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On Sept. 14, 2011, Barack Obama was addressing a crowd of students at North Carolina State University when he said, “If you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill.”
Obama was not elected to be loved. He was elected to perform the duties of the office and defend the Constitution. He also was elected to lead us out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. He has done a poor job. In fact, his policies and political rhetoric have brought us to the brink of economic disaster, driven our two major political parties farther apart and divided the country along racial and ethnic lines that may take years or decades to repair.
Many were puzzled by this odd statement from an American president. However, Dr. Paul Fick, the renowned clinical and forensic psychologist from Laguna Niguel, Calif., who often brings clarity to the political arena, says it is “completely comprehensible” when viewed from the perspective of Obama’s troubled childhood.
It was Fick who, in his 1995 book, “The Dysfunctional President,” correctly predicted that Bill Clinton would, during his time in office, act out sexually in a manner that would risk his presidency.
In his latest book, “The Destructive President,” Fick makes a compelling case that Obama’s need for love that was left unfulfilled has led him to attempt to control others in order to have a feeling that he is loved, however temporary.
Obama’s failure to resolve his childhood pain, resulting from rejection, abandonment, maternal neglect, multiple moves and divorces, and an alienation regarding religion, race and socioeconomic status resulted in the “victim logic” that has been the dominant theme of his 2012 campaign. Far more damaging is that these unresolved emotional issues have produced an “inner rage” that resulted in an outright “hatred for his country.”
Fick writes, “As president, Obama has a position of power and control where he wittingly and unwittingly seeks to transform this nation by tearing apart the traditional institutions that he believes are responsible for his unhappiness.”
Fick makes it clear that what he has to offer are clinical impressions, not a diagnosis, which would involve interviewing and/or psychological assessment. However, given all that is known about this president, especially his own revelations found in his writings and statements, it is possible to offer convincing clinical impressions.
The thing that jumped out at me from this ebook, as it did in his previous endeavors, is that Fick has great empathy for his subject and wants the best for him. He does not come across as partisan but rather someone who truly loves his country and wants to preserve our way of life. He is as much a historian as he is a psychologist, not given to hyperbole.
“The Destructive President” is a short 172 pages. It is an easy read, with just enough psychobabble to effectively support his findings and help us better understand those around us who are grappling with similar issues. It is tagged with a well thought out treatment plan and the challenges for any therapist who attempts to treat a former president.
However, Fick makes it perfectly clear that the first step in helping Obama (and healing the country) is to “vote him out of office, the larger the margin, the better.”
Comparisons between Clinton and Obama are inevitable. Although both of these men deal with rage, Fick says “Obama’s rage is tremendously more dangerous than Clinton’s because Clinton’s anger was self-directed and Obama’s anger is America-directed.”
My favorite chapter is about us, the voters. Why do we have an affinity for emotionally troubled candidates?
Fick believes that these candidates connect with the populace in a way that emotionally sound candidates do not. The narcissistic traits exhibited by Clinton and Obama have an appeal for many who do not realize that “the bravado is just a cover for insecurity” and that this “false confidence may resonate with voters seeking to be rescued from their own insecurity.”
He sets up a fictitious therapy session with Obama’s wife in which she describes his handling of the family finances in a similar manner as he managed the federal government. Fick assents that she would be told that her husband is “fiscally abusive” and would be “strongly encouraged to take the finances away from him before she ends up in financial ruin.”
Fick maintains that when a spouse is being abused, the spouse may endure that behavior until it is made clear that it is harming the children.
Obama is hurting our children and grandchildren. Enough said!