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Hail to the Narcissist in Chief!

NarcissistPsychoanalysis. a person suffering from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes.

NarcissismPsychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.

I figured it was best to clear the air, and point out the meanings of those two words from a psychoanalytical point of view. (For those that are particular about such things, those are the second definitions offered at Dictionary.com, as the first were simple English definitions, as opposed to the clinical ones.)

Now, there is no shortage of complaints from the right about the smug, self-righteous attitude citizens of this nation see daily out of the White House. The President has arguably raised this to an art-form, not that this is a good thing. After working far too many political campaigns over a span of over 20 years, I learned one very important fact – sane people do not run for public office. That is not to say that they are all ready for a padded room, but they are all at least a little mentally unbalanced. One needs to be, in order to be willing to have one’s life placed under a microscope by the masses, with the high probability that every skeleton in one’s closet will be dragged out for all to see. And the most common mental “quirk” among politicians is arguably narcissism. It makes sense, because if one doesn’t love oneself a great deal, it is unlikely that individual will manage being berated daily by detractors without acquiring another mental malady – depression.

However, in Obama’s case, the narcissism is quite a bit more severe than in most other politicians. And now that the tide is gradually turning against him, it is apparently causing him to attempt to transfer his own high opinion of himself on everyone else. Since he’s taken to promoting his vision of the United States as an extension of himself, I humbly suggest that our little narcissist Obama has slipped to the point of being downright delusional. If defining an entire generation in his own image, with #Gen44, didn’t warn people of this development, there are new signs just in the past few days.

First, it was the campaign ad that suggested Romney might not have been gutsy enough to order the death of Osama bin Laden. One would think that Obama had learned a lesson or two about the difference between being a candidate for the Presidency, and being President. The candidate Obama made promises about getting out of Afghanistan, before he was privy to all the neat little details that only the President would know. Now he wants to make suppositions about what his presumptive opponent in November might do in a situation that cannot be truthfully tested for multiple reasons, not the least of which being that it already occurred, and can’t again? Obama can’t even play “what if” on this in a debate, because that would involve revealing state secrets for Romney’s benefit.

But that, unfortunately, was just a start. Then, Obama thought it was a good idea to share some artwork that apparently depicts his vision of America.

Obama's U.S.

Yes, Obama’s ego has grown so large that he thinks that he is the face of this nation, perhaps for all time. Perhaps we should get nervous if he starts taking time out from campaigning to visit South Dakota – then we need to worry about whether or not he has intentions of immortalizing himself on Mt. Rushmore, perhaps replacing another president, or worse, replace them all! I think Adam Baldwin got it right with his comparison:

Now, we all know this isn’t just about a painting, disgusting as it may be. It is about the concept, that we have a president that thinks that he is more important than the sum total of the citizens of this nation. And his precious little minions are buying it. They believe him when he tells them that Democracy is still safe even if the government controls everything. Obama says that we are still a nation that protects free speech, as his minions run amok silencing the opposition. He promises a nation free from hate, at least if you happen to agree with him. And finally, back to Osama bin Laden, Obama takes personal credit for the end of that man’s life. So, is this the United States of America, or the Narcissist States of Obama?

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Liz Harrison (twitter: @GoldwaterGal)

Liz is a mostly-retired veteran political campaign worker, wife, mom, opinionated gal, fiscal conservative, anti-social-conservative, atheist, and foreign affairs/Mid-East politics junkie.

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  1. Obama Deragment Syndrome 3: Projection

    Perhaps predictable and boring would be a better description. Either way it was not meant as a critique of your literary skills which are second to none on the blogosphere. Obama is a liberal. This does not automatically mean that he is hostile to American power. FDR and LBJ were liberals and they were certainly prepared to confront America’s enemies in an aggressive way. After 9/11 George Push pursued Al Qaeda with a sledgehammer. Obama has gone after them with a knife. The latter (special forces and UAV drones) has proven more effective. Facing this reality is like acid in the mouth for many conservative republicans. This is why I get bored with the weak, liberal, Un American, anti Semitic, apologist, narcissist slurs that constantly get hurled at the President. If Romney is to win in November, he will have to focus on the economy. The reverend Wright stuff didn’t work in 2008. It won’t work in 2012.

    You should look in the mirror and whose the REAL narcissiants! You a-holes are going around thinking EVERY American is a racist, lying smears like you. You think EVERY American hates that a black man is President. Sorry to say there are NOT!

    Since then you have consistantly called him a narcissist, an anti Semite and most recently a”cheap race hustler in an expensive suit” among many other insults I’m sure. I find this disusting and hypocritical.

    President Obama is the divider? Are you kidding me? It’s you racists, birthers, good ole boys, cheered on by Republicans who are the dividers.

    Pandering and stirring up resentment and fear; sounds like a page right out of the neo-con playbook.

    Krauthammer’s article relies on a perenneal trick which is often employed by conservative Republicans; vehemently accuse your opponent of that nasty stuff that you are doing so as to distract people from your own offenses

    There have only been 16 instances since 1939 where 500K jobs were gained in a given month. And it’s only happened twice in the past 15 years (3 times since ’83’) and one was under Clinton, the other under Obama (May 2010). Romney very conveniently forgets what the job creation index was RIGHT before Obama came into office. Yes, NEGATIVE! What’s funny is initially the Repubs claimed that Obama would “destroy” America…now they claim, he is improving America but TOO slow! Ridiculous!

    Private sector jobs are up. It’s those Republican governors firing everyone in sight that brings the numbers down.

    The argument seems to be that after Bush and the Republicans destroyed the American and world economies, that Obama isn’t cleaning up their mess fast enough. Not a terribly bright argument, is it?

    Obama is not a communist. Why do you guys always go against the other side by calling them extreme. If he where a Marxist then you wouldn’t have a computer right now. Obama is a failure just like Bush. Ron Paul will also be a failure if he wins. Ever since politics started being televised our elected leaders have been failures. The reason for that is because it is now all about popularity and looks. Notice how a bald and over weight man hasn’t been president since TV came in. Part of it is also the peoples fault for voting on looks rather then someone that would do a good job running the country. You are all failures.

    Learn what a marxist is moron.

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