Yesterday, the blogosphere was abuzz with Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry’s story about Barack Obama’s assurance to him that the Democrats wouldn’t have to follow Bill Clinton’s 1994 model and pull to the center. Why not? Because, said Obama, “the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.“ I was not at all surprised to read that Obama said that. As I’ve written consistently from the beginning, Obama is not a mere narcissist, he’s a malignant narcissist.
Unlike Bill Clinton, who wanted desperately to be loved, and would do anything to maintain that love, including abandoning his more extreme political beliefs, Obama has found his great love already: himself. Those around him, unless they genuflect to him, are knaves, fools, parasites and enemies. It is almost impossible for him to accommodate himself to them, because he so deeply disrespects them. There’s room in ’s life for only one successful person, and that is Obama. Anyone else’s success is a threat and must immediately be countered and destroyed.
This self-referential, egotistical quality may explain what commentators Left and Right are noticing, which is that Obama is not only self-involved, but abnormally defensive. Even when he purports to take the blame for a situation, it always circles back around to being someone else’s fault.