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Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It
Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Barone

Posted on 03/07/2014 4:46:06 AM PST by Kaslin

Solipsism. It's a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one's own self and can have no independent existence. A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would.

It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director.

If that sounds familiar, it's a paraphrase of what President Obama told top political aide Patrick Gaspard in 2008, according to the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza.

More recently, Obama's narcissism has been painfully apparent as the United States suffers one reversal after another in world affairs. But it has been apparent ever since he started running for president in 2007.

Candidate Obama campaigned not just as a critic of the policies of the opposing party's president, as many candidates do, but he portrayed himself repeatedly as someone who, because he "looks different" from other presidents, would make America beloved and cherished in the world.

Plenty of solipsism here. Obama's status as the possible -- and then actual -- first black president was surely an electoral asset. Most Americans believed and believe that, given the nation's history, the election of a black president would be a good thing, at least in the abstract.

But that history has less resonance beyond America's borders. Obama must have been surprised to find, on his trip to his father's native Africa, that he was less popular there than George W. Bush, thanks to Bush's program to combat AIDS.

Obama was also mistaken in thinking that his election and the departure of the cowboy bully Bush would make the United States popular again among the world's leaders and peoples -- though it had that effect in the faculty lounges and university neighborhoods Obama had chosen to inhabit.

In the wider world, the United States, as the largest and mightiest power, is bound to be resented and blamed for every unwelcome development. American presidents for more than a century have been characterized as crude and bumptious by foreign elites.

Moreover, as Robert Gates argued persuasively in his 1996 and 2014 memoirs, there is more continuity in American foreign policy than domestic campaign rhetoric suggests. From Guantanamo to Afghanistan, Obama found himself obliged more to carry on than to repudiate Bush's policies.

Where he has clearly changed course, he has done so solipsistically. A reset with Russia was possible, he reasoned, because Vladimir Putin, insulted by Bush's mulishness, was ready to cooperate with a president in mutually advantageous win-win agreements.

So in the past week, Obama has insisted that Putin's invasion of Ukraine's Crimea was not in his own interest. No doubt most in the faculty lounge would see it that way. But Putin clearly doesn't. As the military say, the enemy has a vote.

And in his astonishing interview last week with Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama declared that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was ready to accept peace with Israel. Again, that's what Obama and the faculty lounge would do. But Abbas has turned down one generous peace deal and has never said he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Obama's assumption that other leaders share his views has its limits. It does not always apply to those who have been allies and friends of the United States.

In the Goldberg interview, he lashed Israel, and by implication Benjamin Netanyahu, for "aggressive settlement construction" in the West Bank. The implication is that only Israel is blocking a peace agreement. But it was Abbas who has rejected John Kerry's framework.

Obama's solipsistic narcissism extends even to the mullahs of Iran. This goes back again to the 2008 campaign: The problem was Bush's refusal to negotiate. Speak emolliently, send greetings on Muslim holidays and ignore the Green Movement protesters, and Iranian leaders would see that it is in their interest to halt their nuclear weapons program.

Most Americans, conservative as well as liberal, would be delighted if Putin, the Palestinians and Ayatollah Khamenei believed and behaved as we would. They would be pleased to see an enlightened American leader bridge rhetorical differences and reach accommodations that left all sides content and at peace.

That, unhappily, is not the world we live in. Being on the lookout for common ground is sensible. Assuming common ground when none exists is foolish. And often has bad consequences.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barack0bama; foreignpolicy; narcissism; ukraine; vladimirputin

1 posted on 03/07/2014 4:46:06 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Oh boy, yet another mental disorder. When the zero passes on, what will they find inside that skull?


2 posted on 03/07/2014 5:03:35 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Kaslin

I think Barone is thinking of Obama as a normal leftist Democrat. I.e., Obama is “naive.” Or solipsistic.

The truth is that Obama is an illegal alien and an enemy combatant. He seeks the destruction of the United States. It is mere coincidence that his foreign policy resembles that of a typical “naive” leftist—at this stage.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 5:05:40 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Kaslin

Solipsism may apply to Obama, but it is NOT the REASON for Obama’s behavior.

Hatred of America, Christianity, and the West, and EVIL intent on the destruction of each, is a much clearer explanation.

But, some folks are too worried about being labeled “racist”, or “extremist”, to state the obvious, so they feel compelled to come up with elaborate explanations for Obama’s behavior.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 5:07:21 AM PST by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Kaslin

Even worse than obama believing others see the world as he does is the fact that he believes the world actually is the way he sees it. He is completely unaware of his own biases and limitations. Biases and limitations which are significantly more than typical.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 5:07:42 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: G Larry

“Solipsism. It’s a fancy word that means that the self is the only existing reality and that the external world, including other people, are representations of one’s own self and can have no independent existence.”.......

Pretty well defines odumbo, “Reason” or not.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 5:08:30 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin
Valarie Jarret is Obama's puppet master. She was born and grew up in Iran, speaking Persian and French as a child.

