Obama is no Narcissist

Obama isn’t a narcissist.

If you thought so, don’t worry, I made the same diagnostic mistake.

Narcissism is far too serious and deep to describe our President, the real issue much more simplistic and far more superficial.

As James Oliphant of the left wing National Journal hits close to the mark, I would wager that his accuracy is an accident but close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and psychoanalysis. Oliphant writes that Obama sure does love him some elites:

“’I believe that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams,’ Obama said early in his remarks.

Looking at his administration, however, you would never know he believes that. Yes, as the president pointed out, both he and House Speaker John Boehner come from modest backgrounds. But as a graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama has shown himself more of that stripe, stuffing his administration with like-minded denizens of the Ivy League.”

The love of elites is only one side of the reaction, balancing it in the other side is the fact that Obama is a poseur, a fake. His supposed narcissism is actually a deep insecurity hidden by arrogance and hubris and combined with the drive of a social climber.

That insecurity is born of the knowledge that he really doesn’t belong with the true blue-blooded Ivy Leaguers. He is smart enough, politically savvy enough but at the end of the day, he knows that he is a new age, bi-racial kid from an uncertain, non-traditional upbringing playing in a sandbox where bloodlines are traced back to the founding of the country. He is nouveau riche in a world of old, old money.

When I think of Obama trying so desperately to fit in and at the same time, paralyzed that he might be discovered, my thoughts run to what Vesper (Eva Green) said to Bond (Daniel Craig) in Casino Royale when they first met:

“…by the cut of your suit, you went to Oxford or wherever. Naturally you think human beings dress like that. But you wear it with such disdain, my guess is you didn’t come from money, and your school friends never let you forget it. Which means that you were at that school by the grace of someone else’s charity: hence that chip on your shoulder…”

The real Obama is nothing more than a frightened scholarship kid at the tony prep school – one surrounded by disaffected rich kids. The only way he can survive is to be perceived as bigger, bolder, faster, smarter and better at everything – and if you don’t believe him, just ask:

“I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Obama is he kid who is so desperate to belong that every interaction is approached with either disdain or inappropriate aggression. Obama handles confrontation with passive aggressive aplomb, equal parts hubris and aloofness.

All of it is a sham, a façade.

He’s not a narcissist, just a garden variety fraud.

14 thoughts on “Obama is no Narcissist

  1. Gotta give him kudos for pullin off what Clinton pulled. I really don’t see the difficulty in reading people……then again, Rubio fooled me. So taken was I by the Latino beauty, that the shield went up. Amazing how many shields are up these days.

  2. When You say…” All of it is a sham, a façade.”….. I agree.
    But I don’t think he is smart enough nor politically savvy enough . Because “at the end of the Day”….his power is only what the power structure allows him to have. Cross that power Structure in ways they will not tolerate….and he would/will be gone in a “New York” minute….or perhaps that should be “Ivy League” minute.

    The Ivy League creates “Elites” that they can and DO control….their affirmative action admissions policies have been created and watered like a little well manicured Garden……whose “products” are harvested and placed in appropriate pots and in appropriate places in order to move agenda forward………… Obama is nothing more than one these products.

    To say he is mediocre would be an obvious understatement. But he is also vicious and dangerous. That he is allowed to continue thus , and by who is what should be question strongly. Because it is not only the Obvious socialist destroyers in this Administration who hate this country, but those behind him who refuse to pull the plug on his destruction.

    • Michael/Don: I think Our Dear Leader’s many failures have many reasons, and blank periods in his personal history and his continued sealing at great expense of every academic record, admissions application and financial aid report indicate Obama has many things to hide. The mysterious deaths of so many people who had direct knowledge of Obama’s drug abuse and homosexual activities in Hawaii, California and Chicago are too numerous to not raise serious concerns about possible ties to the people who apparently paid for his expensive education and arranged the only transfer from Occidental College, a 3rd tier institution, to Columbia University, a Top 10 national university, in the history of the two institutions. Yes, Barack Hussein Obama is, after five years as the President of the United States, a completely blank slate.

