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July 30, 2008
DANA MILBANK FINDS OBAMA PRESUMPTUOUS: President Obama Continues Hectic Victory Tour:
Along the way, he traveled in a bubble more insulating than the actual president's. Traffic was shut down for him as he zoomed about town in a long, presidential-style motorcade, while the public and most of the press were kept in the dark about his activities, which included a fundraiser at the Mayflower where donors paid $10,000 or more to have photos taken with him. His schedule for the day, announced Monday night, would have made Dick Cheney envious. . . . As he marches toward Inauguration Day (Election Day is but a milestone on that path), Obama's biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris. . . . On his presidential-style visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem last week, Obama left a written prayer, intercepted by an Israeli newspaper, asking God to 'help me guard against pride and despair.' He seems to have the despair part under control, but the pride could be a problem.
Well, when you're getting standing ovations from journalists, it's easy to see how it might go to your head. He's clearly the landslide favorite of the Media Wing of the Democratic Party, and they have a loud voice. And a consistent one.
Related item here: "In his closed door meeting with House Democrats Tuesday night, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger, according to a witness, suggesting that he was beginning to believe his own hype."