And to Rep. Eric Cantor's polite opening greeting, President Obama sarcastically commented about the high stack of pages in front of Cantor by saying: "Let me just guess; that's the 2,400-page health care bill. Is that right?"
As for other Americans who oppose his far-left agenda, the president jeered at them before a live audience a few months back, when he condescendingly declared: "Those folks who are trying to stand in the way of progress, let me tell you: I'm just getting started! I don't quit. I'm not tired. ... It is important for those folks to understand I'm just ready to go. We're just going to keep on going."
The president demonizes any opposition and even tried socially to quarantine No. 1 Fox News as an illegitimate news organization because some commentators disagree with him. His actions remind me of these words of Fulton J. Sheen's: "Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals."
Lou Pritchett -- a former vice president of Procter & Gamble -- who retired in 1989 after working at the company for 36 years, hit the nail on the head when he wrote his renowned "open letter to President Obama": "You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. ... You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others."
The president lords himself over not only broadcast agencies, other politicians, his opponents and the American people but also our most precious founding documents. As I noted in last week's column, President Obama described the Constitution as "an imperfect document ... a document that reflects some deep flaws ... (and) an enormous blind spot." He also said, "The Framers had that same blind spot."
In possibly his gravest error, Obama haughtily placed himself above Judeo-Christian Scriptures when speaking at a church in June 2006 as a senator. In that message, he denigrated biblical books, including Leviticus and Deuteronomy, ridiculed the issue of the Bible's inerrancy, called the Sermon on the Mount a radically inapplicable passage of Scripture, and declared that basing public policies upon the Bible "would be a dangerous thing." He arrogantly concluded that "folks haven't been reading their Bible," setting himself above not only most others' understanding of Scripture but also all of us who read it. In olden days, such sacred contempt would have been regarded as an abominable desecration -- a man standing in the house of God claiming to be like a god, above others and even Scripture itself.
President Obama, I don't know whether you've spent a day in a Sunday school class, so here's a verse that might help you. Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."