Remember back in January 2010, in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Obama said he’d rather be “a really good one-term president” than a mediocre two-termer?
At the time, people had wondered why he would say something like that. I thought his remark was indicative of his pathological narcissism:
- Obama took it for granted that he would be “a really good” one-term president. That’s how he sees himself: A legend in his own mind.
- Narcissists, being convinced of their superiority and lovableness, cannot tolerate criticisms. Obama had basked in the warm glow of others’ admiration and adulation during the 2008 campaign, if not his entire life, and clearly was smarting from the volleys of criticisms about his performance as president.
It is not just that narcissists do not cotton to criticism, they actually need praise and admiration. Like vampires, narcissists feed on the love and adulation of others, which confirm their distorted view of themselves as superior beings. Narcissists also have a tendency to get bored easily, because they are shallow people with no true values, interests, or convictions. Having genuine convictions and commitments would mean there are more important things in life than one’s own marvellous self.
Now, the whispers are growing louder that Obama has become bored with being president is too thin-skinned for the presidency, and may well chuck it all. Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) has the following for-subscribers article on just this issue.
June 21, 2010 — Obama may cash in his chips after one term
WMR’s highly-informed and well-connected political sources in Chicago have confirmed a UK Daily Telegraph report that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will leave his post by the end of the year.
Furthermore, the Chicago sources also report that it is highly likely that President Obama will bow to pressure from his wife, Michelle Obama, to forgo another run for the presidency and avoid the inevitable harsh campaign in 2012 that the president largely managed to avoid in 2008.
The overriding factor that has convinced Mrs. Obama that another White House run is not in the Obamas’ best interest is money. One source close to the couple said, “ten years ago, Obama didn’t have $20 to put gas in his tank . . . they [the Obamas] were broke, they owed lots of money, and were being hounded by credit card companies.”
Rather than spending hundreds of millions on a campaign without an assurance of re-election, Mrs. Obama has made it known to her closest friends that she and the president could make more money after leaving office after a single term than Bill Clinton made after serving two terms in office.
Mrs. Obama is also known to have grown tired of White House life. The idea of not running for a second term also appeals to Obama because, as one source put it, “Obama is an egotist who wants to avoid more kicks.”