

President Obama talked about a need for bipartisanship, especially on health insurance reform. “Stop saying no, give me some ideas and I’ll listen”, he basically challenged Republicans while willfully ignoring the bills Republicans literally waved in his face last summer. Just a thought, but perhaps Obama should take his own advice on the “not saying no” part. And that’s not even considering how Obama appears to be hunkering down when most Americans want him to back off (don’t be fooled by the cooling down he mentioned…he won’t give up on health reform).

Obama criticized special interests and Washington itself for the lack of trust in government. That’s fine and well, but let’s start with the pro-Obama special interests in the health care debate. Or we can start with opening up hearings the way he promised us a year ago.

And let’s not even get into his “no tax increases on 95% of working Americans” line, or the "tax cuts for those earning under $250,000. Lots of talk, no substance or proof of results. That’s arrogance.

The height of Obama’s arrogance, however, had to be when he criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance reform, right in front of the justices themselves, when he, himself, turned down the government campaign finances so that he could accept as much from special interests and other groups as he could possibly get. In fact, Obama '08 was the most heavily financed campaign for any elected office anywhere in the history of the world. So much for that partnership and leadership he calls for, but fails to practice when the teleprompter is turned off.


WoFat January 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

I rather doubt that Obama thinks of himself as arrogant. Most arrogant people don't. However, he has never achieved anything but the creation of an enormous amount of hot, moist air emanating from his endless speeches. He doesn't even do that well when his TelePrompTer goes on the fritz. "Uh, duh, etc."

The Cookie Blog January 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

Obama did a lot of blaming - but this is his MO. He never takes responsibility, I guess its easier to blame others - especially when you consider hasn't done anything, so in his mind he cannot blame himself. I have said it before, Obama is smart, but he does not learn. He just does not get it.

dons_mind January 29, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

he'll be campaigning for re-election in '12 and still blaming bush and the gop for everything that happened during his presidency!

arrogance is a liberal trait.

Chuck January 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

The smoke and mirrors is stunning.

He made campaign promises, broke them over the 1st year, made the promises again in the SOTU, he is retooling his message??

Just Me January 31, 2010 at 7:00 AM  

I think he's way beyond arrogant. I'm not even sure a word has been invented yet that describes that attitude of his. It makes me ill.

Sam Huntington January 31, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

Arrogant is another word for politician. I suppose it is in the nature of what they do. Imagine the kind of ego that makes anyone think they have all the answers. Arrogant, to imagine that there is so much money for the taking and you are entitled to some of it. It is the kind of arrogance we see in Duke Cunningham that led a Medal of Honor recipient to accept bribes. It the same arrogance displayed by Jeremiah Wright, milking his church while proclaiming to follow Christ. So yes, arrogant. And liars. And thieves. Why do we elect such filth?

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