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My goodness …. this is just pitiful

I’m sometimes amazed at the depth of the narcissism this President suffers under, but this particular example has to take the cake:

The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford).

Even the biographies of other Presidents aren’t sacrosanct to this guy if there’s a glimmer of political gain to be collected by inserting himself.  Examples:

  • 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.
  • President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
  • 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.

I’ve been hesitant to buy into the label "narcissistic personality disorder" that many attribute to this guy, but it is getting harder and harder to resist.

I’m not a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but I can read and analyze.  When I look at the symptoms, a lot of things jump out at me that ring true. 

The symptoms of Narcissistic personality disorder can be similar to the traits of individuals with strong self-esteem and confidence; differentiation occurs when the underlying psychological structures of these traits are considered pathological. Narcissists have such an elevated sense of self-worth that they value themselves as inherently better than others. Yet, they have a fragile self-esteem and cannot handle criticism, and will often try to compensate for this inner fragility by belittling or disparaging others in an attempt to validate their own self-worth. It is this sadistic tendency that is characteristic of narcissism as opposed to other psychological conditions affecting level of self-worth. [5]380253_10150816689178583_505058582_9769341_1768045842_n (1)

In children, inflated self-views and grandiose feelings, which are characteristics of narcissism, are part of the normal self-development. Children are typically unable to understand the difference between their actual from ideal self, which causes an unrealistic perception of the self. After about age 8, views of the self, both positive and negative, begin to develop based on comparisons of peers & become more realistic. Two factors that cause self-view to remain unrealistic are dysfunctional interactions with parents that can be a lack or excessive attention. The child will either compensate for lack of attention or act in terms of unrealistic self-perception.[6]

The CNS, Childhood Narcissism Scale, measurements concluded that narcissistic children seek to impress others & gain admiration but do not have any interest in creating sincere friendships. CNS researchers have measured that childhood narcissism has become more prevalent in Western society: any types of activities that focus on overly praising the individual, can raise narcissistic levels. More research is needed to find the reasons that promote or protect against narcissism.

Yes, that’s a Wikipedia definition, but it conforms with most others you’ll find on the net.  Examination of the symptoms should give pause.  I’m not saying he might be the only politician with this problem or that he’d even be diagnosed with NPD. I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV (although I have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express before).  However, there are so many examples of similar behavior in his past that it is hard to ignore what is right in front of your eyes.  And while he may not personally do everything (this probably being an example) he has a staff which knows their President and does what he would approve.  That’s why they’re where they are.  They play into the personality and feed it.

This is the “me and I” President.  There is rarely a time he isn’t trying to praise himself, even if no one else will.  Make of all of this what you want, I’m just sayin’ …

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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62 Responses to My goodness …. this is just pitiful

  • This is a typical conservative ploy:  “Now I’m not a something or other (doctor, lawyer, psychologist, or whatever), but you can take it from me, that I certainly believe such and such…”

    • You think McQ is the first one to observe Mr. Narcissist?  You should give him credit for resisting what so many of us have said for so long.

      • No, I’ve heard it for years—even before Obama.  It’s a political charge rather than a psychological diagnosis.

        • My you’re, uh, not so good.  the topic is Obama, the narcissist.  next time you’re seeking to change the dialogue why not divert us with the origin of the term fornication, or perhaps snippets of the life of Socrates.  As a political charge, heard many years ago, it has no bearing to the present posting other than being a handwave to ignore evidence you have no defense against.

          Perhaps that is why you’re not addressing the modifications to the biographies which was the evidence presented of his narcissism because well, pretty indefensible.  Maybe you do understand some tactics after all.

           

        • Tell ya what, why don’t you regale us with demonstrations of other Presidents reaching back to compare themselves to previous Presidents and tout their accomplishments.  Why is it Obama has to contrast himself with these other Presidents, too lazy to make an entry for himself, so he has to riff off their accomplishments?

          Here, I know he’s a lazy little SOB, his non creation of a single document while editor of the law review proves that, even there he did nothing but review and comment on the work of others, so let me ‘help’.
          President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, etc…
          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.
          You get the idea.  He could try, oh, I don’t now, creating his OWN entries instead of poking his non-accomplishments in with those of people who actually accomplished something.
          Christ, all he needs is to have them turn all the lights off in the White House and run around holding a flashlight over his head yelling “Look at me!  Look at me!”

