What powers Obama’s self-deception?

Man is the only creature who can lie to himself, but why is that so?

Often times such self-deception is a defense mechanism; an attempt to isolate the individual’s sense of worth from the battering the real world may inflict.

The President is hardly immune from such self-deception:

Barack Obama’s increasingly desperate struggle to win re-election is causing some of his worst traits to be put on display, including petulance and self-pity. The latest example occurred during a fundraiser in Baltimore, when the president said, “Because folks are still hurting right now, the other side feels that it’s enough for them to just sit back and say, ‘Things aren’t as good as they should be, and it’s Obama’s fault.’”

This is rich. No president in human history has quite equaled Obama when it comes to blaming others for his problems.

How does self-deception of such breath and depth happen? That is, is this just the result of Barry Oh!’s own willful efforts to protect his ego or is there more at work?

What is fairly astonishing in all this is the utter lack of self-awareness by the president. A jolting collision is occurring between his own self-conception (Obama views himself as a world-historical figure and Great Man) and the multiple and multiplying failures of his presidency. Obama appears incapable of processing the truth or coming to grips with reality.

While the President has been the most willing participant in creating his own myth, it also seems the problem has been further enabled by the thick bubble of protection of his entourage. Barry’s bubble helped give the President the idea that he was transcendent, intelligent, a high-achiever, and articulate despite almost no evidence of such attributes. What Obama did have was political potential with a significant upside, educational credentials, an unusual back story, and ambition.

The result: when things get rough (as they’re sure to do, especially for the untested, inexperienced, and inept), Barry’s entourage has encouraged him to blame others, seek excuses, and deny the reality apparent to everyone else.

Because bad news does not tend to age well, this is likely to end poorly for the President.

This means voters can be expected to punish Obama under the Pottery Barn rule: if you broke it (the country), you own it.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on June 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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