The Corner

Presidential Modesty

As if to dispel recent assertions that his ego has grown even larger since the November election, during yesterday’s Google fireside chat the president  answered a question about his administration’s deportation of illegal immigrants as follows: “This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency. I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.”

Jay Carney denies that at the time the president made that statement someone was standing just behind his left shoulder, holding a crown and whispering, “All glory is fleeting . . .”

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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