Obama: The Arrogance of Hope

Senator's opinion of himself outstrips deeds: Krauthammer
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Barack Obama speaks at a roundtable discussion on nuclear non-proliferation held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, July 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – When Barack Obama appeared on the scene, the nation asked, “Who is he?” Now the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer wants to know, “Who does he think he is?” Obama—who wants to speak at the hallowed ground of Germany's Brandenburg Gate—seems to have an awfully high opinion of himself for someone who’s accomplished…what, exactly? He has not one significant legislative achievement, and his most memorable private sector work was a book on his favorite topic: himself.

Obama’s entire campaign is wrapped around this preposterous messianic message. In his primary victory speech, Obama proclaimed that “generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment” when, among other wonders, “our planet began to heal.” Jesus, as Krauthammer recalls, contented himself with healing the sick. “Obama operates on a larger canvas.”