Obama: A Professional Diagnosis


Ever since Barack Hussein Obama burst onto the national scene, Seraphic Secret has maintained that this ideologically rigid leftist is riddled with personal pathologies that, given the opportunity to metastize, will spell a decline of Americanism at home and abroad. And when American power and influence wane, the vacuum is rapidly colonized by the wicked forces of repression and genocide.

Now, after six years of Obama, the American economy is moribund, ObamaCare is unraveling the world’s greatest health care system, the Russians and the Chinese are on the march, and the Middle East—except for tiny democratic Israel—is in flames. IslamoNazis are seizing ground in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.

Keep in mind that Obama’s first foreign policy initiative was to repair relations with the Muslim world.

Obamas’ repair has harvested a universe of chaos, mass murder, and hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Last Saturday, WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan, who admired Obama until she didn’t, opined that the problem with Obama is his unwisdom.

My wife Karen, a Ph.D. psychologist with a specialty in testing and diagnosis, felt that Noonan’s unwisdom thesis was, um, unwise.

Karen fired off a comment to Noonan’s column that strikes yours truly as a classic of lucid, jargon free diagnosis.

… It is not that Obama is not showing wisdom, that he is not making good decisions. It is that he sees himself above the need to make wise decisions. He has contempt for the very need for consultation, for pragmatism, or for accountability. He worships himself, and he thinks he can do no wrong.
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  1. DHH
    Posted October 3, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    One need not be a mental health professional to diagnose Barack Obama. But just flipping through the DSM—I’d say there’s at least a dozen “codes” we can use to describe Obama.

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  2. kgbudge
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Indeed. With Mr. Obama, it’s always about Mr. Obama.

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  3. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Dear Sennacherib:

    What outhouse remark?

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    • sennacherib
      Posted September 23, 2014 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Vietnam, where President Lyndon Johnson once bragged that U.S. pilots “can’t bomb an outhouse without my approval.”
      It was Lyndon description of how he controlled the targeting process in the Vietnam war, it was a disaster.

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      • Lee S.
        Posted September 25, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        And Johnson had some experience! And still it was a disaster. Now imagine Clueless Barry.

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  4. sennacherib
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I am old enough to remember LBJ and the famous outhouse remark. Micromanaging almost never ever leads to a good outcome. But when you micromanage to limit damage (which is what O’s doing, for political damage) instead achieving of victory, it will lead to disaster for your stated and real aims. He and the people that follow him have been captured by their own ideology, so they twist and turn desperately propping up a rotten facade. For if even once it’s admitted that anything that he and they have done is wrong, the whole thing crashes down.

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  5. Miranda Rose Smith
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I wish all the Jews on this website a happy, healthy, peaceful, kosher New Year.

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  6. Posted September 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I’d say that Obama is a figurehead, not as bright as his supporters claim and totally in a position over his head. He was placed by people who didn’t keep control or didn’t properly train/coach him.

    My big disagreement with you is your claim that America had “the world’s greatest health care system.” The system left too many people out, but Obamacare hasn’t improved things. I live in Israel and find the system here superior.
    Batya recently posted..President Ruby Got More Applause than PM Bibi at Begin EventMy Profile

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    • Barry
      Posted September 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      What is it about the Israeli system you admire?

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    • kishke
      Posted September 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      I live in Israel and find the system here superior.

      The Israeli system is quite decent for many things, but great numbers of Israelis come to the States for specialized medical treatment they cannot receive there, or do not trust to have done there. There is no similar traffic going the other way.

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  7. pkoning
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    While I find the conclusion compelling, I have to object to the methodology. There’s a term for making medical judgments about a person you have not examined personally: it’s called “malpractice”.

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    • kishke
      Posted September 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink


      Don’t be ridiculous. There can be no malpractice without treatment. Karen is not treating Obama. This is so obvious it should not need to be said.

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  8. David Foster
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Obama’s character seems to me quite similar to that of Lord Cardigan (of Crimean War Light Brigade fame) as portrayed in one of George MacDonald Fraser’s “Flashman” novels:

    “His nose was beaky and his eyes blue and prominent and unwinking – they looked out on the world with that serenity which marks the nobleman whose uttermost ancestor was born a nobleman, too. It is the look that your parvenu would give half his fortune for, that unrufflable gaze of the spoiled child of fortune who knows with unshakeable certainty that he is right and that the world is exactly ordered for his satisfaction and pleasure. It is the look that makes under-lings writhe and causes revolutions. I saw it then, and it remained changeless as long as I knew him, even through the roll-call beneath Causeway Heights when the grim silence as the names were shouted out testified to the loss of five hundred of his command. “It was no fault of mine,” he said then, and he didn’t just believe it; he knew it.”

    Whether or not this is a fair description of the historical Cardigan, I think it’s a pretty good description of Obama.

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  9. Barry
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    If anyone thinks this guy is bad news, there are ‘mash’ notes making the rounds between Hillary Rodham and Saul Alinsky that should give us all pause.

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  10. Hoss
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I subscribe to Karen’s diagnosis. Here’s a man whose first real job is
    POTUS and in the grand tradition of other great egos, such as LBJ
    and Hitler, he’s micromanaging and picking targets in a war he has
    no idea how to win.

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    • Miranda Rose Smith
      Posted September 23, 2014 at 3:37 am | Permalink

      Dear Hoss:

      How dare you compare LBJ to Hitler, may his name be erased?

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