Obama, Narcissist-in-Chief

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A small number of people had known, since 2008, that Obama is a pathological narcissist. For us, the article below, “The Condescender-in-Chief,” is simply a confirmation of what we already know. 

Here are the criterial attributes of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) from the American Psychological Assocation’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV. By my count, Obama exhibits all of the following traits:
[NPD is] “A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by 5 or more of the following:

  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  3. Believes that he or she is “special” & unique & can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions.
  4. Requires excessive admiration.
  5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his expectations.
  6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
  7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings & needs of others.
  8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him/her.
  9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”

To the millions of Americans who were so dense and undiscerning as to have voted for this fraud and now are finally seeing him as he truly is, here’s how he had played you as suckers: 

“The narcissist is hollow inside and derives his sense-of-self from seeing his reflection in the eyes of others. The psychological literature calls this “mirroring”: the narcissist mainly uses other people as a mirror to reflect his grandiose but false self-conception. Like a vampire who must feed on others’ blood in order to live, the narcissist feeds on other people’s admiration, approval, love, and adulation. Once the source is sucked dry, however, the narcissist no longer has use for them and will abruptly and mercilessly cast them aside.”

More on NPD here.


Posted by Bill S – October 17, 2010


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Two years into the Obama presidency, and this kind of thing really shouldn’t be a surprise.

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his “view from the Oval Office.” He faulted the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to “think clearly” and said the burden is on Democrats “to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.”

The President believes that we are not “thinking clearly,” and that our attitudes and behavior stem from “fear and frustration”.  It is one thing for Obama to think that, but it is yet another for the President of the United States to say it out loud – about his own nation’s citizens.
But this is no surprise, is it?  This is the same man who accused those who disagreed with him of being hyper-religious, violent xenophobes:

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Yes, we remember that one well, don’t we?
A quick Google search reveals the extent of Obama’s condescension problem.  Article after article document his snooty, patronizing attitudes about those around him.
Recently, Obama even teed off on his own party.

Whatever complaints they might have about climate change or other issues, Obama said, it is “just irresponsible” that some Democrats and progressives were lacking enthusiasm for the election.
“If people now want to take their ball and go home that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place,” he said. “If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up.”

Darcy Burner, of the leftist organization ProgressCongress.org, responded:

“Here we have a president who over and over again said that a public option was going to be a key part of the health care plan — who then, it turns out, cut a deal to get rid of the public option. And he’s upset at the base that worked so hard to try to get a meaningful health care bill,” she said.
“The least he could do is acknowledge that progressives have legitimate concerns. Instead he’s condescending. It’s not helpful.”

It IS rather amusing to see the tables turned on them.  Yet, Obama’s condescension towards his own ilk is not a new thing either.  The Huffington Post noted this attitude last year.  The conclusion of John Knefel’s article states:

And what these recent polls are showing is that if Obama continues to treat those who mobilized en masse to work for his election with scorn, derision, and disrespect, he can, and should, expect nothing but the same in return.

A prescient statement, considering how most pre-election polling indicates an apparent abandonment of support for Obama’s agenda by pretty much all but the most hard-core leftists.  Victor Davis Hanson spots this as well, and notes:

But polls suggest that these clueless and unappreciative Americans apparently believe that an elite education does not ensure their officials can balance a budget, pay their own taxes or speak candidly.
What an outrageous “How dare they!” thought.

Obama’s attitude undoubtedly originates from the bowels of liberal/leftist thought and his sheltered past as university academic wonk and community organizer.  Elitist liberals believe they know better than we do about how we should think and act.  From health-care legislation that removes choice, to limits on what foods we can eat and beverages we can drink, to motorcycle helmet laws and beyond, the leftist philosophy is to remove our ability to think for ourselves and turn it over to the State.  Their assumption is that we not capable of making our own decisions, and the desire to do so is met with disdain and condescension.  In his piece, Hanson also observes:

When America votes for a liberal candidate, it is redeemed by the left as intelligent – and derided as dense when it does not. We were told not to worry that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did not pay all his income taxes since we were lucky to have someone so well-educated.

