Victor Davis Hanson has put together an alphabetized list of Obama’s targets, everything from the American people generally, to black people, to grandmothers, to, of course, George Bush. He notes correctly that this list transcends ideology or even political enemies. In Obama’s world, few things or people measure up, and he’s not shy about telling us. Hanson errs only insofar as he says that the laundry list cannot be attributed to Obama’s narcissism. Au contraire, Messr. Hanson. The laundry list is, in fact, Exhibit A in Obama’s narcissism.
Narcissists are extraordinarily well-defended people. A child who lacks ordinary love and support (and certainly that’s true for Obama’s bizarre upbringing) compensates by being his own support system. That’s a healthy response. A certainly type of narcissist takes it one step further. In order to bolster that internal support system, and constantly fill the void within him, he needs to denigrate those around him. Only in that way can he repeatedly prove to himself the wonders of himself. (Clinton, incidentally, was the opposite type of narcissist who needs the love of others to prove his wonderfulness; hence his obsessive womanizing.)
The pattern in Obama’s mind is simple: The proof of my greatness is the fact that everything and everyone around me is of lesser quality than I am. End of story. In order to stabilize his inner demons, a Clinton will betray you, but an Obama will destroy you. Given the choice, I’d prefer a charming rogue (i.e., Clinton) to a malevolent destroyer (i.e., Obama).