I’m no psychiatrist, but perhaps all the arrogance which Barack Obama displays is born from intellectual insecurity. He gives a great speech. But is he capable of more rigorous intellectual rigor than that required to reiterate words written by others? A sympathetic source from the blogoshpere admits that “Obama generally does not operate outside his comfort zone.” We also learned that although he was president of the Harvard Law Review he didn’t write a single article himself. (That is odd, to say the least.) And his impromptu performances in pressers and debates have ranged from mediocre to horrible.
In short, outside of his verbal acuity in prepared and controlled settings, he has yet to dazzle with his insightful analysis or original thinking. Couple that with a non-existent national political record and one wonders how and why he should be so impressed with himself. (Other than the fact that crowds and the media genuflect before him.) I can understand why he would be so touchy about John McCain not recognizing his “achievements.”
More importantly, whether the issue is intellectual or emotional, this seems to be a very problematic quality for a President. Is this a good thing for a potential President — to operate only controlled circumstances where he is sheltered and protected from potential harm? One can only imagine if the Republican candidate demonstrated the same reticence to operate outside his media cocoon.