A new video offers a glimpse of Barack Obama’s humility. “I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure,” he begins. And then goes on to compare himself and this election to Ronald Reagan and the nineteen-eighty election.
I think part of what’s different are the times. I do think that, for example, the nineteen-eighty election was different. I mean, I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.
Just Ronald Reagan? Believe in yourself a little, Barack. Go for it. Obama goes on:“I think Kennedy, 20 years earlier, moved the country in a fundamentally different direction. So, I think a lot of it just has to do with the times. I think we’re in one of those times right now. . .”
Now we’re talkin’. He does Reagan; he does JFK. Oh, and he does Lincoln, too. Maybe the country’s ready for a new Rich Little. Andrew Sullivan, one of the chief ginners-up of the Obama “moment,” sure thinks so. He writes,
The overwhelming first impression that you get – from the exhausted but vibrant stump speech, the diverse nature of the crowd, the swell of the various applause lines – is that this is the candidate for real change. He has what Reagan had in 1980 and Clinton had in 1992: the wind at his back.