Jonathan Last (FotG) positively nails the psychology of the President. The Czar admits it: he is insanely jealous of this piece.
The Czar says this because he believes whole-heartedly in the premise: that President Obama is totally in love with himself. Sure, you knew that, but Mr. Last shows you just how horrifyingly deep it goes.
An excerpt, but for once the Czar thinks you should really read the whole thing:
It’s troubling that a fellow whose electoral rationale was that he edited the Harvard Law Review and wrote a couple of memoirs was comparing himself to the man who saved the Union [Lincoln]. But it tells you all you need to know about what Obama thinks of his political gifts and why he’s unperturbed about having led his party into political disaster in the midterms. He assumes that he’ll be able to reverse the political tide once he becomes the issue, in the presidential race in 2012. As he said to Harry Reid after the majority leader congratulated him on one particularly fine oration, “I have a gift, Harry.”
And perhaps no better summation of the Czars assessment of the President:
There are lots of times when you get the sense that Obama views the powers of the presidency as little more than a shadow of his own person.
And that, readers, is a bullseye.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.