If President Obama’s detractors like to sling any charge at him, it is the charge of excessive self-regard. His speech at the funeral for the late Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii is now being used as a means to buttress that assessment, given that President Obama mentioned himself in said speech approximately 63 times. The video documenting this can be seen below, courtesy of the Daily Rushbo:
And the video of the full speech can be seen here:
The Weekly Standard reports on the context:
Speaking to the audience at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Obama talked about his family and their vacations. “Now, even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, I confess that I wasn’t paying much attention to the United States Senate at the age of four or five or six. It wasn’t until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family — my first trip to what those of us in Hawaii call the Mainland,” said Obama.
To be fair to Obama, having grown up in Hawaii, he would be in a position to talk about Inouye. Also, the speech is mostly an extended discussion of how Inouye himself was an inspiration to Obama, a fairly standard topic at a funeral:
Now, here I was, a young boy with a white mom, a black father, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. And I was beginning to sense how fitting into the world might not be as simple as it might seem. And so to see this man, this senator, this powerful, accomplished person who wasn’t out of central casting when it came to what you’d think a senator might look like at the time, and the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation I think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life.
Do you think this was a reasonable way to pay tribute to Inouye’s memory? Or was Obama just building up his own ego? Weigh in below.