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How Tenuous Is Obama’s Grasp on Reality?

posted at 3:36 pm on January 26, 2010 by

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.” Such was  the theory Barack Obama advanced for the outcome of the Special Senate Election upset in Massachusetts last week that effectively drove the final nail into the coffin of his health care reform agenda. The occasion for his statement was a television appearance — by informal count his 5 millionth since taking office. His interlocutor was ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

What can one deduce from this anecdote? One explanation, advanced in an article in today’s Washington Times, is that his grip on reality is beginning to slip.

The evidence for that position is beginning to build. As the article also notes, he believes he hasn’t “reached out enough to the American people.” Is that to suggest he thinks he needs to make more speeches?

If so, he’s further gone that anybody realizes. By mid-July of last year, halfway through his first year in office, he had already given 200 speeches. The number has risen astronomically since then. He has given 28 speeches on health care alone.

Obama has long been in denial about the relative merits of his “stimulus” package. Never mind that he has relied on invented statistics about jobs “saved and created.” He can’t even get his handlers on the same page as to the number of jobs supposedly save or created. This past weekend, adviser Valerie Jarrett claimed the administration had “saved thousands and thousands of jobs.” On another network, at almost the same instant, David Axelrod was putting this mythical number at a million.

One of his latest stated agendas — to step up his fight to push health care reform through in spite of growing opposition from the American people — is among the hardest of all to fathom. In a TV interview(!) with Diane Sawyer of ABC, Obama allowed as how he’s that he’d “rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” This was Obama’s way of saying that if he pushed his signature campaign agenda through against the will of the people, it might cost his re-election but that in the long run they would admire him for bestowing this great gift on them.

At the rate at which he is drifting away from reality, a more likely scenario is that he will be remembered as the first president in history to be delivered from the Oval Office in a strait jacket.

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I think his reality and reality’s reality are just out of sync. :)

jeanie on January 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I could not disagree more. To believe that Obama only cites rediculous jobs numbers or claims Scott Brown’s victory was anything but a reputiation of himself because he is detatched from reality assumes that Obama would tell the truth about these issues if only he understood what the truth is. I don’t believe that.

The simpler explanation is that Obama is an outright liar. He will make up any sort of BS story that he thinks he can get away with – and he has gotten away with it all his life. The press almost never calls him on it – and if they ever do he just makes up another story.

In short, Obama is not at all delusional – he is simply, utterly dishonest.

DamnCat on January 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Let’s see — liar? Or Insane? What great choices.

Daggett on January 26, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I’ve got this image of Obama a year or two from now as Dr. Richard Daystrom from the Star Trek episode “The Ultimate Computer” going crazy as his ego wins out over his desire to try and stop the disaster his M-5 controlled Starship Enterprise has wrecked on the Federation Fleet.

jon1979 on January 26, 2010 at 6:13 PM

We never knew that FDR had a melanoma, either, or that JFK had a health issue or Lincoln, never mind what Clinton had and on and on. We just have to deal with whatever problem a president has when it’s presented to us and act accordingly. How do you deal with a liar? You stop believing the words that are coming out of his mouth.

Kissmygrits on January 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

As Adam Savage of Mythbusters said, “I reject your reality, and substitute my own!”

Pervygrin on January 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM

25th Amendment, Section 4, US Constitution. Say hello to President Biden.

NaCly dog on January 26, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Will Barack Obama be the very first President in the history of the United States to be removed from office by his own political party because of the damage he is doing to his own political party, and to the country?

That would be historic.

Skandia Recluse on January 26, 2010 at 9:11 PM

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.”

Face it. He just had to make it about himself. Narcissobama.

Robert17 on January 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM

DamnCat on January 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

+100

YehuditTX on January 27, 2010 at 2:14 AM

David Axelrod was putting this mythical number at a million

Axelrod claimed 2 million, IIRC. Gibbs clamed 1.5 million the same day).

Let us hope and pray that this doesn’t end the way Woodrow Wilson’s administration did; with his wife taking over (in the background) after his breakdown.

Joe Mama on January 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM

What about the man’s reality shattering claim that he had not bribed anyone to vote for his health care bill. And . . . well I guess you just can’t catalog it all without overburdening the server.

snaggletoothie on January 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

How much you want to bet that the presidents nuclear launch codes in the ‘football’ are printed in a rare Macidonian/Urdu dialect.

percysunshine on January 27, 2010 at 11:40 AM

In short, Obama is not at all delusional – he is simply, utterly dishonest.

DamnCat on January 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

It depends on whether he believes his own lies.

RustBelt on January 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

It depends on whether he believes his own lies.

Or the teleprompters anyway. Every President surrounds themselves with advisors by neccessity.

I wonder if Rove owns a Teleprompter manufacturing company…

percysunshine on January 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

It depends on whether he believes his own lies.
RustBelt on January 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

He does!

And that’s the scary part!

DSchoen on January 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM