The Vanity of Obama

I’m writing a long post on demographics but in the meantime I can’t resist linking to this article from The Weekly Standard:

American Narcissus

The article is amusing, but I found it scary as well, because someone with that large a gap between his mental image of himself and reality is headed for a mental crack-up. I am not sure I want to see that since I am already fairly certain Obama will not be re-elected (increasing the probability of which would be its main good consequence). Discuss: would an Obama mental breakdown be a good thing or a bad thing?


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6 Responses to The Vanity of Obama

  1. rebelliousvanilla says:

    Depends. If he manages to destroy America by having a mental breakdown, a good thing. If not, I hope he will keep his cool and get re-elected to have another go at it.

  2. Polymath says:

    I was expecting you to say that. 😦 You claim you want America destroyed because of the bad influence it has on Europe, but would an American collapse really cause the Europeans to change their attitudes so positively as to outweigh the other damage to Europe an American collapse would do (such as economic depression and loss of military protection), and would nothing short of an American collapse do that?

  3. PA says:

    I am so thoroughly convinced that recent presidents, and the current one in particular, are little more than puppets that I don’t think it would make much of a difference.

  4. Puppets of whom? Do you really think Ronald Reagan or GHW Bush or Bill Clinton or GW Bush let anyone pull their strings, once they had achieved the Presidency? That doesn’t fit with anything I know about their personalities. (Obama, maybe.)

  5. PA says:

    I can’t accept that GWB or Obama were/are principal actors in any way whatsoever. Reagan and Clinton were more so, but they both faced tremendous pressures from political and financial interests. GHWB is something of an enigma; probably so well connected to various intersts he was those intrests.

    Said political and financial interests are essentially groups of people who make things run, for better or worse, and they are not necessarily always American. I wouldn’t be surprised, for example if it were revealed that Saudis or non-US bankers have much say in what the presidents “decide.”

  6. Polymath says:

    Roger Simon points out that Obama’s incompetence and weakness are dangerous, however much we might enjoy his self-destruction:

    Should We Gloat Over Obama’s Childish Behavior?

    The comments there are also worth reading.

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