Grading on a curve
As pretty much everyone knows by now, President Obama gave himself “a good, solid B-plus” grade for his first year in office.
If that struck you as a tad high, you’re not alone. Jokes about grade inflation have been pretty common. I couldn’t help but crack a joke about the curve he’s grading himself on and the infamous “hockey stick.”
But jokes aside, it seems likely this will turn out to be one of those rhetorical missteps that will haunt him the rest of his tenure in office — much like “Read my lips”, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”, and “I’m the Decider”. It so perfectly and succinctly captures Obama’s particular flavour of hubris, and the concomitant false modesty, that he can almost assuredly expect snarky ‘solid B-plusses’ to be applied to his administration’s miscues, stumbles, and snafus from here on out.
Video after the jump.