        • “No, I’ve heard it for years—even before Obama”

          Quelle surprise! Could it be that narcissists existed before Obama? Really? Well, that certainly makes a difference.

      • While Pres**ent Obama may be the biggest narcissist on the face of the planet, I’m a bit slow to attribute “Narcissistic personality disorder’ based on the White House web site lest you can show me that Mr. Obama has been updating the site himself (he is better than everybody he hires, so this may be so).

        • Surely, the consulted ‘the one’ beforehand.  If it were you, do you think YOU would approve such changes?  Would anyone who wasn’t a flag waving trumpet blowing narcissist?

        • Typical idiot Neo says what ALL liars say, ‘you didn’t see me do it so i’m innocent’, OBVIOUSLY neo, someone is throwing out this c rap which is an obvious ploy to lure the votes of the mentally absent for barky’s re-election.

    • Or said another way (and a typical leftist tactic), “let me see if I can change the subject …”

      • No, said another way, the right-wing always turns it around and falsely characterize the left for their own shortcomings when their own tactics are called into question.

        • And here we are in the middle of your “let me change the subject” campaign. Yeah, no thread hijacking here … deal with the subject of the post … if you can.

        • …the right-wing always turns it around and falsely characterize the left for their own shortcomings…

          You see everything in a black-and-white, Republican evil, Democrat good kind of way.
          Just to throw sand on your “left” as eternal victim lotion, explain Pravda and Izvestia.
          In this case, I don’t see the observation of Obama’s narcissistic tendencies to be a case of projection on the part of people writing here.  Now, when it comes to Republican politicians and pundits, Jon Stewart often does a good job of catching them in glaring examples of hypocrisy.  Now and then he tags Democrats, but sadly he misses most opportunities to lampoon Democrats, socialists, and the like when they deserve it.

        • Yep. It’s all Bush’s fault. Somehow.

        • Liberals are masters of projection, as you’re demonstrating right now.

        • This sounds like projection to me.  Just last week we were treated to a bashing of Wall Street based on JP Morgan’s loss or $2 billion.  Somehow lost in all of that is that the face of Wall Street was Jamie Dimon (D-JPMorgan). He isn’t just a Democrat, but a lifetime Democrat.

    • “…believe such and such”….???  What are you, stupid?

      Observation is not belief.  It is empirical.  Now, the diagnosis may be in doubt…in some other person.  But Pres. Dog Breath is a walking-talking-re-writing history SCREAMING narcissist, and how he got that way is hardly a mystery.

      Given his background, he could hardly have come out healthy…or much different.  For that, we can all feel pity.  It is not his fault.  EVERYTHING he has foisted off on us BECAUSE he is sick IS HIS FAULT.

      • Another conservative tactic is to call a belief ‘empirical’, as though that gives it credence.  If you weren’t so busy calling people stupid, and tried thinking once in a while, you would see the truth in all this.

        • Wow.  Excellent example of projection.  And, observations being empirical BY NATURE, I observe you are classically, voluntarily STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooopid.

          Deal with…
          1. the story of Pres. SCREAMING Narcissist writing himself into other presidential bios.  TRUE OR FALSE
          2. does this kind of behavior fit the DSM-IV for narcissism (or NPD).  YES OR NO
          3. would the AWFUL up-bringing Obama experienced be consistent with NPD.  YES OR NO

          Reality.  Don’t leave home…or post on blogs with smart people…without it.  (You should always feel right at home on Collectivist blogs.)

        • What? You mean the sun DIDN’T rise today? I could have sworn I observed it .

        • …conservative tactic…

          Man, your pundit throttle is jammed fully open.  Do you ever break character and try to be honest?
          All of these tactics you exclusively consign to your political opponents are common among all varieties of partisanship.  It’s mindless to measure all political thought with a single scalar variable, borrowing terms from the French Revolution centuries ago, but to randomly declare that all negative tactics are characteristic of one side of this stupid spectrum only compounds the idiocy.

        • This is your version of Reagan’s “there you go again.” If you want to be taken seriously, shut up about people, process, and politics and explain why you feel the question of narcissism is off-base, which was the actual topic.

