There were times during a Thursday rally Barack Obama couldn’t help but talk about himself, even though he was supposed to be talking about other people.
There were other times he could barely talk at all.
During the Cleveland rally for Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton, Obama repeatedly talked about himself, despite the candidates sitting behind him.
Several times, he stuttered as he attempted to attack President Trump and the success of recent Republican initiatives.
“I see you,” Obama started, pointing into the audience.
“Let, let, let, let, let me just say these, these are friends of mine,” Obama said, stumbling over his words, “I admit I am biased.”
Several times, Obama called Cordray and Sutton a “friend of mine.”
“I have worked with them,” he said, keeping the focus on himself.
Several times, Obama attempted to regale the audience with stories about when he was important and the President.
Speaking of Cordray, he said, “He had my back even when some of you couldn’t pronounce my name.”
After seemingly being forced to talk about the candidates he was campaigning for, Obama said, “But I have a broader message…”
He found a way to make a heckler about himself, too.
“I always miss having at least one heckler up in here,” Obama told the audience.
“I can never really hear what they’re saying, but I appreciate the exercise of free speech,” he said.
At one point, The Chosen One devolved into a stuttering mess, saying, “We, we, we, we, we, we, we, we, we spend…”
“I know that sometimes, when I was president, even when I was a candidate, folks would say, ‘Barack, you’re talking too long.’
‘You’re like too professorial, you’re explaining stuff too much,’” Obama said people told him.
“I know, but sometimes things are complicated and I didn’t, I, I, I, and I was confident…” he continued.
Making a pass at talking about the candidates, Obama said, “And that’s why I’m here. Not just because I love Ohio, although I do. And not just because I love Cleveland,” he said.
More than half way into his remarks, he finally said, “I want to talk a little bit about Rich just for a second.”
And he was meaning that pretty literally, as he quickly shifted back to talking about himself, and musing about his own opinions.
“I, I, I can’t, I can’t even beat Sasha at Jeopardy,” he said, getting way off the subject and talking about his daughter and the game show.
About 30 minutes into his remarks, Obama said, “Now listen, I know it’s hot so I gotta wrap up.”
“But here’s something I said last week that I want to repeat,” he said, before later saying virtually the same thing.
“I said this last week, I want to repeat it,” he said.
All told, Obama talked about himself 79 times during the roughly 40 minute speech, saying “I” 66 times, “Me” 5 times, “My” 5 times, and “Mine” 3 times.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 17th, 2018