In August 2007, Paul Krugman, in an op-ed titled “It’s All About Them” famously labeled Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, the then-leading Republican candidates for President, “narcissists” because they allegedly viewed real problems from the perspective of how they were viewed:
What’s now clear is that the two men most likely to end up as the G.O.P. presidential nominee are cut from the same cloth.
This probably isn’t a coincidence. Arguably, the current state of the Republican Party is such that only extreme narcissists have a chance of getting nominated….
All of which leaves us with a political question. Most voters are thoroughly fed up with the current narcissist in chief. Are they really ready to elect another?
I wonder what Krugman thinks of this Obama statement regarding the crushing stock market swings (most down swings) since Obama took office:
“A smidgen of good news and suddenly everything is doing great. A little bit of bad news and ooohh , we’re down on the dumps,” Obama said. “And I am obviously an object of this constantly varying assessment. I am the object in chief of this varying assessment.”
So Obama screams that the sky is falling so he can pass his stimulus plan, then swings to the positive so that he can pass his budget, and the nation’s financial fortunes swing with Obama’s rhetoric. Trillions of market value lost, retirements in jeopardy because of Obama’s political games, but it’s not about us.
No, it’s all about Obama. He is the victim. He is the object in chief of every one’s assessment.
He who writes autobiographies but not biographies, who gives speeches which he declares to be historic, who recognizes his place in history long before he has created history. He who views this nation as but a stage upon which he creates his life story. He who expressed his love for this country because nowhere else could his story be possible. It’s all about him.
Krugman’s columns appear under the banner “The Conscience of a Liberal.” Will Krugman’s conscience lead him to give Obama the same assessment Krugman gave Romney, Giuliani and Bush. Will Krugman label Obama the “Narcissist-in-Chief”?
Don’t hold your breath, since we are talking about “the conscience of a liberal.”
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