What I suspect is that the president is probably a clinical narcissist. This is not necessarily a bad condition if one maintains for oneself what the psychiatrists call an “optimal margin of illusion,” that is, the margin of hope that allows you to work. But what if his narcissism blinds him to the issues and problems in the world and the inveterate foes of the nation that are not susceptible to his charms?
Joe Klein handles this quite nicely, and correctly notes the cause of this- Obama standing firm on Israeli settlements.
How long before Peretz is waving a tire gauge asking to see Obama’s birth certificate?