This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 24, 2015:
When Democratic operative and pollster Patrick Caddell was interviewed by Sean Hannity last November, he called President Obama a “raving narcissist”:
Caddell: I just want to say … this man is a raving narcissist. He has absolutely…
Hannity: This is your president, Pat! You’re saying he’s a raging narcissist?
Caddell: He’s a raging narcissist who has no grip on reality. What he’s been doing … is that I’m king and I can rule like a king….
This is in line with how the Mayo Clinic defines “narcissistic personality disorder”:
If 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 feel a sense of entitlement – and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry….
President Obama certainly became angry in his speech following the ghastly massacre of innocents in the Charleston church last Wednesday. So angry, in fact, that at least three leftist supporters of the president and his policies noticed it.
To say that our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.
We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun….
It’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.
This was a change of tactic and pace that startled three liberal journalists: Brett Logiurato at Business Insider, Sam Stein at the Huffington Post, and especially by Adam Chandler at the Atlantic magazine. Logiurato noted the change in tone and direction immediately. Even before any funeral services had been performed or, for that matter, any determination from the FBI as it continued its investigation into what it is calling a “hate crime,” Obama attacked the Second Amendment.
Logiurato noted the same thing when Obama addressed the US Conference of Mayors on Friday:
We need a change in attitudes among everybody – lawful gun owners, those who are unfamiliar with guns. We have to have a conversation about it and fix this….
No reforms can guarantee the elimination of violence. But [if his proposed reforms had been passed] we might still have some more Americans with us. We might have stopped one shooter. Some families might still be whole. You all might have to attend fewer funerals.
Sam Stein at the Huffington Post noted that, during his Thursday speech in Charleston, “Obama now seems emotionally worn down and at times overtly angry” while “bemoaning how the political system has completely failed to respond to gun violence.”
But it was Adam Chandler, a writer for the Atlantic magazine, who noticed the sharpest contrast from previous comments from the president:
In displaying anger, President Obama deviated from a precedent set in over six years of delivering speeches about mass shootings and gun violence. This time, there was the same rhetorical display of uncertainties, but with an entirely different conclusion: “Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
To a narcissist, facts don’t matter. They only get in the way. None of the proposed anti-gun laws Obama hoped that Congress would pass following the Newtown, Connecticut massacre would have made a whit of difference in Charleston. Neither bans on semi-automatic (“assault”) rifles, nor limits on magazine capacities, nor invasive background checks demanded in private transactions would have kept the shooter, Dylann Roof, from carrying out his mission of death: he got his gun from his father as a birthday gift. It was a .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol. Facing no armed resistance, Roof was able to reload his weapon five times before leaving the scene, making magazine capacity restrictions moot.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) lists its own criteria for the disorder, including:
Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance;
Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it;
Exaggerating your achievements and talents;
Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people;
Requiring constant admiration;
Having a sense of entitlement;
Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations;
Taking advantage of others to get what you want; and
Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.
If the president’s slight slip of his mask during his comments following the Charleston massacre does in fact reveal a latent narcissistic personality disorder, what does that portend for the country? Free of political pressure in the last half of his second term, and unrestrained by what passes for normal behavior, what havoc might the president be able to wreak as a narcissist intent on getting his way with more attacks on the Second Amendment?
Patriot Post: Obama’s New ‘Angry’ Standard for Owning Guns
The Atlantic: President Obama’s Hard Rhetorical Shift on Gun Control
Business Insider: OBAMA: ‘We need a change in attitudes’ on guns
Mayo Clinic: Narcissistic personality disorder