Slate to Obama: Enough about you, already

posted at 5:31 pm on December 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama flew to Hawaii this week after fiscal-cliff negotiations stalled, in part for a Christmas vacation, and in part to attend the memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye.  Obama offered a eulogy for Inouye, which usually means offering insights into the deceased’s life and character.  Instead, as is Obama’s wont, he talked more about himself than the man whose life was supposed to be the center of attention.

Even Slate noticed the problem, and blasted Obama for his narcissistic streak:

Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obama’s birth state of Hawaii.

Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee, helped rewrite our intelligence charter after scandals, and was chairman of the Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair. It’s the kind of material any eulogist could use to give a moving sense of the man and his accomplishment. But President Barack Obama’s remarks at Inouye’s funeral service were a bizarre twirl around his own personal Kodak carousel.

This comes as no surprise to readers of Hot Air; it was a recurring theme in the Obamateurism series.  For that matter, so is Obama’s odd concept of math:

Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own life’s chronology. Thus we learn that Inouye was elected to the Senate when Obama was 2 years old.

Er, that’s not true.  Obama was born in August 1961, and Inouye won election to the Senate in November 1962, taking office in January 1963.  Obama wasn’t two years old, not even when rounding the numbers; he was one year old when Inouye won his Senate election.  (At least this isn’t as bad as Obama’s Selma math.)

Emily Yoffe continues:

Obama acknowledges that as a young person he was unaware of politics, and thus Inouye. But then something important happened that made young Obama pay attention to the first man to be elected to Congress from Hawaii after it joined the union. When Obama was 11 years old he went on vacation with his family, and those paying their respects to Inouye got to hear a long description of this amazing trip, from Seattle to Kansas, from Disneyland to Yellowstone. They heard of the young Obama’s happiness whenever the motel had a pool or an ice machine. And finally, as the people must have been twitching in the pews wondering where this was all going, we get back to the late senator.

It turns out the Watergate hearings were taking place at that time, too, and Obama’s mother watched them in their various hotel rooms. It surprised young Obama to see that a man of Japanese descent was a senator. Little did most people know that the most important thing to come out of the Watergate hearings was that Obama, with his mixed-race background, saw in Inouye a hint of “what might be possible in my own life.” That Obama in some way may have been inspired to a political career by a man who overcame prejudice and later became Obama’s colleague is a fine point to make. But it is an incidental one to the life being celebrated.

It’s fine to relate personal stories during eulogies, but they should have the deceased as the focal point, not the eulogist.  As Yoffe notes, this is a constant theme for Obama, whose speeches contain more self-referential pronouns than any of his predecessors of recent memory.  Even the President who earned the monicker “The Big Me,” Bill Clinton, looks positively humble in comparison.

We’ll include this one in the OOTY polls next week, to be sure.

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Maybe it’s not Obama’s fault. Maybe his speechwriter is setting him up to look like a self-referential, egocentric individual and Obama just doesn’t see through it.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

don’t be silly. yoffe’s column in based on a malicious reading of the speech. there are three graphs about obama’s trip, which sets up the rest which is all about inouye.

i’m not saying that this is the best speech ever. i’m saying that once again you’re subscribing to an alternate reality, where this speech is narcissistic, where obama is on an apology tour, where the polls tendentiously underestimate romney’s strength, where sarah palin is a plausible political candidate, etc.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I saw a little blurb of him speaking on TV last night and my first thought was NOW what is he campaigning for? He was blathering on about himself like he was running for another office. I turned him off. Then I read that article this morning and thought, is there ANY event that this man won’t make all about himself? And the answer is no. There is not. The man is insane. He can’t differentiate between a eulogy and a campaign speech or talking on the View. It’s truly phenomenal.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Yoffe notes, this is a constant theme for Obama, whose speeches contain more self-referential pronouns than any of his predecessors of recent memory.

Wait! He just noticed this?

herm2416 on December 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

When you are a liberal communist like Obama and you’re being called out by a “publication” like Slate….

ProfShadow on December 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’m sure it must have been an oversight that he didn’t mention that the ladies in the audience were there for the eye candy.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Slate? Home of the oh-so-erudite sycophant?

They must have decided to go back to wearing out the seats of their trousers first rather than the knees.

