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  • Inside The Mind Of Obama

    Commentary by Ben Feldman:

    It is hard for people to understand Mr. Obama and his weak leadership. For instance, Mr. Obama releases Gitmo detainees, labels ISIS as a JV team, and cannot call the ISIS killers Islamic terrorists. Once he left to play golf after discussing the beheading of an American. Recently, he was seen at a baseball game drinking beer with Raul Castro after the Brussels, Belgium killing. His rationale  by attending the game; he doesn’t want to show fear. His belief is that If he shows fear, or if we show fear, then the terrorists have us where they want us; frightened, cowed. I imagine killers see his behavior differently. Ask them and they will probably say it shows our weakness which incites them.

    Passivity is Obama’s leadership style. Particularly when military and foreign issues emerge. Coupled with passivity, Obama seldom speaks with emotion though he does show irritation and haughtiness. Essentially, Obama is an angry man but he never shows it in public. How do we know he is angry? Consider his friends and associates;  Al Sharpton, Billl Ayers, Jeremiah Wright. He sat in Jeremiah Wright’s Church, listening to sermons full of vituperative rages against America, repeatedly. Why? He enjoyed it. Obama’s rage, which he felt and showed in college by drinking, taking drugs and reading angry Black authors is deeper, more personally meaningful, as we shall see. His confllict with anger, manifested and hidden by his passivity, has imperiled the American people and the world. But, why is he so passive?

    Many decisions we make are determined by childhood patterns of behavior. We are creatures of our history. Obama is no exception. The record is clear about his childhood; his father was a polygamist and an alcoholic that came to America to study from Kenya. He met and married eighteen year old Ann Dunham.  Barack was their child. Sometime later Obama senior abandoned his wife and Barack junior, to study at Harvard.  He left Harvard and returned to Kenya. Later, Ann sued for divorce. This abandonment  left its mark on Barack junior;  indelible, painful, far reaching.

    His mother later met an Indonesian that became Barack’s stepfather. They too ended in divorce. Finally, Barack lived with his grandparents in Hawaii. His grandparents, in particular his grandmother, was the primary breadwinner and adult in his life that provided his education and care. Barack’s mother would leave him with her parents and attend anthropological events. Finally, sadly, in 1965 she died of cancer. The result was that Barack Obama was fatherless, motherless, abandoned by the significant adults in his life.  A recipe for rage and depression.

    Such loss of parenting is emotionally hard to handle. When Obama was at Punahou school in Hawaii he felt a growing rage that concentrated on race. Obama saw himself as a victim of racial scorn. He was really a victim of ineffectual parents leaving him with anger. Obama read angry Black authors and identified with them. His anger at society, however, was really a pretext for rage at his parents. It is easier to blame society when your parents treat you as an  appendage to their lives. This is the ultimate narcissistic trauma and what better way to try healing narcissistic injury than to be President of the United States.

    Obama’s passivity, so much a part of his personality, is a defense.  Passive people are reluctant to be aggressive, fearing their anger. In Obama’s case, his anger at his parents for their failed parenting and abandonment is most likely hard for him to acknowledge. He carries the rage inside.When he was in college and drank and took drugs he was depressed and angry. He was trying to escape the inner reality of pain of his childhood abandonment. This is not surprising. What does this have to do with his leadership behavior? Obama fears showing his aggressiveness, fears losing control of his anger and what it will create. The result, he hides behind his intellectualized liberal, leadership. He apologizes to the world, he bows to the King of Saudi Arabia. Supplicating behavior comports with his view of himself.

    Obama’s passivity has gotten in his way of being an effective leader by not giving the American people a sense of protection. Consider the following; He failed to follow up with the red line crossing in Syria, he focuses on climate change rather than ISIS, he refuses to call the terrorists Islamic Terrorists, he gives Iran a pathway to the bomb, he releases the Gitmo prisoners. Through his passive leadership, his fear of his aggression, he is trying to show the world America is not malevolent. This passivity is hurting America by showing a weak leader.This is passivity as folly. His leadership is a psychological defense against his own anger at his childhood. Consequently, he was not suited to be a leader.

    This rage affects Obama’s sense of reality. Interestingly, many commentators indicate from time to time that Obama is delusional. For example, he sees climate change as a more serious threat than ISIS. Delusional.He refuses to call the terrorists Islamic terrorists. Delusional. Iran, a country that chants Death to America, finds him signing an agreement giving them money and access to the bomb as if they mean no harm. Delusional. He sends 250 troops to the mideast asking for other countries to help.Delusional. Obama fears leadership and aggression and sees America as the bad guy. He wants to teach America a lesson but in fact, he wants to teach his parents. The consequence is to the world, fecklessness due to emotional immaturity.

    Obama cannot see reality because of his anger from childhood. This affects his leadership and does not make America and the world safe.


    Ben Feldman

    Ben Feldman

    Ben Feldman is a psychotherapist with a Master's in Psychiatric Social Work. He has been practicing since receiving his degree in 1971. He has also studied at the Tampa Bay Institute Of Psychoananlysis and is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society. Recently, he was appointed a supervising therapist at the China American Psychoanalytic Association. In addition, he writes a column for the Santiva Chronicle called Talking Therapy.

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