I never use this word when describing the president, but I'll use it to describe his wife's harping on the rich about "feeling good" while others suffer.
This sounds alien:
First lady Michelle Obama has joined her husband's bandwagon to hit the rich and spread the wealth, questioning how well-off families can feel good if others are struggling.
To about 300 supporters wealthy enough to pay $300-$10,000 to attend the mid-day event, the first lady said, "If a family in this country is struggling, we cannot be satisfied with our own families' good fortune."
She also rapped the rich, as has her husband. "Who do we want to be?" Obama asked. "Will we be a country where success is limited to the few at the top? This country is strongest when we are all better off."
Fundraising in Cincinnati, Ohio as her husband raised cash in Florida, she also said that the change President Obama offered in 2008 "does not come easy." And she added, "change is slow, but we will get there," according to a pool report of the event.
Forced altruism is an alien concept to America, as is the notion that success is "limited" in any way. People are perfectly capable of paying taxes and being happy at the same time. The notion that the well off should feel guilty for having set goals, worked hard, and become successful is outrageous.
Besides, if her husband promulgated policies that made it possible for more people to succeed, she wouldn't have to be up on a podium scolding the well off for being happy.
Instead, we're stuck with Angry Black Woman complaining that the American people are resisting her husband's idea of "change."
If she had said something like that at a venue where I had just paid a thousand bucks, I would have gotten up and walked out.