Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Narcissism is Unbounded.
(this is from November 20, 2009)
and this is from Hot Air
posted at 2:55 pm on July 9, 2010
Actually, the narcissism concerns Charles Krauthammer less than the seemingly knee-jerk antipathy to the US that Barack Obama expresses, especially when traveling abroad. Anyone who runs for the position known as the Leader of the Free World and The Most Powerful Man (or Woman) on Earth has to have a healthy enough ego to believe not just that he or she can do the job, but are the best person for those titles. Usually, though, Presidents are seasoned enough to keep their narcissism in check and temper it with a larger expression of affection for America.
With Obama, Krauthammer says … not so much:
It’s fine to recognize the achievements of others and be non-chauvinistic about one’s country. But Obama’s modesty is curiously selective. When it comes to himself, modesty is in short supply.
It began with the almost comical self-inflation of his presidential campaign, from the still inexplicable mass rally in Berlin in front of a Prussian victory column to the Greek columns framing him at the Democratic convention. And it carried into his presidency, from his posture of philosopher-king adjudicating between America’s sins and the world’s to his speeches marked by a spectacularly promiscuous use of the word “I.”
Notice, too, how Obama habitually refers to Cabinet members and other high government officials as “my” — “my secretary of homeland security,” “my national security team,” “my ambassador.” The more normal — and respectful — usage is to say “the,” as in “the secretary of state.” These are, after all, public officials sworn to serve the nation and the Constitution — not just the man who appointed them. …
Obama is not the first president with a large streak of narcissism. But the others had equally expansive feelings about their country. Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence — yet not of his own country’s.
Monarchs have the royal “we,” and we have a tradition of the republican “the,” both of which are intended to show an image against one-man rule. Before we start getting a slew of YouTubes showing the two Bushes, Reagan, and others using “my” and “I,” let’s just stipulate that it’s a common practice and not a hard-and-fast protocol. Krauthammer refers to a pattern that many have noticed about Obama, his repetitive self-referential language in speeches and remarks that far exceed anything seen from his predecessors — even the man we used to call The Big Me, Bill Clinton.
Even if there was a point to all of this derogation of the US on the foreign stage at first — even if one accepts that the successor to George W. Bush had to show some humility in public interactions abroad, which I don’t — enough is enough. It’s no longer credible that this is just a rhetorical device to a clear objective policy goal. It’s quite obviously Obama’s personal viewpoint, and combined with his continued self-focus, shows a remarkable cluelessness as well as hubris.
then, Mike W. Smith’s blog (http://mikewsmith.wordpress.com/)
There’s no doubt the President is a narcissist, as Charles Krauthammer believes. And as a psychiatrist, he would know if anybody does. But I believe his ego is even larger than Mr. Krauthammer thinks. I have a hunch, and yes, it is just a hunch, Barack Obama believes that when the history of the world is written five-hundred years in the future, he will be spoken of in hushed terms as the first leader of the world – Abraham Lincoln on steroids.
When someone can claim his nomination to the Presidency will save the world,
“…I am absolutely certain, that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children, this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal…”
Democratic National Convention
June 3, 2008
That is the textbook definition of narcissism.
My question is, “What will he do when he is no longer the president?
I’m just saying.
The European Times Union reports:
A new report circulating in the Kremlin today authored by France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) and recently “obtained” by the FSB shockingly quotes French President Nicolas Sarkozy [photo top right with Obama] as stating that President Barack Obama is “a dangerous[ly] aliéné”, which translates into this, Obama, being a “mad lunatic”, or in the American vernacular, “insane”.
According to this report, Sarkozy was “appalled” at Obama’s “vision” of what the World should be under his “guidance” and “amazed” at the American Presidents unwillingness to listen to either “reason” or “logic”. Sarkozy’s meeting where these impressions of Obama were formed took place nearly a fortnight ago at the White House in Washington D.C., and upon his leaving he “scolded” Obama and the US for not listening closely enough to what the rest of the World has to say.
Apparently, as this report details, the animosity between Sarkozy and Obama arose out of how best the West can deal with the growing threat posed by rising Islamic fundamentalism. Both Sarkozy and his European neighbors had previously been supported in their efforts by the United States in forming an alliance to strengthen the integration of Muslim peoples into their societies, and has including France and Belgium moving to ban the wearing of burqa’s.
Obama not listening to reason or logic? That sounds like our Obama. Almost everything Obama has put into place has been ‘insane.’ His spending is insane. His desire to spread the wealth is insane. His love for socialism is insane. Oh, can’t leave out his narcissism is totally insane.
posted by rightthingtodo on July 12, 2012