I have made no secret of my feeling we have a President with a diagnosable personality disorder (DSM-IV-TR 301.81). Before you accuse me of hyperbole (or likely worse), check out this:
DSM IV definition: Someone who suffers from Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD) has at least 5 of the following characteristics:
- has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
- is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
- requires excessive admiration
- has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
- is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
- lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
- shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
I submit that Obama exhibits nearly all these traits. He certainly is in love with himself .
You can’t look at this and not be reminded of the classic Michelangelo painting of Narcissus
Victor Davis Hanson has a column on NRO that takes on this point far better than I can possibly dream of doing:
Unfortunately, the latest triumphalism is a continuance of a long line of self-adulation that we have grown accustomed to in Barack Obama since he came to the public’s attention — the professor’s two memoirs without a single commensurate scholarly publication; the Latinate motto; the faux-Greek columns; the biblical quelling of the rising seas and cooling of the planet; the fallback retreat to the Victory Column when questions were raised about the appropriateness of the Brandenburg Gate as a venue for his speech; and so on. The common characteristics in Obama’s I/me/my career have been such rhetorical, visual, and symbolic efforts to mask an absence of accomplishment (e.g., why not even one Harvard Law Review article, or perhaps a single publication as a University of Chicago lecturer, or a successful program as a Chicago community organizer, or a signature piece of legislation as an Illinois legislator, or an acknowledged legislative record as a U.S. senator?).
You really must read the whole thing. One take away is that We the People can trust nothing Obama says about anything. But another, more important, is that the rest of the world sees Obama as a hollow, crass, unreliable man whose word means nothing at all. And that, dear friends, is dangerous.
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I admit it. I’m an easy touch when it comes to our military personnel. Check out the newest Medal of Honor winner and the first living Marine to be recognized since 1973 and one of the youngest ever to win it.
And here is an anecdote to tell your grandchildren:
When President Obama recently called to tell Meyer he would be awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest honor, Meyer didn’t take the call. Meyer, now 23, was working a new job in construction and asked the president to call him back another time.
“He told me, ‘If I don’t work, I don’t get paid,’ ” Obama recounted with a chuckle Thursday afternoon in the medal ceremony for Meyer in the gilded East Room of the White House.
I wouldn’t take Obastard’s call either. But that really isn’t the point i guess. It’s the all-sacrificing work ethic Sgt Meyer displayed there and on the battlefield. This man should never have to buy a drink again in his life. I certainly will pay for his if we are in the same bar!
It’s almost a sacrilege that such a despicable pile of dog turd as Obama is touching that sacred medal, let alone being in the same space as Sgt. Meyer. At least Obastard didn’t stick his hand in front of Sgt. Meyer face during the photo op.
I love this comment to the (com)Post’s story:
What a brave, humble Marine. It’s amazing that America manages to produce such people. Such a stark contrast to the little man presenting the award.
Truer words have never been posted.
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Let it never be said that “The One” has a problem with low self-esteem. Glenn Thrush reports:
The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’
Wow! Talk about narcissism. Just keep thinking that, Berry, just keep thinking that…
UPDATE: Proving that the White House is its own worse enemy, this appears on the White House Flikr site the same day Obama was ranting about the wonders of Obama…
A new “official White House Photo. Literally the narcissist in chief. Who vets the people around this jerk?
You cant make this stuff up.
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This is really thought provoking. Dr. Sam Vaknin looks at Obama from the perspective of someone who has spent years studying Nacisssitic Personality Disorder from a layman’s point of view.
Narcissistic leaders are nefarious and their effects pernicious.
They are subtle, refined, socially-adept, manipulative, possessed of thespian skills, and convincing. Both types equally lack empathy and are ruthless and relentless or driven.
Obama displays the following behaviors, which are among the hallmarks of pathological narcissism:
- Subtly misrepresents facts and expediently and opportunistically shifts positions, views, opinions, and “ideals” (e.g., about campaign finance, re-districting). These flip-flops do not cause him overt distress and are ego-syntonic (he feels justified in acting this way). Alternatively, reuses to commit to a standpoint and, in the process, evidences a lack of empathy.
- Ignores data that conflict with his fantasy world, or with his inflated and grandiose self-image. This has to do with magical thinking. Obama already sees himself as president because he is firmly convinced that his dreams, thoughts, and wishes affect reality. Additionally, he denies the gap between his fantasies and his modest or limited real-life achievements (for instance, in 12 years of academic career, he hasn’t published a single scholarly paper or book).
- Feels that he is above the law, incl. and especially his own laws.
- Talks about himself in the 3rd person singular or uses the regal “we” and craves to be the exclusive center of attention, even adulation Have a messianic-osmic vision of himself and his life and his “mission”.
- Sets ever more complex rules in a convoluted world of grandiose fantasies with its own language (jargon) Displays false modesty and unctuous “folksiness” but unable to sustain these behaviors (the persona, or mask) for long. It slips and the true Obama is revealed: haughty, aloof, distant, and disdainful of simple folk and their lives.
- Sublimates aggression and holds grudges.
- Behaves as an eternal adolescent (e.g., his choice of language, youthful image he projects, demands indulgence and feels entitled to special treatment, even though his objective accomplishments do not justify it).
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