Historian Victor Davis Hanson is at his best when he reaches back to our Classical past, the heritage of Greece and Rome, to draw analogies that illuminate our present. In an essay published yesterday on President Obama’s troubles, he does this in spades. Looking at all the times Obama slammed George Bush -over Katrina relief, the surge in Iraq, Republican corruption, and so forth- and allowed sycophantic politicians and the media to fawn over him, he sees tremendous ego and arrogant pride, and a man who is finally getting the predictable comeuppance: Obama’s Greek Tragedy.
Do you remember candidate Barack Obama offering his hope-and-change platitudes in front of the fake Greek columns during the Democratic convention? Or earlier pontificating at the Victory Monument in Berlin?
Why didn’t an old cigar-chomping Democratic pro take him aside and warn him about offending Nemesis? She is the dreaded goddess who brings divine retribution in ironic fashion to overweening arrogance.
Or maybe a friend could have whispered to Senator Obama to tone it down when he was merciless in damning the Bush administration for its supposedly slow response to Hurricane Katrina.
Obama railed that Bush showed “unconscionable ineptitude.” Obama further charged that Bush’s response was “achingly slow,” a result of “passive indifference,” and that his team was rife with “corruption and cronyism.”
Those adjectives now apply to Obama himself, as he seems lost amid his own disaster — eerily in about the same Gulf environs. Adding insult to injury, a recent poll revealed that Louisiana residents thought Bush had done a better job with Katrina than Obama has with BP.
Couldn’t one of Obama’s many handlers have warned him to ignore the media’s tingling-leg gaga worship, or their nonsense that Obama is “a god”?
Apparently they didn’t, and now Obama whines that people are opposing him.
And I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: It’s a crying shame that we have people as venal as Chuck Schumer and brain-dead as Barbara Boxer in the US Senate, but not someone as wise as VDH.
Read the whole thing; it’s well worth it.