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The dangers of believing your own bullshit…

Conor Friedersdorf commenting (via Greenwald) on “60 Minute”‘s Steve Kroft interviewing President Obama:

KROFT: I’m sure your poll numbers will probably automatically go up as soon as there is a Republican candidate in the race. I mean, that’s normal. I mean, you’re being judged now on your performance.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, no, no. I’m being judged against the ideal. And, you know, Joe Biden has a good expression. He says, “Don’t judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative.”

My god, can you actually be more self-deluded. Seriously, Obama is a smart guy, but it really does sound like he and his administration have an enormously inflated sense of self worth.

I suppose it’s a hazard of the job – you have to believe in yourself to be in these positions. Still a little self-awareness wouldn’t hurt.

Incidentally, Mr. President, I am not judging you on the alternative (which frankly I call bullshit – “Hey, it could be worse, I could be Pol Pot!”), I’m judging you by your own rhetoric.

What a mess.

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