Alexander's Column

Obama Pathos Part 1: Barack Who?

By Mark Alexander · Apr. 11, 2008

The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.“ –Samuel Adams

This is Part 1 of 3 on Barack Hussein Obama Part 2: Disciple of Hate Part 3: Another Marx brother

On the official White House website, the bio for Barack Hussein Obama (a.k.a. "Barry Soetoro”) begins, “His story is the American story – values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family…”


The ‘08 Presidential campaign pitted Barack Hussein Obama against John McCain.

McCain was a well-known political commodity with a long-established record, but who the heck is Barack Obama, this charismatic populist who 18 months ago was not a household brand?

Of course, diehard Leftists became sycophantic Obamanites after his 2004 Demo Convention keynote speech. They, and Obama’s primary promoters, Jean-Francois Kerry and Teddy Kennedy, have been grooming him for this campaign since his Senate election in 2004.

Obama’s selection as the Demos’ 2004 keynote ensured his successful bid for the U.S. Senate, and a $1.9-million book deal to boot. The grooming exercise paid off for his true believers, though Obama is not much more than a lapdog for Kerry, who is, himself, just a lapdog for Kennedy.

This cadre of “useful idiots” comprised the sum total of those who took Obama seriously when he announced his candidacy last February.

How arrogant, Clintonistas thought, that this freshman senator from Illinois, whose credentials were little more than “community organizer” and state senator (oh, and “African-American”), would dare challenge the former co-president of the United States.

Asked about his qualifications to be president, Kerry said, “Because he’s African-American. Because he’s a black man, who has come from a place of oppression and repression through the years in our own country. … President Obama [would be] a symbol of empowerment [who has] the ability to help us bridge the divide of religious extremism, to maybe even give power to moderate Islam … an important lesson for America to show Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, other places in the world where disenfranchised people don’t get anything.”

Of course, from Kerry’s “limo-liberal” perspective, I suppose that a black guy who lives in a $2-million Georgian mansion on Chicago’s South Side (with a little help from Tony Rezko) appears to have been “oppressed and repressed through the years.”

Kerry’s cosmological assessment notwithstanding, the real Obama is not quite so benign.

Like so many Leftists, his roots are shallow and broken, and are in no way a reflection of “values from the heartland.”

“Barry,” as he was called when a youngster, was born in 1961 in Hawaii. His mother, Stanley “Ann” Dunham (whose father wanted a boy and so named her Stanley) was an anthropologist from Kansas, known to her friends as “the original feminist.” According to Maxine Box, Dunham’s best friend, “She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she’d read about and could argue.”

His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Muslim from the Luo tribe in Kenya. Barack’s parents met in a Russian language class (somehow fitting) while students at the University of Hawaii.

When Obama was two, his parents separated and later divorced. His father had two children by a first marriage to a woman in Kenya whom he had never divorced, and after leaving Barack’s mother he returned to his former wife and had two more children, accounting for four of the candidate’s half-siblings.

Obama’s mother then married another Muslim, Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian national. Barack took his stepfather’s name and he and his mother moved with Lolo to Jakarta, where he spent four years in local Islamic schools. Soetoro and Dunham had a daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack’s fifth half-sibling. They would later divorce. Then Obama moved back to Hawaii to reside with his maternal grandparents and attend the exclusive Punahou School until his graduation in 1979.

After high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles and studied for two years at Occidental College, transferring to Columbia University and graduating with a BA in political science in 1983. In 1985, he moved to Chicago to become a “community organizer.”

In 1988, prior to entering Harvard Law School, Obama met another Chicago lawyer, Michelle Robinson. They dated through law school and were married in 1992, a year after Obama’s graduation, by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the now-infamous “black liberation” heaver of hate rhetoric under the banner of “social justice.” They have remained active in Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, and their two daughters were baptized by Wright. (More on Obama’s racist mentors in Part 2).

Michelle Obama attended elementary and high school in Chicago and then went to Princeton to major in African-American studies. After completing her senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community,” she went on to Harvard Law School, where she received her J.D. in 1988.

Barack became an associate attorney with a law firm, and between 1993 and 2002 he represented mostly community organizers and discrimination claims. In 1996, he ran successfully for the Illinois State Senate and continued to work summers for his law firm. In 2000, he made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House, but in 2004, buoyed by his stardom at the Democrat Convention, he won his Senate bid.

