Much has been said of Obama’s compulsive lying[i]. There is considerable evidence that he lies freely and without guilt, enough so that many people notice it. But his psychological problems go beyond that. What is particularly worrisome is his overall syndrome. In this short space it is not possible to cover all the symptoms so I will concentrate on those most important to my point. We start with a brief, succinct description of the psychopath.
Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest, and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it. Largely devoid of guilt, empathy and love, they have casual and callous interpersonal and romantic relationships. Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses[ii].
One symptom that many writers and pundits have noticed and highlighted is the obsession with himself, the need for admiration, the grandiosity, the fantasies of unlimited success, power and brilliance (I’m LeBron!), including the feeling that he is unique, a very special person entitled to favorable treatment and automatic compliance with his wishes and expectations[iii]. As part of this symptom, he can react to criticism with anger (how dare they?!) and become jealous quite easily (e.g., if others threaten his superiority). This aspect is amply obvious after four years of Obama in the presidency.
A second aspect, which is also obvious, is his ability to lie and to blame others. Part of this is a strong effort to avoid blame and responsibility (it was George Bush’s fault!), and a related aspect is a major lack of empathy and a disregard for the feelings of others. The lying in moderate practice is shrewd, crafty, calculating, sly, and wily. In the more extreme form, it has been deceptive, deceitful, unscrupulous, and manipulative. The lying becomes necessary because of a refusal to accept responsibility for his actions or lack thereof. Since his lying has been extensively studied I will say little else about it.
The next symptom is lack of guilt. more