Obama grew up as a moslem in Indonesia.

I have a few questions:

1. When is the republican leadership going to start realizing whom they are dealing with?

2. When are the American people going to realize who this guy really is?

3. When are countries like Israel and Russia going to start leaking the contents of their dossier on this guy?

8 posted on 03/07/2014 5:09:10 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

1. NSA took care of that.
2. Never in our lifetimes, or at least until the media has been washed, rinsed and hung out to dry.
3. Why would they when Obama is doing all of their work for them. Attacking him would just make him a martyr and Americans instinctively defend Americans from outsiders.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 5:15:24 AM PST by mazda77
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To: Kaslin

“In the Goldberg interview, he lashed Israel, and by implication Benjamin Netanyahu, for “aggressive settlement construction” in the West Bank. The implication is that only Israel is blocking a peace agreement. But it was Abbas who has rejected John Kerry’s framework.”

Sort of like slapping the dog when grandma breaks wind...

Leftists can’t be reasoned with because there’s no reason in them. They’ve been so thoroughly feminized that they can’t think, instead they feel. Logic and common sense are like kryptonite to them. They recoil from them in horror.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 5:16:40 AM PST by afsnco
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To: mazda77

Agreed about the NSA. I think this whole NSA leak thing is just blackmail writ large. Suddenly the “gubmint” leaks that they’re spying on everybody, including Congress. Suddenly Congress becomes totally invertebrate. “Play ball or all your shady deals and clandestine affairs will be leaked.”

Boehner and McConnell must have a lot of skeletons. Cruz, not so much, or he just plain old won’t knuckle under.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 5:21:14 AM PST by afsnco
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Sawdust!


12 posted on 03/07/2014 5:28:35 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: afsnco

Cruz just has no reasons to knuckle under, period. Would anyone with issues have walked out on the end of that plank with this administration? NO.

The others are just opportunists and every opportunist got there not by being honest and trustworthy.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 5:35:24 AM PST by mazda77
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To: afsnco
"Boehner and McConnell must have a lot of skeletons."

Boehner, McConnell, and Roberts must have a lot of skeletons.

Had to fix it.

14 posted on 03/07/2014 5:38:14 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Kaslin

The critical lesson here is for Republican candidates for POTUS. At the very start of the primary season they have to be asked the question that will reveal if they have too big an ego for the office.

“Are you willing to work with congress to reduce the power of the office of the president to constitutionality?”

Unless they answer this question quickly and correctly, with a minimum of b.s., they probably think that *they* are strong enough to “control” the unconstitutional power, and use it “wisely”.

Which is the wrong answer.

This excessive power is too much for anyone to handle, and it is tearing our country apart. The office of the President of the United States must be deflated, or it will destroy our form of government, our prosperity, and our people.

The “imperial presidency” must end.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 5:44:16 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: G Larry
QUOTE: Hatred of America, Christianity, and the West, and EVIL intent on the destruction of each, is a much clearer explanation.

Are his intentions any different than the other coffee sippers in "...the faculty lounges and university neighborhoods Obama had chosen to inhabit?

16 posted on 03/07/2014 5:54:13 AM PST by jimmyray
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To: mazda77

“Cruz just has no reasons to knuckle under, period.”

Mrs. Cruz works for Goldman Sachs. Given the leftist orientation of many Goldman elitists, it is surprising she still has a job with such a prominent outspoken conservative for a husband. Does she have the dirt on someone? Or is Cruz another tool of the global bankers who will change his tune immediately if elected POTUS? In today’s world, nothing would be a surprise.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 5:54:59 AM PST by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Kaslin
A person who follows this philosophy may believe that others see the world as he does and will behave as he would.

If he reads what the MSM writes and says, why would he believe any differently?

18 posted on 03/07/2014 5:55:29 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Kaslin

“I don’t care...what you do...I wouldn’t wanna be like you.”


19 posted on 03/07/2014 6:08:12 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
When the zero passes on, what will they find inside that skull?

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Overcooked spaghetti.

20 posted on 03/07/2014 6:13:26 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Kaslin

toys in the attic


21 posted on 03/07/2014 6:15:12 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Kaslin

Unless they live with a Bong in their hands, nobody sees the world as Obama sees it.


22 posted on 03/07/2014 6:16:46 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is dumber than donuts.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 6:20:14 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Solipsism is one of the primary distinguishing characteristics of American liberals.

They quite literally (and not in the Biden use of the word) cannot imagine other people not having as their highest possible aspiration becoming just like themselves.

Recently watched on Netflix a movie about a teenage Chinese girl with a severe cleft lip deformity.

She is operated on, and of course become stunningly beautiful. Then she and her father move to CA. She then lives the upper-class CA high school experience, complete with the limo at prom.

The makers of this movie apparently could not imagine a happy ending other than becoming just like them.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 6:20:51 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Kaslin

0’s problem is that his idea of how the universe bears no resemblance to actual realty.