Since that time, Obama has continued to burnish his extreme-Leftist credentials, having recently been listed by the non-partisan National Journal as the Senate’s most liberal member. Think about it: Obama’s voting record is to the left of every other senator, even that of Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders.

All this may constitute Obama’s background but it is not who he is. To get at the real question of “Barack who?” one has to look beyond his bio.

Barack Hussein Obama is an archetypal liberal case study. Obama, William Jefferson Clinton, Albert Arnold Gore, John F. Kerry and, of course, Edward “Chappaquiddick” Kennedy, all share a common ailment – what I have aptly described in some detail as the Pathology of the Left.

Leftists are uniformly defined by their hypocrisy and dissociation from reality. They speak of unity, but they foment division, appealing to the worst in human nature by separating Americans into dependent constituencies. They support freedom of thought, unless those thoughts don’t comport with theirs. They feign tolerance while practicing intolerance. They resist open discussion and debate of their views, yet seek to silence dissenters. They protest for natural order while advocating for homosexuality and abortion. They assert their First Amendment rights, except, of course, when it comes to religion, whence they impose the doctrines of secular atheism on everyone else. They decry SUVs, except those that they own. They advocate mass transit but commute on private jets. They believe trial lawyers save lives and doctors kill people. They believe the solution to racism is to treat people differently on the basis of the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. They deride moral clarity because they can’t survive its scrutiny.

Ad infinitum…

Why do most liberals believe what they believe – and act the way they act?

Psychopathology dictates and frames worldview, and worldview manifests in such things as political affiliation.

Leftists politicos tend to be chronic overachievers because they have suffered significant loss – often the result of the disconnect with (absence of) their fathers, and the absence of any surrogate father figure in their life. They subscribe to rigid doctrines and “nanny state” regimes to satiate their persistent insecurity, the result of low self-esteem and arrested emotional development associated, predominantly, with fatherless households or critically dysfunctional families in which they were not adequately affirmed.

Obama manifests all of these characteristics, and clinically speaking, there is a diagnosis. He and many of his colleagues are pathological case studies of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the standard reference used for psychiatric evaluation.

Of course, there are many conservatives who were raised by a single parent or in critically dysfunctional or impoverished homes. However, somewhere along the way, they were lifted out of their misery by the grace of God – often in the form of a significant mentor who modeled individual responsibility and character. As a result, they have the courage to internalize their locus of responsibility.

Leftists, on the other hand, externalize responsibility for problems and solutions by holding others (read: conservatives) to blame for their ills, and by bestowing upon the state the duty for arbitrating proper conduct – even proper thought.

The defining differences between conservatives and liberals is that Conservatives subscribe to something bigger than themselves, God and Country, and objective authorities like the Bible and our Constitution.

Liberals, on the other hand, are driven primarily by self interest. Though they feign concern for the less fortunate and the primacy of individual liberty, they support statism and socialism.

A footnote: It’s no coincidence that conservative political bases tend to be suburban or rural, while liberal political bases tend to be urban. The social, cultural and economic blight in many urban settings are Leftist breeding grounds for legions of the disenfranchised, those who are largely dependent on the state for all manner of their welfare, protection and sustenance.

These legions identify with Barack Obama. That is the substance, the essence of Obama.

To be sure, all good-hearted Americans should feel a degree of compassion for Barack Obama, whose formative years were marked by complete familial disintegration. But that is not a reason to elect him president.

This is Part 1 of 3 on Barack Hussein Obama Part 2: Disciple of Hate Part 3: Another Marx brother

Quote of the week

“Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a healthy ego. Now he’s turning into the A-Rod of politics. It’s all about him. He’s giving his opponent something other than issues to attack him on: narcissism. A convention hall isn’t good enough for the presumptive Democratic nominee. He plans to deliver his acceptance speech in the 75,000-seat stadium where the Denver Broncos play. Before a vote is cast, he’s embarking on a foreign-policy tour that will use cheering Europeans – and America’s top news anchors – as extras in his campaign… . There’s no such thing as a humble politician. But when Obama looks into the mirror, he doesn’t just see a president; he sees JFK” – Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi



I can't believe no one ever commented this post!!! You should run this series again and say..."Hey America, I told you so......" Nice writing.

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM

John Brewster said:

It is frightening how many millions of Americans blindly voted for Obama without any knowledge of his background or fundamental beliefs. He makes Bush look, by comparison,like Abraham Lincoln.

