**A Post by Shifra**
Whenever we hear anything about the latest polls, there is always something about Obama’s “likability.” Although a rising number of likely voters believe the country is going in the wrong direction, there’s always that pesky “likability” thing. And many of us are wondering, as Tammy did on Friday’s show, “Who is this group of people who like Barack Obama?”
So, I set off to find myself a real live Obot. Typed in “Obama” and “likability,” and there she was, courtesy of the HuffPo: Christine Alonzo, 43 years old.
Alonzo volunteered for Obama during the 2008 campaign. A few months after Obama’s victory, she lost her job. She’s still looking for work. Instead of blaming Obama for the economic crisis, she’s volunteering full time to help him capture a second term.
“It’s tough out there,” Alonzo says. But, the 43-year-old adds, “I don’t think our president’s had enough time to get us back to where we need to be.” She still likes him even though she’s not hot about the state of the country. “He’s got the intelligence, the drive, to get this country back on track.”
…Public opinion polls routinely show that Americans like the president personally even though they don’t agree with his policies, even if hurt by them.
Even if hurt by them?
So, how is Christine different than a woman saying about her boyfriend, “Ok, he punched me in the face and threw me down the stairs. And I’m not hot about my broken foot. But my boyfriend’s got the intelligence and the drive to make this relationship work.”
You say “likability,” I say “pathology.”
And no, I am not referring here to the pathology of the Obots. I am talking about O’s innate ability to promise empty promises, and to manipulate people to believe in him. I am talking about his sociopathic charm.
This is in no way a definitive diagnosis of our Empty-Chair-in-Chief. Much has been written about his Malignant Narcissism, and it is all very much on target. But I do believe that he has sociopathic tendencies. Think of a blender with only two speeds.
Speed #1: Pleasant, intelligent, smooth talker, charming, maybe a bit seductive, makes you feel good about yourself.
Speed #2: Angry, contemptuous and vindictive when he/she realizes that the charm and smooth talking are not working to get what they want from you.
Consider these two exchanges, one between Obama and McCain, the other between Obama and Eric Cantor, during the 2010 meeting to “discuss” healthcare.
Notice Obama’s inconsistent eye contact, the irritation, the thinly veiled anger rising to the surface, the contemptuous tone. (And since he was addressed as “Mr. President,” it would have been appropriate to respond to “Senator McCain,” instead of the dismissive “John.”)
And that is why Clint Eastwood’s speech, and the zingers aimed at Obama during the convention, were so effective. Because the malignant narcissist with sociopathic tendencies cannot tolerate criticism, and becomes unhinged when the charm does not work.
Obama will make mistakes. He will tip his hand. We will see more of his anger and vindictiveness. It will be his undoing.