Many of us around the blogosphere have noticed that Obama has a lot of Bush-like characteristics. The verbal gaffes are one key factor, of course; the Rovian style of his campaign, another – and he’s shown a strangely Bushian propensity to lie on camera as well. (Senator Obama is not even ON the Banking Committee.)
But by far the most terrifying parallel to me is the personality trait that both Bush and Obama appear to share: Narcissism.
Last night, BostonBoomer wrote what I believe will become one of the most important analyses of Barack Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In it, she explains how each trait of NPD, as defined in the DSM IV-TR, is exhibited by Obama. Here is just one example, which demonstrates how Obama possesses the first trait of a person with NPD:
1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate
To check off this item, a shrink would only have to look at the fact that Obama chose to run for POTUS with almost no relevant qualifications or experience and with such a thin resume that he has barely ever held a full-time job (h/t Katiebird). He has based his presidential campaign on the fact that he was a “community organizer” in the 1980s (even though he had no tangible accomplishments), was president of the Harvard Law Review in the 1990s (although he wrote no articles for publication), his undistinguished tenure as a state senator in IL, and an anti-war speech in 1992 that wasn’t even audio- or video-taped and didn’t rate even a mention in the local papers. Oh, and he wrote two autobiographical books by his mid-40s. He claims to have been a “civil rights attorney” (although he has argued no cases in court) and a consitutional law professor” (although he was really a part-time adjunct instructor who never published a single peer reviewed article).
But it looks like BostonBoomer isn’t the only one who has noticed the striking signs of NPD in our presumptuous nominee. Obama’s propensity for self-love is starting to be too obvious to ignore, even for our national press corpse.
More writing (and video) on this topic:
Some people were on to him a bit earlier than others.
Who is really running for Bush’s third term?