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

JRBeaman said:

The dumbing down of America has been a RESOUNDING SUCCESS.When the federal government set up the Department of Education, you could bet it would go the same way as the post office, and every other agency designed to follow the Marxists of the Democratic party, ie: Johnson, Carter, Hillary, Palosi, Reed, etc. Their philosophy is that they know better how we should spend our money.The United States has been brought to her knees the same way we brought the old Soviet Union down. Bankruptcy. No one could beat our fine armed forces and technology. Not even Osama. But then he saw this coming, and promoted Obama as did all of our enemies. That should have been a hint, but then the voters weren't listening to anyone except the LeftMedia.I am not surprised this would happen, I saw it 20 years ago, but I really didn't think it would happen this fast. I warned all my friends, and 80% of them just laughed when I said Obama was a joke.You get what you ask for, but not necessarily what we needed.I weep for my grandchildren.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM

David Newhall in California replied:

The rampant hatred for Obama is just getting sad. People know that (a) Communism is bad and (b) Barack Obama is bad. They therefore incorrectly conclude (c) Barack Obama is a Communist. This is what the conservative brain does: it reacts in fear to everything new. The vast majority of conservatives cannot tell me, for example, what the actual difference is between Communism, Naziism, Fascism, and Socialism. They just know that they're scary, bad things. So Obama just MUST be one of them!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

badbob85037 in Arizona replied:

Spoken like a true Californian. Your probably right as not many knowing the difference between the 4 political structures you mentioned. The same can be said as to the citizens of this nation that don't know the difference between a comic-book and the United States Constitution. Ones like you that can support the abuse and disregard for this document only surpassed by the word of God by this president.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

David Newhall in California replied:

I am sincerely interested in why you think Obama has abused the Constitution. The biggest abuse that I know of of our founding document since Nixon was done by George W. Bush, who illegally wiretapped American citizens. What if Obama had done that? You must agree that the reaction from conservatives would be quite different.

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 1:14 AM

India in GA replied:

"I am sincerely interested in why you think Obama has abused the Constitution."

Ask the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

India in GA replied:

Hi, David,

Have you really polled the "the vast majority of conservatives"? Somehow, I think not...

"The vast majority of conservatives cannot tell me, for example, what the actual difference is between Communism, Naziism, Fascism, and Socialism."

There's a difference?

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

India in GA replied:

"This is what the conservative brain does: it reacts in fear to everything new."

What the liberal brain does:This idea is different from my own, therefore, it must be born of ignorance, stupidity, bigotry, etc.

Please see Exhibit A in David's comment above.

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

lynn Beaver said:

Even my longtime liberal friends are seeing that they made a mistake. They are embarrassed at this joke. Haven't heard a one of them that will support Obama's goons in the Fall elections. GOD have mercy on us. I hope it is not too late.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 6:31 AM

David Newhall in California replied:

In 2008 we heard how the election of Obama would be an absolute disaster. So now I ask: is the situation of the country now, in 2012, the disaster you meant? Things aren't perfect, of course. But unemployment has dropped, the stock market is way up, the economy is growing. The auto industry has been saved, Bin Laden has been killed. Maybe this is the disaster you guys were talking about, fine, but then it just doesn't seem that bad to me. So then what am I to think when you say that re-electing him will be a disaster? Do you mean like the disaster we have now? So, in other words, if we re-elect Obama, things will continue to get better: we'll have declining unemployment, we'll kill some more terrorists, we'll save another industry, etc? Is your story that these things will happen, but maybe things won't get better fast enough? I just need to know what you mean by "disaster". Because if that's what you mean, that just doesn't sound that scary. On the other hand, maybe this isn't the disaster you meant in 2008. In which case you were wrong. So why should I believe you now when you say we will have a disaster if we re-elect him?
So either you guys were wrong in '08 and the sky wasn't really falling, or you have a very light definition of "disaster". Either way, it kind of seems like a problem to me.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

badbob85037 in Arizona replied:

What have you been smoking?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM

David Newhall in California replied:

This little thing called reality.

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

PanamaRod in Lake Havasu City, AZ replied:

OMG. Lenin's "useful idiots" re-incarnate in Kalifornia and unfortunately in the rest of the USA also. They walk, they talk and what's worse - they vote! I only hope and pray they are not in the majority come this November. "Lead them not unto to temptation and deliver them [and us] from EVIL.

Monday, September 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

India in GA replied:

"So now I ask: is the situation of the country now, in 2012, the disaster you meant?"

LOL... In a word, yes.

