America’s Narcissus, ctd.

by Sonny Bunch on May 30, 2012

Daniel Halper, writing at the Weekly Standard:

In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more “about Judaism” than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.” [Bold in TWS post]

Bill Kristol, in a later post at the same site:

And the claim that Obama knows more about Judaism than any president? His vanity boggles the mind. One could begin by citing Adams and Madison, who knew Hebrew, or Harry Truman, who knew Jewish history … but it’s silly to dignify this claim with a rebuttal. In thinking about the presidents since Truman, though, I’d guess the president who knew the most about Judaism was Jimmy Carter, who taught Sunday school and had a deep interest in religion. So let’s stipulate that of the modern presidents, Carter and Obama “know” the most about Judaism. But what is it they know? In Obama’s case, one could ask whether what he “knows” is what he learned from Rashid Khalidi and Jeremiah Wright. [Bold mine]

Do you have any doubt whatsoever that Barack Obama actually thinks he knows more about Judaism than any other president? That’s what makes this kind of solipsism so shocking. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Barack Obama really does think he’s the smartest guy in the room about whichever topic is being discussed. It’s kind of shocking. No wonder he thinks that he alone is qualified to determine who should live and who should die by drone strike:

2) His intellectual self-regard. It’s his extensive reading, apparently, that led him to believe he should have a role in deciding who we kill:

Aides say Mr. Obama has several reasons for becoming so immersed in lethal counterterrorism operations. A student of writings on war by Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, he believes that he should take moral responsibility for such actions. And he knows that bad strikes can tarnish America’s image and derail diplomacy.

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