Friday, November 5, 2010

Obama Narcissismus

I know this is outside my beat but it may explain why Obama kept repeating the same mistake regarding the settlements and consequently brought about the peace process stalemate (not to mention this week's disastrous election results.) Hubris. Here's the evidence from David Remnick's new Obama biography, The Bridge. I know these two quotes from Politico are going to be all over the bloggosphere but I just can't resist joining in:

"In author David Remnick’s Obama biography, “The Bridge,” he quotes White House adviser and longtime friend Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. ... He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. ... So, what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. ... He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”"

"A 2008 New Yorker article quoted Patrick Gaspard, now the White House political director, describing what Obama told him during the job interview: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”"

Nuff said.


  1. Hello Bella,
    Great articles!
    I have only glanced through a few, but what you say about Israel and antisemitism (also on Harry's Place) is spot on.
    Also about Obama, his amazing hubris and narcissism.
    Of course, what you say about him would not be tolerated on HP, a site that claims to be liberal ("Never mind our actions, feel the width of our slogan!") but regularly censors - and bans - posters whose views tread on the toes of its owners' personal delusions. Criticising Obama is a case in point. That, ultimately, is the reason why I am no longer permitted to post there.
    I would love to hear from you (kinory(AT)appleinter(DOT)net).
    Take care, Yoni

  2. Dear Yoni, Thank you for the comment.I love HP, it helped to open up the world of intelligent pro-Israel discussion from a left of center perspective. For me that is very refreshing and needed.

  3. Dear Bella,
    I don't dispute that at all. It is, therefore, doubly disappointing that it is so intolerant of anyone who doesn't toe the party line on Obama (the most obvious example, but not the only one). It does tolerate some pretty disgusting antisemites - you'll soon get to know who they are, if you haven't already, and they post their anti-Jewish filth regularly - so how do its owners square that with banning outspoken and yet perfectly rational critics of Obama? There is no other word for it but hypocrisy. Actually, I can think of several others.
    Regards, Yoni


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