Obama’s Narcissism: The Troops are Fighting for Me, Me, Me

Obama revealed the extent of his narcissism, his outsized sense of self-regard, this week during his hasty explanation of his flip flop on the issue of gay marriage. In his ABC News interview Obama waxed poetic about those American troops that he thinks are fighting for him as opposed to fighting for their country.

During his interview, Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts that he feels “constrained” in war policy, but it’s what he said before that which startles for its arrogance (my bold for emphasis).

When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

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Fighting on your behalf, Mr. President? What an amazing conceit. No, Mr. President, our soldiers are fighting for their country not for a particular president. Cesar’s troops fought for him, on “his behalf.” So did Napoleon’s. But our nation has no emperor, Mr. Obama. American troops fight for their country not its leaders or leader.

Troops receive their order from the president through the chain of command, to be sure, but they are not individually answerable to the president. They are answerable to their own officers, of course, but not to the president. Only top generals must answer directly to the president as they serve at his pleasure. But the troops do not.

Further, the troops swear their oath of service to the Constitution of the United States, not politicians. Finally, Congress itself has certain powers over our armed forces, too, so the President is not all-powerful where our military forces are concerned.

Would that we had a real journalist in that interview. It is no surprise that the softball-pitching ABC News TV reader Robin Roberts didn’t press Obama on his arrogant assumption that our troops own their fealty to him as opposed to their country, though. After all, she was chosen for this quickie, ill-planned announcement because she is not a real reporter.

There is another reason that Obama picked a softballer for his quickie interview. He really isn’t prepared for any though questions on his new, new stance on gay marriage. Loose cannon Joe Biden forced Obama’s hand on the issue, and word is the administration is a bit torked off at ol’ Slow Joe because of it.

It is easy to understand that Obama likely could not satisfactorily answer tough questions because his team haven’t take the time to craft a well thought out policy this soon after Joe Biden’s gaffe. So, fluff TV chickie Robin Roberts got the job.

But regardless of all the political/policy machinations of this sudden reversal on gay marriage, it is more shocking that Obama imagines that it is he who is featured most prominently in the minds of our troops.

Such disgusting hubris.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012.
Filed under 2012 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, Big government, corruption, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Liberals, Media, Military.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • jim_m

    Such disgusting hubris.

    Nah.  Thinking that the military is your personal tool and is sworn to loyalty to your person is rather commonplace for totalitarian dictators (and those who aspire to the position).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7YIUZMXOD5JGZZTCYMVA75KFU Shadow

       That sums up the situation quite well, Jim.  Perfect.
      Even a liberal can understand that.

  • herddog505

    I’m actually willing to give him a pass on this as it’s not uncommon for people to think of the military as “fighting for me”; this is usually said to express some personal sense of obligation to those rough men who allow us to sleep safe in our beds at night.  It’s a rhetorical flourish.

    • warnertoddhuston

      A president is not “people.” A president is steeped in the office and would be aware every second of its ins, outs and significance. THIS president did not have any “slip.” This is how he thinks of himself. Hubris.

      • herddog505

        Could be, or it could be that his teleprompter told him that he’d sound more “folksy” or more like “the common man” if he said that GI’s are fighting for “me”.

        • warnertoddhuston

          His teleprompter is working against him, then! LOL

  • EricSteel

    If asked I’m sure he would also say that he is a better Navy Seal than the Seals on Team 6.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/04/obama-i-can-do-any-job-better-than-the-people-i-hire-to-do-it/

  • jim_m

    L’etat c’est moi!

    Yeah, that didn’t work so well for the guy that quote is attributed to.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      May he enjoy the same ends.

    • Brucehenry

      Louis the FOURTEENTH said that, not Louis the Sixteenth. Somebody tell Wodney that Louis the Fourteenth died of old age after reigning 72 years.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        “I’m Henry the eighth I am
        Henry the eighth I am, I am
        I got married to the widow next door
        She’s been married seven times before
        And every one was an Henry (Henry)
        She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
        I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry
        Henry the eighth I am.”

        Why Henry the Eighth?

        Because ‘Louis the Fourteenth’ just doesn’t fit the rhythm pattern…

      • jim_m

         Yes, I knew that.  It still set up France for disaster.  It is an arrogant presumption that the state is nothing more than the single person.  Governments that rule with hat philosophy all end up on the trash heap of history.  Of course, that’s where obama wants the US.

      • jim_m

        Or perhaps a better (yet similar) quote is from Napoleon: “I am the state— I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public—people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.”

        Swap The United States for France and you could easily conceive of obama making that statement.

        • Brucehenry

          Yes, Obama is exactly like Napoleon.

          Nut.

  • Guest

    Somebody tell Warner what “Commander in Chief” means in terms of who’s in charge.

