James Taranto has a post The Great Deflation (via Instapundit) in which he writes that:

Like a leaky balloon, Barack Obama keeps getting smaller.

Taranto compares Obama’s lofty rhetoric during the 2008 campaign, when he grandly proclaimed that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal” to Obama’s more recent whiny complaining.

Obama may be shrinking, but everything is relative.  While Obama may no longer invoke messiah-like imagery, he still compares himself to the greats of history.

At a fundraiser in New York, Obama likened his efforts to reform government to those of Andrew Cuomo, but then Obama also compared what he was going through to the trials and tribulations of Martin Luther King, Jr. (via Sam Foster):

Before leaving, Obama likened himself to one more figure. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times,” he said.

Messiah to mere historic national hero.  Deflation indeed.


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