        • No tad the nad, the left implores that tactic, we all know this.

    • Is it just a coincidence that Kapiran Klueless gets active just as Professor Narcisso is winging his way to Europe for a spring junket with impressionable young minds? I sense a great disturbance in the force.

      • Ah, isn’t Europe kinda, uh, busy right now?  Is Barry the Magnificent aware they might not fawn all over him at the moment because they have a Union to save?   Or is he going to ‘instruct’ them that they should have followed his lead on saving their economies?  yeah, that’ll go over real big this week.

      • Oh, you mean the Moose Herder, my bad.

        • Not that bad. The subject is narcissism so you are still on topic.

        • Devaluing Drachmas Batman! The euro is in crisis and Merkel the Magnificent is in dire straits. Who can possibly defeat Zorba the Greek and his dastardly plan? Really? Professor Erb on his European vacation? Time to buy gold again old chum.

          • Well, I get the sense that the new leader of the quiche eating surrender monkey’s won’t be stopping Zorba, so they ARE in dire need of Erb’s guidance at this critical juncture.

    • This is a typical conservative ploy…

      No, it isn’t.  All manner of people engage in armchair psychology.  Not that everyone is equally intelligent in their amateur analysis.
      One blatant example is the ubiquitous suggestion that those who oppose Democrats/”progressives”/”liberals”/socialists on principled grounds, and don’t cave in are “unhinged”, “crazy”, “loons”, “nuts”, “extreeeemists”.  If those people actually defend gun ownership, they are not only “gun nuts”, but DANGEROUS!  And, of course, such “analysis” concludes that ownership of guns belies a deep-seated insecurity about phallic dimension.

      • You forgot, we’re racists too.

        • An understandable omission. The list of our crimes (I would add sins but that’s icky religion)  is much too long to be enumerated every time there is a discussion.

          • I move we recognize all the above terms henceforward without requiring further enumeration as logical extensions of the word ‘Conservatives’.

            Can I get an Amen?  uh, I mean a second?

        • Misogynists.  Islamophobes.  Homophobes.  Filled with irrational fear/hatred of working people, old people, handicapped, ….

          • You had me at “extreeeemists”…
            (sniffle…)

          • William Howard Taft oversaw the entry of Arizona into the Union.
            President Barack Obama, through the innovative use of arms sales to Mexican cartels, is circumventing the laws of both the US and Mexico to help bring death and destruction to both nations. His Attorney General has been able to use his stupidity and gile to outfox investigators in the US Commission on Civil Rights and the US House of Representatives in order to keep this illegal activity from seeing the light of day, and thus secure his Black manhood.

          • William Howard Taft oversaw the entry of Arizona into the Union.
            President Barack Obama, through the innovative use of arms sales to Mexican cartels, is circumventing the laws of both the US and Mexico….

            Perfect.
            There are obviously the embarrassing instances of Bush policies which Obama criticized as a candidate, but then continued or even increased as president: deficit spending, war in Afghanistan, Gitmo prison camp, Yemen drone strikes, medical marijuana raids, Libya, etc. ad infinitum.

    • Well, that’s because conservatives are typically able to read and comprehend definitions, and apply that knowledge to observable phenomena.  I realize that liberals prefer to leave their thinking to “experts”, no matter how many times those “experts” are proven wrong, but that’s not my problem.

      They also have problems, ably demonstrated by you, of failing to see the point in a discussion, and working to change the subject rather than respond to the actual topic.

      Feel better now?  you’re not alone.  Unfortunately for the rest of us.

    • So are you an economist? No? Then shut up.
      Are you a political scientist? No? Then shut up.
      A financial analyst? No? Then shut up.
      A lawyer? No? Then shut up.
      A scientist? No? Then shut up.
      A [fill in the blank]? No? Then shut up.
      IOW, unless you can fulfill my predisposition towards acceptable authority, shut up!
      Said another way, better trolling please.

  • BTW, since Obama’s rewriting history, you could have closed with “Backward!

  • Did he insert “did not start an illegal war as either” next to Dubya’s entry?

  • Why was someone poking around the biographies to notice this?

