We all love talking about ourselves and our adventures/exploits. This is simply human nature. We need to be our own favorite person and love ourselves before we can love others. But Barack Hussein Obama has elevated narcissism to entire new level.
Former President Obama was in Germany on Saturday, speaking on behalf of his Obama Foundation, but these enamored Berliners were in for a special treat they had never dreamed of. This was actually the first stop in the multi-city “My Favorite Things About Me Tour 2019”, with the headliner Barack Hussein Obama. The opening act is Barack Obama.
Barack Obama is known for telling us long stories about his struggles and how he had to walk to school, which was 30 miles uphill both ways, in the snow in the morning and in blistering heat in the afternoon. Indonesia and Hawaii are like that y’know…
He does tend to speak of himself in an obsessive manner whenever he speaks, but he may have set a world record for self-aggrandizement. During a nearly 90-minute town hall meeting with “emerging leaders” in Germany, Barack only mentioned himself a mere 467 times.
Here is the count of his use of pronouns (this was a hurried count, could actually be more):
- “I” – 303 times
- “Me” 33 times
- “My” 43 times
- “I’d” 9 times
- “I’m” 58 times
- “Myself” 9 times
Obama’s speech begins as most of his do, which is talking about his favorite subject, the former US President Barack Hussein Obama.
“It’s been over ten years since I spoke to a slightly larger crowd in front of the Victory Column when I was running for president,” Obama said to a very sedate crowd. “I had a little less gray hair then. And since then I’ve been back to Germany I think at least ten times. I’ve been to Europe countless times. But I’m as excited to be here with you as I have been ever when I’ve come to Europe.”
Then he continues on the Obama train, “When I left office, or maybe a few months before I left office, I had to make some decisions about what I would do after the end of my presidency and I knew that I wanted to catch up on my sleep — I had to take Michelle on vacation. She deserved it, putting up with me for that long. “
“But we also knew that our service wasn’t yet done. I was one of the youngest presidents to be elected, which meant I was one of the youngest ex-presidents. And I asked myself, ‘All right, what’s the next thing that I can do to make the biggest impact, the most difference?’ And there
Obama frequently “reminded” the crowd of his own legacy, taking all
“When I passed the Paris climate, or, when I helped get the Paris agreement on climate accomplished, I was the first one to say what we’ve done here is not adequate to meet the demands of climate science.” He wanted to take all the credit for it as he normally does, so what stopped him this time?
In another self-aggrandizing moment he regaled the crowd about his days as a community organizer, Hussein only used the “I” word six times in a single sentence: “One of the challenges that I had, when I was a young organizer, was I wanted change now and I wanted 100 percent of what I wanted and then I suddenly confront some politician who would disagree.”
Later the self-absorbed one was talking about meditation, and naturally that led to another story about Barack.
“I mean, I will tell you that I don’t have a regular meditation practice. But I have my own tools I guess to take me to a certain place. For example, you know, particularly when I was your age I did a lot of writing and that would serve as a similar process for me where I would still myself and if I was writing well, it would take me out of myself, right?”
And we’ve all seen the ‘workout regimen’ Obama posted when he POTUS where he was lifting extremely heavy and unwieldy 3 lb. weights, ONE IN EACH HAND! What a manly man, and yes, he also told the crowd of his heroic workout exploits.
“You know, I was — I was a pretty busy guy. I’ve got to say. But I worked out every morning. I mean, I was pretty religious about it. I was in the gym. And people knew, unless there was an actual literal emergency, that you had to block out that time in the morning when I was going to be working out. And if I did not have a workout, I was going to be cranky. But I knew that if I was going to be able to sustain the pace I was sustaining over the course of eight years, I needed to have at least that.”
He spent nearly the entire time speaking about himself, but not so much about “community leadership” and “civic engagement”, which reminds me of the time that I…..