M240H on December 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM

yoffe, who is otherwise an insufferable writer and a repulsive person, completely misread the speech. it was a perfectly good eulogy, just go ahead and read it for yourself.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Obama referred to himself 63 separate times in a speech honoring a wounded WW2 hero.

It won’t kill you to admit that was a bit much.

Chuck Schick on December 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

This is a man who wrote not one but TWO autobiographies before he turned 50, before he accomplished anything.

itsnotaboutme on December 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Who was given a Noble Prize for doing absolutely nothing.

SWalker on December 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Bill Whittle on the Obama: http://www.therightscoop.com/bill-whittle-the-obama-admin-isnt-incompetent-they-seek-to-destroy-this-country-and-they-are-succeeding/

petefrt on December 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM

“Let me be clear, this isn’t about me”

-b. hussein obama

rightside on December 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

And I thought the Wellstone funeral was the all-time low for Dem funerals.

Wethal on December 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Me, too, but even his “presentation” at the memorial services for the CT victims was but a thinly veiled policy speech. The man quite simply is lacking of any dignity or respect for others and as such has topped the charts, over and over, when it comes to using death and misery as a mere political tool.

I, for one, am wondering whether in his unprepared remarks at Senator Inouye’s funeral he gave a “shout out” to the Japanese present.

What an embarrassment. Half-white trash, you might say.

TXUS on December 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM

When has Obama NOT talked about himself. He is narcissistic who will be around a very long time…he’ll become ‘king obama’ after he leaves office in 2017. Seriously…he will never leave the national stage…never

Redford on December 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I don’t know why anyone would invite him to speak at a eulogy, knowing how difficult it is for him to talk about others when there are so many more interesting things to speak of…namely anything involving himself. He’s an insufferable bore.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Obama referred to himself 63 separate times in a speech honoring a wounded WW2 hero.

It won’t kill you to admit that was a bit much.

Chuck Schick on December 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

what kind of bullshit is this? i pity the cretin who was assigned to count the words.

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life, something people often do in eulogies. not one of you, including ed, has given this speech a fair reading.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Who was given a Noble Prize for doing absolutely nothing.

SWalker on December 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I saw the mail carrier today delivering the new Time Magazine and said “wait a minute, is that who I think it is?” She said, “oh yea, can you believe it? Obama, person of the year? Twice?” We both had a good laugh about how much he deserves to be person of the year. Just about as much as he deserved the Nobel Prize. Or the presidency.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

“And so we remember a man who inspired all of us with his courage, and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity, and who taught so many of us — including a young kid growing up in Hawaii –– that America has a place for everyone,” Obama concluded.

And, this was his closing for a Medal of Honor recipient and Senate icon. Disgusting.

TXUS on December 22, 2012 at 7:51 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Yes we have…

… and your full of sh%t!

Seven Percent Solution on December 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

what kind of bullshit is this? i pity the cretin who was assigned to count the words.

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life, something people often do in eulogies. not one of you, including ed, has given this speech a fair reading.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Why not talk about how Inouye’s life impacted citizen’s lives? Or talk of his accomplishments without mentioning his own vacation and what kind of hotel he stayed in? Why not talk to his family and ask if they have an anecdote they’d like to share? What vacation did they go on? What did people call him? That’s all people are saying, the president’s life should have inconsequential in his speech, not a big part of it. You know, kind of like a small footprint or a whisper.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I’m going out on a limb here, but if it took Yoffe almost 4 years to figure out that Obama is a narcissist I think she is probably not being malicious. She just might be put off by his tone at a funeral of someone who probably had more character during his life than Obama will ever have. Obama is who he is, but it has always been clear he has a really tough time offering mature testimonials (and in this case memorials) of others who have a resume of an accomplished life. I give him credit for a rather eloquent memorial for the children of Newtown. But that is a situation where he could rely strictly on an emotionally charged situation. I am sorry, but this is an inherent aspect of his makeup. It’s just the way he is. You need recognise this.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I saw a little blurb of him speaking on TV last night and my first thought was NOW what is he campaigning for? He was blathering on about himself like he was running for another office. I turned him off. Then I read that article this morning and thought, is there ANY event that this man won’t make all about himself? And the answer is no. There is not. The man is insane. He can’t differentiate between a eulogy and a campaign speech or talking on the View. It’s truly phenomenal.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I agree – his narcissism is fascinating by its degree!

sesquip, do you deny that 0dumba shows signs of narcissism?

