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Monday, April 13, 2015

Sociopath alert: Barack Obama

The two surest signs of sociopathy are serial killing, and pathological lying.

Barack Obama obviously has no personal taste for killing. (Yes, over 300 children have been killed in drone attacks he's ordered; but every wartime President has the blood of collateral victims on his hands, and it's not really a reflection of their personalities.)

But Obama does have that other dead giveaway of sociopathy: constant dishonesty.

If you point this out to Democrats, they will almost always respond by saying that Bush lied too. When you ask what Bush lied about, they'll always give the same answer: those weapons of mass destruction.

But that was a mistake, not a lie. The CIA, and every Senator at the time believed that Iraq had obtained enriched yellow cake uranium, and also that it had biological weapons. Those fears, of course, turned out to be unfounded.

But -- and this is the more salient point here -- the fact that Democrats always point to this same "lie" when asked about Bush's dishonesty is actually indication that Bush was, by and large, relatively honest.

When talking about Obama's lies, it's hard to know where to begin. The logical place is probably his first Presidential campaign. Think back to a couple of his more well known claims.

Obama said that his would be the most transparent administration in history. It has of course turned out to be the opposite. The way he got Obamacare passed was through back room machinations, with the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the buying off of the AMA and AARP and big pharma. It was also an exercise in obfuscation, as Jonathan Gruber has famously pointed out.

And at the same time Obama was promising transparency in his administration, he made sure that none of his own school records would ever be released.

Obama also said during that campaign that there would be no more business as usual -- meaning, no more earmarks -- during his administration. But as soon he got into office he pushed for the stimulus bill, a 787 billion dollar spending package that was basically noting but earmarks desired by Democratic congressmen.

This brings us to another lie of the 2008 campaign. Obama portrayed himself as someone willing to reach across the aisle. But when Republicans were completely excluded from the crafting of the stimulus bill -- which was unheard of for a bill of that size -- they complained to Obama. He dismissed them with the words, "I won."

In 2008, when Obama's connection to Jeremiah Wright first surfaced, and the videos of Wright thundering "Goddamn America" emerged, Obama, who had attended his church for 17 years, and who had been married by Wright, disingenuously said, "This isn't the Jeremiah Wright that I know." But Wright, a black nationalist, had not suddenly changed his stripes.

In 2008, Obama also gave that famous speech about race, where he talked about "the greatness and goodness of our nation," and in which he said that the "Reverend Wright's words were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity." But once in office, Obama -- and his minion Eric Holder -- fanned the flames of all sorts of racial flareups. Obama instinctively sided with Professor Henry Gates against the Cambridge police officer, and with Trayvon Martin against George Zimmerman. (Remember, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon?")

Of course, there are many politicians who make campaign promises that they are unable to keep. But usually it's because they can't get their bills passed, or they meet up with other unforeseen circumstances. But in Obama's case, it's a little different: he has run an administration which is the polar opposite of what he promised back in '08.

Even worse, Obama also lies freely about past events, saying things he knows to be false.

Obama claimed that Fast and Furious was a "field-initiated program begun under the previous administration." That was simply not true. It began in the fall of 2009.

Obama's most famous lie is probably, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Obama knew from the start that his plan would force some to change doctors.

Obama lied, on multiple occasions, about Benghazi.

When Obama was asked about the IRS scandal, before the investigation was even complete, he said that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" there. It's hard not to hear echoes of OJ Simpson pleading, "Absolutely, 100% not guilty" to his ex-wife's murder. Or of Bill Clinton wagging his finger and angrily declaring, "I did not have sex with that woman!"

It is a uniquely sociopathic trait to be so emphatic when lying.

In 2012, it emerged that an Obama operative offered Jeremiah Wright $150,000 simply to remain silent for the rest of the campaign season. Wright refused. Subsequently, Obama personally showed up to ask Wright to be quiet. Wright refused again, and later told the following revealing anecdote about their meeting:

“Barack said, ‘I’m sorry you don’t see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?’ And I said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem to have. That’s a good problem for all preachers to have."

It is in keeping with Obama's character that he would see honesty as a "problem."

So far, this post has read like a political screed: all of the lies listed were political in nature, i.e., made for the sake of furthering Obama's political agenda, either directly or indirectly. And all politicians are spin artists, though most are not as blatantly dishonest as Obama. (For a more comprehensive list of Obama's lies, look here or here.)

