Commentary Magazine


Contentions

Obama Breaks the Arrogance Meter

Just when you think the Obami can’t get more arrogant, along comes a report like this:

In a provocative argument designed to rescue his foundering health-care plan, President Barack Obama will warn Senate Democrats in a White House meeting Tuesday that this is the “last chance” to pass comprehensive reform. Obama will contend that if it fails now, no other president will attempt it, aides said.

No other president will attempt it? Ever? Really, you have to marvel at where they come up with this stuff. Obama is apparently the only one, ever, who can pass health-care reform. And his powers, like Cinderella’s, I suppose, evaporate when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. They must do it now.

On one level, it’s jaw-dropping desperation when a White House stoops to making such a nonsensical argument. It suggests that Harry Reid has managed to drive the administration’s top priority into a ditch, and the White House is panicked. The Left is furious, the Senate looks like it’s made up of a bunch of Keystone Kops, and there’s still no bill to vote on. But it’s the arrogance that’s most striking. Of course other presidents will address health care, entitlements, jobs, and the rest. History does not begin or end with Him. But he seems to think it does.

Now if history and health care depend on Obama, why hasn’t he come up with a bill? Perhaps his magical powers of legislation — his unique ability to pass historic legislation — work only on a generic level. Otherwise one might expect that the great and powerful president would come up with his solution and get everyone on board. But maybe he’s not all that powerful. In fact, maybe he’s been inept and ineffectual in getting everyone to sign up for an obvious list of discrete reforms, one that even Republicans could support. It might be that another president could have done better, or will do better in the future. Perish the thought! It’s now or never. History hangs in the balance.


Join the discussion…

Are you a subscriber? Log in to comment »

Not a subscriber? Join the discussion today, subscribe to Commentary »





Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor to our site, you are allowed 8 free articles this month.
This is your first of 8 free articles.

If you are already a digital subscriber, log in here »

Print subscriber? For free access to the website and iPad, register here »

To subscribe, click here to see our subscription offers »

Please note this is an advertisement skip this ad
Clearly, you have a passion for ideas.
Subscribe today for unlimited digital access to the publication that shapes the minds of the people who shape our world.
Get for just
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor, you are allowed 8 free articles.
This is your first article.
You have read of 8 free articles this month.
YOU HAVE READ 8 OF 8
FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
for full access to
CommentaryMagazine.com
INCLUDES FULL ACCESS TO:
Digital subscriber?
Print subscriber? Get free access »
Call to subscribe: 1-800-829-6270
You can also subscribe
on your computer at
CommentaryMagazine.com.
LOG IN WITH YOUR
COMMENTARY MAGAZINE ID
Don't have a CommentaryMagazine.com log in?
CREATE A COMMENTARY
LOG IN ID
Enter you email address and password below. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you provide.