Anti-Control on December 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Why not talk about how Inouye’s life impacted citizen’s lives? Or talk of his accomplishments without mentioning his own vacation and what kind of hotel he stayed in? Why not talk to his family and ask if they have an anecdote they’d like to share? What vacation did they go on? What did people call him? That’s all people are saying, the president’s life should have inconsequential in his speech, not a big part of it. You know, kind of like a small footprint or a whisper.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Exactly. No one here would think two or three personal anecdotes or stories by Obama would’ve been out of order. They did serve together in the Senate and are in the same party, and that’s always done in a political eulogy. But SIXTY-THREE self-references in a relatively short eulogy and some with such detail, like the vacation crap, is astounding.

God Bless Senator Inouye’s family for their loss (and having to sit through such tripe and be nice about it).

TXUS on December 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

0 telling the story that never was, better than anyone can, but himself

Bmore on December 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Why not talk about how Inouye’s life impacted citizen’s lives? Or talk of his accomplishments without mentioning his own vacation and what kind of hotel he stayed in? Why not talk to his family and ask if they have an anecdote they’d like to share? What vacation did they go on? What did people call him? That’s all people are saying, the president’s life should have inconsequential in his speech, not a big part of it. You know, kind of like a small footprint or a whisper.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM

evoking your personal memories of the deceased is perfectly legitimate.

here, though, is a slate commenter, enjoy:

JoAnn Patterson
As I listened to President Obama eulogize Senator Inouye, my first reaction was “Where is Obama going with this story about himself”. He then put it into perspective for me and many mixed race people in the U.S. I am a 63 year old American of Japanese and other Asian and Mediterranean races. Father unknown. I was born in Japan, adopted by an American service man and his Japanese wife and we came to the U.S. in 1956. There were very few places that accepted me and my adopted family. Even the Japanese shied away from a mix raced child. We were oddities and people to be stared at and at times at school, I was made into a performing circus buffoon. It was people like Senator Inouye and other minorities who showed that Americans of every color can make it with dignity and hard work. Our President is not too young to have been impacted by that same message. But you can’t tell that story without having talked about yourself first. I understand what he was trying to say. Usually I agree with most of your columns and your Dear Prudence responses, but this situation delved into my very soul of who I am and how I became who I am. So please, give the President a break. I can say that I have always had to work twice as hard, stay longer hours, be diligent about my conduct so as to prove that I am not what so many stereotypes attribute to Mexicans, American Indians, Eskimo, Fillipino and others. Yes I have been mistaken for all of them. I have been praised by many over the years for my ability to speak English so well. I have been praised by many over the years for many of the abilities I worked hard to hone. Senator Inouye gave 11 year old Barack Obama hope. Hope that you can get passed all the negativity and prejudice people of any color but white endure in this nation of ours. Move away from the major coastal cities or our country and you still encounter the racial prejudices or the misplaced perceptions of your character, no matter how well intentioned. That’s when you compare your own life to those that have succeeded and that gives you hope.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012

Yes we have…

… and your full of sh%t!

Seven Percent Solution on December 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

…it IS !… a MASSIVE TURD !

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I’m going out on a limb here, but if it took Yoffe almost 4 years to figure out that Obama is a narcissist I think she is probably not being malicious. She just might be put off by his tone at a funeral of someone who probably had more character during his life than Obama will ever have. Obama is who he is, but it has always been clear he has a really tough time offering mature testimonials (and in this case memorials) of others who have a resume of an accomplished life. I give him credit for a rather eloquent memorial for the children of Newtown. But that is a situation where he could rely strictly on an emotionally charged situation. I am sorry, but this is an inherent aspect of his makeup. It’s just the way he is. You need recognise this.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

yoffe wasn’t allowed to write anything other than an insipid, comically elitist advice column until recently, so we have mercifully no idea what she thought four years ago.

‘obama is a narcissist’ is a stupid conservative meme, along with so many others that are incomprehensible to anyone outside the ‘nut cocoon. it has very little connection to reality, if any. it seems like an obvious fact to you because that’s what you hear from your thought leaders and dittohead comrades. you accept it uncritically because it is a pleasing thought that the person you have developed an irrational hatred for is a narcissist. then again, you have already ascribed every human flaw to that man…

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Obama is a full on narcissist. And his fan boys are having a fit over it.

