Reason #18:  Debilitating Narcissism

Categories: Inability to recognize reality, inability to empathize with others, total-self-absorption, inability to properly function as president.

I have, in this continuing series, which I hope to end in early November of this year, often alluded to Mr. Obama’s narcissism.  Virtually all politicians have over-large egos, but Mr. Obama takes narcissism to dizzying heights, heights no mere mortal can hope to attain.  His tendency toward clinical, debilitating narcissism was evident even as he was running for the presidency in 2008.  A few, representative examples:

* The extra-constitutional, non-existent “office of the president-elect,” replete with “official” symbology.

* Obama’s negotiating with foreign governments prior to assuming office, a direct violation of federal law and the Constitution.

* Obama’s acceptance speech upon winning the Democrat nomination, wherein he asserted that history would record that event as the moment the seas stopped rising and the planet began to heal.

* His faux-Greek columns. 

* His fake Obama seal in the bastardized style of the official presidential seal.

* His presumption to expect to speak at the Brandenberg Gate.

* His multiple declarations that his presidency would make every nation in the world love America (him).

His most recent, and most egregious proclamation of boundless self-love was his interview with ABC wherein he announced his “evolution” on gay marriage, and included this stunningly self-referential bit of lunacy:

When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf…

Put aside the fact that an “evolution” requires at least a micron of movement in one direction or another, now we learn our military members, who take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and to defend America from all enemies, foreign and domestic, are actually fighting for the only source of true glory and national honor: Barack Hussein Obama.  I’m sure Mrs. Obama is, yet again, very proud.

This destructive affliction and character flaw has been not only aided and abetted by select of Mr. Obama’s salivating followers, but by a completely incurious and indeed, drooling media.  Recall these five representative examples:

* David Brooks, the New York Time’s token “conservative,” is justly infamous for his fawning man-love of Mr. Obama’s pants creases, which to Brooks unmistakably indicated that Obama would be a fine president.  Who knew presidential excellence could rest on the skills of one’s dry cleaner?

* Countless examples of depictions of Mr. Obama as a holy, even a messianic figure, such as the justly infamous image, in time for Easter, 2011, of Mr. Obama speaking to the masses, his hand upraised, superimposed over a cross, at the base of which is the White House.  Those with the stomach for it can google “obama halos” to see what I mean: voluminous evidence of a cult of personality that rivals the most despotic, murderous communist regimes.

* Oprah Winfrey’s coining of the term “the one,” to describe Mr. Obama.  Unfortunately for Ms. Winfrey, once Mr. Obama was elected, Mrs. Obama essentially banished her from the White House and contact with Mr. Obama.  Something about jealousy and Oprah being “fat.”

* The wide-spread use of the term “light worker” to describe Mr. Obama.

* Chris Matthews’ infamous on-air admission that Mr. Obama sends a tingle up his leg.  Talk about man-love.

This drool-bucket filling adoration, while flagging somewhat, has clearly not stopped.  Mr. Brooks is at it again with an article titled “The ESPN Man.”  His argument seems to be primarily that despite the fact that Mr. Obama is lagging in the polls, the reason it’s not worse for him is that he is just so wonderful.  Indeed, Brooks gives slight credit to traditional Democrat strengths and reliable dependent groups, but here’s  his view of the heart of the issue:

But most of the cause is personal. There’s an interesting debate over how much personal qualities matter in a presidential election. The evidence this year suggests: a lot. Take one contrast. According to a Fox News poll, only 36 percent of voters believe Obama has a clear plan for fixing the economy. But 48 percent approve of his performance. That means 12 percent of Americans approve of Obama even though they don’t think he has an agenda for moving us forward. In survey after survey, Obama is far more popular than his policies.

Readers will be tempted to think this is damning with faint praise.  They have no idea how faint:

The key is his post-boomer leadership style. Critics are always saying that Obama is too cool and detached, arrogant and aloof. But the secret to his popularity through hard times is that he is not melodramatic, sensitive, vulnerable and changeable. Instead, he is self-disciplined, traditional and a bit formal. He is willing, with drones and other mechanisms, to use lethal force.