But Obama is dishonest about other things as well. One of his biggest cons is his marriage. I made the case back in 2012 that he is a homosexual. He got married at age 31, in 1992, because he was ambitious and wanted a beard to make him more palatable to the electorate. This is an on-going charade. (I have nothing against gays; only against con men.)

Even Obama's accent is phony. As I said in 2009:

Listen carefully to Barack Obama, and what you'll hear is a faint southern (whitish) accent, located roughly midway between a northern white (non)accent and a black accent. It's not quite black enough to scare the white electorate, though it does have a tendency to turn several shades darker when he's speaking to an all black audience. But it's not white enough to make him sound like a Tom or an effete Ivy Leaguer, either.

So the question becomes, just where did he acquire this quasi-Southern accent? Did he get it from his Kenyan father, who disappeared from his life when he was two? From his Kansan mother? From his Kansan grandparents, who raised him whenever his mother went gallivanting around the world? From his schoolchums in Indonesia? Or is that the way they speak at Punahou, the exclusive Hawaiian prep school he attended?

One can't help but suspect that his accent, like everything else about him, was carefully constructed for maximal electoral value.

Listen to this compilation of Obama's empty campaign promises on Youtube, you'll see that he has that other identifying characteristic of sociopaths: he lies with full throated assurance. Most liars give themselves away by a certain hesitance, or shame-facedness. Not Obama: he delivers his lies with the bold conviction that only a sociopath can.

Part of every sociopath's makeup is a healthy dose of narcissism. At Harvard Law School, the other students coined a new word, the Obamamometer, to measure how transparently a student had curried favor with a professor. Think about that: in a school where huge egos and outsize ambition are the norm, Obama's were so egregiously so that even the other students were repulsed. 

Obama's self-regard is such that he once told an aide, "I think I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm a better political director than my political director."

Generally, when someone advertises his conscience, it's a fairly sure sign that he doesn't have one. For those of us who aren't sociopaths, we're not really aware of our consciences, certainly not as a separate entity. They're just part of us, built into our wiring, and we're no more conscious of them than we are of the way our nerve endings are connected within our brains.

Sociopaths don't feel shame, and therefore don't have the same kinds of brakes on their personalities that most of us do. As a result, they often feel compelled to advertise their innate "goodness." They've heard of consciences, but don't really have any instinctive feel for how they work, and are thus more likely to refer to them as a distinct part of their personalities.

With that in mind, listen to this quote from Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope:

"I find comfort in the fact that the longer I’m in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a striving for power and rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition, and that I am answerable mainly to the steady gaze of my own conscience."

Not only does Obama talk about his conscience, he attributes a steady gaze to it.

In 2013, Obama said, “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs. Empathy, the idea that we have a stake in each other’s success, is what gets me up every single day.”

In other words, "I do what I do because I'm a kind and empathetic person."

(The same rule that applies to prison pen pal advertisements applies to politicians: people who actually have those qualities don't feel obliged to advertise them.)

George Will himself said in 2012, "Obama's intellectual sociopathy -- his breezy and somewhat loutish indifference to truth -- should no longer startle."

(Question: how can one be an "intellectual sociopath" without being a sociopath?)

Another sociopathic trait is disregard for rules. There has certainly never been a President who has abused executive orders that Obama has. (It's never before been invoked for such an issue as sweeping as immigration reform.) Obama has also used executive privilege to prevent Congress from forcing Eric Holder to produce documents related to Fast and Furious, a purpose for which that function was not designed.

Yet another sociopathic trait is lack of shame. One would think that Obama would feel at least a little embarrassed about taking as many lavish vacations as he has, and playing golf as often as he has, and throwing as many celebrity-studded parties as he has. But, embarrassment doesn't seem to be part of Obama's emotional repertoire.

The one incident which probably best illustrates Obama's character is one which took place in 2007. Thomas Sowell describes it thusly:

A classic example [of Obama's phoniness] was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see.

In his speech -- delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn't use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience -- he charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after hurricane Andrew hit.

Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does.

Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were considered to be "part of the American family." But the people in New Orleans -- predominantly black -- "they don't care about as much," according to Barack Obama….

Why is the date of this speech important? Because, less than two weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the United States Senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida…

The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation which included the waiver.

For Obama to rile up his black audience that way by telling them that Congress discriminated against them when in fact it didn't -- and he himself was one of the few who actually voted against them -- demonstrates a level of perfidy that only a sociopath could reach. It was dishonest, disloyal, impulsive (in departing from his prepared remarks), contemptuous (of his audiences intelligence), divisive, and utterly shameless. Sociopaths delight in spreading discord, and as Sowell points out, that was a large part of Obama's function as a community organizer. 