      But by the clinical definition of narcissistic personality disorder, Obama may suffer from that condition. The DSM-IV, which defines psychiatric disorders for clinicians, contains a description of NPD that could have Obama’s head-shot next to it!!! Obama is a wannabe authoritarian ideologue, who has no understanding of economics, whose foreign policy alternates between incredible naivete and a consistent tilt toward Islamist movements and nations and who regards himself as above both the law and the Constitution. And he also may well possess a narcissistic personality. Rumor is he also hates puppies and kittens, but I have seen no solid evidence on that point!!! CDE

      • Right CDE,

        By highlighting his “Mysterious Path” in education and thence to the office of Chief Executive you are hinting at what I am getting at …… some group greased the wheels of advancement for him….. and continues to do so !!!

  3. I don’t doubt that there is some touch of narcissism in Obama’s psyche – but I think a lot of his seemingly inexplicable actions can be explained by the possibility that he does them because he thinks that they are what he is supposed to do. He looks at situations and asks himself, “What would the smart people do?”

    So many of his decisions and actions (like saying that he wants to work with the House Republicans when he has shown no inclination to do so unless they 100% agree with him) are without a logical basis as if he does them because he thinks that is what the elites would do rather than them being based on something he believes.

    Have you ever noticed that neither he nor his people are able to offer a cogent intellectual or philosophical argument to support his policies?

    It is like he reads the words of a speech but neither understands their meaning or the ideas that the are based on but he says them because that is what the elitists he admires would say. In doing so, he can maintain membership in the club even though both he and the other members of the club know he is only there through some form of intellectual affirmative action.

    I went with narcissism and incompetence for years but neither of these two really get to the root of his pathology. I tend to over-complicate analysis. I want to believe the best in people and that there must be a deeper cause for most issues – but I think Occam’s Razor applies here – the simplest answer is usually the best answer.

    Obama’s behavior is not that complicated or complex. He’s clearly smart and his ability to get elected – twice – seem to indicate that he has some level of competence but if you really look at his behavior and reactions to problems, you see some really juvenile behavior…and that behavior tends to be motivated and satiated by very superficial things.

    Over my career, I’ve seen so many people in the C-Suite (CEO, COO, CFO) behave just like this when they rise to stratospheric levels in businesses and they are not confident in their abilities. Their main driver becomes avoiding mistakes and being found out so they can stay there.

    They are like the pointy haired boss in the Dilbert cartoons, more concerned with saying the right buzzwords than they are doing the right things. They, like Obama, believe that a simple pronouncement from them makes things real and changes the world – it doesn’t…and when it doesn’t, their reaction is very childish…just like Obama.

    • “He’s clearly smart and his ability to get elected – twice – seem to indicate that he has some level of competence”

      I disagree. Sure, he may have surrounded himself with good people, but as of himself … I think he is little more than a cult of personality.

      • I agree…….There’s more of the Movie “Being There” about his election successes than inherent ability.

    • Michael: You nailed this one in terms of Our Dear Leader, and a lot of C-Level corporate types I’ve worked with over the years. Obama appears to be unable to connect with reality, but rather filters everything through a distorted ideological lens and seems to try to do what he thinks a “smart” person would do or say on any given topic. Unfortunately, Obama seems to define “smart” as a caricature of the un-natural offspring of John Kenneth Galbraith and Franz Fanon!!! My theory is that Obama’s brain, specifically the empty seat of judgment in his prefrontal cortex, was damaged permanently by his adolescent drug abuse, which he regards as a cool part of his overall persona. I still marvel that there were enough irrational sheep in America to have elected Barack Hussein Obama not once, but twice!!! Small wonder Americans as a people are so frequently subject to scam artists and fraudsters in general, or that we’ve place one in the White House. Incredible!!! CDE

    • I agree with your 4th pragraph…. “It is like he reads the words of a speech but neither understands……” except I think he DOES understand the basic differences between the American Constitution and the Marxist goal of Top-down Central Gov’t control. He might not understand all the mechanisms being put in place. But he does understand the essence of the attempt at Change.