Normally, presidents look weak during periods of economic stagnation, overwhelmed by events. But Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity: postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly traditional in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent. Administrations are undone by scandal and moments when they look pathetic, but this administration, guarded in all things, has rarely had those moments.

Postfeminist, ESPN masculinity?  Well, Mr. Obama surely seems to prefer golf to virtually any other pursuit, and his obsessive interest in constructing basketball brackets when thousands were dying in the Middle East might also support the ESPN assertion.  The Obama Administration has rarely had moment of scandal?  Wait a minute, doesn’t Mr. Brooks work for a newspaper…oh, right, the NYT.  No wonder he hasn’t heard of Fast and Furious, Solyandra, and any one of a hundred other scandals that would have sent a Republican president to impeachment in the twinkling of an eye.  Leadership?  No, I haven’t the heart.  It’s like beating up girl scouts and stealing their cookies.

Still, one has to give Brooks points for sheer doggedness and inability to recognize reality:

I’d say that Obama is a slight underdog this year: the scuffling economy will grind away at voters. But his leadership style is keeping him afloat. He has defined a version of manliness that is postboomer in policy but preboomer in manners and reticence.

Which means what, exactly, and how do pants creases fit in?

Ah, you say, but that’s not narcissism, it’s merely self-assurance,  It’s kind of a pre/post boomer faux-manly reticence about manners…or something.  Let’s not forget that Mr. Obama, before running for the presidency, had already written (well, one maybe, but both with his name on them) two separate autobiographies.  Rather cheeky for a man not yet 50, who had no actual—what are those things called–accomplishments?  Accomplishments.  Benjamin Franklin, a man of some note, satisfied himself with only a single autobiography, a good portion of which can be read to be at least partially self-deprecating.

Well, we need not worry about Mr. Obama’s place in history.  Andrew Malcolm explains:

It was probably to be expected from a monstrous political ego that considers himself among the top two presidents of the 21st century.

But faced with the apparently frightening possibility of losing his reelection bid, Barack Obama has inserted himself into the online White House bios of almost every president in the last nine decades. To somehow share and compare their achievements. At one point Obama even draws his wife into the biographical additions.

Of course, common gun and God clingers can’t comprehend or appreciate what the Obama White House is actually doing.  Fox News reports a “White House official” said:

No biographies have been altered. We simply added links at the bottom of each page to related whitehouse.gov content, which is a commonly used best practice to encourage people to browse more pages on a site.

A few examples of the “links” provided by Mr. Malcolm:

Franklin D. Roosevelt — ‘On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.’

Herbert Hoover — ‘President Herbert Hoover signed the bill founding the Department of Veterans Affairs July 21, 1930. President Obama is committed to making sure that the VA, the second-largest cabinet department, serves the needs of all veterans and provides a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life,…’

For President John F. Kennedy the insert notes that he began the Peace Corps while ‘President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.’ (Wow, an entire proclamation!)

Mr. Obama is a soul-mate of Harry Truman who was apparently a stalwart advocate of gay issues:

President Harry Truman — ‘…President Truman wrote that government has ‘an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.’….Today the Obama Administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.’

And who could have guessed that Mr. Obama is also attuned to Ronald Reagan.  Who’da thunk it?

President Ronald Reagan — ‘President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day.’

Why is all of this relevant to Mr. Obama’s performance as president?  Narcissism of this level is mental illness.  It forces those that suffer from it to believe the world revolves around them and to make every decision based on how it affects them.  It prevents them from accepting competent advice, for such people cannot believe anyone is smarter than them.  Who can tell the most brilliant man ever to stride the Earth anything?  In 2008, Mr. Obama famously told an aide:

 I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers.  I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.  And I’ll tell you right now that I’m. . . a better political director than my political director.

One might be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Obama’s results, such as turning formerly stable nations in the Middle East into wholly owned subsidiaries of the Muslim Brotherhood, are not exactly indicative of the kind of brilliance Mr. Obama sees in the mirror.  Need we consider the wreck such a mentally superior being has made of the economy, foreign affairs, energy policy, healthcare policy, etc.?

And we elected him president.