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The Psychology of Barack Obama
The National Interest ^ | October 16, 2013 | Robert W. Merry

Posted on 10/17/2013 5:39:28 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon

In 1972, Duke University professor James David Barber brought out a book that immediately was heralded as a seminal study of presidential character. Titled The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, the book looked at qualities of temperament and personality in assessing how the country’s chief executives approached the presidency—and how that in turn contributed to their success or failure in the office.

Although there were flaws in Barber’s approach, particularly in his efforts to typecast the personalities of various presidents, it does indeed lay before us an interesting and worthy matrix for assessing how various presidents approach the job and the ultimate quality of their leadership. So let’s apply the Barber matrix to the presidential incumbent, Barack Obama.

Barber, who died in 2004, assessed presidents based on two indices: first, whether they were "positive" or "negative"; and, second, whether they were "active" or "passive." The first index—the positive/negative one—assesses how presidents regarded themselves in relation to the challenges of the office; so, for example, did they embrace the job with a joyful optimism or regard it as a necessary martyrdom they must sustain in order to prove their own self-worth? The second index—active vs. passive—measures their degree of wanting to accomplish big things or retreat into a reactive governing mode.

These two indices produce four categories of presidents, to wit:

Active-Positive: These are presidents with big national ambitions who are self-confident, flexible, optimistic, joyful in the exercise of power, possessing a certain philosophical detachment toward what they regard as a great game.

Active-Negative: These are compulsive people with low self-esteem, seekers of power as a means of self-actualization, given to rigidity and pessimism, driven, sometimes overly aggressive. But they harbor big dreams for bringing about accomplishments of large historical dimension.

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1 posted on 10/17/2013 5:39:28 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon
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To: Conservative Beacon
This is like the four-way analysis often attributed to Rommel (though never satisfactorily documented):

There are four types of man, either active or lazy, and either smart or stupid.

The lazy stupid man is harmless; you may ignore him.

The active stupid man is very dangerous; get rid of him (alternatively: send him to the Eastern Front!)

The active smart man I make a colonel of brigade.

But the active lazy man I put on my general staff!

2 posted on 10/17/2013 5:46:18 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

What happens to the lazy smart man in your analysis?


3 posted on 10/17/2013 5:49:43 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: Conservative Beacon

The Psychology Psychosis of Barack Obama

Better title
4 posted on 10/17/2013 5:50:15 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: nascarnation
What happens to the lazy smart man in your analysis?

He chases WH interns.

5 posted on 10/17/2013 5:51:40 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Can’t disagree that!


6 posted on 10/17/2013 5:52:15 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon
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To: TADSLOS

Winner!

/thread


7 posted on 10/17/2013 5:52:58 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon
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To: Conservative Beacon
Remember that list a few years back where the majority of people believed Bill Clinton was close to Hitler and Stalin in being the worst leaders EVER?

That was a much more reliable study.

8 posted on 10/17/2013 5:56:18 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Conservative Beacon
Probably the best psychoanalysis I have seen to date was on FNC a few days ago.

Obama Psychosis

9 posted on 10/17/2013 5:57:32 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, the way I heard the joke, the lazy smart man gets the gig.


10 posted on 10/17/2013 6:02:13 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Conservative Beacon

My new book title: “Obama: Megalomaniac, Marxist, Narcistic, Messiah Complex, Circus Carney and That’s Just for a Start”


11 posted on 10/17/2013 6:03:14 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

One addition: petulant man-child.


12 posted on 10/17/2013 6:08:41 PM PDT by Conservative Beacon
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To: nascarnation
My mistake - it's the smart lazy man who gets on the general staff!

My husband refers to himself as "Rommel's smart lazy man."

The funny thing is that he's absolutely right. One of the reasons I married him.

13 posted on 10/17/2013 6:13:05 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
This is a very old topology around the German army long before Rommel although he may well have quoted it. Some attribute it to the elder Moltke, although he would be too diplomatic to ever say it outside of a tight circle of friends. The phrase ‘the actively stupid’ really strikes a nerve in the US Army with its emphasis on templates and endless and purposeless busy work and its stiflingly stupid bureaucracy. Each time i told this story at least one field grade officer displayed either aggravation or real anger. ‘Takes one to know one’. I thought but didn't say.
14 posted on 10/17/2013 6:16:35 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat
That's why I said the quote's never been run down. It might have been said by Moltke Sr. among very intimate friends, but not for attribution as they say.

It's certainly a truism. My family have always been the citizen-soldiers who show up for the wars and gaze in mingled wonder and disgust on the by-the-book peacetime career men. Spike Milligan probably described them best in his sketch of a colonel he called "Leather Suitcase" who "went out in the first Montgomery Purge".

