Bonfire of the Vanities: The American Narcissus’ Greatest Hits

photoshop via Free Canuckistan, by R. Martin and Richard Terrelly

Yesterday, conservative blogs and twitter had a lot of fun with the news that Obama has inserted himself into every  US President biography since Coolidge (barring only Ford) on the White House Website…

Yid With Lid had this to say:

Talk about delusions of grandeur,  the White House website contains biographies of each of the men who held the office of President.  Recently the Narcissist-in-Chief decided to embellish each of the biographies beginning with Calvin Coolidge. The embellishment? A mention of a milestone achieved by his most favorite person in the entire world—Barack Obama.

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He really gets creative with JFK:

Did you know?

President John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: “Ask what you can do for your country.” In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.

Notice anything missing from the Kennedy quote? It began with “Ask not what your country can do for you…”  Of course “not asking what your country can do for you” is abhorrent to a progressive like Obama.

Not surprising is that Obama ignored the 20% across the board tax cuts originally proposed by Kennedy, signed by LBJ and resulting in prosperity.

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The most galling one of all:

Did you know?

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. Technically the first sentence was correct. Reagan did call for a fairer tax code, but not by raising taxes on the rich but by simplifying the tax code and lowering tax rates.

With lower personal and corporate rates and another capital gains tax cut, small and entrepreneurial businesses will take off. Americans will have an open field to test their dreams and challenge their imaginations, and the next decade will become known as the age of opportunity. American industry will benefit, too, because the billions that are presently being squandered on the loopholes—things like jojoba bean shelters, racehorse write-offs, windmill farms, and luxury lunches for business executives-will be reinvested in the productive economy, where it will build new factories and businesses, create new jobs, and finance the new inventions that will keep America number one in the world market.

Read them all but and try to keep a straight face. The White House claims that its all OK because they didn’t change the bios, ignoring the fact that much of the added information was false. The larger issue is that with this president its all about him.  HE killed Bin Laden, the military is fighting for HIM.

For four years now, conservatives, and now I’m sure more than a few moderates and liberals have noticed this man’s unbelievable  egomania – narcissism to use the clinical term. There should no longer any doubt in anyone’s mind that this President suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I noticed it right away, myself – posting in May of 2008;The Narcissistic Qualities Of Barack Obama.

Let’s take a trip down Memory Lane and review example after example of the President’s narcissism as more and more political observers made the same diagnosis:

By July of 2008, Charles Krauthammer had written The Audacity Of Vanity, citing a few of the growing examples of candidate Obama’s egotism:

Americans are beginning to notice Obama’s elevated opinion of himself. There’s nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted “present” nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history — “generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment” — when, among other wonders, “the rise of the oceans began to slow.” As Hudson Institute economist Irwin Stelzer noted in his London Daily Telegraph column, “Moses made the waters recede, but he had help.” Obama apparently works alone.

Obama may think he’s King Canute, but the good king ordered the tides to halt precisely to refute sycophantic aides who suggested that he had such power. Obama has no such modesty.

After all, in the words of his own slogan, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” which, translating the royal “we,” means: ” I am the one we’ve been waiting for.” Amazingly, he had a quasi-presidential seal with its own Latin inscription affixed to his lectern, until general ridicule — it was pointed out that he was not yet president — induced him to take it down.

Obama’s desire to give a campaign speech at Germany’s historic Brandenburg Gate, that summer raised eyebrows here and abroad:

The gate stood for 28 years behind the Berlin Wall in communist East Germany’s heavily fortified border zone. Probably the capital’s best-known monument, it was once a symbol of Germany’s Cold War division and now stands for its reunification.

Steg (spokesman for the chancellor), noted that the Brandenburg Gate has become “a place with a particular exclusivity, intensity and symbolism” in view of past speeches by sitting U.S. presidents and events such as a large rally in solidarity with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

As a result, he said Merkel has voiced “great skepticism as to whether it is appropriate to bring an election campaign being fought not in Germany but in the United States to the Brandenburg Gate.”

Steg said that “no German (chancellor) candidate would think of using (Washington’s) National Mall or Red Square in Moscow for rallies, because it would be considered inappropriate.”

Angela Merkel reportedly found Obama’s plan to be “a bit odd”.

The Boston Globe, 7/23/08, in The Audacity Of Ego opined:

Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a healthy ego. Now he’s turning into the A-Rod of politics. It’s all about him.

