A president in need of therapy? – Updated

April 4, 2010

Roger L. Simon thinks President Obama has a serious personality disorder:

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I found Anne Kornblut’s report in the Washington Post — “Obama’s 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman’s claim of being ‘over-taxed’” — to be deeply disturbing. Although I disagree with most of Barack Obama’s policies, I took no pleasure in seeing a political opponent wound himself by talking on and on to the point of agitating his audience. The situation is much too grave for that. This is our country — all of us, Republican, Democrat and Independent. And I am now convinced of what I have long suspected — the United States has a president with a serious personality disorder.

Now I admit I am not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, nor do I see myself even remotely as a paragon of mental health, but I have made a decent living for over thirty years as a fiction writer whose stock in trade is perforce studying people and this is one strange dude. He makes Richard Nixon seem almost normal.

I’m not sure I’d go that far. While I’m not even as qualified as a fiction writer to decide if someone is nuts, I do think Obama is a callow, brittle egotist and narcissist* who cannot handle challenges to his authority, and his lack of qualifications for the office have only exposed those qualities as he deals with the curve balls it throws him daily.

Given the state of the world, one can only hope he develops some humility and a thicker skin, soon.

*(Of course, there is such a thing as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, so maybe Roger’s right.)

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Ed Driscoll takes Roger’s comparison of Obama and Nixon and looks at the differing (and extreme) attitudes the media held toward each – All The President’s Yes Men.