I haven’t seen the context in which Obama made the reported statement and, really, I don’t want to, because the AP report — which is a mere one sentence in length — seems to encapsulate everything we know about the man. Here is the entire AP report:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Obama to Israeli leader: capitalize on “historic opportunity” to restart Mideast peace talks.
Without knowing more, you’ve just got to believe that Obama views himself as the “historic opportunity.” After all, nothing has changed on the ground. The only significant difference in the world (as opposed to merely “more of the same,” whether in Gaza or the West Bank, or even in Iran, Pakistan, Europe or Russia) is Obama’s election.
Relying on facts on the ground, without the benefit of an Obamian gloss, the above report means that Obama is advancing himself as the game changer. His presence on the earth will make the lion lie down with the lamb. No surprise, I guess. He assured us all that “we [royal we?] are the change we’ve been waiting for.” He promised us that rising waters would fall and that all sorts of other beautiful metaphysical things would take place upon his election.
Pragmatic egotism or insane delusion? I guess history, the real history, rather than Obama’s anticipatory version, will tell.