After having published a column by the worst fashion expert possible, Politico has outdone itself by running what appears to be
complete bull***t a serious take on President Obama's psyche, as seen through the eyes of Dr. Steven Berglas.
The template for Berglas's mental evaluation: vaguely funny jokes Obama sometimes makes about his wife Michelle.
Let's take a look at Obama's jokes and Berglas's interpretation.
Joke #1: "What Michelle has done is to remind me every day of the virtues of order. Being on time. Hanging up your clothes.”-- Obama in Vogue, 2013
Berglas's take: "[W]e might wonder whether the president’s barbed comments about his wife suggest that he resents needing her. It’s hard to be a divorced politician, after all. If you believe that 'a thing said in jest, is half confessed' you’d have to conclude that much of what the president says about his wife reveals at least some degree of contempt for her."
He further states that the root of Obama's "contempt" for Michelle is that his father left him as a child. "You can try to spin this all you want," Berglas writes, "but the fact is that a man who is abandoned in infancy by his father is psychologically scarred for life."
Okay next joke.
Joke #2: "I recognize that this job can take a toll on you. I understand that second term you need a burst of new energy and try some new things. My team and I talked about it and we're willing to try anything, so we borrowed one of Michelle's tricks."-- Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner, 2013 (displayed behind him was a photoshopped image of his presidential portrait sporting a set Michelle's bangs)
Berglas's take: "It was cute but nevertheless objectifying. All the president could borrow from his brilliant, accomplished wife was a hairstyle?"
Finally, a little more analysis from Berglas on Obama's alleged abandonment issues (emphasis added):
Most boys in that situation overcompensate for the anxiety, insecurity and self-doubt this causes by developing a defiant cool—a swaggering attitude of “nothing phases me, I’m a rock”—designed to disguise a hole in their self-concept. ...
The key to understanding the president’s less-than-charming jokes about Michelle is realizing that those who suffer compensatory narcissism dread emotional intimacy. To protect themselves against being hurt in adulthood as their abandoning fathers devastated them as children, they reverse their feelings. As in: “I don’t need or love that wonderful, talented, supportive woman; she’s a piece of crap.”