      And it is those “Elitists he admires” agenda that he sees himself enacting….and he gets a Thumbs up from those Elites behind the scenes, for pushing that agenda forward. He DOES NOT act in a vacuum …. there are active but silent participants/ partners in his power grab.

      Less silent but visable Partners would be the GOP Leadership…… Boehner, Paul Ryan, Rience Prebus, Chamber of Commerce, the Bushes, Karl Rove etc…… who are also getting a thumbs-up behind the scenes from the same folks Obama is…… people have to understand this dynamic to understand the Obama phenomenon.

  4. This is long but goes to the point Obama is a fraud.

    Obama is 100% Red, White & Blue American Born
    BY WAYNE ALLYN ROOT, Oct. 4, 2013

    Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, successful entrepreneur, small business defender, business speaker, Capital Evangelist, and media personality- appearing on over 5000 interviews in the past 5 years.

    Many Americans suspect Obama was foreign born. They are wrong. Boy do I have a story to tell you.
    I believe Obama is a fraud. But it has nothing to do with his birth. Obama’s critics have it all backwards. They are looking in the wrong place. He isn’t a foreigner portraying himself as an American. He’s an American who fraudulently portrayed himself as a foreigner.

    Months ago MSNBC television host Rachel Maddow spent 15 minutes on her national show calling me a “birther.” I scratched my head. Because I’m not. Never have been, not for one minute. A “birther” believes Obama is a foreigner, not legally qualified to be president. I have never believed that.

    I’ve always believed that Obama is 100 percent American. There I’ve said it loudly. I’m a leading critic of the President, but I’ve always believed him to be American born. He is as American as P.T. Barnum. And he lies and exaggerates like P.T. Barnum too. While Obama is not a foreigner, he is a fraud. Let me tell you the REAL Obama story.
    In hundreds of media interviews, I’ve stated that even though Obama was my college classmate at Columbia University, Class of 1983, and we shared the same majors (Political Science and Pre-Law), I never saw, met, or heard of him. But the media has this story wrong too – I’ve never said that my conclusion is Obama did not go to Columbia. On the contrary, I believe Obama graduated Columbia and we are classmates.

    Where was he hiding for those Columbia years? My educated guess is he was smoking pot and attending communist meetings, plotting the downfall of America and capitalism. Don’t laugh, it worked!

    While that was just an educated guess, Obama’s own autobiography backs me up – he personally admitted often attending Socialist Party meetings at Cooper Union in downtown Manhattan. With Obama, even your wildest guesses are often proven true.

    But forget why he wasn’t seen at Columbia, the real mystery is how he ever got into Columbia. Stay with me – because this ties into the whole “foreign born” story.
    I believe I’ve pieced together what happened at Columbia and here it is. I believe that Obama, an American citizen, committed fraud by portraying himself as a foreigner, in order to gain almost impossible admittance to prestigious Columbia University (and probably Occidental and Harvard Law School as well). He lied and used fraud (misrepresentation) to weasel his way in. Is that really a crime? Ask convicted criminal Frank Abagnale, the real-life star of the hit movie and best-selling book, “Catch Me if You Can.” Portraying someone you’re not is called fraud, and punishable by years in prison.

    It doesn’t take a psychology degree to figure out Obama’s fragile mindset as a young man. He spent his youth living a fantasy, wanting desperately to be foreign-born and exotic, instead of just a normal American kid from a struggling single parent household. As a black teen with no dad, Obama undoubtedly faced racism and tough times. With help from mentors (like Frank Marshall, a communist, and Bill Ayers, a terrorist) he learned to despise his country of birth (America). As a dreamer and loner he started to believe his own story of exotic birth, then used that fantasy (aka fraud) to gain admittance to both Occidental and Columbia.

    In too deep, he had no way out. Ironically, Obama, himself is the birther. He’s the one who created the foreign-born storyline.

    The fact the leftist media (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, Mother Jones, and others) are so frightened of me, confirms that I’m close to the truth. It explains why Obama sent the IRS to viciously attack me not once, but twice (I won 100 percent victories in both audits). I’ve gotten too close to both the Obama Columbia scandal and the Obama IRS scandal. The closer to the target, the greater the flack.

