Obama's a Narcissist

He's only modest when it comes to the country
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2010 9:11 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally for Missouri Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan, Thursday, July 8, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Charles Krauthammer thinks President Obama has an ego fit for a king. Just look at the way he litters his speeches with the words "I" and "my," a stylistic quirk that may sound minor but is "quite revealing of Obama's exalted view of himself." What really sticks in Krauthammer's craw, however, is that while Obama thinks he himself is exceptional, he doesn't feel the same way about the US.

"Obama is not the first president with a large streak of narcissism," he writes at the Washington Post. "But the others had equally expansive feelings about their country. Obama's modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. What is odd is to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence—yet not of his own country's."

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