Pundits are worried that voters have started getting the idea that Barack Obama is a rather arrogant and full of himself. It’s hard not to notice. He doesn’t just start many of his sentences in the first person or self-referentially, but repeats the “me, myself and I” two or three times. It’s either an odd verbal tic or he is even more conceited than anyone thought, Here are his answers to Tom Brokaw’s questions on the July 27, 2008 edition of “Meet The Press”:

Brokaw:  When you get home and Michelle says to you … “did you change your mind about anything based on this entire trip?”

Obama: Well, I, I, I didn’t see a huge shift in the strategic policies that I’ve laid out  …

Brokaw: Do you believe that President Maliki would … endorse your timetable of getting troops out within 16 months if it had not been for the surge?

Obama: [W]e were going to have a civil war and we could not stop a civil war simply with more troops.  Now, I, I  

Brokaw: [T]he Anbar awakening … was successful in large part because the American troops did come in and make it possible for them to have the kind of political reconciliation  …

Obama: I’m, I’m – the fact that – the…         

Brokaw: This is what USA Today had to say about your position on the surge.  “Why can’t Obama bring himself to acknowledge the surge worked … What does that stubbornness say about the kind of president that he would be?”

Obama: I, I actually think …

Brokaw: How is it possible … a candidate for president … and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [is] making his first trip to what you call the central front in the war on terror?

Obama: I’ve been busy also working on issues like Iraq, on nuclear proliferation. … So I, I think …

Brokaw: You met with a wide variety of Israelis; you only met with Palestinian President Abbas.  … 

Obama: Well, I, I, I don’t think …

Brokaw: Are you going to break the old rules [about picking] a vice presidential candidate …

Obama: I, I think … 

Brokaw: Is [Hillary Clinton] on your list [with] Bill Clinton as a surrogate for you day in and day out, throughout the campaign?

Obama: Oh, you know, I maybe – I think … I’m not going to, I’m not going to … I, I would love to have Bill Clinton campaigning for me.  I – he was very effective … 

Brokaw: Why not just reconstitute [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] as pure government agencies?

Obama: Well, I – you know, I think that 

Brokaw: How many more times have you heard from Jesse Jackson about his comments?

Obama: I haven’t heard too much … I, I look …

Brokaw: Finally, Senator Obama, you said earlier when John McCain raised the possibility that the two of you could appear on a regular basis during the course of the campaign at town halls … 

Obama: Well, here’s the thing, I mean, listen, I, I, I think –I can say a little something about debates …

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