The selfie narcissism infecting the President: Poll – do you take selfies?

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Obama takes another selfie / White House Facebook page

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.

Barack Obama selfieDavid Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK was in the selfie too but no one cared. The story was Obama, the blonde Dane and a furious Michelle Obama sitting just a few feet away.

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.


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.


READ ALSO: Narcissistic personality disorder: Far from harmless behavior


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.

Oppulence of  Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych

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.

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

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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.
  • Gloria McCracken Godwin

    1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

  • Pamela C.

    This is just a ridiculous piece all together. Is it narcissistic to take pictures of yourself all day? Sure! I definitely think so. Is it narcissistic to pose for a picture with a friend or colleague? I don’t think anyone would say so. Browse through your most recent family photo album or vacation photos. Are you in any pictures with someone whose company you enjoy? Then I guess you’re narcissistic too, and so is everyone else. And before anyone even tries to argue it — there is no difference between two people taking a picture of themselves and two people having someone else take their picture for them.

    There are many things wrong with this country and this government, on BOTH sides. Please write about real issues and real problems. This is the type of nonsense that makes people take the Tea Party as a complete joke. We’re all going to nitpick that the president should NEVER have personal time, or that any time taken away from “being the president” is cause for worry and debate? We’re not too far from arguing that he should never stop to have a conversation with his kids or enjoy a cup of coffee. Exactly how many hours a day of doing strictly presidential things are required for a president of either party to not be judged? 13.5 hours, if he gets 8 hours of sleep? Or is 8 hours too much? Let’s say 6 hours. In that case, I think 16.5 hours should be adequate.

    Get real, Judson. This is a ridiculous excuse for an article and you know it.

    • jkubin

      I disagree Pamela. I think the propensity of our President to grin and bear it for the social media verse to enjoy is ridiculous. My 14 year old child exhibits the same behaviour. I expect more out of the president. And he doesn’t work 13.5 hours a day. That would not leave time for golf.

      • Pamela C.

        So you’re saying he should never take pictures for social media? Should he take pictures for government photo opps as ever president has? I’m curious to know what you classify as the line between normal and “ridiculous.”

        Of course he doesn’t work 13 hours a day, that was the point of the statement. My question is, how many hours do you think he has to work to avoid judgment about not using his time to do “presidential things”?

        • jkubin

          I do work 13 hours a day, and I don’t have time to take selfies. There was a time Pamela that our presidents acted presidential. What ever that means. I don’t care about him playing golf, I do wish he would not use the Resolute desk as a foot rest. I don’t care about him goofing around with Joe, because hey what else could you do with Joe, but I just think they look like my son and his friends when they take selfies and I just think the whole thing is undignified. You are entitled to your opinion. I think this is bad form. That is mine. He is my president and if I don’t think he is acting in a manner that I find dignified, well in America we can still have our opinions and I truly respect yours..

  • Chuck L

    How about a little disrespect for the office of President and Vice President of the United States of America! THIS my fellow Americans is as scary as it gets!!!

    • GMA213

      Respect is earned. Obama is a perfect example of getting a trophy for showing up, but producing nothing of value.

  • Darian Jorda

    Wow, this is sure Cold Hard Truth! It’s this kind of hard-hitting analysis that makes the Tea Party the success it is. Judson Phillips has an uncanny ability to perceive the Deep Truths behind things we lesser mortals view as mere trivia.
    We need you, Judson, to decipher the Truth about
    Michelle Obama’s eyebrows!
    Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits!
    Rand Paul’s hairline!
    Lead us, Judson. You are our new Hedda Hopper.

    • jkubin

      There are none so blind as those that will not see. The world is, unfortunatelly run by adults. When the adults act like teens, the rest of the adults send them to sit at the kids table where their goofing around won’t annoy the other adults. Does this mean the President should not have lighthearted moments, or have some fun? Absolutely not. But for him to be taken grinning selfies the way he does is indicitive of his attitude toward the position and White House. If he wants to stage things for WH press or other photo journalists to catch, that is one thing. His playing b-ball, or interacting with his children are great photos that show the humanity of the man.

      This blatant self blathering is another thing all together. The Cold Hard Truth is we need a president. That acts like a president.

      • Darian Jorda

        And I repeat: If that’s all you’ve got, then you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • DC is Evil

    I see a couple of nebbish twats in the picture above……instead of a president and vice-president.

  • Tberryjack

    Oh leave the man alone, let him take all the selfies he wants without saying he’s crazy, there’s a lot of other reasons to say he’s Mentally off without bringing up that he likes his picture taken. He thinks he’s purty and when you think you’re as purty as he does you want every picture anyone will take of yourself. Wonder if he’s had mirrors put up in the Oval Office so he can see himself sitting behind the desk? I’ll bet a couple of his Secret Service guys has to carry a full length mirrors with them so that he can check himself out every few steps. I’ve heard that the only reason he comes out of the closet is to look at himself in the mirror. Ooops, I shouldn’t have mentioned him coming out of the closet…. yet!!