The most interesting question about a sociopath is always, how did he get to be that way? The usual explanation for most is that nobody loved them when they were children. Obama never really knew Barack Obama Sr., who married his mother bigamously, telling her that he was divorced when he wasn't. He disappeared from Obama's life when Obama was two. (Obama only saw his father once after that, briefly, at age ten.)

Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, willingly gave him up for extended periods twice before he was sixteen. (He was left in the care of his grandparents.) This would seem to demonstrate a lack of maternal instinct. Obama himself has described her as "difficult," which in this case seems to be code for "overly self-involved and unloving." By his own admission Obama kept contact with her to a minimum from the time he was 20 until he was 30 (she died when he was 32).

A person who grows up never knowing his father, and not loving his mother, tends to end up "loving" himself. But it's a strange, twisted sort of love that makes him feel he's not answerable to other people, and doesn't need to speak to them honestly. It allows him to think he's fooling them even when he's not. And because he senses that he doesn't have the same internal moral compass as others, he'll talk about his "conscience" and his "empathy" in an effort to convince them that he does.

Many of those sociopaths end up in jail. Some end up as CEO's. A few have even ended up in the White House. 


Pavonine99 said...

I don't disagree with your main points, but is he really a sociopath in the strict sense? He doesn't seem to have the problem with impulse control that most sociopaths have (sudden displays of anger, outrageous behavior, etc.). Or maybe that's because he has a "security net" of advisers?

Of course, that's all just semantics. If he's not a sociopath, he's so close to one that psychiatric definitions don't matter.

John Craig said...

Pavonine --
I was on the fence about him for a long time. After the first couple years of his first term, I thought he was just an extreme narcissist, the way he blamed Bush for everything, had such a thin skin when it came to the media (even though most of them were in the tank for him), etc. But the constant dishonesty eventually convinced me he's a sociopath.

As far as the impulse control goes, he seems to indulge himself regularly, with the golf, partying, vacations, and (I get the impression) with certain of his male aides. Not all sociopaths are given to overt fits of anger. I've named Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Joe Arpaio and others as sociopaths here, and they are all people who manage to keep their tempers in check and appear respectable on the surface.

With Obama, though, it's the constant lying that's the dead giveaway. I've just never known anyone, or known of anyone, who was a pathological liar who wasn't also a sociopath. (The only other people who constantly say stuff that isn't true are psychotics, or crazy people, and Obama is obviously not one of those.) The thing about pathological lying is that it encompasses several other aspects of sociopathy: you can't do it without being disloyal (by misleading others), and utterly without the capacity for shame or embarrassment or remorse. Making up stuff on the spur of the moment to make yourself look better is also actually indicative of poor impulse control -- you want to look good in that moment, future consequences be damned.

Pavonine99 said...

Ah, makes sense. There are stories about Clinton's temper though. He manages to restrain himself in public, but he's apparently exploded in more private settings.. That could also be true of Obama, Gingrich, etc.

Anonymous said...

I think that his upbringing was a sad one.

John Craig said...

Anon --

But so was Edmund Kemper's. And Ted Bundy's. And John Wayne Gacey's. Etc, etc.

Steven said...

You like any candidates for the GOP 2016, perhaps Rand Paul?

John Craig said...

Steven --
He would have been my pick but he's said some pretty silly stuff recently, most notably that we should get rid of any laws for which different races are incarcerated at different rates. As Steve Sailer pointed out, he's basically implying we should get rid of laws against rape and murder. (Of course, that's not what he meant, but…..)

Steven said...

Yeah that's silly. I guess he means drug laws, which fits with his libertarianism.

oh well, there's still plenty of time to go. Our big election is 3 weeks.

GeneticPsycho said...

We need to Psychopath Test politicians during security clearance background checks. Psychopathy is a lack of conscience - a neurological impairment of the amygdala, orbital frontal cortex, all of cingulate cortex, parahippocampal area, and insula.

John Craig said...

Genetic Psycho --
I would love to see politicians tested that way. And CEO's, and all sorts of other people, for that matter. actually, now that I think of it, I'd love to see everybody tested for sociopathy, and if they turn out to be sociopaths, they get a big S tattooed on their foreheads.

I don't think sociopathy is purely a result of organic causes, though. I think a lot, in fact most, sociopaths are that way simply because they never bonded closely with an adult in the first couple years of their lives.

Anonymous said...

