Nobody who has ever run for the White House has been a shrinking violet. All politicians think mighty highly of themselves, and presidential candidates can be expected to have the biggest egos of all. But Obama sure does abuse the privilege:
Obama was waxing lyrical about last week's trip to Europe, when he concluded, according to the meeting attendee, "this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for."
The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives. "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," he said, according to the source.
Or, aw shucks, was he really being self-effacing?
But one leadership aide said the full quote put it into a different context. According to that aide, Obama said, "It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign -- that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have just become a symbol."
I guess I'd like to know what those wonderful traditions we've lost are. These, maybe?