Obama’s tendency to be insultingly dismissive of those who disagree with him ultimately indicates a fundamental lack of perception of what’s going on in the United States.  He is like the child who covers his ears, closes his eyes, and chants “I CAN’T HEAR YOU… I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!”  It is a pathological case of denial.  As one of my distinguished colleagues notes, “he has never really considered the possibility that Americans aren’t actually liberals.”
I believe he may finally see this on November 2nd.

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0 responses to “Obama, Narcissist-in-Chief

  1. I had never heard of NPD until, one night at dinner before the presidential primary, our psych-major son announced that BO had this. He went into great detail, and it mirrors Eowyn’s above post. Everything he told us that night has been seen in Barry. Why didn’t some powerful people come out with this, or is he just a puppet for some very dangerous men?

  2. Thanks, Steve! At least more and more people now realize he’s a pathological narcissist.
    What kind of worries me is this: Narcissism (NPD) is also an attribute of several other personality disorders, including Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). ASPD, in turn, is merely a 4-word version of Sociopathy or Psychopathy.

  3. Oh he’s flailing for sure…listen to him on campaign trail and you can hear the desperation in his voice and lies. Bring on 11/02!!

  4. The Narcissist-in-Chief also may have a personal grudge against America!
    Psychological Reasons Why Obama May Be Anti-American
    When Obama first ran for President, there was an obsession among some to prove he was not “a natural born citizen.” The “Birthers” ignored a far more important fact: he was not raised in America.
    Barrack Hussein Obama did not live in the United States during his most important formative years. According to Psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, who did pioneering work in childhood development, the years between age 6 and 10 (stage 4 when children develop industry or inferiority) was a critical time in a child’s life.
    When they enter school, they come under the influence of adults other than their parents. They meet new friends, they experience many new pleasant (and sometimes unpleasant) experiences and new problems they must solve. This is the time when people gain independence and confidence or develop deep-seated insecurities and inferiority.
    Obama lived those years in a chaotic Indonesia.
    Obama was born in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan Muslim father. His father reportedly hated colonial powers, including America. Barack’s mentor was a communist, according to Crisis magazine, a publication of Aquinas College; by his own admission he sought out Marxist professors and friends when he was in college.
    After his parents divorced, Obama’s mother married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian Muslim. His step-father took the family to Indonesia when President Sukarno recalled all Indonesian students studying abroad. Barrack was 6 years old.
    Indonesia was in political and economic turmoil. In 1965, militants attempted a coup, which Sukarno’s loyal army suppressed. Nonetheless, because of Sukarno’s sympathy toward the communists, General Suharto, who led Sukarno’s loyal Army to repulse the coup, eased the president from power and Sukarno was placed under house arrest in 1968; he remained there until his death.
    General Suharto was a Muslim by birth; however, because of his experience as a military commander, he developed deep dislike and suspicion of Communists and Islamists. The press said half a million Indonesians—communists and other leftists, including Muslims—were killed during the coup and the purge that followed. As a part of its Cold War strategy, the United States provided aid and support for General Suharto.
    The chaos and uncertainty almost certainly impacted the young Obama and, one can infer, influenced his world view. Erickson, who taught at Harvard, Yale, and other high-profile colleges, said, “[C]hildren are not simply biological organisms that endure, nor products of the psyche in isolation. Rather, they develop in the context of society’s expectations, prohibitions, and prejudices.” It is his values and world view we should be looking at, not where he was born. His value system was formed outside the United States of America during the time when the United States was, in many people’s eyes, just another colonial power replacing the colonial Dutch.
    Obama’s years in Indonesia during this time could explain why Obama has gone to such lengths to downplay the exceptionalism of America. To him, I suspect, America is not exceptional—it was another colonial power largely responsible for his anxiety and discomfiture in his formative years.
    At the Founding of America, people were not as mobile. Most Americans born here stayed here. Diplomats, merchants, and others living abroad, maintained close ties to this country. The founders wanted the President to share America’s values and an undivided loyalty to this country.
    People in the best position to understand this dynamic are psychologists—who are the least likely to report what they know. This writer did graduate work in Guidance and Counseling, studying the theories of Adler and Erikson; he worked as a therapist at a community mental health center before a mid-life career change took him to law school. A licensed practicing psychologist friend confirmed, off the record, that the child development comments herein were “spot on” but declined to be interviewed for this piece. No surprise—he told me he was a “strong Obama supporter.”


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