Politics & Policy

Montage: In 33-Minute Speech on Guns, Obama Refers to Himself 76 Times

While announcing his new executive actions on guns, President Obama spoke today about the pain of having to give speeches after mass shootings. He also spoke about meeting Gabby Giffords shortly after she was shot, and noted that she opened her eyes for the first time just an hour after his visit. 

He spoke about his support for the Second Amendment, his background as a constitutional law professor, his critics, his frequent trouble locating his iPad, and perhaps most memorably, his anger when thinking about child victims of mass shootings. 

If it’s starting to sound like Obama made frequent mention of himself, that’s because he did. 

In total, I’ve counted 76 references to himself during his 33-minute address.

Note that in arriving at this calculation, I included mentions of “we” when he was clearly including himself as part of the plural pronoun; the many uses of “we” in referring to America at large were not included. “Me,” “myself,” and “our” were also included. 

— Tom S. Elliott is the founder and editor of Grabien.

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