Add obeisance to Barack Obama to its historical tendencies, and one expects the New York Times means this article to show that Obama works extremely hard to become super-competent at anything he does.
What is actually demonstrated is that Barack Obama is an egomaniacal poseur with a perhaps significant ADHD component. As a bonus, the contrast between his supposed super-competency and his actual job performance lurks, smiling like the Cheshire cat, between each and every line of the story. Either the author and editors have a most sublime sense of irony, or they are utterly ignorant that the word “irony” exists. There is no middle ground. The story is brimming with lines that a vehement Obama supporter should see as outrageous criticism. Much as I hate to send any traffic to the NYT, it is well worth reading the whole thing for laughs. Or what would be laughs if this guy was not President.
An example – possibly the least – “If he [Obama] picks up something new, at first he’s not good, but he’ll work until he gets better.” Apparently, this is considered remarkable in elite Democrat circles, and deemed quotable by the NYT.
And – “So perhaps it is not surprising that he [Obama] cites not just his record, but also every other accomplishment he can think of.” Cite his record? He hasn’t mentioned Obamacare or Libya since 100 rounds of golf ago. No wonder he hypes his ability to deliver “the best rendition ever” of “Green Eggs and Ham…” No word on whether he used a teleprompter for that.
Overconfident past the point of arrogance. Disdainful of his opponent. Just how we want him to enter the debates – thinking the chair he’s sitting in isn’t actually devoid of occupancy.
P.S. As I reread the first two paragraphs, I’m thinking maybe the NYT does understand irony. This is a remarkably snarky introduction:
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.
All in all, he joked at a recent New York fund-raiser with several famous basketball players in attendance, “it is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.”
If he’s lost the New York Times, he’s lost the east coast condescending leftist elite, and maybe some of their toadies in fly-over country.