I am somewhat comforted when I realize that others in our country "see" the truth about this President, that he is disordered. There are plenty of people who are frustrated by how he operates.

- Seeker of Truth

John Craig said...

Speaker of Truth --
Thank you, yes, Obama is definitely not what people took him to be back in '08. I'm tempted to edit this post to cut way down on the first half of it, which is basically a listing of his lies, because it comes across more like a political diatribe and less like a psychological analysis. The only thing is, the strongest piece of evidence of his sociopathy is his pathological lying, so I wanted to list some of his lies to make that apparent.

Mark Caplan said...

After the gay bathhouse stories made the rounds on right-wing websites and tabloids, the left-wing media located two ex-girlfriends of Obama's from his days at Columbia University in the 1980s. The girlfriend stories appear legitimate, with photos and corroborating testimony.

Additionally, Obama did apparently sire two daughters, neither of whom resemble Webster Hubbell.

John Craig said...

Mark --
I saw one of those girlfriend stories, about a woman who had conveniently moved to Australia. I'd put more trust in the bathhouse stories. His life makes no sense otherwise. He had no girlfriends at Harvard Law, and as a young law instructor at the U of Chicago and as a community organizer?

Keep in mind that the Globe is not a political publication, and they had no political incentive to publish those stories about Obama and his male lovers at Wright's church. And the Globe, like the Enquirer, is constantly liable for libel suits, so vets its sources carefully. Remember, the Enquirer was the first to break the story of John Edwards' shenanigans, and at first, people scoffed because it was the Enquirer. But they generally publish the truth, and the Globe does likewise.

Anonymous said...

This is a good post. The constant lying was/is a good indicator that Obama is a sociopath.


John Craig said...

Thank you Birdie.

Anonymous said...

I think this post is lame, and it saddens me. I no longer have confidence in your other posts. For example, your assessment of the start date for Fast and Furious. Nothing happens instantly in Washington--that program could have been in the works for years with the date in 2009 simply being the date it was finally implemented. And, you may be correct, but it still looks like an unfounded assumption, and that leads me to question everything else you've said.

John Craig said...

Anon --
I just checked, I had put the wrong link in for the Fast and Furious reference in the post, it has the right one now. ABC News, which is hardly a right wing organization, says that it was started in october '09, eight or nine months after Obama got into office. There's no question he's lying on that one.

That said, i agree that the post came across as too political, and the emphasis should have been more on just a psychological analysis of Obama. But the thing is, if you're saying that someone is a pathological liar, you have to substantiate that claim, so the entire first half of the post was basically a list of his political lies. And I even forgot to include the worst one, when he told that audience of black university students that the Senate had not voted to rescind the requirement for the local government to pay 10% of expenses after Hurricane Katrina the way it did for the Fargo floods -- when in fact it had. Obama emphasized to them that it was because new Orleans is black, whereas Fargo was mostly white. What he said was simply untrue: the Senate had just voted 88 - 12 to rescind the requirement. So that was a blatant lie, and that wasn't even the worst part; the worst part was that Obama himself was one of the 12 senators who had voted AGAINST rescinding the requirement. Mind-boggling.

Anyway, I'll grant you that the post comes across too much as a political piece and not enough as a psychological profile; but I couldn't think of what else to do to illustrate his dishonest nature.

GeneticPsycho said...

Related...Is Hillary Clinton is a psychopath?

John Craig said...

GeneticPsycho --
I've said in the past that she's not, that she's simply gotten her hands dirty because she's married to one. That cattle futures trading bribe was in fact a bribe to Bill (then Governor of Arkansas), not her. And I suspect Bill got her into a lot of the other things that have given them a bad smell too. Plus, she doesn't have any of the charm or natural political gifts that a sociopath would have.

But…she seems more and more slippery as time goes on. Even back in the '08 primaries, she would never give a straight answer to a question. She's obviously being coached by Bill, but the slipperiness seems to be second nature to her now. The Clinton Foundation is obviously a cesspool of corruption, but how much of that is Bill's doing? I suspect most. Anyway, I'm being like Hillary here and not giving you a straight answer to your question, but that's only because I don't know, not because I'm trying to obfuscate. I'm just going to be agnostic on the issue for now.

Vendikar said...

