It’s about me

October 6, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

George Will has been criticizing Barack Obama because Obama is narcissistic–he has been using the words “I” too much in his speeches.

So then blogger Mark Liberman compared Obama’s speeches with those of George W. Bush . . .

[via Daily Dish]

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. NIklaus Pfirsig says:

    It makes me wonder if George Will graduated from the Eastern Missouri Business College.

  2. One significant difference between Obama and Bush, however, is that in terms of there being something to be self-referential to, Obama exhibits much more substance than Bush. In short, there's more There there to refer to by I and me than in Bush's case. Which would lead one to conclude that when Obama says I or me he's talking about something real, as opposed to…

  3. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    The use of I, me, my, and mine has absolutely no value as an indicator of hubris. It is all about the context.

    Compare

    "I am very sorry and extend an apology."

    with

    "You are still wrong."

    and decide which of these statements is more arrogant.

    It's a totally useless metric that could only come from the pop pseudo

    -psycho-babble and the kind of lame stupidity one should expect from the ill informed purveyors of poppycock when threatend with the loss of their following.

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