    Getting into an Ivy League University is extremely difficult and transferring in is virtually impossible. Every year 30,000 kids try to get into a college like Columbia. Only a small fraction are accepted (there were about 700 in our class of 1983). The battle is cut-throat. Virtually all 30,000 are straight-A students, have close-to-perfect SAT scores, and have achieved out-sized success at extracurricular activities too.

    Into that dog-eat-dog competition stepped Barack Obama, a young man with no achievements, except an exotic story of Indonesian upbringing. Obama could NEVER have gotten into Columbia out of high school and his odds of transferring in later were even worse. Last year Columbia accepted only three transfer students in the entire world. Three. And I guarantee you all three had amazing scholastic and achievement records from other Ivy League colleges like Harvard, Yale, or Princeton.
    Obama had none of that. By his own admission he was a poor student who smoked pot, rarely attended class, and got mediocre grades, from Occidental (a good but not great college). His only chance of transferring into Columbia was a made-up story of being an exotic foreigner.

    It’s pretty clear how Obama got into Columbia – I believe it was by lying. Obama was a smart kid, even then gave “great interviews,” and talked (lied) his way into Columbia as an Indonesian student, using his Jakarta grade school transcripts (and perhaps Passport/citizenship papers) as proof. Columbia probably asked very few questions. They were thrilled to have an Indonesian student to brag about. They got what they wanted – “diversity.”

    That was Obama’s edge that gained him admittance to the exclusive Ivy League world at Columbia and then Harvard Law School. But that also made him a fraud, who accepted admittance and foreign student aid under false pretenses.

    Since selling this fraudulent story had succeeded beyond his wildest imagination, Obama was emboldened. So, he used it again to sell a book. Remember I’m not guessing here. It’s a fact that his book agent described Obama to publishers as “Born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.” There is physical proof of these exact words. Bleeding heart liberal Manhattan book publishers bought it hook, line and sinker.

    All of this lying and fraud based on a fantasy built an impressive platform for young Obama. It got him the credentials he needed for a career in politics (Columbia, Harvard Law, professor at Chicago Law School). Next he used that platform to run for office. He won. Then, won again, becoming a U.S. Senator. People started touting him as a Presidential candidate. All the lies and P.T. Barnum-like self promotion had worked for Obama. Too well. Now he had a deep, dark secret to cover-up.

    His college records were his Achilles heel. He had to hide his tracks. His college records had to be sealed forever. Not because he was a foreigner and unqualified to be President, but because he was an American posing as a foreigner. That makes him a fraud unqualified to be President.

    I would love for Mr. Obama to release his college records and prove me wrong. But of course he won’t…he can’t. Because at the top of his college admissions transcript would be the two words that would destroy his Presidency and legacy: “Foreign Student.”

    No, I’m not a birther. I believe Obama is 100 percent American born. While never questioning his birth, I’ve been in the media nonstop for five years questioning his allegiance to America, American exceptionalism, and Judeo-Christian values. And I’ve exposed his plan (created by husband-wife professors Cloward and Piven at Columbia) to destroy capitalism by overwhelming the system with spending, debt, and entitlements. That purposeful plan is proven by facts – please see record spending, record debt, and record entitlements under Obama. This is all about a plan to destroy America carried out by an American posing as a foreigner.

    No, Obama isn’t a foreigner. But we have a fraud in the White House.

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  6. Great reading today! Have to print all to digest this at my summary read this weekend!

    What will be the consequences of Obama’s actions when everything comes crashing down around him? (TRUTH!)
    Only Michelle knows!

  7. So the three foreign students that did gain entry into this “prestigious institution” had impeccable credentials and excellent grades,and they only accepted three of them,you’re saying that obama got in only on the merit of diversity? When they could have chosen more of the above better students,I don’t know,that doesn’t make sense! I believe that he was a foreign aid student ,with plenty of backing money from the America haters, and he somehow got in through an affirmative action plan that this “govt” gives out like candy to the oh so supposed oppressed minorities!

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