It’s All About The “O”



Today We Are Gathered … To Hear More About Me

Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obama’s birth state of Hawaii.

Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee, helped rewrite our intelligence charter after scandals, and was chairman of the Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair. It’s the kind of material any eulogist could use to give a moving sense of the man and his accomplishment. But President Barack Obama’s remarks at Inouye’s funeral service were a bizarre twirl around his own personal Kodak carousel.

Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own life’s chronology. Thus we learn that Inouye was elected to the Senate when Obama was 2 years old. Now you could make this relevant by describing how Inouye worked to send federal dollars (you don’t have to call it “pork” at a funeral) to transform Hawaii’s roads and schools, for example, so that the Hawaii Obama grew up in had the kind of facilities people on the mainland had long taken for granted. But no, we simply learn that Inouye was Obama’s senator until he left the state to go to college—something apparently more momentous than anything Inouye did during his decades in office.

Obama acknowledges that as a young person he was unaware of politics, and thus Inouye. But then something important happened that made young Obama pay attention to the first man to be elected to Congress from Hawaii after it joined the union. When Obama was 11 years old he went on vacation with his family, and those paying their respects to Inouye got to hear a long description of this amazing trip, from Seattle to Kansas, from Disneyland to Yellowstone. They heard of the young Obama’s happiness whenever the motel had a pool or an ice machine. And finally, as the people must have been twitching in the pews wondering where this was all going, we get back to the late senator.

It turns out the Watergate hearings were taking place at that time, too, and Obama’s mother watched them in their various hotel rooms. It surprised young Obama to see that a man of Japanese descent was a senator. Little did most people know that the most important thing to come out of the Watergate hearings was that Obama, with his mixed-race background, saw in Inouye a hint of “what might be possible in my own life.” That Obama in some way may have been inspired to a political career by a man who overcame prejudice and later became Obama’s colleague is a fine point to make. But it is an incidental one to the life being celebrated.

Obama never really gives us a sense of the life being celebrated. (He keeps referring to Inouye as “Danny,” which somehow seems inappropriate given the occasion and their great difference in age.) From Obama’s telling, the next significant event in Inouye’s life was greeting his new Senate colleague, Barack Obama. The president says that he got good advice from Inouye on the workings of the Senate. But these insights must not have been too memorable, because Obama doesn’t cite any. He then wraps up with some generic praise, none of which has the specificity, the detail, the sense of life lived as his description of that summer trip that was so meaningful to the man standing before us.

Just when you think Obama can’t sink any lower . . .

Seriously, this really is an historic low. Who the fuck goes to a memorial service and talks about himself? According to one observer he referred to himself at least 60 times in a 1600 word eulogy.

President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word “my” 21 times, “me” 12 times, and “I” 30 times.

That’s once every 27 words.

How many days until January 20, 2017?

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28 Responses to It’s All About The “O”

  1. angienc (D) says:

    Slate led the charge smearing Mitt Romney — who not only didn’t have a hint of scandal in his personal life, but barely ever spoke about himself, instead mainly talking about what WE as a country can do — so fuck their Johnny-Come-Lately realization that Obama is a narcissistic sociopath who has no idea how to behave properly in various & sundry social settings, whether meeting royalty, taking pictures with other world leaders or giving an eulogy. They bought him; they don’t get to complain about him.

    • myiq2xu (D) says:

      AFAIAC anyone who didn’t vote for Mitt Romney has no credibility when they bitch about Obama. They had the opportunity to get rid of him, so now they own him.

      • cj says:

        I agree, they own him but we’re all stuck with him, so my only hope is that MSM & the liberal left eventually turns on him this term. That’s why when even a former Obot-pushing, Johnnny-come-lately wakes up, it makes me happy.

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s what I thought, Slate? I thought they were part of the drool bucket brigade for the Second Coming, oh well, too late now. Assholes!

  2. angienc (D) says:

    Hey how come I’m in moderation?

  3. Gojoyknocks says:

    After much reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that just because I’m a narcissist doesn’t mean I’m not all that.

  4. 49erDweet says:

    Me me me me me me my me I me me me me my. Unaccustomed as I am me me me me me.


  5. insanelysane says:

    Sadly, this is precisely the Barack I saw and all of you saw in 2008.

    This man child behavior is nothing new at all. That’s the only perspective this pretender has.
    He sees everything from his own, very narrow life. Most of which has been embellished so much, even Bronco can’t remember the truth…and doesn’t even care to.
    Obama is one big walking cliche.

  6. elliesmom says:

    “That’s enough talking about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?”

