It's All about Him

Before I start, I want to acknowledge the fact that a camera can catch anyone in a pose that is unflattering. We probably all have pictures we would like to burn.

So, that point is made.

Regardless, if someone is continually caught in a certain pose, it could be that he or she has a habit of striking said pose. In the case of President Obama, he has the tendency to stick his chin in the air and come across as someone who is above it all—particularly the peons upon whom he has deigned to bestow his blessings. In other words, he comes across as arrogant quite often. The first picture is from campaign days. But there are others.

In fact, here are two more from his State of the Union speech on Wednesday. Mark Steyn, in a comment in National Review, flashes his usual wit on this topic:

One problem . . . is that upturned chin. Just as a matter of angles, it looks wrong on TV. So it would be a problem for Hillary or McCain or Ron Paul or whoever would have won. But it’s worse for Obama because it plays into the aloof-and-arrogant meme. I don’t know why he does it. Are the prompters notched up a hole too high? What’s the deal? Why doesn’t one of his supersmart advisers get out the wrench and lower them?

We don’t have to speculate too much, though. Pictures and words together give us a pretty accurate measure of the man.

There were many bets placed on which words or phrases he would use most often. Those who predicted that his favorite word would be “I” win the prize. Never has a president been so self-centered. He speaks and acts as if he is the embodiment of the nation. There have been presidents who truly did embody the nation, but part of the reason they were perceived in that way was their humility. The prime example for me is Ronald Reagan.

In his State of the Union speech, Obama never once really took the blame for anything. He scored the Supreme Court for allowing corporations to give to political campaigns [as the Supreme Court members sat immediately in front of him—rather unprecedented in a speech like this] and castigated “Washington” for politics-as-usual. Well, wait a minute here. Just what is this nebulous “Washington” to which he refers? Who controls the executive and legislative branches? Isn’t it Mr. Obama and his confederates?

Some will say he did place blame on himself, but consider the context: he only took responsibility for not explaining his healthcare “reform” clearly enough. Really? He has been everywhere explaining it for months. No president has given so many interviews as this one. The nation is practically complaining of a new syndrome: Obama Fatigue.

The subtext for this personal “fault” is that these poor Americans just cannot understand the intricacies of his wisdom unless he speaks in simple language—you know, lower himself to their level.

No, the public understood his healthcare plan quite well. They rejected it precisely because they did understand it.

Three more years.