Hubris is a Greek word for overweening pride or arrogance. In Greek tragedy, hubris invariably resulted in destruction due to angering the gods. While Americans admire self-confidence, they also cheer the underdog, and love to see the conceited get humbled. Super Bowl XLII will be remembered as one of the greatest ever, because Eli Manning and the NY Giants beat the “perfect” New England Patriots.
Barack Obama is the epitome of hubris. He even had his own fake Presidential seal made. From Charles Krauthammer:
Americans are beginning to notice Obama’s elevated opinion of himself. There’s nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?
Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted “present” nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.
It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history — “generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment” — when, among other wonders, “the rise of the oceans began to slow.” As Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, “Moses made the waters recede, but he had help.” Obama apparently works alone.
For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is?
We are getting to know. Redeemer of our uninvolved, uninformed lives. Lord of the seas. And more. As he said on victory night, his rise marks the moment when “our planet began to heal.” As I recall — I’m no expert on this — Jesus practiced his healing just on the sick. Obama operates on a larger canvas.
Despite the bogus accusations of racism by Obama and his supporters, for many PUMAs it was Obama’s arrogance that that they first found unacceptable. They were turned off by the idea of someone with his skimpy resume even running for President. (I’m looking at you, katiebird) This was long before the rampant sexism and the obnoxious behavior of his supporters.
Hubris isn’t just a Greek concept. Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Maybe it’s a sign that November comes during the season we call “Fall”