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Influencing Joe Biden Big Time: The Narcissist-in-Chief Returns

Obama has been “all about himself” from the moment he stepped into the public spotlight, and presumably long before.

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For all four years of his presidency, among the several thousands slings and arrows that the Left aimed at President Trump was that he is a dyed-in-the-wool narcissist. While, I have no degree in psychology, and no clinical background, it is likely true that Donald Trump exhibits many characteristics of narcissism.

He cannot, in the least, hold a candle to the greatest narcissist that the U.S. presidency has ever had to endure, someone who deservedly earned the title Narcissist-in-Chief. Yes, we’re talking about number 44, the one and only, Barack Obama.

Obama has been “all about himself” from the moment he stepped into the public spotlight, and presumably long before that as a narcissist-in-training. Once he stepped into the White House in 2009, his decades-in-the-making narcissism went quite public, even if largely unnoticed by his throngs of admirers, and under-reported by the sycophantic press.

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All of Me, Why Not Take all of Me?

If you can believe this, he sent Queen Elizabeth of England a gift – two of his speeches, saved on an iPod. The Queen already possessed an iPod, but that’s no big deal. It must have been a thrill for her, amidst a lifetime of them, to have received Obama’s two recordings. It was certainly a thrill for Obama. Not coincidentally, he bestowed this gift to the Queen around the time that he had returned the bust of Winston Churchill that had long graced the Oval Office.

Obama paid homage to John Kennedy by posting a photograph of himself looking longingly at a portrait of the late, assassinated president. It doesn’t stop there: When Neil Armstrong, the man who put his foot on the moon in 1969, passed away in August, 2012, how did Obama publicly remember Neil Armstrong? He presented a picture of himself gazing up at the moon. No kidding. You cannot make this stuff up.

When Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, war hero, and longtime public servant passed away in December, 2012, Obama spoke eloquently about Inouye’s life. If you listen carefully, however, he reflected upon Inouye only as it related to own life. In other words, he was speaking about Inouye on the surface, but actually was touting “me, me, and me.”

Here’s Me at Disneyworld

To honor the late Rosa Parks, in February, 2013, Obama posted a picture of himself in the same bus seat where she had sat. How wonderful! That seat must have felt blessed.

When Nelson Mandela of South Africa passed in December, 2013, and the world mourned, so did Obama. He marked the occasion by tweeting a photo of himself and one of his daughters in Mandela’s #5 cell on Robben Island. Undoubtedly, looking down from heaven, Nelson Mandela was touched.

Now, close your eyes for a moment and imagine that Donald Trump had done the same – tweeted a similar kind of photo of himself and Ivanka in the cell. Would the media machine ever let this go? Would this end up as a major item in Trump’s future obituary? Enquiring minds want to know.

That Sinking Feeling

On the 70th anniversary of the USS Arizona sinking in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Obama remembered the dead sailors by issuing a picture of himself walking down the stairs in front of the USS Arizona Memorial. The name of the ship was obscured, but at least Obama looked good in the picture.

We could go on, but you get this picture. Obama could never get enough of himself. He went out of his way to ensure that everyone else couldn’t either. His brand of narcissism, way over the top, continues on to this day. In the last few months, he made the rounds on political talk shows, late night TV, and other prime media platforms reserved only for Democrats. He was touting his new, 700-page book which, incredibly, covers only part of his presidential administration.

So, we’ll all have to wait with bated breath for the second volume. Hopefully, it is not 700 pages, but with a world-class narcissist, you never know. It could be much longer.

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Culture Jamming, by Kalle Lasn

America has been subverted by corporate agendas and its elected officials bow before corporate power as a condition of their survival in office

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Here are excerpts from the culture-shaking book, Culture Jamming by Kalle Lasn, published by  William Morrow in 1999, which rings truer now than ever!

A Multitrillion-dollar Brand

America is no longer a country. It’s a multitrillion-dollar brand…. essentially no different from McDonald’s, Marlboro or General Motors. It’s an image “sold” not only to the citizens of the U.S., but to consumers worldwide. The American brand is associated with catch-words such as “democracy;’ “opportunity” and “freedom.” But like cigarettes that are sold as symbols of vitality and youthful rebellion, the American reality is very different from its brand image.