When the two come into conflict, there are two choices.
Either change your concepts about reality or bend reality to your will.

Most healthy people change their idea about the universe.

Unhealthy people attempt to change the reality to match their concept or live in a fantasy world.

It takes an extremely strong will to bend the reality and force others into your world but Putin will have none of that.

At times of conflict, there is an opportunity to grow but I see no growth here or acceptance of reality.

So we have to deal with the new reality that we have a president who would rather believe a palatable lie than accept the truth that he has failed. - just like those who elected him.

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” -David Foster

If you fail to deal with reality, it will deal with you (on it’s terms, not yours.)


25 posted on 03/07/2014 6:25:11 AM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Dumber than donuts, or dumber than rocks?


26 posted on 03/07/2014 6:28:17 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves -- such as a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director.

There was another narcissist who thought he was a better general than his generals at a cost tens of millions of lives until his own narcissism drove him to suicide in his own bunker-the ultimate if perverted attempt at control.

Here is a post of mine that goes back to November 2009:

"If we have got our man right, "he just switches without a blink" because he is unconstrained, unconstrained by conscience, unconstrained by the media and unconstrained by political philosophy. In other words, as a sociopath he lies because he knows he can get away with it.

If conditions around him were otherwise, I believe he would behave otherwise because these narcissists are usually acutely sensitive to nuance and are near geniuses at telling people what they want to hear. Think of Bill Clinton. By accident of history-and race-Obama is uniquely positioned in this season to be virtually immune from criticism. Of course, this is wearing away as the people and party inevitably attempt to reassert themselves. When that happens, I expect to see Obama adapt very quickly.

It seems to me he is a man in conflict because of competing desires: narcissism vs. Marxism. I think he is first a narcissist with all the sinister attributes and dangerous proclivities associated with the absence of conscience. I think he has seized on Marxism as a way of feeding the narcissism in that the Marxism provides a comprehensive theory with an answer for everything which he need only sort through and apply. It assures him of his superiority because Marxism purports to have special insights that the world is ignorant of.

There is great danger there because neither narcissism nor Marxism provides a safe haven or a rational resting place and leaves him prone toward tyranny and demagoguery."


27 posted on 03/07/2014 6:36:18 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: G Larry
It is one of the reasons for his behavior
28 posted on 03/07/2014 6:42:16 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Progov

The whole thing translates into that, that arrogant pos is so full of himself, it’s pathetic


29 posted on 03/07/2014 6:44:35 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

You mean after the M.E. removes it from his rectum?


30 posted on 03/07/2014 6:47:05 AM PST by twister881
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To: mosaicwolf
How many times has Chief Justice Roberts agreed with the left? One time. So stop accusing him. I am tired of this. It makes you look like a fool
31 posted on 03/07/2014 6:50:38 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

obama has been told his whole life that he is “exceptional” and, in combination with his pathologies, this has made him the failure he is today. Furthermore, the millions of people who voted for him (twice) for no reason other than — at least in some respects — he looks and acts “black” (i.e., the “modern racists”), continue to worship him from which obama feeds his delusions of greatness.


32 posted on 03/07/2014 7:01:45 AM PST by glennaro
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To: Arthur McGowan
enemy combatant. He seeks the destruction of the United States.

All narcissists are destructive by nature. The mental disorder of narcissism develops as a defensive response to other mental disorders. There is no cure. The only solution that works is to keep narcissists out of your life as much as possible.

33 posted on 03/07/2014 7:09:03 AM PST by Reeses
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To: Kaslin

Only those with severe intractable mental conditions see the world as Clown Prince nobama does. In other words, LIBs/DIMs.


34 posted on 03/07/2014 7:10:08 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Reeses

All these ‘Obama is stupid, Obama makes mistakes’ memes.

He knows what he’s doing, and he’s the most successful person in American history at doing what he’s doing, and he likely knows this.


35 posted on 03/07/2014 7:11:05 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: hal ogen

correct


36 posted on 03/07/2014 7:12:04 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I like “Dumber than donuts”. The “d”s in “dumber” and “donuts” go together. There’s probably some name for how that works in our language, but I don’t know it. “Dumber than rocks” is better known and probably more fitting. I suppose the poet in me likes “Dumber than donuts”.


37 posted on 03/07/2014 7:18:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Mr Obama plays to his advantages every time - he exploits the faculty lounge inspired tyranny of low expectations based on race


38 posted on 03/07/2014 7:20:31 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: nathanbedford

Very astute. The narcissist using communist theory. It more clearly defines him.


39 posted on 03/07/2014 7:30:25 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
Since writing that some years ago I have had time to reflect and incorporate more of Saul Alinsky into the analysis. Alinsky said, "the fight is never the fight" meaning that the selection of an issue upon which to engage was wholly opportunistic and not motivated by principle. The overriding goal of obtaining power and overthrowing the system justified engaging in any fight resorting to any tactic.

I can think of no more convenient moral philosophy for a narcissist.


40 posted on 03/07/2014 8:27:38 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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