The media is now wringing their hands about President Donald Trump being an insecure narcissist. Slate ran a headline on Saturday that read, “Trump Ramps Up the Narcissism in an Appalling Speech.” The uber left-wing Huffington Post had an ominous Monday headline that screamed, “A Word On Extreme Narcissists In The Wake Of Trump’s Inauguration.”
Nobody with a rational mind would disagree that Trump is incredibly narcissistic, but it’s rather disingenuous for the media to be fretting about Trump’s narcissism when they slavishly worshipped Barack Obama, who is every bit the insecure narcissist that Trump is.
Here are nine times where Obama was insecure and narcissistic.
1. Obama said that his victory in the Democrat primaries marked the beginning of when “our planet began to heal.” Obama declared in front of a crowd in June 2008 that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” It takes a very grandiose opinion of one’s self to believe that thanks to you the world will be saved.
2. Everything in the government was his. Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, a retired psychologist, told radio host Hugh Hewitt the following in 2014:
“This is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials — I’d like to introduce my secretary of state. He once referred to ‘my intelligence community.’ And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military,'” Krauthammer said. “For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor, Napoleon.”
“He does have this sense of this all being a drama about him, and everybody else is just sort of part of the stage.”
3. Obama has a penchant for using “I,” “me,” and “my” quite a lot in his speeches. Terrence Jeffrey at CNS News counted Obama using the words “I,” “me,” and “my” a total of 199 times in a 2014 speech where he vowed to use executive orders to bypass Congress if they wouldn’t acquiesce to his agenda.
“In President Obama’s speech, he used a first-person singular, on average, every 12 seconds,” Jeffrey wrote. “At that rate, had Obama spoken for just 15 more minutes, he would have used the first person singular more than 272 times in one speech—exceeding all the words in the Gettysburg Address.”
Between all the first person singulars and pledges to take actions on his own, that speech was about nothing but Obama, something that must have fed his narcissistic ego.
4. Obama thought he knew what was better for Israel than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In an interview with Obama sycophant Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Obama recalled an instance in which Netanyahu was explaining to Obama the constant danger that Israel is surrounded by on a daily basis. But Obama’s ego just couldn’t handle such a lecture, as he condescendingly told Netanyahu that he “had to understand something.”
“I’m the African-American son of a single mother, and I live here, in this house,” Obama said. “I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.”
Matthew Continetti slammed Obama for his “reverse snobbery” toward Netanyahu in a Washington Free Beacon column:
In what mental universe other than the president’s does being raised in Hawaii and Indonesia and spending adulthood rising through the academy and U.S. political institutions grant someone a deep (or even superficial!) understanding of Zionism, of the Holocaust, of four wars for survival over 25 years, of unending terrorist violence directed toward civilians, of hijackings and kidnappings and bombings and stabbings, of SCUD attacks from Iraq, rockets from Lebanon and Gaza, incitement and de-legitimization campaigns from Tehran? Conversely, what in President Obama’s life story leads him to comprehend the Palestinians, addicted to enmity and resentment and violence, victims of institutional collapse and official corruption, awash and adrift in the worst movements of the last 100 years from nationalism to socialism to pan-Arabism to Islamic fundamentalism?
Note the reverse snobbery when Obama tells Netanyahu, “You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.” (My emphasis.) Maybe the elected leader of an American ally was doing nothing more than trying to explain his view of his region and the source of his reluctance to comply with the president’s demands. Or does Obama actually believe that buried in every disagreement with him is an assumption of his inferiority, disrespect for his heritage and upbringing? If that were the case, then it would be next to impossible to challenge his authority. One would be acting always in bad faith. Which is exactly what he so often accuses his opponents of doing.
5. Obama said that he would “consider it a personal insult” if blacks didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in November. “After all we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the black community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” Obama said at a Congressional Black Dinner in September. “You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
The fact that he considered a lack of a vote for Clinton, who likely would have cemented and built on Obama’s policies as president, a “personal insult,” reveals a deep-rooted narcissistic insecurity that somehow a rejection of Obama’s policies is a rejection of Obama as a human being.
6. Obama childishly gloated that he would have beaten Trump in November. “If I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told David Axelrod, his former employee, on a podcast. “I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.”
This likely wouldn’t have been the case, as this past election was a change election and a recent Politico poll showed Trump narrowly edging out Obama in a 45 percent to 44 percent hypothetical matchup. But the quote from Obama reveals of his petty narcissism because he felt the need to insert himself and puff up his image as a man so popular that a third term would have been slam dunk when the facts indicate it would have been anything but.
7. Obama seemed fond of using a selfie stick–even when Americans were being murdered by Islamic terrorists. Mona Charen noted in a January 13 column that in February 2015, Kayla Mueller, a 25 year-old Arizona woman, was murdered by the barbarians of ISIS, who had held her hostage for 18 months. This was how the Obama administration responded to such unspeakable evil:
On February 10, 2015, the Muellers learned that Kayla had been killed — and that was the week that Obama clowned around at the White House for BuzzFeed’s amusement. To jaunty music, the president filmed himself practicing speeches, sticking his tongue out in the mirror, dunking cookies in milk, and snapping selfies. It was all about him.
Obama couldn’t be bothered with the horrors of an American woman being slaughtered by ISIS, as he considered himself to be a higher priority.
8. Obama dismissed Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) objections to Obamacare by stating that the election was over. McCain voiced concerns about the special deals and behind-the-scenes involvement of special interest groups in writing Obamacare, prompting Obama to slam McCain with an insultingly condescending remark.
“Let me just make this point John, because we’re not campaigning anymore, ” Obama said as he gave McCain a Holier-than-thou look. “The election’s over.”
McCain, clearly taken back, simply chuckled and said, “I’m reminded of that every day.”
It truly is the height of petty narcissism to dismiss criticisms by simply claiming that you won an election. That’s the kind of attitude one would expect from a toddler, not from the president of the United States.
9. Obama constantly attacked Fox News for not being a kowtowing sycophant like the rest of media. Obama whined in 2008 that he “might be two or three points higher in the polls” if not for Fox News.
“[T]he way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak!” Obama complained. “I am the latté-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?”
Given that most of the media was in the tank for Obama, the fact he could never really get over Fox News’s criticisms of him and kept lashing out at the network was reflective of his thin-skinned nature.
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