SparkPlug on December 22, 2012 at 8:22 PM

what kind of bullshit is this? i pity the cretin who was assigned to count the words.

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life, something people often do in eulogies. not one of you, including ed, has given this speech a fair reading.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I read the whole speech earlier today. My point still stands. But I do enjoy the horrified gasps that anyone could consider Obama self-absorbed.

Remember what Obama’s first words were regarding Trayvon Martin’s shooting? Trayvon looked like a young him. Obama simply is not comfortable with high profile events that are not about himself, even when he’s remembering the dead.

It’s just how Obama’s wired. And the whole adulating, blame-shifting cult you all have formed around him doesn’t help matters much.

Chuck Schick on December 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM

“Suck it, peasant. Life is goooood”

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Suffer, peasants, suffer.

Schadenfreude on December 22, 2012 at 8:31 PM

‘obama is a narcissist’ is a stupid conservative meme, along with so many others that are incomprehensible to anyone outside the ‘nut cocoon. it has very little connection to reality, if any. it seems like an obvious fact to you because that’s what you hear from your thought leaders and dittohead comrades. you accept it uncritically because it is a pleasing thought that the person you have developed an irrational hatred for is a narcissist. then again, you have already ascribed every human flaw to that man…

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

What – you have no factual basis for your opinion that 0dumba isn’t a narcissist, but can only offer a personal attack instead? We‘re crazy for believing 0dumba suffers from personal failings, and you’re not as you continuously avoid reasonable discussions about his imperfections?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
you never fail to disappoint! Thanks, you perpetually abusive freak! :D

at least i’m pretty.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Anti-Control on December 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

that the person you have developed an irrational hatred for is a narcissist. then again, you have already ascribed every human flaw to that man…

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Well, I am not sure how anything I wrote here suggests an irrational hatred. You, however, seem to be approaching an emotional cliff here.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

God Bless Senator Inouye’s family for their loss (and having to sit through such tripe and be nice about it).

TXUS on December 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Amen.

scalleywag on December 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Well, I am not sure how anything I wrote here suggests an irrational hatred. You, however, seem to be approaching an emotional cliff here.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

That freak went over the emotional cliff a long time ago – its irrational and perpetual hatred against those who disagree with it politically proves it.

Anti-Control on December 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

You, however, seem to be approaching an emotional cliff here.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

i get like that.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

He’s the guy at a party you avoid, the uncle you only hug at Christmas to be polite, the neighborhood blowhard that is always campaigning to get on the HOA board. Affirmative action placed him in range of political office and the PC press did the rest. The little prince that has never been told no was set loose on a great nation.
Imagine this ego 4 years from now. No mirror will be safe.

FireBlogger on December 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM

It turns out the Watergate hearings were taking place at that time, too, and Obama’s mother watched them in their various hotel rooms.

What Obama’s mom watched in hotel rooms, most often, was the ceiling.

Archivarix on December 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Another presidential first for Obama — changing the meaning of gaffe from “slip of the tongue” to “20 minute monologue”.

Dusty on December 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

i get like that.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

It’s manageable. You just have to tune us out a little bit earlier. That’s why I don’t go near Kos.

DaveDief on December 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Obama is not only a narcissist, he’s a singular worldissist with the backing of a few certain power players in the financial realm. And to sesquipeturdian… You wan’t war? Do you really want to see a war between you’re fellow countrymen and countrydikes? Keep praising this fool who climbs up to the podium of a shallow helm, the invite is not retractable, TOOTS!

ahlaphus on December 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

at least i’m pretty.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Anti-Control on December 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Seriously? Ew.

kg598301 on December 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Beat Slate by a few hours

Fallon on December 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I effing hate the Bama. This is going to be a tough four years for me. Someone please tell me that a legitimate “champion” will emerge on our side….

Sherman1864 on December 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You wan’t war?

ahlaphus on December 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

the word chickenhawk comes to mind.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Oh shut up you trite ass.

