I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Mr. Obama told Patrick Gaspard, his political director, at the start of the 2008 campaign, according to The New Yorker. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.

Obama Plays to Win, in Politics and Everything Else – NYTimes.com

I am amazed whenever I read about how almost-maniacal these presidents and presidential candidates are. It really does take a very rare, insatiable drive and ego to do this.

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