Daily Archives: November 15, 2010

Grandiose Self-Importance Has Long Been Key To Obama

American Narcissus.  WS.

A whoppingly excellent piece on the narcissistic ego of Barack Obama.  A must read. 

Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly?

…Obama’s vanity is overwhelming.

People have been noticing Obama’s vanity for a long time. In 2008, one of his Harvard Law classmates, the entertainment lawyer Jackie Fuchs, explained what Obama was like during his school days: “One of our classmates once famously noted that you could judge just how pretentious someone’s remarks in class were by how high they ranked on the ‘Obamanometer,’ a term that lasted far longer than our time at law school. Obama didn’t just share in class—he pontificated. He knew better than everyone else in the room, including the teachers. ”

Example after example, straightforward and piercing.  When someone thinks they know better than everyone else, when someone believes their judgment and intervention reign supreme, the signs are clear and point to someone who is clearly delusional about themselves and their self-importance.  They should not be given positions where their warped perceptions impact a nation and the world.

A little reference to narcissistic disorder from the Mayo Clinic.  Personality features are not a problem until they become pathological. 

a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

The Weekly Standard’s post is ripe with examples.