Friday, June 11, 2010

Obama On The Couch.....?

At the excellent website American Thinker, Robin of Berkeley does some armchair diagnosis about President Obama's, er, psychological profile, engaging in some speculation: does his "strangeness" stem from a physical cause, like a closed head injury? Is he schizophrenic? Is he the child of abuse? Is he an Aspie (Asperger's Syndrome)?

Money graph:
While Obama doesn't appear to hallucinate, he seems to have delusions. His believing he has a Messiah-like special gift smacks of grandiose delusions. His externalizing all blame to conservatives, George W. Bush, or the "racist" bogeyman hints at persecutory delusions.

Along with a delusional disorder, Obama may fit for a mild psychotic disorder called schizotypal disorder. It may explain some of Obama's oddness.

People with schizotypal disorder hold bizarre beliefs, are suspicious and paranoid, and have inappropriate and constricted affect. They have few close friends and are socially awkward...

What is wrong with Obama? My guess is a great deal. The answer is complex and likely includes some combination of the above.

Along with the brain issues are personality disorders: narcissism, paranoia, passive-aggressiveness. There's even the possibility of the most destructive character defect of all, an antisocial personality. Untreated abuse can foster antisocial traits, especially among boys.

Robin, like any major leaguer, whiffs on occasion. As here.

There is nothing more dangerous than engaging in psych-eval-at-a-distance of a President, as you are going on only data that is allowed to reach you by the team of filtering agents--those who immediately surround Obama--who modify and control what personality quirks reach the public. I remember endless stories from idiots who tried to prove that Dubya was Hitlerian, insane, or both, and I don't suppose that if "they" do it to "us" then "we" should do it for "them."

I think his problem is very, very simple: he has been overpromoted and doesn't have a (blanking) clue as to how he got there or what he is really supposed to do. Overpromotion of one too young or unprepared for the responsibilities leads to (trust me) an empty, horrible feeling from day to day and ultimately to a paralyzing inability to make decisions, and also to 'brain pharts' like the 57 states remark. The latter are not hard to explain; the fear of being caught out as a manque causes one to lose sleep; that lost sleep accumulates over time and causes you to make silly mistakes.

He's been President a year and a half, and he's no good. Which puts us at a disadvantage. Remember Churchill's saying about prime ministers: "An accepted leader has only to be sure of what it is best to do. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be poleaxed." Of course, *of course*, Churchill was being metaphorical; I know of no British politician who was ever actually poleaxed (although Richard III's Lord Hastings might so qualify). What Churchill meant was, an incompetent must be removed from office. Unfortunately, we simply can't do that in this scenario, as Obama for his faults has committed no high crime or misdemeanor (or not yet). Furthermore, impeaching him and replacing him with Biden is not exactly an improvement. Why replace a fool with a complete bozo?

So we're stuck with the guy for another, oh, 2.5 years. Were he prime minister he'd be gone already. But he ain't, is he?

Of course, I also remember back in '94 or so when every good GOPer had a "Is It 1996 Yet?" bumpersticker on their car. And 1996 came and went..... :-(

ADDENDUM

A much better explanation, from The American Spectator
Leave it to my wife to come up with a jewelry metaphor for Barack Obama. Obama is, according to my bride, the political equivalent of cubic zirconia. Usually sold to people who love the look of diamonds but can't afford a real one or are fooled into buying an imposter, cubic zirconia is superficially pretty and appealing. But when subjected to the scrutiny of an expert or when placed under great pressure, the falseness and weakness compared to the real thing become apparent.

The pressure analogy is particularly appropriate given that the source of Barack Obama's troubles lie a mile under the ocean's surface, where pressures are about one ton per square inch. The pressure of the situation is causing Obama's vaunted reputation as "competent" to crack like the false promise it always was.

Too true. Alas.

ADDENDUM II:

J.R. Dunn shares American Spectator's take.

A word on the matter of competence: Obama is slowly being stripped of any reputation for ability he may have accrued during his political career. The Deepwater Horizon blowout, the Korea crisis, Iran, Sestak...Commandant Zero is being revealed as the most inept president on record. This is in no way hyperbole; it is a sober evaluation of the record as it exists. Fillmore, Buchanan, and even Carter are simply not in the running here. As a schlemiel, Obama stands in a class by himself, a man who not only can't solve problems, but can't recognize them when they appear.

And this limited individual is somehow going to coordinate and carry out an operation as complex, difficult, and risky as a national coup? That's one of those questions that answers itself. (And let's not argue that his "handlers" would take care of it. His handlers were the ones who came up with the Sestak approach. If they were capable of anything impressive, we'd know about it by now.)
Wouldn't we just.

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