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April 24, 2012

Obama To His Campaign Staff: Pretty Sure I Can Do Each Of Your Jobs Better Than You Could

Some suspect that Mr. Obama's opinion of himself might be on the favorable side of the spectrum.

From a book called "The Obamas" by Jodi Kantor:

Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people Ill hire to do it, he said. Its hard to give up control when thats all Ive known. Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaigns political director. I think Im a better speechwriter than my speechwriters, Obama told him. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And Ill tell you right now that Im gonna think Im a better political director than my political director.

In the Top Four Presidents, All Time: Remember this crap?

The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln just in terms of what weve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, weve got a lot more work to do.

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