According to the Mayo Clinic:
Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:
- Believing that you’re better than others
- Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
- Exaggerating your achievements or talents
- Expecting constant praise and admiration
- Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
- Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
- Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
- Taking advantage of others
- Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
- Being jealous of others
- Believing that others are jealous of you
- Trouble keeping healthy relationships
- Setting unrealistic goals
- Being easily hurt and rejected
- Having a fragile self-esteem
- Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional
Does this, perhaps, sound familiar at all to anyone?
But wait, you’re saying, he’s not really narcissistic, he’s just supremely confident and maybe has a touch of ego. Just like all politicians!
Yes, pretty much all politicians hit quite a few of those symptoms, but does it rise to the level of being a disorder? Does it affect seemingly irrelevant areas of life? Does it cause that person to view themselves as wholly and completely the center of attention at all times?
Let’s take a little peek at something, shall we?
Remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
The Anniversary of the assassination of JFK:
Are we sensing a pattern? A common link? No? Then allow me to continue.
His Chief of Staff’s birthday:
Vice President Biden’s birthday:
Hey, at least the supposed subject is actually in that one. Here’s another one….THE END OF COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ:
Perhaps even more laughable, or delusional, is the insertion of Barack Obama into the bios of every President since Coolidge (minus Ford)….
- On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
- In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.
- In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.
Had enough yet? No? Ok, this actually isn’t the worst of it. The worst of it was so bad that Slate, yes, Slate, called out Obama for his narcissism.
The President was in Hawaii and attended the memorial service for Senator Daniel Inouye. He was supposed to deliver the eulogy. Instead, well, I’ll just let Slate tell the story:
“Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye…
…President Barack Obama’s remarks at Inouye’s funeral service were a bizarre twirl around his own personal Kodak carousel.
When Obama was 11 years old he went on vacation with his family, and those paying their respects to Inouye got to hear a long description of this amazing trip, from Seattle to Kansas, from Disneyland to Yellowstone. They heard of the young Obama’s happiness whenever the motel had a pool or an ice machine. And finally, as the people must have been twitching in the pews wondering where this was all going, we get back to the late senator.”
In President Obama’s world, everything revolves around Barack Obama. Events don’t have significance in and of themselves, they are given significance in the manner in which they affect Barack Obama.
I could take the time to hit each one of the symptoms that the Mayo Clinic lists, and there are multiple instances of the President displaying each, but we don’t have that kind of time and I’m not into self-flagellation. I think this Lilliputian look at the Lilliputian President more than demonstrates the President’s emersion in narcissistic tendencies.
But, I’m not BARACK OBAMA, so what do I know?