The Me First Presidency

If you spent any time in conservative circles the last decade you likely heard the complaint that President Obama was too egotistical. Personally, I think the fact he wrote two autobiographies before he was even elected to the Senate should be proof enough for anyone. But he also demonstrated his self-centeredness on a regular basis. After a significant speech, you could count on finding articles and discussions on Twitter and conservative websites about the number of times Obama used the words “I” or “me” in a speech supposedly about someone or something else.

A speech about the economy became a speech about him. When delivering the news that Seal Team Six had killed Osama bin Laden, he referenced himself more than the Seals and intelligence agents who made the raid possible.

And yet, in the race to be the most egotistical, self-centered president in American history, Trump just left Obama in the dust.

In a Memorial Day tweet, the commander-in-chief used the solemn occasion to boast that “those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud” at how well the economy is doing under his watch.

President Trump took a moment reserved for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom, and quickly turned it into self-congratulation on a completely unrelated issue. If Obama had done this, the right would have gone nuts over the blatant egoism and disrespect to the American military. We should be no less outraged when it comes from Trump; if anything, it should be worse when it comes from someone who claims to speak for us.

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