The Lone Narcissist

Obama, the loner president

Beyond the economy, the wars and the polls, President Obama has a problem: people.

This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.

Obama’s circle of close advisers is as small as the cluster of personal friends that predates his presidency. There is no entourage, no Friends of Barack to explain or defend a politician who has confounded many supporters with his cool personality and penchant for compromise.

Obama is, in short, a political loner who prefers policy over the people who make politics in this country work.

“He likes politics,” said a Washington veteran who supports Obama, “but like a campaign manager likes politics, not a candidate.” The former draws energy from science and strategy, the latter from contact with people.

Which raises an odd question: Is it possible to be America’s most popular politician and not be very good at American politics?

That’s strange. Why just three years ago Obama was a Jedi master of politics, bringing people together the way he had done back in . . . uh . . . nowhere.

He wasn’t a policy wonk, he was a natural leader who inspired and uplifted. The policy wonk was Hillary, whose papers he copied off of.

Can you name one piece of public policy that Obama himself authored?


The reality is that Obama’s people skills are as deficient as his mastery of policy. His lack of resume was the only reason that he was able to get where he is. If he had stayed in the Senate or been made Vice President (as Hillary would likely have done) then people would have seen the truth.

Obama is a narcissist.

Narcissistic traits

An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships
A lack of psychological awareness
Difficulty with empathy
Problems distinguishing the self from others
Hypersensitivity to any insults or imagined insults
Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt
Haughty body language
Flattery towards people who admire and affirm them
Detesting those who do not admire them
Using other people without considering the cost of doing so
Pretending to be more important than they really are
Bragging and exaggerating their achievements
Claiming to be an “expert” at many things
Inability to view the world from the perspective of other people
Denial of remorse and gratitude

You tell me – are there any of those traits he doesn’t have?

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6 Responses to The Lone Narcissist

  1. DeniseVB says:

    OK, speaking of Drones…… 😉

  2. ecoast says:

    Narcissistic traits

    One or two examples for each trait, please.

    Here is my contribution.

    Claiming to be an “expert” at many things

    1. He said something like – I lived in Indonesia. I have more foreign policy experience than Hillary.

    2. He said – I am a better speech writer than my speech writer.


  3. imustprotest says:

    Don’t forget the “the difference is…you’ve got ME”.

    “I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.”

  4. crawdad says:

    Claiming to be an “expert” at many things

    “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.”

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