Why is that President Obama must make it appear that the world began anew with his inauguration not quite ten months ago? In his videotaped speech to the audience assembled to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, he mentioned his own accomplishments more than those of his predecessor most responsible for the collapse of that barrier — and of the Communist system it protected.
In his speech to the United Nations, he didn’t reference the accomplishments of any of his predecessors, even his partisan predecessors, quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt only to note that Democrat’s vision for such an organization. Indeed, he used that speech to highlight his own record: “For those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.”
His inauguration redeemed America and, in his view at least, helped him make it “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal“. At his speech yesterday in Tokyo, he sounded a familiar note (for him) about his own greatness, “Already, the United States has taken more steps to combat climate change in 10 months than we have in our recent history . . . .”
Why can’t this guy just point out the specifics of what he has done without putting his record into a world-historical context? Let others be the judge of how much more (or less) he has done than his predecessors.
And let us wonder why he is so reluctant to honor their accomplishments.