I’ve been focusing for years, almost to the point of obsession, on Obama’s nasty crack to Hillary during the Democratic primaries. She said, with rather charming self-deprecation, “I think I’m likeable,” and he sneered in return, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.” It was that moment at which I said, “This is not a nice man.” A more condescending remark I’ve seldom heard. It was especially inappropriate given their relative status: he a man, she a woman; he young, she old; he a party neophyte, she a party elder. It showed misogyny, arrogance, and just plain nastiness.
I thought of that when I heard that Obama is now chastising Perry:
Asked whether Perry’s remarks [some hyperbole about Bernacke’s “treasonous” damage to the American economy] were disrespectful, Obama said he would “cut him some slack” as a new candidate.
Who, may I ask, is Obama to cut Perry some slack? Obama may be president, but in the context of Perry’s statement, they’re simply two candidates squaring off. Obama can voice an opinion about Perry’s comment, but he doesn’t occupy some higher moral ground that allows him to do the slack cutting.
This is one of those rare occasions where I think Allahpundit is off base, as he thinks Obama struck the correct, “low-key” tone on this one. While it was low-key to acknowledge a candidate’s learning curve, it was arrogant to “cut Perry slack.” Once again, Obama is showing that oozing condescension that makes him such a fundamentally charmless figure in American politics.