  7. driguana says:

    When you think about it though, it’s everywhere in the media and the entertainment world….it’s always about the “I”. Listening to Bill O’Reilly the other night he was doin’ 5-7 I’s per minute, too. It really colors the way one either gets into a broadcaster or doesn’t. It’s particularly hard if they constantly give their opinion and you don’t agree with it.

    I created a very unique radio station, The Coyote, in Santa Fe back in ’91. While it was only on the air for 6 years, it was tremendously received not only for the very different music we played but most importantly for the “vibe”. The first rule was you were forbidden to say “I”. My staff was outraged at me….how can we do that??? It was really quite simple and things like “I think that’s a great song” became…”cool tune from….” The biggest complaint from my on-air personalities was “I won’t have a personality any longer”!! One could use “we” but not “I”. Listeners picked up on it right away because as so many people put it, the on-air broadcasters we very “inviting”. After about two weeks everyone got it and the station really sounded incredible. Individuals still maintained their “personality”. But the station itself also had its own “personality”. But it was very hard for everyone and I suspect if someone told Obama he couldn’t say “I” anymore, he’d have a complete meltdown. He is the supreme narcissist.

    • swanspirit says:

      When we were putting Cygnus Radio together, what we insisted on was the biggest thing on the front page was the name of the ARTIST whose song was playing . We have had to rebuild the site , but when it is done , that will be the rule again

    • yttik says:

      Those are such cool ideas! That’s exactly what I can’t stand about radio and TV right now, it’s all about the personalities, celebrities, stating opinions. I want to hear the actual story, I want to be entertained.

  8. fif says:

    At dinner I had to listen to my father and brother talk about how they like O. I can’t even stand to hear about him second-hand, let alone listen to his unbearable self-referential grandiosity. I never got it, still don’t get it, will never get it. Can’t stand ‘im, and I have to spend another 4 years in denial that he is actually the CIC. Thank God time inevitably passes.

  9. tommy says:

    Compared to this tool, the bumbling idiot, GWB seems modest and decent. Atleast with him, crazy as he was, it was always a “we” or “us”. “You’re either with us, or against us”. For all you know, Captain Dicks Presidential library will contain an altar dedicated to himself. All who visit would have to kneel down and worship at the altar. Seriously, this self-loving loon creeps me out. His apostles are already preaching that hes better than LBJ, JFK, FDR, Ronnie and Clinton rolled into one. Jeez, go get recognized religion already!

  10. tommy says:

    Damn, its colder than a wi…., hmm…..old sayings are rather non-PC. All of a sudden, the weather has become super cold Al Gore.

  11. swanspirit says:

    My very first impression of “him” was that he was arrogant . That assessment bumped up to narcissism , real personality disorder ; diagnosable narcissistic personality disorder, not much later after that .
    We , Hillary supporters, bitter clingers , pumas ,, you name it , have been calling this self absorbed ,vain , ego driven maniac out for what he is for years . No one listened and we were JUST RACISTS .

    He is not going to get better . I have noticed when attention is called to his disorder , he compensates by using plurals and deliberately inclusive speech , but it doesn’t last . This is actually part of the personality disorder , pretending to be “normal ” to be accepted .
    just reading the traits is chilling , considering the position he holds .
    Traits and signs

    Thomas suggests that narcissists typically display most, and sometimes all, of the following traits:[5]

    An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
    Problems in sustaining satisfying relationships
    A lack of psychological awareness (see insight in psychology and psychiatry, egosyntonic)
    Difficulty with empathy
    Problems distinguishing the self from others (see narcissism and boundaries)
    Hypersensitivity to any insults or imagined insults (see criticism and narcissists, narcissistic rage and narcissistic injury)
    Vulnerability to shame rather than guilt
    Haughty body language
    Flattery towards people who admire and affirm them (narcissistic supply)
    *** Detesting those who do not admire them (narcissistic abuse)***
    Using other people without considering the cost of doing so
    Pretending to be more important than they really are
    Bragging (subtly but persistently) 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

    The good news is ,the people who identify him as narcissistic are probably healthy and not tending to be co-dependent .
    The bad news is , we have a nation with a great many co-dependents that follow him around like sheep .

  12. tommy says:

    Dana Loesch sues What is this, the Mayan curse? House republicans can’t get along. Now its infecting republican journalists too.

  13. yttik says:

    Gawd these people are slow to catch on. Gee, you really think Obama might be a self obsessed narcissist? Whatever gave you that idea, Slate?

  14. HELENK says:

    a real hero lies in state in Hawaii.

    a schmoo plays golf and vacations in Hawaii

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