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Barack Obama’s Constant State of Cognitive Dissonance

indexOriginally posted at American Thinker

Contradicting the faultless, albeit far-fetched image he has of himself, Barack Obama is a man harassed by truth. That’s why, judging from his inability to accept personal responsibility, Barack Obama must be living in a constant state of agitated cognitive dissonance.

The late Leon Festinger is the social psychologist who proposed the theory of cognitive dissonance. According to Festinger, until the person suffering with perceptual disharmony can find a way to justify wrong actions and decisions, it’s impossible to achieve a calm mental state, especially when those wrong actions and decisions challenge the way the cognitively dissonant individual sees himself.

That’s why placing the blame for his mistakes on others and attempting to avoid having to admit he’s not the sterling specimen he perceives himself to be is the only way Barack Obama can resolve the disharmony of perceptions and truth raging within his head.

In an interview with David Remnick of The New Yorker, entitled: “The Obama Tapes,” instead of owning up to being the radical, rigid ideologue that he is, Obama blames many factors other than himself for Washington DC’s gridlock and his powerlessness to “penetrate the Republican base.”

Besides standing against Obama’s left-wing plans for America, Republicans disposed to work with him have complained that the president seems unwilling “to reach across the aisle” to form coalitions by way of social interaction. That’s because he won, he’s right, and quite frankly he’s proven that he despises anyone who disagrees with him — just ask federally-indicted Dinesh D’Souza. Therefore, rubbing elbows with anyone besides Beyoncé and Jay-Z probably isn’t something Barack Obama feels inclined to do.

Nonetheless, Obama did acknowledge that there is “no doubt that personal relationships matter at the margins and can tip something over the finish line.” That’s why he blamed his daughters (if you can believe it) for his being unavailable to “tip” his bad policy “over the finish line.”

In other words, coalitions are built at cocktail parties, which demand something from the president that he’d rather not give, so his excuse is he’s busy at home tending to the kids. Clearly, Obama is convinced that his inability to successfully implement his agenda is not reflective of his incompetence or his refusal to compromise — it’s Sasha and Malia’s fault.

During the interview, Barack Obama’s desperate attempt to expunge discomfort from his personhood was further made manifest when he blamed his declining standing among the American people on a core group of Republican House members (code name: Tea Party members). The president accused House members from conservative districts of capitulating against their will to pressure from radical constituents that Obama believes view their representatives agreeing with him as “betrayal.”

How pathetic is it to see the leader of the free world attempting to subdue his cognitive dissonance by convincing himself that if not for pressure from voters, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) would otherwise be falling lockstep into dutiful compliance with Mr. Brilliant’s vision?

The pièce de résistance from the interview came when clownish Obama accused conservative media of creating an unfair “caricature” of him as a person removed from “reality.”

Bemoaning what he identifies as biased criticism coming from his adversaries, the president has convinced his cognitively dissonant self that he’s been unsuccessful because of:

[t]he inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think.

That’s right — Obama considers himself an innocent man, and the reason he’s the abysmal failure that he is, is because of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

If you want to talk mental distress, just wait until Obama spots Sean Hannity sitting next to Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at the State of the Union address.

President Obama must feel better believing that when he’s not playing 150 rounds of golf, on a $4 million vacation, or partying at the White House with millionaires and billionaires, were it not for the misrepresentations the right wing has imposed on him, uniting voters from conservative districts would be a piece of cake.

According to the president, “[a]s long as there’s that gap between perceptions of me within the average Republican primary voter and the reality, it’s hard for folks like John Boehner to move too far in my direction.”

Here’s the problem: there is no gap — for the average Republican, perception virtually matches reality.

So in Barack Obama’s bizarre world of ‘Everything is everyone else’s fault,’ if it weren’t for all the ingrates who don’t appreciate messianic resolutions, John Boehner would heartily agree with everything the president proposes.

Totally in denial, and after blaming everyone and everything but himself, Obama told The New Yorker that the “truth of the matter” is that “even when there were a lot of political risks involved,” he believes Democrats have been an extraordinarily cohesive group.

Obama told David Remnick, “I’d like to think that part of that is because the Democrats up on Capitol Hill that I have relationships with know that the things I’m fighting for are things they care deeply about, and that I have a genuine commitment to seeing them succeed.”

Evidently, the president has been so busy trying to alleviate the discomfort of cognitive dissonance that he hasn’t taken the time to notice that Democrats are abandoning him in droves over ObamaCare.

So, other than trying to resolve the discord in his mind created by the conflict between reality and the self-important perception he has of himself, what in tarnation was Barack Obama talking about?