    Take a stop by http://WWW.WHITEHOUSE.GOV (and don’t be at all alarmed by the beatific Obama face, barely sans halo, right at the beginning asking if you want him to keep you informed beneath the words “DON’T PANIC” in large friendly letters on the first page. I kid.)

    The biographies are not exactly the first thing they hit you with, you have to dig around a little for them.  So WHY did someone notice?  Tip off maybe?
     

    • Some formerly idealistic kid probable blew the whistle…after cleaning the puke off his/her keyboard.

  • Yeah…looker.  You replied before I got the chance to comment that the rainbow halo is barely visible if you squint.  The degree of narcissism is exemplified by checking the Nixon page.  I wondered what Obama accomplishment could be added to Nixon’s…maybe developed a more comprehensive “enemies list” earlier in his administration?  But NO.  The Nixon page states: In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President’s Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.   Quite a stretch to find an activity so that Obama can pat himself on the back.

  • I would surmise that  -by His lights-  the Duly Elected President (aka “I Won, neener-neener”) “owns” the website whitehouse.gov and can do any dam’fool thing he wants to with the content therein.
    Especially during an election year.
    Same thing with all His “speaking engagements” in various American cities (which coincidentally need a nudge to get out the Democrat vote).  “By His lights”, again, these are all simply “policy” speeches; I’m sure it annoys Him no end that the rest of us claim that He’s giving campaign speeches on the public dollar.
    Sigh.  Please, God, let it END after one term….
     

  • I wonder what this guy will do with almost 3 months as President to act out after his national rejection.

    • All kinds of things but I see him as more of a whiney sulker.  Doing things requires a decisive sort of guy, and while he does love him some Obama, he hasn’t got a decisive bone in his body.  Once he has no reason to take polls to help him decide, he’ll be kind of rudderless.  Sulky and rudderless and gutlessly vindictive.

      • As I’ve said before, I believe he will be the next generation’s Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton rolled together. He’ll be a race-baiting poverty pimp like them. He’ll combine that with the sanctimonious unction and obligatory press coverage of Jimmy Carter. And we’ll have to put up with that noxious combination for decades.

        • May it be so.  I look for him to set up at the UN.  MULTIPLES worse than a super-Sharpton.

  • “I don’t usually admire Sarah Palin,” Chomsky said, “but when she was making fun of this ‘hopey changey stuff,’ she was right, there was nothing there.”

  • That bit about Reagan and taxes is such complete misrepresentation. I dislike using the word “misrepresentation.” Let me call Obama’s claim what it really is: a damn lie.
    That speech is easily available <a href=”http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1985/62885b.htm”>online</a>. Reagan was talking about closing loopholes, increasing personal deductions for everyone, and <em>lowering</em> tax rates.

  • MichaelW- Well said. Almost every time he posts he tries to throw in some kind of ground rule or condition that will stop his opponents from speaking.
    He’s a petty authoritarian and he proves it over and over.

    • O my…this administration is the gift that keeps on giving.   The Julia “cartoon” and AskMichelle debacles provided opportunities for conservatives to spoof these pitiful campaign efforts.  Now the narcissistic additions to past presidents opens up a whole new theme.  The classic so far (and likely the winner) appeared on the Althouse blog from a fellow called tim in vermont.   His suggestion “Like Jesus, Obama also sports the middle initial of ‘H’.”

  • Maybe this is the effect of Wikipedia. Some young staffer thinks its okay to go in add some Obama stuff to older entries. I do note that Carter is mentioned in the except above – who put that in?

    • Good question.  On the WhiteHouse site, the main biographical information for each President is from Beschloss and Sidey’s “The Presidents of the United States of America”.  The staffers at least had the good sense to not weave Obama into the standard text.  There is an add-on section following the standard text titled:  Did you know…and the Obama links to past presidents we are having fun with are in this add-on section.   Likely a staffer was given the mandate to find something, anything, no matter how minor in each past administration to link to Obama.  As an example, the Narcissist-in-Chief’s lame link to Kennedy is that he signed a Presidential Proclamation on the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps.
      It’d be interesting to determine whether the Did you know section was added by the present administration.  Perhaps Beschloss/Sidey have a clue since it may be contaminating their presidential biographical info.