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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dana Milbank -- Obama's hubris

There are many adjectives we've used to describe Barack Obama. Arrogant, effete, haughty, egotistical, and after reading through Dana Milbank's piece at the WaPo today we see that the press is beginning to see what we have seen. We doubt it'll do any good because the majority of the MSM is still in the tank for the guy. But, as Dana Milbank points out, some of the press -- be they journalists or columnists -- are starting to get turned off by his attitude:

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reported last week that Obama has directed his staff to begin planning for his transition to the White House, causing Republicans to howl about premature drape measuring. Obama was even feeling confident enough to give British Prime Minister Gordon Brown some management advice over the weekend. "If what you're trying to do is micromanage and solve everything, then you end up being a dilettante," he advised the prime minister, portraying his relative inexperience much as President Bush did in 2000.

On his presidential-style visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem last week, Obama left a written prayer, intercepted by an Israeli newspaper, asking God to "help me guard against pride and despair." He seems to have the despair part under control, but the pride could be a problem.

One source of the confidence is the polling, which shows him with a big lead over McCain. But polls are fickle allies: A
USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday found McCain leading Obama by four percentage points among likely voters. Another reason for Obama's confidence -- the press -- is also an unfaithful partner. The Project for Excellence in Journalism reported yesterday that Obama dominated the news media's attention for a seventh straight week. But there are signs that the Obama campaign's arrogance has begun to anger reporters.

In the latest issue of the
New Republic, Gabriel Sherman found reporters complaining that Obama's campaign was "acting like the Prom Queen" and being more secretive than Bush. The magazine quoted the New York Times' Adam Nagourney's reaction to the Obama campaign's memo attacking one of his stories: "I've never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others." Then came Obama's overseas trip and the campaign's selection of which news organizations could come aboard. Among those excluded: the New Yorker magazine, which had just published a satirical cover about Obama that offended the campaign.

Even Bush hasn't tried that. But then again, Obama has been outdoing the president in ruffles and flourishes lately. As Bush held quiet signing ceremonies in the White House yesterday morning, Obama was involved in a more visible display of executive authority a block away, when he met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani at the Willard. A full block of F Street was shut down for the prime minister and the would-be president, and some 40 security and motorcade vehicles filled the street.

Later, Obama's aides issued an official-sounding statement, borrowing the language of White House communiques: "I had a productive and wide-ranging discussion. . . . I look forward to working with the democratically elected government of Pakistan."

It had been a long day of acting presidential, but Obama wasn't done. After a few hours huddling with advisers over his vice presidential choice, Obama made his way to the pep rally on the Hill. Moments after he entered the meeting with lawmakers, there was an extended cheer, followed by another, and another.

"I think this can be an incredible election," Obama said later. "I look forward to collaborating with everybody here to win the election."

Win the election? Didn't he do that already?

Ouch. Don't count on seeing Dana at any Obama pressers anytime soon, or sitting opposite any of his campaign staff on the talking heads shows. But his point is well-founded. Barack Obama is acting like he's already won the presidency, and that he is the president. The election, as far as he's concerned, is done. He won. The only formality that's left is his "coronation" in January.And if you think that the term "coronation" is over the top, keep in mind that what's quoted above is the SECOND half of Dana's piece. Read the first page, and you'll understand why I'm saying what I'm saying.

Hubris doesn't even begin to cover this man who is clearly buying the hype of the media. He did a great job getting them on his side (as if there were any doubt they wouldn't go along with him), and they've done a good job of carrying his water for him. But it's clear that some are content that the honeymoon is over.

Publius II


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