Obama On The Couch author Dr. Justin Frank is clinically delusional
Dr. Frank gained pop psychology fame with his ’04 book Bush on the Couch, an underwhelming analysis of a dry drunk with daddy issues who found Jesus. Not to belittle the psychological professional, but it was readily apparent to all what was going on in Bush’s brain. I mean, there wasn’t a whole lot there.
Well, the good Doctor has taken a crack at analyzing a human being whose personality isn’t a caricature, in Our Glorious Commander in Hope Barack Obama, and wow does he do a remarkably bad job.
According to the indentured servants at the Huffington Post:
Frank, a clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center, offers his armchair analysis in attempting to answer one of the most common questions about Obama’s transformation over the past three years: What happened to that idealistic, inspiring guy from 2008 who ended up compromising so much as president?
What follows is a decent crack at armchair-analyzing a guy who “transformed” from awesome to opossum.
The answer is that he became deeply anxious when he assumed the responsibilities of the presidency, Frank told The Huffington Post in an interview, and instead of facing it, he retreated to the most familiar place of his psyche, which is a place desperately rooted in the need to accommodate others.
You don’t say! Seriously. Don’t say that. It’s based on a faulty premise.
It would seem that his entire analysis is based upon the assumption that Obama, like, really changed, dude. What happened to him? He used to be cool. That’s a pretty massive, and unfounded, assumption. Frank’s evaluation may derive from “in-depth” study of Obama’s speeches, writings, etc., but it doesn’t take into account the fact that politicians are typically self-serving liars who govern at the behest of obscenely moneyed interests.
This “Obama is a wuss” meme has gone way too far. Now it’s quasi-clinical. It’s been prescribed by a Doctor of the Mind! Obama’s not a rat fucker, seriously! He’s not a dive artist, for real! He’s not capitulating to the point of collusion, I swear! He’s just a scared little child! YOU DON’T KNOW HIM LIKE I DO!
Having never going to read this book, The BEAST gives it Two Thumbs Down, 3.5 R.D. Laings, and 7 out of 8 Sybils (she was full of shit too!).