Assigned Reading: Reid says Obama told him, ‘I Have a Gift’
(FROM: Associated Press)
It doesn’t take a genius to understand that our president might have a slight ego problem. Honestly, I’d wager than anyone who has developed the following he has would find it difficult to fight off a little excess pride.
That being said, two parts of this AP article in particular did not sit well with me. Of course, given the president and first lady’s history of solipsistic tendencies, it shouldn’t be surprising in the least — but I just got creeped out, for lack of a better word. The two parts:
First, the manner in which Reid recalls the president explaining himself:
Reid, D-Nev., writes: “‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.’”
Second, the frank assessment by Reid about Obama’s presidential possibilities:
Reid said he talked to Obama in 2006 about running for president, and that Obama expressed doubts about his ability to win.
“I was resolved to stay neutral in the coming campaign, but I told him that in my view the stars could align for him. ‘If you want to be president, you can be president now,’ I said.
Granted, I don’t much listen to anything that the Senate Majority Leader says. He just doesn’t carry that much weight. Here, though, the manner in which he writes about the Savior of the Left is nothing short of startling.
There’s nothing wrong with being confident in yourself. I have friends who are proficient in martial arts and carry themselves well because of it. I know a few people who can work miracles with old muscle cars (as you’ll learn tomorrow). And I’m fairly confident about my writing ability if given the time to put something down on paper without having to hurry. But under no circumstances would I, or any of these other people, say that we “have a gift.”
Unless you’re Miss Cleo, that phrase is something that other people tell you. “You have a gift,” they’ll say, after you carve a breathtakingly perfect miniature reproduction of Michelangelo’s David out of a bar of Lever 2000. “You have a gift,” they’ll tell you, after you stop a charging water buffalo with your mind.
It might just be me, and I might just be making a mountain out of a molehill, but I cannot understand how someone can say something so darned egotistical while maintaining an air of “deep humility.” Regardless, that assessment, along with the inevitability with which Reid spoke of an Obama presidency, just rubs me the wrong way.