"Prosperity had gradually altered and vitiated his character. He made the mistake of being too surprised by his success...He drank great gulps of the poison of flattery.* He believed that there was nothing personally impossible for him. He could no longer stand contradiction and soon the slightest remark appeared to him an impertinence and what was more, stupid. As a result of his bad choice (of men**) he was used to seeing only those things succeed which he did himself. Very soon his ministers appeared to do no more than set down his ideas slavishly. It is impossible, in this age, for genuine ability not to be allied to fairly liberal ideas. Napoleon (insert "Obama," says CK) himself is an example of this, and it is considered the greatest crime of all."
|Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769 - 1821, Wallace Collection, London|
Now you know why 72% of the French support Obama over Romney in the US 2012 election (see also earlier post Final Debate - Three Little Words, 10/23/12 where I connect Obama and Louis XIV). Thank goodness, France has no electoral votes! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20008687)
Commander Kelly says, "Thanks Stendhal for enlightening us about President Obama way back in 1818! Le plus ca change..."
* Nobel Prize etc.
** Biden, Holder, Geithner