sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #3

Barack Attack
(Dear Leader's Struggle with
his hatred toward America)

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's advisor and
spiritual Leader for 20 years:
"God Damn America"

The song the school children have been taught to sing (blasted across conservative blogs including my own) say that "He wants to change it, to rearrange it."


Because Dear Leader holds very deep seated resentments toward America and "Americans" in the general sense. The First Lady said in a widely publicized statement that the first time she felt like an American was when her husband was elected President of the United States. That's quite some statement and reflects how both she and her mate feel about their country. As a result, Dear Leader is all talk and aggressive inaction when it comes to national security. Other leaders have noticed and mock his childish agenda--even if our own media haven't.

Even the French are now worried that Dear Leader will not do what is necessary to protect the US (and by extension, France) from the the Iranian nuclear threat. The only "evil" he has ever been able to internalize is that of the "social injustice" of capitalism and America, taught to him all through his life by his mother and father figures like Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright.

Psychologically, he can't protect us, even if he wanted to. He is bound up in and obsessed with his own personal, unresolved conflicts and caught up in a destructive
repetition compulsion; and having a Daddy who was interested in protecting little Barry's world is not something he can relate to.

He has enough political "will" to support the ranting Zelaya (yet another Chavez wannabe south of us) and, interestingly, always seems to come down on the side of those who dislike and even hate his own country. Dear Leader needs to stop dreaming and wake up to the reality in front of him...but pointing out something like that to a person acting out his own personal psychopathology and grandiose fantasies on a world stage, while little children are singing praises to his wonderfulness and the left is reinforcing and enabling and excusing that gradiosity, would be therapeutically ineffective.

So is it really a lack of political will?

Or is it political grandiosity and malignant narcissism playing itself out on a world stage? All the world's his stage now--a stage he can use to act out those malignantly narcissistic defects manifested in his cold grandiosity and in his "selfless" devotion to pursuing what the left insists on calling "social justice"; but which in the cold light of reality always turns out to be the pursuit of power over others.

(h/t to Dr. Sanity who I drew on for portions of this blog posting - but not attributed in detail)

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #2

Walk the Walk like Barack
(Dear Leader)

Some psychologists and psychiatrists have suggested that Dear Leader is a narcissist. It hardly takes a PhD or an MD to bring one to that conclusion - in my opinion. However in the world of politics and power, narcissism isn't a trait that Dear Leader has a corner on.

I've been paying attention to our Dear Leader since long before he jumped up and down on the Lincoln Bed in the Lincoln Bedroom with glee - in his job as 'leader of the free world', which he resigned from two days ago in the UN when he more or less said that the United States was stepping down from that role.

I can't help but believe that Dear Leader has a dose of solipsism syndrome (CLICK HERE) going on. No I'm not a doctor rendering a diagnosis, merely a trained observer rendering an opinion.

Solipsism is the default state of humanity. There is, arguably, a kernal of us that always believes that we personally, our own consciousness, is the only thing that really exists and nothing else matters. We exhibit it when as babies, we exhibit utter selfishness. Beginning as an infant, we are absolutely demanding (paradoxically all-powerful due to our helplessness). This transfigures into a common adolescent intuition that we are invulnerable, almost certainly marked out for something special, but in any event simply not capable of dying, not in our present, gloriously fresh state of youthful primacy.

Armed forces at war are full of barely mature individuals who are perfectly convinced by the proposition that 'it won't happen to me' and that significantly, this applies to many who have no serious religious faith (Dear Leader in point) predisposing them to such wildly and irrational self-centeredness.

Victims of the syndrome, and I suspect Dear Leader is one of them, never shake off this feeling. We find that many people confined in lunatic asylums are solipsists, believing that they are Napoleon or even The Messiah (God), capable of any achievement or state of bliss through the simple act of thinking it. The degree to which the solipsist's pathology advances can be measured by the development of their delusional state.

There is always some underlying psychological reason why the individual retreated into the deceptive bastion of selfish untouchability in the first place. Freudians take one approach to explain this and other noted psychiatrists take other approaches. My point is not to examine why Dear Leader has been struck with solipsism. That is for professionals more skilled than I am to consider.

It seems apparent from the absurd level Dear Leader has taken things early in his presidency that using the word "egotist" to describe him doesn't come close enough to deconstructing who "the boss" really is. Not all pathological solipsists are the same in the same way that not all pathological narcissists are the same. Where does Dear Leader fit in the whole scheme of psychosis, paranoia and general delusional self-image? I don't know, but I believe he needs professional help, and for all our sakes, the sooner he receives it, the better off we all will be.

Analyzing Obama (blog series) #1

Talk like Barack (Dear Leader):

Communications consultant Jon Kraushar said Obama’s inaugural address on January 20, 2009 was, "marked by the magical powers of conviction, determination, faith and belief in rejuvenation." By breaking down Dear Leader's speech, you can borrow and apply his tricks the next time you give a speech.

Every speech indeed tells a story and needs a title to show its principle point. Obama's address focused on a new era of responsibility, accountability, and possibility. His speech was also distinguished by the emotion behind his words.

President Obama used many rhetorical devices to make his messages memorable. Three techniques stand out: contrast, repetition, and imagery. In a contrast about possibility, he said: "We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." - (Kraushar)

When speakers give speeches, audiences remember a few general ideas and themes, but mainly go on feelings: "I liked him", "I agreed with her" (or didn't). This tells us that to capture the hearts and minds of your audience, your words, face, eyes, body, voice, and attitude must fit together emotionally and connect with them.

If you want to borrow Obama’s techniques, start with words. Decide on a theme. Organise your thoughts into an outline or bullet points. Then write a few sound bites, using contrast, repetition, and word pictures. In short: show, tell, and sell.

A lot of the impact a speaker makes is based on what we read in his face, eyes, and body language. Dear Leader's non-verbal signs telegraph his seriousness, determination, and fundamental optimism. We see this in his furrowed brow, his dignified demeanour and the way he emphasizes his points with his hand gestures. It’s more interesting to watch and listen to a lively speaker whose gestures bring out stronger sounds out of them.

You can see the effect of body language by rehearsing in front of a mirror. Also have someone watch you rehearse to benefit from a second opinion.

The final impact derives from the voice: tone, pitch, volume, resonance, pauses and rate of speaking. Vocal techniques to evoke specific emotions include pauses for drama, emphasising certain words, a tone shift from sombre to optimistic, and a change in pace from slow and deliberate to slightly faster.

In order to be effective communicators, presidents need to convey the right combination of authority and warmth so people identify with them even while considering them to be on a higher plane. Dear Leader isn't a wizard; he's a craftsman who works hard at being a good communicator. He applies the law of focus which says that whatever you focus on increases.

Go ahead and customize what you like from Dear Leader's techniques to fit your personality and style and you will perform "magic" when you speak in public.