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

kh said:

I would strongly suggest watching "the Obama Deception" on youtube. well done. Next on the agenda is the North American Union. Canada, US and Mexico sharing everything. No borders, one currency, one set of laws. It will be sold as the only way to solve the immigration problem. One step closer to the New World Order.

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Hilda Joyce Mallul said:

@kh: Then they (Mexicans) better learn English because I am to dang old and set in my ways to learn another language now. God help us!! But he may not because it seems WE the People were not spending enough time praying to God until now. When things were going our way, we didn't take time for church and prayers. Now look what has happened!! We get to have a Black Hitler telling us what to do.I hope it is not to late either, but in my heart I am afraid it is. I thank God that my husband went to heaven before all this started and that my youngest son is also up there looking down and maybe they will put in a good word for me.

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:16 AM

grahamsnumber in . replied:

Why on earth do you think that Obama is a "Black Hitler"?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Drifter in Washington, Utah said:

It could have been a straw dog, all along to cover something, other than citizenship in his record. None of that will ever be seen, now.That may have always been the plan...

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM

joan said:


Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM

ockyWocky in Wheeling WV said:

Surprise, surprise...said Private Gomer Pyle, USMC, but Fuhrer Obama has a bucket full of surprises, not the least of which is the long-sought birth certificate which he finally caughed-up a day or so ago.Why the mystery? It probably took a long time to cobble up the certificate itself, while planting it in the proper place undoubtably cost more, and took longer than even Obama's cadre thought.The educational background will only come out at his funeral. That, and the true nature of his financial backing will probably go in the pyramid with him.

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

grahamsnumber in California replied:

There are only two offices that require being a "natural born citizen" as opposed to a simple "citizen". Those are President and Vice President. "Natural born" means born on US soil. You can still be a citizen if you are born on foreign soil, but you won't be "natural born". In 1961, when Obama was born, he was born a citizen because his mother was a citizen. So let's assume he was born in Kenya. Then his mother must have thought: "Here's my new baby. He's a citizen of the US since I am, but he's not natural born, so he won't be qualified to be President. So I am going to fake newspaper announcements and a birth certificate so that some day little Barack can become the President." Is that your story? His mother was thinking this while she was in Kenya?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

coyote said:

The paragraph where Sen.Kerry argues President Obama's qualifications is crazy. I'm a history buff. Obama isn't brilliant. He weaves the words of Marx, Alinsky, Robert Creamer, progressive agenda and the communist manifesto into his speeches. He has not endured oppression and repression in this country. He and Michelle are staunch Marxist/Leninists. Every thing about him is wrong. If he is re-elected the last vestige of the Republic will be gone. It won't be just the top 2% who pay more in taxes. They actually love rich people. The middle class exists to feed government Jabba-the-hut. The truly poor get lip service. Obama doesn't want an armed citizenry. Watch what they are doing to the 2nd amendment, look up the legislation and think about countries where there is no 2nd amendment, no right to bare arms in defence.How about American-African>

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Bobby Jr said:

I must urgently point out a major discrepancy in the background story for BHO, other then his highly suspect claim to have been born in Hawaii. The other issue being that his mother and father were married and later divorced. Under the laws of this country, they were never legally married, for dear old dad had never divorced his first wife, and indeed, after he was finished playing with Miss Dunham, he went back to his first wife, subsequently having two more children with her. Therefore, dad lied on the marriage application when he claimed to have been, at the time, single, thus rendering it null and void, making BHO in actuality, a true and proper bastard, by the dictionary definition.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:44 AM

veedalynn said:

Was Obama's diagnosis perfected by a fully licensed and reputable psychiatrist?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

michael musso in bartlett tn. said:

I have been saying since nov, 08 that obama is illegal. I have read, heard and seen most factual evidence that supports this. How in the name of Heaven is he able to continue his destruction of our God blessed,blood bought nation. MIchael SAVAGE was right on ! liberalism is deffinitely a mental disorder...

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Peter Manley in Arizona said:

How in the world could you miss Obama's first and most influential mentor: Frank Marshall Davis. Grandpa's friend who mentored young Obama for nine of his most receptive years. Wright just reinforced what he already knew. You need to do some more checking. PM

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Rocky in Pickens, SC said:

No proof that he was 'born in Hawaii, or that 'his parents were married'.
No evidence that he 'was a successful associate attorney'. In fact both he and Michele have been forced to turn in their Law Licenses.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM