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September 11, 2012

What Do You Get For The Man Who Thinks He's Good At Everything?

I like being President," our newly-minted President announced extremely early in his first and last term. "And it turns out Im pretty good at it.

Even the NYT is noticing that, like many incompetents, Obama thinks he's uncommonly good. At everything.

As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself. He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks a really mean chili. He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is a surprisingly good pool player, he informed an interviewer not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.

Even by the standards of the political world, Mr. Obamas obsession with virtuosity and proving himself the best are remarkable, those close to him say. (Critics call it arrogance.)

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But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities.

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For someone dealing with the worlds weightiest matters, Mr. Obama spends surprising energy perfecting even less consequential pursuits. He has played golf 104 times since becoming president, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who monitors his outings, and he asks superior players for tips that have helped lower his scores.

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Even some Democrats in Washington say they have been irritated by his tips on topics ranging from the best way to shake hands on the trail (really look voters in the eye, he has instructed) to writing well...

The apes cocked their heads. The grotto raised an eyebrow. The figs' ears pricked up.

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For another, he may not always be as good at everything as he thinks, including politics. While Mr. Obama has given himself high grades for his tenure in the White House including a solid B-plus for his first year many voters dont agree, citing everything from his handling of the economy to his unfulfilled pledge that he would be able to unite Washington to his claim that he would achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Those were not the only times Mr. Obama may have overestimated himself: he has also had a habit of warning new hires that he would be able to do their jobs better than they could.

I think that Im a better speechwriter than my speechwriters, Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And Ill tell you right now that Im going to think Im a better political director than my political director.


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