Obama: I voted as a Senator to help my career, not the country

The GOP has just found a campaign sound bite for the Presidential campaign of 2012 and it came from the world's greatest orator himself: Barack Obama.

Here is what President Obama told ABC News George Stephanopoulos regarding his Senatorial vote in 2006 opposing a debt increase:
I think that it's important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a ... president. When you're a senator, traditionally what's happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit for the United States by a trillion dollars. ... As president, you start realizing: 'You know what? We -- we can't play around with this stuff. This is the full faith in credit of the United States.' And so that was just a example of a new senator, you know, making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country.

Senator Obama only cared about his own political prospects and not what was important for the future of the country. Is there any clearer and more honest statement regarding Barack Obama's priorities?

This is yet another example that the narcissism of Barack O bama is what has always motivated him. His excessive use of the personal pronoun "I"; his omnipresence on our television screens, his stream of inaccuracies, his promises that all come with an expiration date, his claims, his position on the Iraq War while a Senator...all geared towards not for  the good of the nation but to boost his own political career.

Did he care about this country when Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's dictator, slandered America? Instead of proudly defending our nation, Barack Obama lamely just said that he was glad Chavez had not blamed him personally for things that had happened before he was born. Again, it is all about him and not about us or our nation.

Are we seeing yet another Obama gaffe that the media will obscure or overlook entirely -- as they have so often the past few years? Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard noted various mistakes that Barack Obama has made that, were he a mere mortal or just a Republican, would have tarnished his image but for the connivance of the media .

This also puts into perspective why Obama "clings" to the teleprompter. On his own, he stammers and searches for answers or reveals his antipathies and prejudices (the bitter clingers) and his lack of empathy (worried about gas prices..hey, dump that gas guzzler and buy a hybrid SUV).

His handlers -- and perhaps Obama (himself though he does not seem to be a self-reflective or self-critical man) -- know that to speak from his heart or mind would reveal to Americans the true Barack Obama behind the image that has been packaged and peddles to us.

And that would not help him win a second term.

Graphic by Richard Terrell