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Nail Meet Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer is quickly becoming my political commentary hero.  His column is the only part of the Washington Post I enjoy reading.

Washington Post conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer


In another spot-on column, he dissects and filets President Obama’s most obvious – except to the legacy media – character flaws: narcissism and America-loathing.

In his major addresses, Obama’s modesty about his own country has been repeatedly on display as, in one venue after another, he has gratuitously confessed America’s alleged failing — from disrespecting foreigners to having lost its way morally after 9/11.

It’s fine to recognize the achievements of others and be non-chauvinistic about one’s country. But Obama’s modesty is curiously selective. When it comes to himself, modesty is in short supply.

C’mon Chuck, that’s a little rough.  It’s hard to be modest when you’re perfect in every way.

Obama is not the first president with a large streak of narcissism. But the others had equally expansive feelings about their country. Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence — yet not of his own country’s.

Speaking truth to power is a Krauthammer tradition.

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Written by kensten

07/18/2010 at 2:32 pm

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