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State of the Union Speech: A Display of Narcissism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 29, 2010

With only two years as a national politician, Barack Obama was elected as an unknown commodity.  After one year as President, we know who he is.  The man who made eloquent speeches during the campaign had a chameleon type affect on voters.  When Obama talked about “change” he diverted voters’ was from substantive issues including what this “change” actually meant.  The change he brought was not what Americans voted for.

During the first year, our President:

  • Spent hundreds of billions more than we wanted to,
  • Apologized to our adversaries while criticizing our friends,
  • Pushed for Cap and Trade that Americans do not want,
  • Tried to push a healthcare plan on us that few wanted, and
  • Has placed this country at greater risk of terrorism.

Obama has been repudiated by the voters.  After Democrat defeats in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and their most recent loss of the Senate seat in Massachusetts, you would think that the President would show humility.  But this is not the case, as evidenced in Obama’s first State of the Union address.

The President’s address talked little about the state of the union, but instead was a 70 minute speech more appropriate for the campaign trail.  This should not be surprising given that the success Obama had during the camping has not been duplicated as President.

The President’s lengthy lecture blamed the Administration’s failings on others rather than a more productive internal soul-searching.  He continued to criticize previous administration policies for their shortcomings.  He criticized the US military for their policies.  But perhaps his most shocking attack was saved for the United States Supreme Court when he stated:

With  all due deference to the separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.”  Then Obama called on Congress to pass a law that “helps to right this wrong. Given that the justices sat only a few feet from the President, this attack caused Justice Alito to grimace in response.  (See clip below.)  And why shouldn’t he since the President was wrong in his understanding of the law.  Foreign corporations are banned by law from spending on American elections, period.  OK, we will just call this a Joe Biden moment!

Using the President’s words, “with all due deference “, it is you Mr. President that does not understand the separation of powers or the law.  And this is the team that questioned Sarah Palin’s understanding of the Constitution?

According to the dictionary, narcissism is defined as “an inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity’.  As they say, if the shoe fits ……….


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