The breathtaking arrogance demonstrated by President Obama last night was surprising even to those of us who have been critical of his policy mistakes.
David Freddoso exposes President Obama’s arrogance about health care in a column today:
President Obama unwittingly presents the real problem with his plan for reform. Here is a well-meaning government official who so fails to grasp the problem in health care that he can present such absurd oversimplifications and suggest that this sort of thing is the real problem — doctors simply lack the common sense to make obvious medical decisions. President Obama wants us to solve this problem by putting himself and other government officials in charge of rescuing medicine from the medical profession. If medical doctors with a decade of schooling cannot distinguish between good cures and ineffective ones that must be discontinued, then by gosh, we’re lucky that the good folks from the government can.
President Obama thus frames the issue as a false choice between doing nothing at all and handing over to Washington complicated, case-by-case medical decisions that cannot possibly be legislated or dictated by government.
In the same press conference, President Obama went somewhere no president has ever gone — weighing in on a local police arrest for disorderly conduct. The problem? President Obama, who was not there and as far as I know has no law enforcement training whatsoever, concluded the police acted “stupidly.”
Whether it’s foreign policy, domestic policy, NCAA basketball brackets or local police actions, President Obama genuinely believes he knows better than everybody else about everything – a really dangerous mindset for the most powerful man in the world.
From the time George Washington voluntarily stepped out of power after two terms as president, we have come to expect a certain level of humility from our Chief Executive. And for a President so young, so recently promoted from a state legislature and so lacking in real-world experience, this level of arrogance is truly frightening.