As early as a year ago, the alternative media had reported that Obama is depressed, angry, unable to accept and process the ever-rising tide of criticisms of his presidency, and spends whatever free time he has conducting vanity searches of himself on the net.
Then there are those disturbing glimpses into Obama’s disordered mind.
There was his inappropriate laughter throughout his interview on the economy with Steve Kroft on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in March 2009. Kroft got so exasperated by the President of the United States laughing at Americans with economic woes, he said to Obama:
“You’re sitting here. And you’re– you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems.”
Then Skippy reacted with laughter to a black supporter, Velma Hart, who told him at a town hall meeting on Sept. 21, 2010, she was tired of defending him.
Totally inappropriate reaction to others is a sign, minimally of a narcissist’s lack of empathy, and maximally of mental illness. (Pathological narcissism, of course, itself is a mental and spiritual/moral disorder.)
Finally, reports of a depressed and increasingly isolated Obama are reaching the Main Stream Media.
Michael Goodwin reports for the New York Post, October 9, 2011:
“I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.
The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.
If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency. While there is no indication Obama is walking the halls of the White House late at night, talking to the portraits of former presidents, as Richard Nixon did during Watergate, the reports help explain his odd public remarks.
Obama conceded in one television interview recently that Americans are not “better off than they were four years ago” and said in another that the nation had “gotten a little soft.” Both smacked of a man who feels discouraged and alienated and sparked comparisons to Jimmy Carter, never a good sign.
[…] If he cracked a single smile at the hour-plus event, I missed it. He seems happy only on the campaign trail, where the adoration of the crowd lifts his spirits.
When it comes to getting America back on track to economic growth, he is running on vapors. Yet he shows no inclination to adopt any ideas other than his own Big Government grab. His itch for higher taxes verges on a fetish.
[…] The election, unfortunately, is nearly 13 months away.
The way Obama’s behaving, by then we’ll all be talking to portraits of past presidents, asking why this one turned out to be such a flop.”
Needless to say, at a time when America is fighting several wars and the economy is falling, some say, into a second Great Depression, having a President who is depressed and disengaged from the affairs of state is perilous. There is also that no small matter of a President who is mentally disturbed, teetering at the edge of sanity/insanity.