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    Obama: I’m being vilified just like MLK, Jr.

    Obama: I’m being vilified just like MLK, Jr.

    James Taranto has a post The Great Deflation (via Instapundit) in which he writes that:

    Like a leaky balloon, Barack Obama keeps getting smaller.

    Taranto compares Obama’s lofty rhetoric during the 2008 campaign, when he grandly proclaimed that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal” to Obama’s more recent whiny complaining.

    Obama may be shrinking, but everything is relative.  While Obama may no longer invoke messiah-like imagery, he still compares himself to the greats of history.

    At a fundraiser in New York, Obama likened his efforts to reform government to those of Andrew Cuomo, but then Obama also compared what he was going through to the trials and tribulations of Martin Luther King, Jr. (via Sam Foster):

    Before leaving, Obama likened himself to one more figure. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “I think that we forget when he was alive there was nobody who was more vilified, nobody who was more controversial, nobody who was more despairing at times,” he said.

    Messiah to mere historic national hero.  Deflation indeed.


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    Milwaukee | August 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Once again we see the advantages of having nothing in circulation with your name on it: MLK Jr. was frequently guilty of plagiarism. Was Obama ever so charged? No way. So, no, BHO is not MLK. King left the evidence out there for people to examine. A PhD dissertation is pretty out there. Since King’s mission was so important, those rules were for the little people. (I’ve even found a web site explaining that what King did was important, so the plagiarism didn’t really matter.) This must be a hang-up we’ve inherited from our Judaic-Christian heritage: a person who can’t be trusted in little things can’t be trusted in big things. Telling lies to advance your cause undermines the cause. I guess maybe Barack and Martin are not so far apart after all.

      Crawford in reply to Milwaukee. | August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

      “MLK Jr. was frequently guilty of plagiarism. Was Obama ever so charged?”

      Well, you’ve explained his choice of Biden for Veep. Makes more sense than anything except “life insurance”.

    eaglewingz08 | August 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    We need a dart board to shoot at to see who Barry compares himself to next. He’s like a drag queen or impersonator who blood sucks off of people who actually accomplished something in their own right. The inferiority complex that must exist in Barry would put the Grand Canyon to shame.

    soulstraww | August 16, 2011 at 3:55 am

    OK, I get that you all reeeeaaallly hate Obama, and that’s cool. It’s your prerogative, and the fact that he believes in a very different approach than you do is unarguable. What I don’t get–and this isn’t just a rhetorical remark used to try to make some opposing point–is how you can read this quote and claim he was “comparing himself to MLK.” Seriously, I don’t understand where you get that. He is clearly outlining what he saw as the political reality that MLK had to operate within, and I suspect that he WAS doing so in order to tell supporters that what is politically popular isn’t the same as what is right, and how a movement is seen today is not necessarily how i will be seen in the future. But where does he “compare himself” to King?

    To be fair, I haven’t seen the context. Perhaps these remarks were part of a larger speech where Obama followed up this quote by saying something like “this is just like my administration has been attacked.” It’s also completely possible that he was responding to abquestion that made it obvious that these remarks were meant as a comparison between him and King.

    …but… if all you include is this quote, then this quote is all we can assess. I just don’t know how you can call Obama’s summary of MLK’s struggle with those who opposed and demonized him anything like a “self-comparison.” But again, if the context shows otherwise, please share it.

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