He’s giving his opponent something other than issues to attack him on: narcissism.

A convention hall isn’t good enough for the presumptive Democratic nominee. He plans to deliver his acceptance speech in the 75,000 seat stadium where the Denver Broncos play.

And as you probably remember, they were not content with a basic combination of video screens and slogans, Obama’s campaign produced a full-on neoclassical temple:four imposing Greek columns and 10 sizable pilasters, all connected by a frieze and arranged in a gently curving arc. From the center of this colonnaded contraption extended a long peninsular walkway, lined with blue carpeting and capped by a circular stage and wedding-cake steps.

Ace wrote at the time:

I used to think he was Captain Bullshit.

Now I think he is so dangerously narcissistic his ego just warps the world around him, like gravity, so that everything really does wind up revolving around him.

Remember the interior of Obama’s campaign plane? Let me remind you…

Via Newsbusters: Jake Tapper from ABC covered Obama on his overseas trip. Here were some of his thoughts:

Obama’s campaign has been pulling out all the stops, distributing these flyers in German to round up a huge crowd for his speech tonight, one the Obama campaign is billing at almost presidential. Even though he is not the president.

-to his hobnobbing with world leaders, to his military exercises in Israel and Iraq, everything about this trip is meticulously designed to make you comfortable with Obama as commander in chief. That started with his newly retrofitted plane. The American flag on the tail wing has been replaced by an enormous Obama “O.” And the slogan “change we can believe in” is on the sides. [Tapper is now inside the plane.] Inside, the plane has been redesigned to separate the senator and his staff from us lowly reporters. And this was the site of a big media mutiny the other day as Obama officials insisted they’d be able to brief us on background as anonymous officials. One of them said that’s what we did at the White House during the Clinton years. We pointed out they don’t work at the White House. Other flourishes, an Obama napkin holder after we refueled in Ireland.

On August 2, 2008, Kyle-Anne Shiver in the American Thinker, wrote an excellent piece that is especially poignant, today.

The salvation that Obama offers comes in the form of radically changing America to a utopian state, which he contends will fix our “broken souls.” That simply is not within the province of his abilities.
As Pope Benedict has so wisely and emphatically stated:
Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic.
Truth and Tolerance; p. 116
Barack Obama stands front and center now, offering the age-old false promise that mankind can save itself through “collective redemption,” and simply because he employs Christian language and symbols, no genuine lovers of God will be fooled.
Hope in God?
Or hope in Obama?
I thank God every day for giving us Americans such a clear and easy choice. Perhaps He is simply using Barack Obama to separate a bit of chaff from the grain.
Alas, it was an easy choice for too few of us. Many lovers of God were fooled, and voted for “the One”, who just as we feared,  has been working feverishly to replace God with the State.
After Obama had been President for a year and a half, , Jonathan Last in the The Weekly Standard wrote: American Narcissus The vanity of Barack Obama:
Yet you don’t have to delve deep into armchair psychology to see how Obama’s vanity has shaped his presidency. In January 2009 he met with congressional leaders to discuss the stimulus package. The meeting was supposed to foster bipartisanship. Senator Jon Kyl questioned the plan’s mixture of spending and tax cuts. Obama’s response to him was, “I won.” A year later Obama held another meeting to foster bipartisanship for his health care reform plan. There was some technical back-and-forth about Republicans not having the chance to properly respond within the constraints of the format because President Obama had done some pontificating, as is his wont. Obama explained, “There was an imbalance on the opening statements because”—here he paused, self-satisfiedly—“I’m the president. And so I made, uh, I don’t count my time in terms of dividing it evenly.”There are lots of times when you get the sense that Obama views the powers of the presidency as little more than a shadow of his own person. When he journeyed to Copenhagen in October 2009 to pitch Chicago’s bid for the Olympics, his speech to the IOC was about—you guessed it: “Nearly one year ago, on a clear November night,” he told the committee, “people from every corner of the world gathered in the city of Chicago or in front of their televisions to watch the results of .  .  . ” and away he went. A short while later he was back in Copenhagen for the climate change summit. When things looked darkest, he personally commandeered the meeting to broker a “deal.” Which turned out to be worthless. In January 2010, Obama met with nervous Democratic congressmen to assure them that he wasn’t driving the party off a cliff. Confronted with worries that 2010 could be a worse off-year election than 1994, Obama explained to the professional politicians, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.”In the midst of the BP oil spill last summer, Obama explained, “My job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about: the spill.” Read that again: The president thinks that the job of the president is to make certain the citizens correctly understand what’s on the president’s mind.

