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Narcissism: It’s All The Rage…

13 June 2011 @ 11:32

…especially in The White House.

Our political landscape seems to becoming more and more populated with Narcissists – not that they weren’t there before, but now they’re no longer practicing How Not To Be Seen.

Modesty, Honor, and proper conduct in public are out.

Self-love, unearned self-esteem, and juvenile confidence are most definitely in.

Just look at the behavior of Anthony Weiner these past several weeks. He’s a poster putz for The Raging Narcissist.

But, it must be said, he pales in comparison to the man-child who occupies the main chair in The Oval Office and, courtesy of Doug Ross, we now have two of the latest examples of The Enraged Narcissist. He provides this quote by Ulsterman’s report over at NewsFlavor [emphasis in the original]:

Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that saw President Obama openly chastised by the Prime Minister for Obama’s earlier public comments regarding wanting to see Israel return to its 1967 borders, the president verbally “went off” on Richard Daley in the private study area that adjoins the Oval Office. President Obama’s verbal attack was clearly heard by numerous staff up and down the West Wing hallways.

The essence of the president’s rage and embarrassment can best be summed up with him yelling out very loudly, “What the f-ck was that!?” That phrase was apparently repeated a number of times in the span of about five minutes, a time period in which Obama’s voice became “louder and louder” and culminating in Obama exclaiming, “Never again! Do you understand me? Never again!” Any response by Bill Daley back to the president, if given, was not overheard.

Doug then goes on to report on Little Barry’s juvenile actions against Israel since The Leader Of The Free World took him to school.

He ends by commenting:

Shameful. Unprecedented. Destructive.

Just like the President’s domestic policies.

I urge you to file this report under “Remember in 2012”.

He’s right, but, more importantly, the RNC should file it with their ad people [this time they’d better be ready to fight this creep and his fellow rat bastards with everything weapon at their disposal].

[the Memeorandum thread is here]

SIDENOTE: Doug starts off his report by quoting an expert on Narcissistic rage And envy. It is a spot-on description. The Mayo Clinic has a very good definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The full definition may be found here, but the symptoms that may indicate one is suffering from NPD are [my comments regarding Obama are in brackets]:

  • Believing that you’re better than others [check]
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness [from what I hear, his bios are guilty of this – who writes two bios at such a young age anyway?]
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents [check]
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration [obvious – check]
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly [he’s Mr. Rodgers ‘special’ – check]
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings [describe by allies as ‘a cold fish’ – check]
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans [us – check]
  • Taking advantage of others [see: all of Obama’s election campaigns – check]
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior [‘bitter clingers’ – check]
  • Being jealous of others [check]
  • Believing that others are jealous of you [CHECK]
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships [good question]
  • Setting unrealistic goals [see: Eschaton, Immanentizing of the – check]
  • Being easily hurt and rejected [see posting by Doug Ross linked above]
  • Having a fragile self-esteem [see posting by Doug Ross linked above]
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional [‘Spock-like’ – check]

Well, well, well…I’d say we’ve got ourselves a convoy. What say you?

PS: Here’s what follows after the list of symptoms [emphasis mine]:

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it’s not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don’t value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don’t receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance. [Bob: like special beef flown in from Japan?]

But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

That’s our Prez – God help us.

5 Comments
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    13 June 2011 @ 12:31 12:31

    Excellent post – it describes obama perfectly. New dictionaries should have his picture by the definition.

  2. bobbelvedere permalink*
    13 June 2011 @ 23:05 23:05

    Otis: Thank you for the kind words.

  3. GregMan permalink
    14 June 2011 @ 11:50 11:50

    “…thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal”

    You mean like that greek temple thingy at his “worship me” moment in Denver?

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