When Barack Obama gave his nomination victory speech he advised his listeners that he was (like the Dickens character, Uriah Heep) very, very humble:
I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations.
It would appear, however, that Obama’s humility is as “profound” as his commitment to public financing of presidential campaigns and FISA. He’s so humble, in fact, that he already sports his own faux-presidential seal:
This goofy seal is bound for the pantheon of hilariously dumb political ideas. The blogosphere is already awash with gags about its Latin motto, “Vero Posumus.” My favorite is this one from Top of the Ticket:
The seal’s also got a terrifically impressive motto in Latin — “Vero Possumus” — which means “The possum speaks truthily.”
It actually means “Truly we’re able,” which is apparently as close as the Romans ever got to “Yes we can.” But the main point is what it says about Obama’s “humility.”
Obama’s “humility” has also prompted him to release a faux-leather-bound collector’s edition DVD of his “More Perfect Union” speech. No, I’m not kidding. Mary Katharine Ham reports:
Behold, the newest, self-absorbed, ludicrously lofty Obama-phernalia available at his website … if you want some wisdom from the Obamessiah himself, readily available for playing at dinner parties and coffee-table display, you can have it for just $12.
If barely eking out the Democratic nomination has this kind of effect on Obama, what’s it going to be like if he becomes the President of the United States?