PRetty funny when the bunch of narcissists at Slate calls Obama out on narcissism.

rayra on December 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I’ve chosen to avoid two things since the election: listening to or reading about anything Obama has to say, and watching Fox News which allowed Karl Rove and Dick Morris to mislead conservatives into believing that not only would Romney win but that he would win by a landslide. I haven’t felt this good in years.

HiJack on December 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I effing hate the Bama. This is going to be a tough four years for me. Someone please tell me that a legitimate “champion” will emerge on our side….

Sherman1864 on December 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Doesn’t matter. The electorate is owned by the sorry types who like their Obama phones.

HiJack on December 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Barack Obama flew to Hawaii this week after fiscal-cliff negotiations stalled, in part for a Christmas vacation, and in part to attend the memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye

.

Speaking to the audience at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,

Ed, Obama’s Hawaii vacation had nothing to do with the memorial. It just so happens that the Senator died and Obama will be in Hawaii for his funeral. But Obama gave this eulogy in DC before he left for HI.

conservative pilgrim on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

sesqui dear, don’t strain yourself. Reading the whole eulogy is not on these people’s agenda. They lost the election, they were just made fools of by their own speaker. They are capital B, BITTER, and they need to find joy somewhere. So misconstruing, mischaracterizing and maligning the president’s tasteful and moving eulogy is, quite literally, all. they. have now. It is sad, but you can’t possibly hope to get any of them to see the light.

libfreeordie on December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM

It is sad, but you can’t possibly hope to get any of them to see the light.

libfreeordie on December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM

That light..it’s just at the end of the tunnel, right? Lord God Blessed Obama, I surely hope so!

RWNM on December 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM

I’m ready for my projectile vomit on Barack’s $900 suit, Mr. De Mille.

locomotivebreath1901 on December 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Are you a psychiatrist? No. Then your opinion does not matter.

By the way, a very highly respected psychiatrist disagrees with you. Dr. Krauthammer: Obama using massacre to push fiscal cliff negotiations is a typical “combination of self-righteousness and narcissism.”

HellCat on December 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

The TOTUS is racist and trying to make our president look like an azzole.

Mason on December 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

at least i’m pretty.

sesquipedalian on November 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

You borrow the same mirror from Obama.

itsspideyman on December 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Get up off your knees and wipe your chin. You look silly.

jawkneemusic on December 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

He looks like he blew a seal.

VegasRick on December 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Naw, that’s just a little ice cream . . .

tpitman on December 23, 2012 at 12:59 AM

The problem is that Bronco Bama is in a cocoon. Hes got yesmen and women all around him. Then hes got the worshipping leftists. It happens to politicians. But most of them understand it, and try to minimize its impact. Not Obama. He started to believe his own greatness. Thats why most of his speeches are self-serving. When you start believing the spiel (about yourself) from the worshipping supporters, you’re in trouble.

tommy71 on December 23, 2012 at 1:14 AM

yoffe, who is otherwise an insufferable writer and a repulsive person, completely misread the speech. it was a perfectly good eulogy, just go ahead and read it for yourself.

linking to krauthammer, of all people, didn’t help either.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I read the bloody thing.

Yes a eulogy is supposed to be 3/4 about the speaker. And you can play games with them. I remember something about a lesser political leader…Julius Caesar or something…

I am very concerned about Dear Leader’s extensive math problems. The Prophet and Holy Elijah Muhammad, Messenger of Allah, has explained that mathematics is the father of all the white man’s sciences and he uses it as a tool for truth and goodness. See Message to the Black Man in America, 1973. And other works.

IlikedAUH2O on December 23, 2012 at 1:45 AM

They Know Nobody’s Listening.

This blast by the media is a recycled bit of dog food which was done just after the 2010 elections, then done by the Dowd of the New York Times, then used by the Romney Campaign*.

Most extensive on the subject was:

Malignant Self-Love by Sam Vaknin and Lidija Rangelovska (Jul 2001)

Followed by Barack Obama’s Hidden Psychology (Again, July 2011).

Notice how little attention the subject got. Imagine if this were out there on a Republican, it would be worse than being a bully and cutting a kid’s hair:

“Obama’s early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally bruising dislocations. Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant (two years old). Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then, his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia: a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died of cancer in 1995.

Pathological narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early childhood or early adolescence. The source of the abuse or trauma is immaterial: the perpetrators could be dysfunctional or absent parents, teachers, other adults, or peers.