Obama is a malignant narcissist, but the real key to understanding him is that he is merely a front man for powerful, if not all that mysterious, outside forces. I suspect his IQ is actually around 100-he is not, by the standards of most Washington players, intelligent at all. Further, for all the blather about Alinsky that the blightwing puts out, a careful study-even a casual one-of Alinsky reveals someone with very different qualities than Obama, however similar or disparate their goals. Obama is only comfortable around his own narrow "demographic"-blacks with similar IQs, skin shades, and educational backgrounds. Alinsky could deal with Indian tribes, with Polish immigrants who openly didn't like Jews, with underclass blacks, with mestizos and Mesoamerican indios; as well as Catholic archbishops and, when they finally were brought around by his brand of coercion, corporate management. All with equal facility. Even a casual reading of Alinsky's books reveals a man who, like certain Jewish media figures (Howard Stern comes to mind first) possesses not only a high IQ but moreover an almost diabolical ability to get inside people's heads and 'take them apart', to understand what motivates them. Obama possesses neither the ability nor desire to think about what other people want or how they think whatsoever.

Unlike Bill Clinton, and for that matter George W. Bush, Obama is actually a horrible politician who on his own could not get elected to the House of representatives. He proved that. He is dangerous and destructive because his handlers are dangerous and destructive. And that's all.

Vendikar said...

Having sired offspring by a woman is no proof a man is not homosexual. One of my best friends was one of five children and his father died of AIDS in 1987 after decades of rampant homosexual activity. His mother told him, after the funeral, that his father would not have relations with her "unless he was so drunk he couldn't tell the difference".

Having said that, I think that if BHO really is homosexual, he's been far more discreet and selective than his critics would think. I'm sure gays would have come out by now with affadavits and possibly photos: there isn't money enough to pay them all off and not bullets enough to kill them all off if he'd been typically promiscuous as homosexuals are. Of course, if you believe as I do that he's a puppet, those grooming and preparing him could have assigned minders and bird dogs to him to keep whatever liaisons were inevitable suitably clandestine.

However, I think that as narcissistic as he is, if he really were gay, he would have come out by now, or he will at the end of his presidency. My guess is that he actually is not homosexual. But it's certainly not impossible.

John Craig said...

Vendikar --
Whom do you think Obama is a front man for? George Soros seems to be the possibility mentioned most frequently. Other people think he's tied into Muslim interests. And it's been pretty obvious all along he's been a shill for the unions. My take is that he's just a standard left wing socialist with a healthy dose of racial animus. Most of his policies have been, at one level or another, redistribution. His stimulus bill gave "tax refunds" to people who'd never paid taxes, Obamacare has been called a massive redistribution scheme, and he's always agitated for people with money to pay more taxes, or, as he calls it, their "fair share."

I agree that he can't relate to other groups, which i why he meets with them so rarely, and when he does, so briefly. Different businessmen have said that when he has meetings with them in the White House, he'll actually read from a teleprompter to them, then leave before there can be any question and answer sessions. He's said to be extremely uncomfortable with military types. And most of his personal friends are as you describe.

I'm convinced he's gay, and I also think that he hasn't been all that discreet, but that the media has covered up for him. My guess is that the truth about all that will come out later. You say that if he were, that people would have come out by now saying that they were his past lovers. But there's been a deafening silence the other way too: where are all his past girlfriend? The only one they were able to come up with has since conveniently moved to Australia. They got a quote from her swing the appropriate things about how there was physical passion between them. But for an athletically inclined, healthy egomaniac like him to only be able to produce one girlfriend? Doesn't make sense.

Anonymous said...

I have questioned why Obama seems to dislike whites so much. I realize that he had a flaky mother, but his white grandparents stepped up to the plate and did their best to raise him. During his growing up years, where was his dear old dad? In my opinion, his black birth father was useless, a disgrace. Now, as an adult, Obama takes up the black cause, really having a dislike of whites. My question is, why? What did whites do to him that he dislikes them so much? His black father did squat for him and yet Obama is pro black. I am trying to understand his psychological make-up (if it is possible to understand what makes him tick).

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
I get the impression that he really hated his mother. I just don't think she had much maternal instinct, leaving him for a year two separate times by the time he was in his teenage years so she could go gallivanting around the world pursuing her passions. by his own admission, she was "very difficult," and if that's what he said publicly, while he was campaigning for office, I have to imagine his real opinion of her was much more acrid.

I think his black identity was something he adopted later in life. While he was in Indonesia, and while at Punahou, he was evidential known as "international," whatever that means. But eventually he realized that whites regarded him as black, and I'm sure he noticed how awkward they'd be around him, and I"m sure he must have experienced lots of the subtle type of racism that middle class blacks experience and become resentful about. And he was also ambitious, and realized he could take advantage of his new black identity.