Patterico's Pontifications

10/14/2009

Obama: Did I Mention I Won the Nobel Prize?

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 9:50 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

After listing repeated examples of President Obama *humbly* mentioning he won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Daily Telegraph’s US Editor Toby Harnden concludes with this Quote of the Day:

“All in all, it’s a hilarious display of vanity and self-absorption masquerading ineptly as humility and selflessness.

But there’s a serious question: What does it say about Obama’s character when such an empty symbol means so much to him?”

In a similar vein, Texas Rainmaker reminds us of this photo from candidate Obama’s meeting with Texas Longhorn football coach Mack Brown. I think the caption is “Me and My Ego.”

— DRJ

18 Responses to “Obama: Did I Mention I Won the Nobel Prize?”

  1. But there’s a serious question: What does it say about Obama’s character when such an empty symbol means so much to him?”

    My pet theory (could be wrong) is that President Obama is our first president to have such a radically broken family all through childhood, with both his parents rejecting him for “more important” things.

    Strength of character or personality or both can help someone overcome this major early life deprivation/rejection but it’s difficult for it not to create major neediness or other form(s) or immaturity in someone.

    I think he’ll take the Nobel Prize or anything else he can get because (as the writer says at the link) he does need to see it as a “major validation.”

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  2. Barcky was just awarded the next PowerBall, as he intended to purchase a ticket.

    JD (5e5cad)

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  5. Just another instance of “I won”.

    As if acing the test without doing the homework was the accomplishment.

    Knowledge without understanding. A dangerous combination.

    Dr. K (adb7ba)

  6. I’ve seen several photos of the President looking down his nose as if he’s either above the fray or smelling something bad, no doubt, the great unwashed. Either that or he’s incredibly far-sighted. Those photos, for me, sum up his whole attitude–IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  7. NOYK, I think you may well be close on this one. He does seem to live for gratification. Of course, narcissism is common in politicians but usually the voters can spot the empty suit. Al Gore ran for office to please the memory of his father.

    Mike K (187f3b)

  8. Do they give out a Faux Humility award?

    Because you know who would surely win if they did.

    Wait a minute. Then he’d just be winning another damn award!

    Icy Texan (6fdd44)

  9. When I read “no one you know”‘s theory, all I could think of was this:

    http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/149975

    JayC (187ef9)

  10. Finally, Obama has an “accomplishment” to put on his Presidential resume.

    Can you imagine this conversation between Obama and Hanoi John: “Did I mention I won the Nobel Prize?” “Did I mention I went to Vietnam?” Did I mention I won the Nobel Prize?” “Did I mention I went to Vietnam?” Etc., etc., etc.? I can.

    Mike (38dfe8)

  11. There is not even one ounce of humility in these people … not one.

    JD (a6c61b)

  12. Lacking in humility, and humanity also.

    AD - RtR/OS! (c5065a)

  13. Humility is overrated.

    The Emperor (0c8c2c)

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