The 2012 Leni Riefenstahl Award goes to Barack Obama:
The thing that most bothers me about Barack Obama is his unearned narcissism. His smugness and arrogance are beyond the ability of science to measure. I don’t mind someone being a bit cocky or even arrogant, IF they have the accomplishments and achievements to back up the attitude. Obama’s greatest achievement, though, is creating his own personal narrative. He is his own personal touchstone. Even when honoring a great American hero, Obama can’t help but thrust himself into the event.
On Friday, America, and the world, lost a true hero. Neil Armstrong, who died of heart complications at the age of 82, was the first human to walk on the moon. His steps onto the lunar surface were watched by the largest television audience in history. His statement “one giant leap for mankind” echoed throughout the world, allowing people everywhere to step back from the clutter of their daily lives and pause to dream big things. People who witnessed it will never forget it.
Obama took to his tumblr page to offer a tribute to Neil Armstrong. The words–two sentences–are fine in a generic politician way. But, Obama being Obama, he injected himself into the tribute. He included a photo, not of Armstrong or the iconic step onto the lunar surface, but of himself, gazing up at the moon.
Have I mentioned lately how much I despise Barack Obama? That’s because at moments like this (and there have been many, many moments like this) he actually makes me feel embarrassed to be an American.
I’m not talking about shame. I first felt ashamed of my country when I learned that George Bush had approved the use of torture and unlawful detention. That was a stain on our national honor. So is Obama’s policy of assassination. Those are things to be ashamed of.
Obama is an embarrassment. He is our President. Even though I didn’t vote for him he represents me to the world. He represents all of us. When he beclowns himself he beclowns the nation.
Yes, I used that word. That is how strongly I feel.
Verb. To make a complete idiot of oneself in public. To behave or speak in such a way, or to make a comment or express an opinion that is so profoundly witless, senseless and obtuse, that you have forever after defined yourself as a person of comical value only. Never to be taken seriously again. Of worth only as an object of ridicule and derision.