In former President Barack Obama's view, the world would be a much better place if he and his wife were the prototypes for a million leaders across the globe.
Giving a speech at Winnipeg's Bell MTS Place arena on Monday, Mr. Obama outlined "plans to create a 'university for social change' that will serve as a hub for young people in the U.S. and around the world who are skeptical of the 'old institutions,'" according to The Washington Examiner.
"If we train them — if we give them skills, support, financing, media training, spotlights, then they're the ones that are going to carry forward the solutions that we so desperately need," Obama told the audience.
"If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something," he continued. Hope is attainable "if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world," he added.
The 44th president’s narcissistic remarks are not out of the ordinary. Obama was often nailed by critics for constantly talking about himself and blaming others for his failings.
According to Media Research Center, for example, Obama mentioned himself nearly 1,200 times in just 41 speeches during his first year in office:
Instead of adoring his own image, Obama loves to hear himself talk – about himself. In just 41 speeches this year, Obama has talked about himself nearly 1,200 times – 1,198 to be exact. (That breaks down to 1,121 "I"s and just 77 "me"s.) And that just includes 34 weekly addresses and his seven major speeches. Count the hundreds of other public speeches and he’d be off the charts.
More recently, Obama referred to himself more than 90 times during a 38-minute speech campaigning for fellow Democrats in October.
In the same vein, during a speech marking his return to politics after Donald Trump took the 2016 presidential election, Obama entirely blamed the collapse of the nation’s social fabric and civic institutions on Trump. Somehow, according to Obama, it is Obama who enhances civil discourse and it is everyone in disagreement with him who is the problem.
“The reality of the situation, of course, is that Trump is a symptom of the slow-rolling collapse of those institutions, brought about in large part by the disingenuous gaslighting in which Obama engaged for a decade: promoting a better discourse while engaging identity politics, championing supposed honesty in politics while simultaneously presiding over an administration rife with malfeasance, and demonizing opponents while claiming to fly above the fray,” explained Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro.
During his Monday speech, Obama refrained from speaking President Trump’s name, “but he did take a jab at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., provided a clue about how soon he might complete his first book since leaving office, and shared his admiration of Joe Biden, who was his vice president and is now looking at a bid for president,” reports The Washington Examiner.