Barack Obama began his presidency with hubris, promising in 2008 that, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” He ends his eight lean years with the same boundless arrogance:
“I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated [my vision of progressive change], I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
So said Obama to “his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the ‘The Axe Files.'”
Incidentally, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Obama told voters they had to vote for her because his legacy was at stake. Now that voters rejected Hillary and with her his legacy, Obama is denying that the devastating Democratic defeat was a reflection on that legacy.
The wisest part of the interview with Obama is this:
“I have to — I have to be quiet for a while. I — I — and I don’t mean politically, I mean internally. I have to still myself and…”
What a great pick-up line.
And of course, Obama uses the part perfect tense correctly, quite rare in American letters these days. And he conjugates the verb to “run” correctly. Said the president, “If I had run again …” It would have been better had Obama said, “Had I run again.” Most writers or TV heads can’t conjugate. Sickening.