Monday, July 13, 2009

Me, Myself, and I!

Those are the pronouns that a narcissist would generally use to the exclusion of all others. The term narcissism is defined as the trait of excessive self-love, based on self-image or ego. We have a famous politician today who seems to meet the criteria of how a narcissist conducts himself in public. His name is President Barack Hussein Obama. If you notice, in most all of President Obama’s speeches, everything is about him and what he will do for and by himself for the country. Very seldom does the word “we” or “our” appear in his verbiage as he pontificates on high from his teleprompter assisted speeches.

People in the field of training public speakers and salesmen, most always emphasize that to be successful and have empathy for your audience or customer and to gain credibility, you should always use the words “we” and “our” instead of me, myself and I.

The people who have an advanced case of narcissism, constantly use the words me, myself and I, mainly because they have an over inflated opinion of themselves and they are in dire need of attention to feed their ego and self-image. With all his excellent skills as an orator, I’m surprised his speechwriters or image handlers don’t clue him in on the proper technique of using words that do not over-hype himself and his minimal grasp of the workings of the presidency and the challenges he faces in a volatile world.

All of us, to some extent, have a certain amount of narcissism within us, but when a persons own self-importance takes over his whole life, that person has a problem relating to others around him and he tries extra hard to get approval and to have others love and accept him.

The U.S. government is too big to be run by one person with a big ego problem. Ronald Reagan was a perfect example of a president that who didn’t take himself to be all that important. He delegated many duties to his trusted underlings, but he always maintained that he was in charge and responsible for what went on around him as the president.

If you look at Reagan’s speeches, he very seldom used the words “me”, “myself” or “I” in getting across his points across to his listeners. Maybe it was his training as an actor, but whatever it was, he knew how to make a speech to get an audience enraptured into what he was saying. He didn’t have an over inflated ego like former President Clinton and President Obama seem to have. Both Clinton and Obama are considered excellent public speakers, but both used the words “me”, “myself”, and “I” excessively in their public oratory.

Charles Krauthammer, esteemed columnist and a licensed psychiatrist, said the following; “Americans are beginning to notice Obama’s elevated opinion of himself. There’s nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, have there ever been a presidential nominee and eventually a president with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements”? I guess from this evaluation you could say that President Obama is a narcissist in an empty Armani suit.

I’ll leave it at that!

Written by Chuck Lehmann

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Bonnie said...

Doesn't it seem like aristocratic/elitist behavior to be touring Europe in such high style - with stylists in tow a la Madonna, carrying a 6000. handbag for a walk in the woods - while people at home are grappling with unemployment and no money for their own humble vacations?

Shanny said...

Nice job Chuck! I know liberal Robots will not agree and say you are ridiculing the Chosen one.
Criticizing our or pointing out instances of the Obama's arrogant behavior is not ridicule.
Ridicule is what Sarah Palin is subjected to by Saturday Night Live and Maureen Dowd.

Chip Loring said...

Arrogance in reference to Barack Obama…yes indeed. It is a cover for his lack of integrity. He feels he is invincible. Arrogance fits Obama of his "vision" of the USA, international politics, brutal commentary on the Bush administration including the Iraq situation. Presumption that he can do better; without a concrete solid explanation of what he truly brings to the table. Which is being a Community Organizer and wingman for ACORN.

Texas Ralph said...

12 out of the past 13 weeks Mark Levin Liberty & Tyranny #1
9.4% official unemployment
11 weeks now - how many jobs have been created in the private sector as a result of barry soetoro's policies
Dow Jones down over 500 points in the past week and a half
Down Jones down 7 out of the past 8 days
Dow Jones 8300 ( and continuing to fall)
Millions of sub prime default mortgages still held by Fed
Just a few words of consolation from barry to the dead in Iran
#'s climbing in Dems in House turning on barry and PIGlosi
58%(by lib ranking) approval ranking and DROPPING
(and psst don't look now but inflation is rising)
and now he even has the Ayatollah Khameni pizzed at him

to barry - it's words just words
to American it's facts just facts

run barry soetoro runnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Anonymous said...

Orly Taitz and Alan Keyes to get an Obama eligibility hearing regarding the actual MERITS of the case. Thats the sound of crows in the distance Barry, the end is near. pageId=103918