noun \ˌme-gə-lō-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\
: a condition or mental illness that causes people to think that they have great or unlimited power or importance.
1: a mania for great or grandiose performance
2: a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur
We are led by a man convinced (in spite of vast amounts of evidence to the contrary) of his own greatness and historical significance. The term “narcissist” is woefully inadequate. Instead we confront the challenge of a leader who brooks no opposition, accepts no possibility of his fallibility and refuses to accept that deception, divisiveness and disdain for the citizens are not acceptable governing principles. Below are only a few of his greatest hits:
From Fox News – February 02, 2013: The White House has released a photograph of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David — some proof for critics skeptical about whether Obama, amid efforts to tighten gun control, saying he takes target practice at the presidential retreat and that he has a “profound respect” of the tradition of hunting. The official photo apparently depicts Obama – wearing protective glasses and earmuffs — firing the shotgun Aug. 4, 2012. It was released Friday on the White House’s Flickr account.
Upon the passing of Neil Armstrong – also known as the First Man to Walk on The Moon, President Obama recognized the importance and significance of Armstrong’s contribution to the history of American achievement and exploration by posting the following to his Tumblr page:
When the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy arrived, a date for which Obama’s minions had five years to prepare, they tweeted out the following:
And most recently, when Nelson Mandela of South Africa died at the age of 95, Team Obama, working feverishly no doubt, was able to prepare the following motivational and inspirational image, worthy of the moment:
You see, it is clear that Obama and his team believed that those historical moments were not actually about Rosa Parks, President Kennedy, or even Nelson Mandela, but Obama’s place in their history. What was important was not the contribution each of those figures made to the tapestry of human experience, but to remind everyone that Barack Obama was President. It wasn’t enough to release some vapid and insipid tweet or post; what was critical was that everyone associate their memory of those historical worthies with the 44th President of the United States of America.
Don’t forget that this is the President who Drops His Name Into the Other Presidential Biographies – official White House historical biographies – of his predecessors in an effort to tie his time in the office with their relevance. See the official White House biography of Ronald Reagan for an example.
He is a President who is not content with his role in history, but insists upon injecting himself into every moment of significance, each occasion of importance, each instant of relevance. Someone who feels he has to respond with his two cents to each conversation. Most importantly, he is the perfect representative for his party and ideology. Thankfully, as of December 10, 2013, only a maximum 1,137 days of his failed regime remain.
(Much thanks to Christine Rousselle for inspiring this piece.)