    • jim_m

       He’s in charge, they do not serve him personally.  There are nations where the military took a personal oath to serve the nation’s leader.  If you want to argue that that is what we have going on here be my guest.

      • Guest

        “There are nations where the military took a personal oath to serve the nation’s leader.”

        Like… uhm, ours.

        • jim_m

           No fascist, they don’t swear allegiance to obama like your classmates did to Hitler when you were young.  They swear allegiance to the constitution and the nation.

          The oath that JLawson posted below says that they swear to follow the orders of the President and their officers.  Are they swearing personal allegiance to their officers?   No.  No one is serving the company commander. 

          Think about it,  We talk about serving your country in th emilitary (well you don’t because you are part of the cult of personality that wants to elevate obama to President for life), no one talks about joining the military to serve the President.

          Just more evidence that you really are a fascist.

          • Guest

            Obama said, “When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf”

            They’re following his orders.

            Are you really that stupid or just pretend to be so you fit in around here?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            They are following the lawful orders of the Commander in Chief and those officers appointed over them so long as they do not run counter to the Constitution which they are sworn to Defend.

          • Guest

            Are you suggesting that the military has been ordered by Obama in way that is counter to the Constitution?

            Of course not, you’re just trying to change the subject.

          • jim_m

             Nobody has suggested that.  What people object to is obama’s seeming belief that the military serves him and him alone.

          • Guest

            He didn’t say him alone.

            Your hate has blinded you again.

          • jim_m

             He didn’t have to.  The point is the epic arrogance in claiming that they fight for him.  I will note that he also didn’t say that he views religion as a political convenience and not as a real faith.  He did not say that the reason Moochelle is going on millions of dollars worth of vacations is that he wants her the hell away from him.

            He didn’t say a lot of things which may or may not be true.  We have to evaluate him on what he says and does.  Interpreting his statement as others have here is perfectly reasonable.

    • Gmacr1

      Dumbass, the armed forces are not the Pratorean Guard.
      They do not serve the (P)resident and never will.

      • Guest

        another buffoon. Hope your shoes are clean…

        • Sky__Captain

           May Olaf’s Hammer soon pay a visit on this offensive little troll’s head…

    • warnertoddhuston

      Someone tell Grumpy the dwarf to actually READ the piece. Idiot.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    Funny, don’t recall serving for ANYONE over 23 years… serving the country, yes. Serving a President? Not so much…

    CinC takes the responsibility, soldiers take the credit. Here, Obama’s sounding like a Coliseum Floor Manager – “The gladiators, they fight and die for ME! They’re MINE! I own them! They love me! They really, really love me, because I give them things!”

    Obama would really love to be a cult-of-personality figurehead, wouldn’t he? It’s all about him, 24-7-365. If it isn’t about him, he’ll MAKE it about him.

  • Guest

    In the military you serve the Commander in Chief.

    “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and
    defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,
    foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the
    same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United
    States
    and the orders of the officers appointe.”

    I love it when you flag-waving buffoons fall flat on your face, which probably isn’t easy with your foot stuck in your mouth… but somehow you clowns still manage it.

    • jim_m

       It says that they will follow orders not that they serve him personally.  They don;t serve their officers, they serve their country.  No one joins the Army to serve barack obama.  They join to serve their country.  You are just showing everyone what a fascist you are.

      • Guest

        Obama didn’t say “they serve me” — that’s your spin now that you’ve seen what the oath really says.

        They follow his orders. He’s the Commander in Chief.

         

        • jim_m

           Wow!  The hypocrisy is staggering.  Up thread you assert that they do serve him:

          “There are nations where the military took a personal oath to serve the nation’s leader.”

          Like… uhm, ours.

          And now you are running away from your own statements saying that you weren’t claiming that.

          Hypocrite.  You’re losing the argument and you claim that you didn’t say what you actually have said.  Too bad the blog records what you wrote.  You believe that the military takes a personal oath to serve the President.  JLawson has cited that oath here and it is clear that this is not the case.

          • Guest

            Following the orders of the President is in fact serving the nation’s leader.

            Amazing the way hate changes the perspective of the hater. It apparently blinds them to simple facts. The hate apparently just takes them over. They’re weak and shallow, letting the hate dictate what they say and do.

            Notice how there are ZERO posts at Wizbat which extol the virtues of Romney.

            Every single post is driven by ObamaHate.

          • jim_m

             Following a leader is not the same as serving him.  You may not understand the difference.  But then you apparently believe that we should all be in servitude to obama.

          • Guest

            Oh, slave jokes. That didn’t take long.

          • jim_m

             I wasn’t joking, I was accusing.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            0bama is many things, a Leader is not among them.  Leaders lead from the front.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Orders – not ‘worship’, not ‘deify’, not ‘sacrifice ourselves so he looks good’.  We can disagree, dislike, and so on – but we’re not lackeys and we’re not servants.

