Is Barack Obama on the verge of a meltdown?

Is Barack Obama losing it? Is he becoming unhinged? Is he on the verge of a meltdown? Is he exhibiting signs of mental illness?

CNN's Ed Henry Tweeted that Obama appeared to be “a little punchy” on the flight home from the European Summit when he announced he would stop in South America to see the anti-American socialist leader Hugo Chávez.

Sean Hannity said, “There are some Democrats that cue me into things. The feeling among some people that are in the White House is this President is unhinged, that he's detached, that he's losing it. [...] The only thing that he is passionate about seems to be ESPN and playing golf and playing some basketball—that's the only thing that gets his interest. [...] This is what people—and I'm telling you, my sources are reliable—are telling me.”

On the March 22nd 2009 episode of 60 Minutes, Obama exhibited highly inappropriate laughter when discussing our grave economic situation. Interviewer Steve Kroft was so alarmed by Obama's bizarre demeanor that he challenged him to explain his mood and asked if he were “punch-drunk”—surely the first time in history that a President of the United States has been asked such a question.

Punch-drunk (adjective): 1. Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to a boxer's head. 2. Exhibiting an inability to act intelligently or think with clarity. 3. Exhibiting a dulled mentality, confusion, or bewilderment. 3. Behaving in a dazed manner.

During the interview, Obama laughed so often (13 times) and so strangely in response to things that no normal person would think are funny that I—an experienced ER doctor who has repeatedly seen how people on drugs can exhibit inappropriate laughter—seriously wondered if Obama had resumed using drugs, or if he were just callously out of touch with millions of Americans who now feel like crying.

In the first two months of his Presidency, Obama vacillated from exhibiting stern gloom to groundless optimism and now odd gaiety. During the interview, Obama was repeatedly interrupting himself to laugh about the economic crisis. This is clearly no laughing matter.

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) isn't laughing about it. He's now talking about possible “bankruptcy for the United States. There's no other way around it. If we maintain the proposals which are in this budget over the 10-year period that this budget covers, this country will go bankrupt. People will not buy our debt; our dollar will become devalued.”

This country will go bankrupt.” And Obama is laughing.

After Neel Kashkari, the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), mentioned how hard he'd been working, Congressman Dennis Kucinich responded by saying, “I don’t think anyone questions, Mr. Kashkari, that you’re working hard. Our question is: Who are you working for?

The implication was that Kashkari, a former Goldman Sachs Vice President, was doing more to help his Wall Street friends than folks on Main Street.

Many are now questioning who Obama is working for. He's giving crumbs to people on Main Street while giving one pile of gold after another to Wall Street. The film The Obama Deception destroys the myth that President Obama is working for the best interests of Main Street Americans. Obama knows that, but he also knows that most Americans don't yet realize it—which might explain why he's laughing. At us, for our stupidity in electing an irresponsible man with a history of drug use to the White House. He now seems to be irresponsible and either back on drugs, or a tad too goofy to be a credible Chief Executive.

If you spoke to a bank officer about your financial problems and he interrupted himself several times to laugh about it, you'd think that he is nuts. Perhaps Obama is just so overwhelmed with problems that are so far beyond his comprehension that giggling about them on 60 Minutes and Jay Leno's show is the only thing he can do.


I've seen Obama smile many times, but the smiles he gave during the 60 Minutes interview made him look far more ecstatic than what you'd expect to see on the face of a teenage boy who just found out that the cutest and most affectionate Swedish cheerleader in the world had fallen in love with him and would be knocking on his bedroom door in five minutes while his parents were out of town on vacation. The smiles that Obama gave were as ill-suited to the occasion as it would be if you were flashing the widest smile you ever gave while attending your mother's funeral. I used to wonder about Obama's political ideology and brainpower; now I'm questioning his sanity.

I spent weeks before the 2008 Presidential election studying Obama. His one seemingly notable accomplishment—getting into Harvard Law School—was attributable to affirmative action and his radical connections that included a Saudi oil sheik who was, and is, one of the richest men in the world, and one of the Wall Street fat cats that Obama is now repaying with money that will come from you, you children, and grandchildren.

Obama's undergraduate grades and LSAT scores were so embarrassingly low that he refused to release them—and so low that Obama may not have been accepted into Podunk Law School, let alone Harvard. Consequently, Obama effectively had makeup on his résumé that gave most people a falsely positive impression of his abilities. Some people even proclaimed him to be the smartest man in the world. Ahem.

We're now running smack-dab into the danger of affirmative action: people getting critical jobs they are not qualified for.

I'm not laughing. Are you?

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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