IlikedAUH2O on December 23, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Obama is high maintenance. Hence, it always has to be about him. A high maintenance person is someone who destroys everything around them and wrongfully blames others for this to get sympathy. Politics is a very dangerous place for a high maintenance person because that person will always have the other political party to blame and is always surrounded by “yes men”. It’s a vicious cycle and no one is calling him out on it.

MrX on December 23, 2012 at 2:17 AM

sesqui dear, don’t strain yourself. Reading the whole eulogy is not on these people’s agenda. They lost the election, they were just made fools of by their own speaker. They are capital B, BITTER, and they need to find joy somewhere. So misconstruing, mischaracterizing and maligning the president’s tasteful and moving eulogy is, quite literally, all. they. have now. It is sad, but you can’t possibly hope to get any of them to see the light.

libfreeordie on December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM

It takes a special kind of bad-humored, pontificatious moron to create his own personal echo chamber in a place he’s unwelcome while not having the slightest clue he’s creating it, leading the normal people there to uproariously laugh at him and his “sagacity” like he’s a drooling, retarded clown in a cage who’s eaten a few too many paint chips in his life – do you know what I mean, libfreeliveenslavedordie? ROFL@you! :D

Anti-Control on December 23, 2012 at 4:32 AM

Er, that’s not true. Obama was born in August 1961, and Inouye won election to the Senate in November 1962, taking office in January 1963. Obama wasn’t two years old, not even when rounding the numbers; he was one year old when Inouye won his Senate election. (At least this isn’t as bad as Obama’s Selma math.)

Well, that’s the official story, but maybe it is not a problem of Obama’s poor math skills (which should be clear enough to anyone watching the national deficit and debt) but instead is a problem with the truth of where and when Obama was actually born. Is it possible that this is a slip of the truth? A failure to stay consistent to the lie that Obama was born in Hawaii in August 1961? Hey, I’m just asking.

Dollayo on December 23, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Are you a psychiatrist? No. Then your opinion does not matter.

By the way, a very highly respected psychiatrist disagrees with you. Dr. Krauthammer: Obama using massacre to push fiscal cliff negotiations is a typical “combination of self-righteousness and narcissism.”

HellCat on December 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Even if the freak were a psychiatrist, it wouldn’t matter, and not just because many psychiatrists are in need of psychiatric treatment themselves – you don’t need to be one to objectively observe that 0dumba’s behavior overwhelmingly matches the symptoms/characteristics of NPD, and therefore come to an impersonal conclusion that 0dumba is himself a narcissist.

That his knee-jerk defenders are unable to discuss the topic intelligently tells you they are either open to the possibility, suspect, or aware he is a narcissist but unwilling to deal with that truth, which is a painful one for them to accept!

Anti-Control on December 23, 2012 at 5:44 AM

The TOTUS is racist and trying to make our president look like an azzole.

Mason on December 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

lol

Anti-Control on December 23, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Obama not narcistic? Being willfully blind to human nature is no way to go through life. And yet so many liberals do. Typical of liberals is a complete inability to understand human nature.

Texas Aggie on December 23, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Socialists love to talk about themselves.

TX-96 on December 23, 2012 at 7:25 AM

I remember watching one of those reality competition shows. Several designers unveiled their “collections”, all of which were truly awful. One young man swathed in feathered tunic said to the camera, “I have to win. I don’t know how to do anything else.”

I always think of this kid’s honesty when an article about Obama praising himself is printed. Building himself up, aggrandizing his own life past, present and future. It’s all Mr. Obama knows how to do.

jakev on December 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Yeah, Ses, Obama’s not a narcissist – it’s our imagination or something. Let’s read that right-winger, Maureen Dowd’s, take on his pathology:

“A president focused on historic achievements? Imagine that. But in his lame way, Romney got at Obama’s problem: The Moviegoer prefers to float above, at a reserve, in grandiose mists.

Cook told Maraniss that she thought Obama’s desire to “play out a superhero life” was “a very strong archetype in his personality.”