      And it’s been the very rare President who ‘orders’ the military directly – the President sets policy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff figure out how best to implement that policy with the resources available.

      And you dumped this point completely – “according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

      The UCMJ puts limits on what can be done. Fer instance, it’s decidedly illegal to campaign for ANY candidate – from President down to second assistant county dogcatcher – while in uniform, or representing yourself as a member of the military. On your free time you can canvass, fundraise, donate money and time – but representing yourself as “I’m Sgt. Smith, and I endorse this candidate’ isn’t acceptable.

      You really don’t understand the culture – or even the concept of ‘chain of command’ or ‘according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.’, do you? Do you even realize that we’re under constraint to NOT obey illegal orders?

      Damn. For someone who continually crows about how stupid everyone else is, you’re sure coming across as ignorant… and determinedly so.

      • Guest

        lol… you really like shoe leather?

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Obama definitely does not qualify as “Emperator.”

        Someone else can explain what that means to the senile fool.

        • Sky__Captain

          It’s been tried.
          Obviously, it doesn’t work with this offensive little troll.

          Maybe Olaf’s Hammer will have an effect on this latest Media Matters dimwit?

  • 914

    Yes, lord knows how we ever survived without servitude to the likes of Milhouse for 200 years..  

    So much nonsense, so little time.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doc-Musgrove/100000620620015 Doc Musgrove

    Where is the freakin’ Hammer???  This Grumpy dude is so dense he needs to be hit in the ass with it.

    • Guest

      sorry, I guess that, unlike many here, I don’t hate Obama so much that I pretend to forget what words mean and oaths say. 

      • jim_m

         Could have fooled everyone here.

        • Guest

          Only the fools…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doc-Musgrove/100000620620015 Doc Musgrove

        What oaths would that be?  I didn’t serve a president for 29 years, I served my country.  I don’t hate obama, I just have no respect for him and utterly reject his socialist agenda.  I reject socialism because I am an American.  Respect is earned, by virtue of actions and example, not simply by filling a position.  Early on in the military, you learn you have to respect the rank, not the person holding it.  But I expect these concepts are foreign to you.

  • jim_m

    I will note that the other lefties are not defending obama’s statement, just the grumpy old troll.  Not Bruce, Chico, or even Jay and jb are backing the idea that the military serves the president or swears an oath of personal service to the president.

    Because even they understand that when you enter the military you are said to be serving your country and not serving the president.  They understand that the idea of the military in personal service to the president is antithetical to the ideals this nation was founded upon.

    Why is it that we say that the country owes our servicemen and women a debt of gratitude if they serve the president and not the country?  I’m not sure if the grumpy old troll is sick in the head or just plain ignorant. The difference is hard to distinguish.

    • Brucehenry

      Actually I agree with what Herddog wrote way upthread, Jim. “On my behalf” was a figure of speech, not a claim of executive authority. (I do admit that as soon as I heard it leave his lips, I thought, “Ooooh, the wingnuts are gonna jump all over that!”)

       But I’m always amused by watching you hyperventilate about Obama’s Fascist Tyrannical Stalinist Maoism.

      • jim_m

         Glad I can entertain.

        I am inclined to agree in that it meshes with obama’s enormous ego more than it is a doctrinal statement.  It strokes his ego that he thinks that they serve him primarily and hat they aren’t in it for he country.  I think he thinks that because he cannot conceive of someone loving their country.  I think that as an artifact of his upbringing he does not feel any connection to any country or sense of belonging.  In his book he talks about choosing to be American.  He sees it as incidental to his identity, something he puts on rather than part of defining who he is.

        Most of my hyperventilating has been done at the grumpy old troll who insists that our soldiers are serving the Presidnet and not the country; that they swear an oath of personal service.  That is wrong, regardless of what you think obama said.

        • Brucehenry

          Yes, I think that in this instance, Grumpy has chosen to fight a battle that didn’t need fighting. You guys would have finished spluttering about Obama’s alleged arrogance in 10 or 20 comments if Grumpy hadn’t goaded you.

          BTW, a certain party has deleted another of my comments above. LOL.

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  • TaterSalad

     With
    due respect Mr. Vice President, you are out of touch and very
    dis-respecting to the brother and sisters who have been killed or
    wounded since 9-11 in fighting this war on terrorism. How condescending
    this administration you and the President are towards us. You will
    answer to these remarks in November. You are no better than us, we are
    your paycheck. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/05/11/Flashback-Biden-Coal-Terrorism

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  • David Volker

    I think what he means by “fighting on my behalf” is that he is responsible for them being over there. They are deployed because he made the command. I am very familiar with narcissism and this doesn’t strike me as arising out of hubris but out of reasoned sensibility.