15 posted on 10/17/2013 6:22:15 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I’ve been reading a lot of WW2 books.
I never realized that Patton and Montgomery both greatly admired Rommel and hated each other with a passion.


16 posted on 10/17/2013 6:40:42 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: AnAmericanMother

It was “Industrious/Lazy” and “Competent/Incompetent”.

Lazy and Incompetent......They are cannon fodder.
Industrious and Competent.......Staff Officers
Lazy and Competent......Commanders (they’ll find the easy way)
Industrious and Incompetent....Have them shot.


17 posted on 10/17/2013 6:41:24 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nascarnation

There wasn’t room in an aircraft hangar for both Patton’s and Montgomery’s egos together . . . :-)


18 posted on 10/17/2013 6:44:14 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother
The ‘by-the book’ fellows never bothered me. You knew where they came from and what they expected. Unimaginative pluggers with some OCD tendencies to be sure but not that hard to work with. The careerist milicrats who i call ‘pseudo-soldiers’ were the ones I truly loathed. Angle playing wiseguys who practiced (as one colonel stated) ‘tell those below you what you want them to believe and those above you what they want to hear’ then you will go far. Being a commissioned officer is, or should be, almost a sacred calling unlike anything other than the priesthood because in both one deals with existential issues for the real meaning of an army or navy is not all the rock painting regulations and game playing manipulations but the gist of life and death itself and very possibly the life and death of one’s nation and people. Most American military men have only a very limited grasp of that. Oddly two female officer I knew understood this idea perfectly. One, the mother of twin boys, simply told me ‘Any woman who has carried and birthed a child knows instinctively what existential issues are. After the childbirth bed the battlefield can offer few terrors.’
19 posted on 10/17/2013 6:45:26 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: blueunicorn6

It would have been in German in any event . . .


20 posted on 10/17/2013 6:47:12 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: robowombat
And that's why the Mayans sent mothers who died in childbirth to the same heaven reserved for warriors who died in battle.

Wrt the career @$$-kissers . . . I was trying to be polite. My father and father-in-law met more than their fair share of them - both of them refused promotions (my f-i-l to brigadier general) because they loathed the politics and lies. As RLS's David Balfour said, "I had seen it from behind, where it was all bones and blackness."

21 posted on 10/17/2013 6:49:14 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: robowombat
I must say though that an easy childbirth doesn't call into question those existential issues. I went 'natural', and my experience was that labor and delivery were quick, easy, and (relatively) painless. My ACL tear hurt a lot worse . . . but I don't think that is typical, at least not listening to the women tell Delivery Horror Stories!
22 posted on 10/17/2013 6:51:37 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Yep, the smart lazy man gets all the opportunities in life. I had to learn that the hard way. Right now, I’m trying to overcome my desire to work in a diligent manner. But as many have noticed my frequent Asia postings on on Free Republic during my scheduled work hours, show that I’m unable to enjoy the lazy life. And when I’m not posting stories at my desk, I read big books. Right now, I’m reading a biography on George Washington. But the book is a bad influence on me. It shows how our Founding Father became successful due to his hard work ethic. Perhaps, I should follow the advice of my Chinese colleagues and just play computer games. But whenever I try that, I quickly lose interest and go back to Free Republic. I hope I someday find a cure, because I would prefer to earn more money.


23 posted on 10/17/2013 6:58:59 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TADSLOS

Very good. Now I’ll wait to see how many of my “friends” will defriend me on Fakebook for posting that link.


24 posted on 10/17/2013 7:10:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Ja! Dad taught me some German. He taught me the formal greeting.
“Ich bin ein scheisskopf!”
The Germans sure are a jolly bunch. They always laugh when I introduce myself.


25 posted on 10/17/2013 7:15:06 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Lol.


26 posted on 10/17/2013 7:52:45 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TexGrill
But as many have noticed my frequent Asia postings on on Free Republic

Yes, all in the blog section whether they belong there or not.

It's spam really.

27 posted on 10/18/2013 3:46:28 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: TexGrill
I don't think it's so much lazy - there's that translation problem again - as it is something like conservation of energy.

In other words, instead of jumping in and starting to throw things about (my own personal failing), the smart lazy man thinks about it first and devises the most efficient way to accomplish his goal.

My husband is a big, slow-moving, quiet guy that some folks probably think is a little thick. But he accomplishes as much or more than I do with all my bustling about (the fact that he's a Georgia Tech man probably has something to do with it - old joke about a UGA man, an LSU man, a Tech man, and a guillotine . . . )

"Don't just DO something - stand there!"

28 posted on 10/18/2013 7:05:26 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: blueunicorn6

Yes, that’s the Great German Adjective (like “bloody” used to be the Great Australian Adjective).


29 posted on 10/18/2013 7:06:03 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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