BARACK BIPOLAR OBAMA, THEN AND NOW.
Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
—“Obama: I Can Do Every Job Better Than Those I Hire to Do It,” Jim Geraghty, April 24, 2012.
Chaser: “Fifty Times Obama Reminded Us His Job Isn’t Easy,” Washington Free Beacon video supercut, Thursday.