“Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad [with pride]”

The Ancient Greeks counted Hubris as a deadly sin, a sure means of inviting Nemesis to bring disastrous punishment.

The Jews of the Old Testament likewise warn of the folly of hauteur.:

Pride goeth before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

A well credentialed scholar seems to have forgotten this, while a man referred to by the left as a “village idiot” was quite clear on the concept.


A Tale Of Two Presidents

Hubris: Extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

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George W. Bush on the capture of Saddam Hussein: December 14, 2003

The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the Dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.

Barack Obama on the death of Osama bin Laden:  May 1, 2011

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .

It speaks for itself, don’t you think?


Yes, yes it does speak for itself.

Time to fire the arrogant nescient resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


Hat Tip: Paula Gardner on Google+

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  • Bush:  “tribute to our men and women”, “superb work of intelligence analysts “, “brave fighting force”, “Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies”,  “I congratulate them.”

    One ‘I” in the whole paragraph.

    Obama: “I directed Leon Panetta”, “I continued our broader efforts “, “my intelligence community”, “I was briefed”, “I met repeatedly with my national security team”, “I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action”, “Today, at my direction”

    Similar length, eight “I’s” or “My’s”, along with several “We”s” to try to include himself in the process of developing the intelligence.

    Arrogance writ large, that man. . .

  • Hugh_G

    Here are just a few of the paragraphs from the speech you just must have forgotten to include. An oversight i”m sure:

    “Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot…… ”

    “Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.”

    • Sky__Captain

      Got a actual link to that? (Most people would provide a link.)

      Or would you like to post some personal attacks at the thread author like you usually do? (And thus lose the debate. Again.)

      • Hugh_G
        • Sky__Captain

           No, -you- made the extraordinary claim, so you provide the link.

          1 – Using “Puffington Host” for your source adds NO credibility to your argument.
          2 – “The “0bamaMessiah” uses references to himself even more in the linked document, thus proving the point of the thread author.

          Keep up the good work, Hugh!

      • Hugh_G

        I would say that the person who loses the debate would be, say an author of a thread, who posts one paragraph from a speech that completely distorts the speech. You would agree with that of course?

        There, and that was not a personal attack unlike say an author who feels free to give my e-mail address publicly to anyone who reads this blog. 

        • PBunyan

          It was Obama, not Rodney, that distored that speech it by first giving himself so much credit when so little was due before eventually mentioning those actually responsible at the end, almost as an afterthought.

        • Perhaps you should find a blog whose authors offend you less.

    • PBunyan

      If you wanted to refute the point of this post you’d need to find a speech by Bush that is as disgusting and arrogant as what Obama said above.  Can’t you that can ya?  Just because BS’n Barry eventually got around to thanking those actually responsible (as Obama himself deserves about .000000000000000000000001% of the credit, if that) doesn’t not refute that fact that he is an arrogant POS.

    • Jwb10001

      So do these few paragraphs change the first few? I didn’t think so.

    • jim_m

       obama has been roundly criticized for his penchant for extolling his own glory in his speeches.  Because he manages to squeeze in a couple of paragraphs that lack an “I” statement does not detract from the overall message that He alone is responsible for everything successful.

      Pair his arrogance with his refusal to ever accept responsibility when things go wrong and you have a pretty accurate picture of a sociopath.

    • GarandFan

       “We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.”

      We?  How about “they”?

      • Hugh_G

        First of all you know as well as I do that “we” refers to the country. Bush used “we” very freely in his speeches as well.

        Second of all President Obama is Commander-In-Chief. Now I know you don’t like that but it is a fact. 

        • GarandFan

          Yeah Huggie.  Like “we” went golfing.

          Whats the matter toots, don’t like people dissing your Obamassiah?

          • Hugh_G

            Or say “we” went brush clearing and playing a faux cowboy 490 days give or take 1 or 2 at a certain Texas “ranch.”

          • GarandFan

            You get a log of mileage out of that RABBIT, don’t you?

          • Jwb10001

            I guess you’ve given up on the actual thread and now are going to play the who took more vacation card? Did you hear that on one of Obama’s vacations that Michelle left 4 hours before Barak on a separate tax payer funded jet with her kids? Wow that’s quite something don’t you think? Do you get to take 2 jets off to Martha’s Vineyard? No I didn’t think so.

          • Hugh_G

            Not really. I was only replying to the “he plays lots of golf” card that was a response to my reply.

            Do you read threads? Losts of folks just don’t seem to do that.

          • Jwb10001

            It interesting that you’re so quick to jump on that like I asked before did you give up on the “it’s all about Barak” part of the tread. And while your at what about that 4 hour head start on a tax payer funded jet? No comment on that either I suppose.

          • Hugh_G

            Geez man..I sure didn’t give up. What I pointed out was that the author to make his point about hoe
            W much he hates the President took one paragraph from an entire speech. I linked the speech and quoted just2 paragraphs were the President recognized many people.

            And to make another point. Why shouldn’t he describe and give context to his actions when also praising many others?

            The author, no surprise here, didn’t give a link to the speech. All he did was plagiarize from another blog, probably Ace of Spades. He doesn’t even have an original idea.

            Did you read the whole speech ? My guess is no, and that is probably true for most comments.

          • Sky__Captain

            I read the speech. As I said earlier, it supports the point of the thread author.

            You lost the debate, fella.

          • Hugh_G

            Yeah right. You wouldn’t give the President credit for a goddamn thing no matter what.

            You’re a frigging idiot if you think that speech was about himself.

          •  Speaking of Goddamns, did you see that the Right Reverand Wrong says now that 0bama was there for all his controversial sermons and “heard every word”?

  • Randy Blake

    Yep, that explains just exactly why “o” is known as the “I” president…

    • Guest

       First I’ve heard of that.

      • Sky__Captain

        Then you haven’t been listening.

        Does the term “SCOAMF” ring a bell?

        • For a while the number one Google hit for SCOAMF was the Obama 2012 site…

          • jim_m

             I’m sure the cultists at Google fixed that promptly.

  • Obama is so fond of using the word “I” — addicted to that usage as all with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are.

  • PBunyan

    The ironic thing in this is that while Obama personally deserves no credit for locating Bin Ladin, he could have made things infinitely easier for the intelligence community by simply sharing his Ramadan card list with them.

  • GarandFan

    Barry is 1st up in taking credit.  Responsibility for failure always lays with others.

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