Obama’s vanity is even more jarring when paraded in the foreign arena. In April, Poland suffered a national tragedy when its president, first lady, and a good portion of the government were killed in a plane crash. Obama decided not to go to the funeral. He played golf instead. Though maybe it’s best that he didn’t make the trip. When he journeyed to Great Britain to meet with the queen he gave her an amazing gift: an iPod loaded with recordings of his speeches and pictures from his inauguration.

On November 9, 2009, Europe celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was kind of a big deal. They may not mention the Cold War in schools much these days, but it pitted the Western liberal order against a totalitarian ideology in a global struggle. In this the United States was the guarantor of liberty and peace for the West; had we faltered, no corner of the world would have been safe from Soviet domination.

President Obama has a somewhat different reading. He explains: “The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful.” Pretty magnanimous of the Soviets to let the long twilight struggle end peacefully like that, especially after all we did to provoke them.

So Obama doesn’t know much about the Cold War. Which is probably why he didn’t think the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was all that important. When the leaders of Europe got together to commemorate it, he decided not to go to that, either. But he did find time to record a video message, which he graciously allowed the Europeans to air during the ceremony.

I always believed that at some point, Obama would want to downplay the hero worship and cult-of personality nonsense that surrounded him –  if not during the 2008 campaign – at least once he became President. It was frankly getting embarrassing. I  mean – The Obama Chia Head was just so wrong…

But no – although the fervor for Obama merchandise had died down by mid 2009,  Obama flags were flown at his inauguration and have been appearing ever since, (causing neighborhood squabbles), and upsetting veterans, without a peep of discouragement from the Commander in Chief.

In May, 2011, right after he posted a copy of his birth certificate online, the Obama Campaign began Hawking “Made in the USA” Mugs and Tee Shirts.

A visit to his own Campaign website gift shop, today, is to experience deja-vu of all the most embarrassing  examples of 2008’s overwrought Obamamania. Who wants an Obama spatula? Cutting board? How about an Obama dog bowl (In retrospect, a chilling photo™).

It doesn’t seem to matter how much he is ridiculed –they just keep hitting us with more of it – like the President shooting hoops with Obama Basketballs…just last month.

It’s no secret that Obama has been seeking a return to the  “cool” of his 2008 campaign 

“I know that it’s not going to be exactly the same as when I was young and vibrant and new,” he said at a fundraiser last year. “And there was — posters everywhere, hope. The logo was really fresh. And let’s face it, it was cool to support me back then. At cocktail parties, you could sort of say, ‘Yeah, this Obama guy, you haven’t heard of him? Let me tell you about him.’”

What’s creepy to increasing numbers of us, (the logo, the posters, the conceits, the Obama merchandise, the Obama inserting himself into the biographies of every US President since Coolidge) is considered cool by President Narcissus.

Roger Simon thinks Obama may well be imploding:

It is becoming okay not to like Barack Obama.

The Teflon cloak of being a cool, hip black guy, our first African-American president, is losing its power. That cloak of supposed post-racialism – not a “post-boomer leadership style,” whatever that may be – is what protected Obama. No one, not me, not David Brooks, wanted to be accused of racism. America desperately wanted to like Obama.

But they can’t. We can’t. And not just because the economy is brutal.

In hard times you get to see the individual up close, what he is made of. Roosevelt was one thing, Obama something completely different.

Can you imagine having a “fireside chat” with Barack Obama? Brrr…. The incumbent is a petulant, defensive narcissist, not someone with the humanity, humility or the experience to lead us out of dark days. Most people know this. More and more they are allowing themselves to admit it. Soon this may be a deluge.

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5 thoughts on “Bonfire of the Vanities: The American Narcissus’ Greatest Hits

  1. “There should no longer any doubt in anyone’s mind that this President suffers from delusions of grandeur.”
    delusions of grandeur? I’d say “delusions of adequacy” is more realistic.

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  2. Every good performer knows that you “always leave them wanting more”; Obama has managed to make his audience wanting him to just go away and never come back.

    I’m afraid he is in for a HUGE surprise when he leaves office – I have a feeling a LOT of doors are going to be shut in his face by people who want to forget that they ever knew him…..

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