WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – Barack Obama posed for a selfie with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the attractive blonde Prime Minister of Denmark at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in December.
When Boston RedSox designated hitter David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president, there were cries of “foul” when the picture endedup being used by Samsung, the makers of Ortiz’s phone who had given Ortiz the phone as a promotional gift, to promote their product.
While at the White House, the president pulled Ortiz close to him and motioned toward photographers to “get a good picture” after being given an honorary Red Sox jersey. Ortiz asked, “Do you mind if I take another one, with my own?” indicating his phone
“He wants to do a selfie. It’s the Big Papi selfie,” Obama joked, getting laughs from players and spectators in attendance.
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014
President Selfie and now Vice President Selfie are at it again, having posted a selfie on Joe Biden’s Instagram account.
With all of the problems the nation and the world are facing, Joe Biden’s priorities are an Instagram account. Or posting his own brighter-than-white toothed grin to the social media platform. One would think that on company time, our leaders who be concentrating not on their own silly selves, like a couple of eighth graders, but maybe discussing their jobs?
But those selfies the president is so quick to pose for, while being totally un-presidential if they are of anything but him standing next to a smart-phone-wielding American, are indicative of something far more dangerous than simply the idiocy of posting selfies on the Internet.
Writing in Psychology Today, Pamela Rutledge wrote:
“Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t spectre of either narcissism or low self-esteem.”
Mental illness is a dangerous thing and it is frightening to think the man who sits in the Oval Office may have a mental illness.
Obama’s narcissism has become something of a joke to conservatives and others. When there is a major event or commemoration, such as the passing of Neil Armstrong in 2012 or the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to not go to the back of the bus, the White House tweets a photo of Obama.
These are not selfies, but they are photos of Obama. While Obama obviously does not do most of his own tweets and certainly does not pick the photos used, this is certainly done with his tacit approval.
Psychology Today describes Narcissistic Personality Disorder this way:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment.
Some may say this is an exact description of Obama. The dangerous part is his lack of empathy for other people.
Almost every dictator was a narcissist, and Obama seems to be seeking the epaulets of a dictator.
The consequences of his actions mean nothing to him as long has he has his throngs of admiring followers and he can live a life of luxury. Americans scorn images of Putin’s grandiosity — the palaces, the tiger hunts, the shirtless horseback rides across the Russian steppe — but accept the glitzy White House parties, Marine helicopters used to transport the First Dog, the his-and-her Air Force jets to extravagant vacations.
For President Selfie and now Vice President Selfie, the damage they have done to America does not matter. In ten years, America has gone from having record employment for Americans to record numbers of Americans not working. Yet Obama’s top priorities seem to be his vacations and his golf game. And getting those selfies out to the world.
I posted no selfies on IG yesterday. I consider that an accomplishment. *posts 47 today
— Ms Patricia (@tweeterreader36) April 18, 2014
Thanks to Obama, the President of the United States is no longer the most powerful man in the world. Perhaps a future President might be that again.
But every American should be alarmed that a man with Obama’s narcissistic personality traits has his finger on the nuclear button and has control of the power of the Federal Government