A concept twice lost
When Little Jimmy Carter came to Washington, he rode in on a wave of "I'm not one of them. I'm a Washington outsider."
How'd that work out for him again?
Today, from The Politico, there is this headline: "Obama to GOP: ' I won'"
The Republicans came to the President to express concerns about the "stimulus" package. President Obama reminded the assembled representatives of the minority party "I won".
What Pres. BHO doesn't realize is the lesson from Jimmy Carter and the ancient Greek tragedies regarding hubris. Whenever there is failure on the part of a character, it is usually traced back to the arrogance on the part of that character.
Presidential candidate Obama walked and talked arrogance from his "vero possumus", his faux presidential seal, his plane being called "O Force One", Greek columns, et al. He starting believing all the fawning press reports regarding him. What he fails to realize is that when he moved that 1.5 miles down Pennsylvania Ave from the Capitol Dome, that he left being "one of them" to being "The President". He fails to realize that he now has to contend with a whole marble dome full of egos. He is now one of three branches of government. He is the lightening rod.
One more thing he doesn't realize is what Princess Diana also failed to realize: the press made her and she thought that she could turn that on and off like a faucet. So it is here in America.
The President's ego is going to collide with Washington reality. It already has (from a Hot Air column):