I’ve often wondered how anyone as obviously ignorant as Barack Obama can be so arrogant. But I’m starting to think that his ignorance actually enables his arrogance. He simply doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
“I had an uncle who was … part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps,” Sen. Obama said on Memorial Day.
But, as Republicans quickly pointed out, Americans didn’t liberate Auschwitz; the Soviets did.
If this were an isolated slip of the tongue, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But it fits a larger pattern of Sen. Obama’s ignorance, ignorance of history, ignorance of geography, ignorance of what his own pastor was saying for 20 years.
And the fact that the story made it into Sen. Obama’s Memorial Day talking points betrays ignorance on the part of his staff as well; whoever wrote his remarks, whoever edited them, whoever vetted them, whoever cleared them didn’t catch the error, and didn’t perform the basic fact-checking expected of a newspaper intern. Such careless ignorance bodes ill for a potential Obama administration.
Either ignorance or arrogance in a president is dangerous. Jimmy Carter was ignorant; Bill Clinton was arrogant. Barack Obama combines the worst of both.