The Count on December 23, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Easy to fudge the math when the birthdate you claim publicly is different than reality. That’s the thing about lies, they always unravel at some point. Mix that with a drug-addled brain and personality disorder and well, Obama.

quiz1 on December 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

IT WAS A FRICKIN’ BEAUTIFUL SPEECH !! JUST BEAUTIFUL !!!!!! SO SHUT UP IF YOU DON’T AGREE YOU RIGHTWING RACISSSTTTSS!!! YOU ARE ALLL JUST A BUNCH OF THE RACISTEST RACIST IN THE WHOLE WIDE RACIST WORLDD !!!!! SO SHUT UUPPPPPP!!! RACISTSSSS!!! IT WAS THE MOST BRILLIANT SPEECH EVVEEEERRR!!!!!!!! YOU RACIISTTSSSS!!!!

/sesquipedophile and/or libfreakordie

cableguy615 on December 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

i’m not saying that this is the best speech ever. i’m saying that once again you’re subscribing to an alternate reality, where this speech is narcissistic, where obama is on an apology tour, where the polls tendentiously underestimate romney’s strength, where sarah palin is a plausible political candidate, etc.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

So, this is an Obama apologist, apologizing for the Attenuated Apolougue Obama?

Laughable. You need another schtick kid.

DevilsPrinciple on December 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The Narcissist-in-Chief is correct about one thing, America does have a place for everyone and his, is in prison.

SpiderMike on December 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It takes a special kind of bad-humored, pontificatious moron to create his own personal echo chamber in a place he’s unwelcome while not having the slightest clue he’s creating it, leading the normal people there to uproariously laugh at him and his “sagacity” like he’s a drooling, retarded clown in a cage who’s eaten a few too many paint chips in his life – do you know what I mean, libfreeliveenslavedordie? ROFL@you! :D

Anti-Control on December 23, 2012 at 4:32 AM

You bet Anti. I like it when the clown car pulls up and libbie and sesqui come in, complete with their rubber noses and floppy feet.

itsspideyman on December 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ed, Obama’s Hawaii vacation had nothing to do with the memorial. It just so happens that the Senator died and Obama will be in Hawaii for his funeral. But Obama gave this eulogy in DC before he left for HI.

conservative pilgrim on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Exactly! This vacation was planned months ago and had nothing to do with the senator. And what is our cost – is it 4 million? Many of us can’t afford the price of a plane trip or the gas to drive for a vacation. But don’t worry, Hawaii calls and then he will be coming back on Air Force I before New Years, so he can slug the Republicans again and then fly back to Hawaii. Just think 0b0z0 if you had lost you could stay there permanently. Some of us really, really tried to give you that.

Bambi on December 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life,

Touching, but one ounce of truth? Is this why Owebama took to drugs in high school and college – because he was so inspired that he could be anything?

katablog.com on December 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This from a blogger, on Drudge, about the muslim brotherhood in egypt and 0bama:

Krusatyr of the Esteemed Ravager Clan (unregistered)December 23, 2012, 20:05
Blood thirsty street punks offer destruction of their own art and culture, are jihad jackals thinly veiled by an islamic cult of conquest and slaughter, itself masquerading as a religion.
Islamabama, the self adoring jacka$$ mongrelized muslim marxist mahdi at the back of the parade, shouts allahu akbar to his sharia muslim brotherhoodies and carries on the bolshevicking of America, trading trinkets for votes among his parasitic pet dependencies.

Thought it sounded about right!

Bambi on December 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I believe we have heard the vacation story in a previous speech, so this is a repeat of a self-centered story!

PattyJ on December 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Obama referred to himself 63 separate times in a speech honoring a wounded WW2 hero.

It won’t kill you to admit that was a bit much.

Chuck Schick on December 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

what kind of bullshit is this? i pity the cretin who was assigned to count the words.

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life, something people often do in eulogies. not one of you, including ed, has given this speech a fair reading.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You are an asshat. You are nothing more than an indentured serf to this clown who’d crap all over you to get what he wants/needs. Not sure where you were educated but you lack all ability to independently think or assess any topic or discussion.

You might also want to brush up on your public speaking analysis. A simple rule of thumb at many public speaking roles it so makes sure you don’t reference yourself more than 10 times. After that some will pay more attention to when you are going to reference yourself rather than what the speech is about.

acyl72 on December 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Evoking personal memories of himself that relate the deceased?
Are these like the personal “memories” he made up about Selma?
Or the serial fabrications he recounted in his autobiography?