Dougie Aficionado Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Dance Party

Michelle Obama

Originally posted at The Blacksphere

On January 17th First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 years old.

Menopausal Michelle is about to mark a half-century of a truly remarkable life. And a nation reeling from insurance premium sticker shock, higher income taxes for those with income, and healthcare horrors is about to be unmercifully subjected to hearing about yet another fun Obama family celebrity-filled gala.

Michelle’s big 5-0 arrives on a Friday, so the White House planned the birthday bash for the following night. The guest list is still a big mystery, but one would guess that Beyoncé and Jay-Z (Bey and Jay) will attend because according to “Save-the-Date” emails the party is supposed to be a “Let’s Move!” extravaganza dubbed alliteratively as “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert.”

In fact, on a December 16th visit to a children’s hospital, Michelle announced that her birthday celebration “might involve some dancing. A little Dougie.”

And that it will!  Guests are being instructed to wear comfy shoes, to eat before they arrive and, between now and the big day, to spend time practicing their best Napoleon Dynamite dance moves. In other words: cheap hosts, no food, AARP-approved footwear, and a full night of “Sweating to the Oldies!”

Yes folks, this is sure to be a party anybody 50 and over would hate to miss.

Quite frankly, although Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would never admit it, for the Centrum Silver/Cialis/estrogen patch crowd they run with, staying home in slippers and drooling on the couch is probably more appealing, especially if Beyoncé shows up and insists on burning up the dance floor in spike heels.

And the “eat before you come” instructions! Is that any way for a “piece of the pie/share the wealth” advocate to treat guests? If an Italian were in the White House the instructions would read:

“Come ready to mangia! Wear really loose pants, and if you make a pig of yourself, non ti preoccupare, no one will notice if you grab a nap between dinner and dessert.”

Despite the secretive nature of the guest list, one person did let the ‘Dougie out of the bag,’ so to speak: Vice chairperson of the Democrat National Committee, the naturally silver-haired, 54-year-old Donna Brazile, who is one of the lucky ones to receive a “Save-the-Date” email in her inbox.

Gushing with accolades and fond appreciation for Michelle Obama, Donna recounted what went on in the East Room after Barack was inaugurated around this time last year.  According to Ms. Brazile, after banishing wayward flies from the premises, Mrs. Obama let her hair down and proceeded to ‘raise the roof’ and let her Dougie fly.

Evidently, when R&B soul pop star, Janelle Monáe Robinson (who is no relation to Michelle LaVaughn Robinson), was about to perform, the first lady, who typically dons a sourpuss at funerals and international events, “just lit up like a spark was inside her.”

Brazile didn’t elaborate on whether the first lady’s spontaneous reaction was in response to Janelle Monáe taking to the stage, Michelle’s outfit catching fire on a lit candle, or if she was still effervescent over her poor excuse for a president husband somehow managing to finagle another four years to screw up the country.

Either way, what Donna Brazile shared was downright bloodcurdling: “We cleared the tables and we all just started dancing. We danced the night away.”

Except for when her macho husband is doing the salsa with gorgeous Mexican pop star Thalia, or snapping selfies with a Danish hottie, Donna said that the happy, cheery woman America sees bubbling over with enthusiasm every day, why, “That’s Michelle. She’s spontaneous, she’s energetic, and she gets the moment and appreciates every second she is surrounded with friends and family.”

“She’s a history-maker, a trailblazer, but she’s simply Michelle, a down-home, down-to-earth woman of tremendous grace,” Brazile oozed, “she’s become more gracious as time goes by.”

Donna Brazile also pointed out that “That girl can dance.” Like a cockatoo grooving to the beat, Donna said, “That woman can still shake a tail feather.”

While visuals like that are fascinating, they’re really not necessary because to the delight of many, on more than one occasion, Michelle has exhibited her prowess boogying on the dance floor.

Take for instance when she gamboled with Ellen DeGeneres, shook her groove thing on iCarly, and more memorably on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when, together with his first lady dance partner, Jimmy demonstrated “The Evolution of Dance” in mom clothes.

Hey! For Michelle’s birthday, and in honor of heroic Robin Roberts finally acknowledging her homosexuality, Fallon should consider reaffirming the LGBT community by agreeing to attend the dance party in drag and thrill the guests by doing an encore “Dougie” with the birthday girl.

In the meantime, as Obamacare woes befall the rest of the country and America “Starves & Slips & Howls & Hurts,” we all breathlessly await further details on Michelle Obama’s “Snacks & Sips & Dances & Desserts” birthday event.

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