America has been subverted by corporate agendas. Its elected officials bow before corporate power as a condition of their survival in office. A collective sense of powerlessness and disillusionment has set in. A deeply felt sense of betrayal is brewing.

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By The People?

American culture is no longer created by the people. Our stories, once passed from one generation to the next by parents, neighbors and teachers, are now told by corporations with “something to sell as well as to tell.” Brands, products, fashions, celebrities, entertainments, the very spectacles that surround the production of culture, are now our culture.

Our role is mostly to listen and watch-and then, based on what we have heard and seen, to buy.

A free, authentic life is not possible in America today. We are being manipulated in the most insidious way. Our emotions, personalities and core values are under siege from media and cultural forces too complex to decode. A continuous product message has woven itself into the very fabric of our existence.

Most North Americans now live designer lives: sleep, eat, sit in car, work, shop, watch TV, sleep again. I doubt there’s more than a handful of free, spontaneous minutes anywhere in that cycle.

Smile Button Culture

The human spirit of prideful contrariness and fierce independence has been oddly tamed. We have evolved into a smile-button culture. We wear the trendiest fashions, drive the best cars industry can produce and project an image of incredible aff1uence-cool people living life to the hilt.

Behind that happy mask is a face so ugly it invariably shocks the hell out of my friends from developing countries who come to visit, expecting the giddy Americana depicted on TV and finding instead a horror show of disconnection and anomie.

Our mass media dispense a kind of Huxleyan “soma.” The most powerful narcotic in the world is the promise of belonging. And belonging is best achieved by conforming to the prescriptions of America™. In this way a perverted sense of cool takes hold of the imaginations of our children. And thus a heavily manipulative corporate ethos drives our culture.

The Facade of Cool

Cool is indispensable, and readily, endlessly dispensed. You can get it on every corner (for the right price), though it’s highly addictive and its effects are short-lived. If you’re here for cool today, you’ll almost certainly be back for more tomorrow.

American cool is a global pandemic. Communities, traditions, cultural heritages, sovereignty, whole histories are being replaced by a barren American monoculture.

Living in Japan during its period of sharpest transition to a western way of life, I was astonished by the speed and force with which the American brand took hold. I saw a culture with thousands of years of tradition behind it vanquished in two generations. Suddenly, high school girls were selling themselves after class for $150 a trick so they’d have cash to buy American jeans and handbags.

The Earth cannot support the lifestyle of the cool hunting American-style consumer. We have sought, bought, spewed and devoured too much, too fast, too brazenly, and now we’re about to pay.

Killing the Planet

Economic “progress” is killing the planet. This did not fully hit home for me until nightmarish environmental stories suddenly appeared on the news: acid rain, dying seals in the North Sea, medical waste washing up on New York beaches, garbage barges turned away from port after port, and the discovery that the milk in American mothers’ breasts had four times the amount of DDT permitted in cow’s milk.

To people like me, for whom time had always seemed like a constant, eternally moving train which people got on and, seventy years later, got off, it was the end of innocence. The premonition of ecocide — planetary death — became real and it terrified me. It still does.

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity

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Author Michael J. Gelb wrote a wonderful book titled How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, which contains many insights.

“Leonardo da Vinci lived to age 67 and during his life pioneered the sciences of botany, anatomy, and geology. He drew up plans for a flying machine, parachute, and helicopter, and he invented the telescoping ladder that’s still used by firefighters today. He also painted The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.” Here is what Gelb said about da Vinci and the topic of creativity:

[ ] Ask Questions. Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity. For instance, “How do birds fly?” “What makes the sky blue?” The answers can lead to discovery.

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[ ] Carry a notebook at all times so you won’t forget your brilliant ideas. By the way, da Vinci’s wrote many of his notes backward. Some people think it was because he was protecting his ideas from being stolen.

[ ] Challenge your long-standing opinions. You might have formed many of your views during or immediately after important childhood events. Ask yourself whether those conclusions still make sense.

[ ] Use your eyes and ears. Focus on the various parts of an object or scene, not just on the whole. This can help expand your perception. Instead of simply looking at a mountain, notice the rock formations and trees.

[ ] Try to write with your non-dominant hand. Taxing the opposite side of your brain can help you to think in a different way. And some people will think you went to medical school!

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