As a kid, my parents never had to actually punish me too often. Typically, just a stern word and making it clear that they were disappointed in me did the trick. And it wasn't just them. Knowing that I had disappointed my teachers killed me.
That really hasn't changed much as I've grown older. Though I know you can't please everyone, I always get uncomfortable if I think that I have disappointed my superiors.
Well, until recently.
Perhaps it's some dormant rebellious streak in me that is surfacing. Or perhaps it's that a man can only take so much. But whatever the reason, I have become so totally annoyed with the constant condescension and belittling coming from my President, that I'm immune to it. I don't care. I've recognized that I don't have the problem. He does.
David Limbaugh recently commented on this man who thinks we are always wrong and he is always right:
When Obama runs into opposition on his agenda, it never occurs to him that he could be wrong. That's why every time his policies are rebuffed, he reacts the same way: "They don't understand my plan. It's too complicated. I haven't given enough speeches on the subject or spoken to people about their core values. I want the people to take another look at my plan."
This signature Obama arrogance reared its head again this past weekend, when Obama said that Americans' "fear and frustration" are what is driving their opposition to his agenda. The difficult economic times, which, of course, he blamelessly inherited, are interfering with the people's ability to "think clearly."
But fear not. He selflessly agreed to undertake the burden of breaking "through the fear and the frustration people are feeling." Hmm. What do you suppose he might say differently in his hundredth approach to this that he didn't cover the first 99 times? According to Obama, people can deal with Bush-induced "trauma" concerning the economy one of two ways. They can either push "away challenges" and look "backwards" or "meet these challenges" and "move forward."
Don't just casually pass over these words. Savor them for at least a second, and show me where he exhibits an iota of doubt in his failed policies. To the contrary, he is saying this is more a perception problem for the American people than it is their rational reaction to real problems he has created or exacerbated.
At this point, it may be the largest understatement in the world to suggest that our President has an ego issue. But this much is clear: it's grating on many more Americans than just me.