The Obamage Is Done
The most damaging decisions we make in life are often a function of the lies we tell ourselves. For Barack Obama, I imagine those include "I am important -- I can do this job -- I am better than anyone else -- I am special, more than special, I am a great man and everyone loves me."
When Barack Obama walked off that stage in Denver last week, he believed he had won the debate. Why wouldn't he? Just showing up has always been enough in the past. Remember, this is a man who became successful without having actually ever succeeded.
Apart from campaigning, Obama hasn't really ever done anything. Yet, his delusion of victory should surprise no one, since he also believes he is a great president doing a sensational job.
The problem with delusion is that even though its fallacious nature is obvious to the rational, it is invisible to the truly deluded. And this is why the President and his supporters can't stop talking about the debate.
One would think that a failure by the President of such epic proportion would be something minions would be reluctant to mention, but Barack doesn't think he failed. He thinks we, as a people, are just not smart enough to see his true margin of victory.
So now he will enlighten us by talking about it, because the excuses are important. Without excuses, he simply lost because he is a failed president, who was unprepared, arrogant and not as smart as Romney -- the same guy he's always been. He can't have Americans believing that, so he has provided an alternate narrative to be incorporated in his story -- his way. He needs us to believe in him, because without us, there is no him.
To paraphrase Jefferson, the tree of delusion must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of truth.
So he will keep talking about it, bending reality to his whim, telling a story where he was somehow cheated out of winning by a deceptive Mitt Romney. Or... he was too high... excuse me, I meant to say, Denver was too high.
But then, Obama has always been all about the story.
"When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well, the mistake of my first term -- couple of years -- was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.
It's funny -- when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job? And in my first two years, I think the notion was, 'Well, he's been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where's the story that tells us where he's going?' And I think that was a legitimate criticism."
Who said the man couldn't take criticism?
If supporters on his staff, sycophants in the press and minions in the electorate were honest with the nation and themselves, they would see the depth of his delusion.
But not only are they colluding with his delusion, they are deluded themselves. They will never see that the biggest mistake Barack Obama ever made is that he thought he was Barack Obama.
Polling and realists, reluctantly relaying a tiny bit of rare realism to the president, may have forced him to admit publicly his loss, but in his heart of hearts, he doesn't really believe he did.
He has always been told how great, brilliant and unique he is, so it's hard for him to accept that he failed -- not just at the debate, but at everything.
Remember when he said:
"I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any President -- with the possible exception of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln -- just in terms what we've gotten done in modern history."
For Obama, lying to himself is just as important as lying to us.
In the end, what are we left with -- the Big Bird President? That's the problem with delusion; you can't see the truth, because you refuse to. You need the delusion to maintain the illusion.
Does anyone doubt that the President believes he is winning this election? And when he wakes up early on November 7th, does anyone doubt he will be shocked that he has lost?
Dylan Thomas implored man to "not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." And surely Barack Obama will take his advice. Because to him, the world has never known a brighter light; and the nation's voters would never willingly choose another.
He won't believe it; he will insist -- just as with the debate -- that the result is wrong, that someone cheated -- that it is all Bush's fault, or the tsunami, or an obstructionist congress -- really, any excuse will do, maybe he was "too polite" with America.
There will be many excuses at first, but finally, he will claim voter fraud -- because he is incapable of believing that the nation doesn't want four more years of him.
And it is a sad statement on America that millions will believe him. When you buy a false dream, it's not possible to return it -- all sales are final. A multitude of people bought the Barack Obama myth and now they are stuck with it. Because to admit how small he really is and the degree of his spectacular failure as president is to admit their own failure -- and what's the point of having a delusion if you own up to being deluded? No... reality must be changed to support the illusion.
Almost 70 million people saw the true Barack Obama during his debate with Mitt Romney; many were motivated independents, who had been leaning away from the president, but not yet convinced about Mitt Romney. After all, the president has spent most of this year painting him as a rapacious plunderer, raping the middle class to reward the rich, killing steel worker's wives, and torturing his dog.
But as even Barack Obama can tell you, a good meme, like a good dog, can't be eaten all at once. It takes time to digest, and after seeing Romney, the non-deluded are starting to realize that they have been lied to.
He is not a dangerous ideologue. Romney is a reasonable man, measured in his opinions, presidential in his demeanor, and articulate.
It's said that the President has a visceral dislike for Mitt Romney -- he despises him. This is not hard to believe. Everything about Obama is the product of mass delusion. He is not transformational, he is not brilliant. He has no ideas for the future, except more of the same, more of him. He is the most unqualified man to have ever been elected President and the tenor of his tenure has proven this to be true.
In reality, Barack Obama hates Mitt Romney, because Mitt is better than him.
On October 3, 2012, for all to see, a man of little substance faced off against someone who wasn't buying the delusion. Sheltered all his life from the non-deluded, the President didn't understand how anyone could refuse to see his greatness and success. This is why he thought he won the debate and thinks he is winning his battle for reelection.
He can't admit he is losing -- to do so would destroy him. And on the day Mitt Romney becomes the next President of the United States, he will still not believe he actually lost.
Because after all, that is what delusion is all about.