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Stroking his ego by attacking his adversaries?

In a blog post this morning, Jim Geraghty repeated an observation he has made before that the president’s “furious schedule of fundraisers is driven less by a need for campaign cash than by his ego’s need for constant praise and adoration.

Sometimes, it seems that even the president’s official speeches serve a similar function.  He speaks not so much to defend his policies, but to demonize his political adversaries and, in so doing, elevate himself in the eyes of audiences who really, really hate Republican leaders and conservative ideas.  In a speech today “at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., a smug President Barack Obama,” reports Tina Korbe, Obama did just that, smearing “opponents of his energy policies as backward and unscientific in their approach”:

“Now, here’s the sad thing. Lately, we have heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who were running for a certain office, who shall go unnamed, they’ve been talking down new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas guzzlers. They think that’s good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future. They want to be stuck in the past!” Obama exclaimed to cheers from the crowd. “If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably must have been founding members of the flat earth society. They would not believe that the world was round!”

Can you imagine George W. Bush leveling those accusations against Democrats?

Korbe points out how the president misrepresents the Republican stance on energy:

. . . the president’s speech betrays his misunderstanding of the nature of the objections to his energy policy. It’s not that the GOP candidates don’t see any potential in wind or solar energy; it’s that they don’t think it’s the role of the government to prop up alternative energy companies with subsidies. Did the federal government pay Henry Ford to develop the automobile? I didn’t think so.

Read the whole thing. The point is not so much the president, once again, misrepresenting his ideological adversaries, but his manner of doing it. This supposedly new-kind of politician can’t seem to avoid the type of cheap, partisan attacks that characterize the left-wing blogosphere.

His rhetoric may even hurt him with Americans concerned about the rising cost of their energy bills, particularly the cost to fill up their car(s).  They want to know what he has done, what he is doing, to alleviate the pain at the pump.  After all, he’s president, isn’t he?

But, maybe, as Obama is not as concerned about winning the hearts and minds of those who don’t currently support him, but, as per Geraghty’s comment, winning the applause of those who do.



  1. Stroking his…? (cat? 😉 ) You may have left out a word?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 15, 2012 @ 7:34 pm - March 15, 2012

  2. ILC, thanks for catching that. Since fixed. 🙂

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 15, 2012 @ 7:35 pm - March 15, 2012

  3. The worst POTUS ever!

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 15, 2012 @ 8:15 pm - March 15, 2012

  4. He’s a pyromaniac in a field of straw men.

    Comment by V the K — March 15, 2012 @ 8:38 pm - March 15, 2012

  5. Obama in 2008: I Expect Americans To Share In the Sacrifice By Accepting Higher Energy Prices, Caused By My “Investments,” “Until Technology Catches Up”

    Comment by V the K — March 15, 2012 @ 8:49 pm - March 15, 2012

  6. Science is based on evidence. The evidence here is that Obama’s green programs are about funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to cronies and supporters.

    Comment by V the K — March 15, 2012 @ 9:00 pm - March 15, 2012

  7. This man is teaching us how a community organizer energizes the useful idiots and motivates them to root for Chicago style political machinery which will deliver small beer and cigarettes as a prelude to the big stuff which is promised to be just down the road a bit.

    He has captivated the leftists and elitists who see him as the go-to man for making things happen. He names the demons in his way and they dutifully all fall in line and hiss at them.

    Our problem is that we can not believe that America has so many whiners and government teat suckers that such a man can even gain traction.

    Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the statist gremlins crank out regulations which sap the lifeblood of our freedom and the economy.

    Tomorrow Obama will be out again firing up his useful idiots and distracting attention from the statist machinery that is grinding the country into dull pieces.

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 15, 2012 @ 9:15 pm - March 15, 2012

  8. Also, Obama’s Sec.Ed. thinks teachers should be paid $150,000 per year. Pander, much?

    Comment by V the K — March 15, 2012 @ 11:05 pm - March 15, 2012

  9. Obama’s malignant narcissism is a fragile tinderbox.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 17, 2012 @ 9:31 am - March 17, 2012

  10. Obama’s malignant narcissism is a fragile tinderbox.

    PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE! May I light a match?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — March 18, 2012 @ 12:23 am - March 18, 2012

  11. It occurs to me that he is also playing to the narcissism of his followers. Much as Hitler told the Germans that they were the Master Race, the ubermenschen, Obama massages the liberal belief that they are the smartest, most enlightened people in the room.

    Comment by V the K — March 18, 2012 @ 12:50 am - March 18, 2012

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