The Audacity and Narcissism of Obama
Excellent articles! So true!!
The Audacity of Barack Obama
By Ron Miller
I once thought Barack Obama was someone with whom I’d enjoy breaking bread and engaging in spirited but cordial conversation. I read his book, The Audacity of Hope, and followed his campaign and, although we don’t agree on the issues, I expected a man who ended his book with the words “My heart is filled with love for this country” to be dedicated to America and all its people. He also led us to believe that he would not dismiss his critics but would seek to engage them; in fact, he stated as much on Election Night in Chicago’s Grant Park when he declared, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”
I now know this patriotic, post-partisan image he put forth was a facade and not only does he not love this country in its current form, he believes he must apologize to the world for our arrogance and to our fellow citizens for our greed. He also believes his critics are to be ignored or mocked rather than taken seriously.
The signs of his insolence were apparent from the very start of his administration.
-While President Bush and his wife Laura showed Obama and his family nothing but grace during the transition, Obama used his inaugural speech to criticize Bush while he and his family sat just behind him.
-He then took the people’s website, WhiteHouse.gov, and turned it into a campaign portal, using it to once again bash President Bush. Blaming Bush is his first line of defense.
-During talks with Republicans on the so-called stimulus package, his churlish response to their objections was, “I won.”
-Just as his surrogates and supporters went after Joe the Plumber during the campaign, he lit after Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer, three private citizens exercising their constitutional right to free speech, because they didn’t agree with him.
-House Republicans recounted during a recent meeting with the President that he seemed obsessed with the fact that not a single House Republican voted for his so-called stimulus package:
“President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package. And then he reminded them again. And again. And again.”
-Let’s not forget his response to the grass-roots “tea party” movement. First he said he wasn’t aware of it, then he mocked his fellow citizens for participating and not being “serious” about the best way to handle the economic crisis. I challenge him to come stand in the pouring rain as I and 2,000 others did in Annapolis on April 15th and tell them and their families to their faces they’re not dead serious about government being their servant and not their master.
That our President is ungracious, bullying and thin-skinned is reason enough for concern. What is unconscionable, however, is our President standing on European soil and apologizing for our nation’s arrogance while that very soil is free only because of the sacrifices of the American men and women permanently buried beneath it.
Over 93,000 American bodies lie at rest in military cemeteries overseas. 78,000 Americans who marched off to World War II were never found, and their voices join with those of our known dead in mourning the shame of a President who apologizes for the country that freed the world from tyranny.
He refused to pay tribute to the American dead at Normandy, supposedly so he wouldn’t offend the Germans – offending the greatest generation of Americans is preferable, I presume. The White House hastily announced he was traveling to France later this year for the anniversary of the D-Day landing and would be visiting the cemetery at that time, but the damage was done, at least in the eyes of veterans like me who expect our commander-in-chief to love America as much as we do.
Here at home, he has launched a relentless assault on free enterprise and charity, declaring people who make more than $250,000 unworthy of what they’ve earned and threatening to reduce the deduction for charitable giving by high-income families, a move that would cripple the armies of compassion in our country. He uses the bully pulpit of the Presidency to belittle hard-working, successful families for not “spreading the wealth” while promising other families the fruits of another’s labor. Class warfare is a policy imperative for this White House.
All of this makes me wonder why he wanted the job of being our President in the first place, since he doesn’t seem to even like us very much. After all, he’s “begun the work of remaking America.” Heaven help us all.
Narcissist in Chief
Experts explain what makes Barack Obama tick
Posted: May 06, 2009
He may be the most mysterious and secretive president in American history.
Though inexperienced and arguably unqualified for the presidency, he mesmerized the entire establishment press and more than half of voters, many regarding him nothing short of a political messiah. Though he can barely speak publicly without a teleprompter, he’s praised as a transcendent communicator. Though his voting record is extreme left, he portrays himself as a pragmatic centrist.
But beyond Obama’s political ideology, many Americans are troubled also by his strange personality attributes: He greatly exaggerates his achievements, expects constant praise and admiration, believes he’s special, doesn’t appear to concern himself with other people’s feelings, expresses disdain for those he feels are inferior, sets unrealistic goals, appears as tough-minded and unemotional, and other qualities – all of which are textbook symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Indeed, the word “narcissist” is increasingly being applied to America’s 44th president. Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and former psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer asks, “Does the narcissism of this man know no bounds?” Jack Kelly, journalist and former high-ranking Reagan administration Pentagon official, says: “The most dangerous thing about having a narcissist in a position of power is his unwillingness – perhaps his inability – to ever admit error. … Obama acknowledged the troop surge in Iraq has produced dramatic improvements, but said he still would oppose it.” Radio giant Rush Limbaugh said of Obama recently: “He’s supremely narcissistic … This is all about him. This has nothing to do with the country. It has nothing to do with our way of life. Every aspect of his presidency is about building him up, making him appear to be savior, messiah …”
Is the president of the United States indeed a narcissist, a condition psychology and psychiatry recognize as a serious personality disorder?