Obama's Ego Needs Its Own ZIP Code

President has switched tone from 'we' to 'I'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2009 12:01 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks Saturday in Tokyo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The budget deficit hasn’t been the only thing ballooning since President Obama took office—the man’s ego is growing by leaps and bounds, moving Jeff Jacoby to wonder, “Was there ever a president as deeply enamored of himself as Barack Obama?” A video message for this week’s Berlin celebrations was only the latest example, a speech bare of Reagan or Gorbachev but full of Obama. “As a specimen of presidential narcissism, it is hard to beat.”

And where Obama relied on “we” to propel his campaign and inaugurate his presidency, he’s since preferred “the naked ‘I’” by a large margin—using it 34 times in a speech on the government taking over General Motors. And, of a man who told the UN how aware he was of the world’s expectations for his presidency, Jacoby writes in the Boston Globe, “Then again, how modest would any of us be if we were as magnificent as Obama?”