President Barack Obama was asked to rate himself on being president for eleven months and the former Harvard A student gave himself a B-plus grade. He explained why he rated himself a B-plus rather than an A leader. “B-plus because of the things that are undone. Healthcare is not yet signed. If I get health care passed, we tip into an A-minus.” That is an interesting analysis from someone who waited eleven months before deciding that a ten percent unemployment figure was a bit too much for even a B plus president to accept. If ten percent unemployment rates one a B-plus then what does 8% rate one– an A?
Obama cited he had initiated an evacuation from Iraq, and worked out the “best possible plan” for Afghanistan. Oh well, I suspect if Barack was at Harvard a few history or political science professors would have given him a C for the Afghanistan plan he proposed. Then again, some might have failed him for the course. There is always a hubris when someone declaims their work is outstanding, but for a president who has allowed unemployment to soar without offering plans to deal with this problem, this constitutes arrogance of the first order.