Obama has a history of making up his history.

gwelf on December 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I love how sesqi et al are rushing to defend this as a right-wing contrivance even as the article is not self-referential but cites an external, notably non-conservative publication, talking about a guy who wrote not one but two memoirs before even being elected to national office.

The Schaef on December 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Sen. Inouye is actually a composite of several different senators Obama knew in his lifetime. That’s why the name has so many vowels: it’s a mashup.

The Schaef on December 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Exactly! This vacation was planned months ago and had nothing to do with the senator. And what is our cost – is it 4 million? Many of us can’t afford the price of a plane trip or the gas to drive for a vacation.
Bambi on December 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Grandma can’t afford the airfare to come visit her grandchildren over Christmas after barely being able to take time off from work to do it. We can’t afford to send her here as we’re paying 2 mortgages after having to move to find employment. I guess we should have waked away from the first mortgage like everyone else and put the taxpayers on the hook, but then again Americans pay more for Obama’s vacations and lavish lifestyle than Brits do for their royals.

Enjoy that vacation, Mr. President.

quiz1 on December 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I am disgusted by this sorry excuse of a “man”.
“It” is not my President…and “It” did build that opinion.
I hear there are shark attacks off the beaches in Hawaii…one could hope.

dirtengineer on December 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

what kind of bullshit is this? i pity the cretin who was assigned to count the words.

obama spoke about inouye’s impact on his own life, something people often do in eulogies. not one of you, including ed, has given this speech a fair reading.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

You freaking worship him like a God. Hilarious. You actually worship him.

hawkdriver on December 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Obama has a history of making up his history.

gwelf on December 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Yep. Neil Armstrong.

hawkdriver on December 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

sesqui dear, don’t strain yourself. Reading the whole eulogy is not on these people’s agenda. They lost the election, they were just made fools of by their own speaker. They are capital B, BITTER, and they need to find joy somewhere. So misconstruing, mischaracterizing and maligning the president’s tasteful and moving eulogy is, quite literally, all. they. have now. It is sad, but you can’t possibly hope to get any of them to see the light.
libfreeordie on December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Our resident race hustler accuses us of being bitter?
Bless your heart.

gwelf on December 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Our resident race hustler accuses us of being bitter?
Bless your heart.

gwelf on December 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Show someone tell him we learned from them after 8 years of partisan hack hyperbole against George Bush.

PS to the asshat obama worshipers. Our critiques of his administration always stop at national security and the troops. Something you never afforded Bush or the military. As a matter of fact, your comments, from the side who almost prayed daily for horrific troop death numbers, are ironic to say the least.

hawkdriver on December 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

libfreeordie on December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Our resident race hustler accuses us of being bitter?
Bless your heart.

gwelf on December 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Lost a comment here in reference to the troll obama worshipers.

We learned from their demonstrated respect of the presidency during the Bush Administration. The difference is our critiques always stopped with national security and our troops. Considering their side prayed daily for horrific troop death numbers just to hurt Bush, I find their commentary ironic to say the least.

obama is the most Narcissistic and most incompetent president in my lifetime.

hawkdriver on December 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

You freaking worship him like a God. Hilarious. You actually worship him.

hawkdriver on December 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

This is so funny because you are being completely factual, not hyperbolic in the least!

On the other hand, however, it’s rather sad these people have the need to elevate another human being like this, a patheticism which is even worse when you consider what a moral degenerate 0dumba is.

Anti-Control on December 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

yoffe, who is otherwise an insufferable writer and a repulsive person, completely misread the speech. it was a perfectly good eulogy, just go ahead and read it for yourself.

linking to krauthammer, of all people, didn’t help either.

sesquipedalian on December 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I heard it live. This was my observation at the time. I didn’t even bother to comment on the narcissism, the memememeIIImemememeIIIishness of it, because that was like Groundhog Day.

Buy Danish on December 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

But, hey, it’s all about me.

georgeofthedesert on December 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I’m just going to keep suggesting this until someone starts to do it. Each network (ok, in reality only Fox News,) should put up an onscreen counter in the corner every time Obama speaks and increment the counter and sound a chime or gong each time Obama says the words “I, me, my, mine,” etc. Imagine the fun for statistics fans!

etaoinshrdlu on December 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

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