So, we all know, really, deep down, that Barack Obama is a supreme narcissist. Not just because the key items on his resume are two best selling books about his favorite subject -- himself. And not the way Bill Clinton was a narcissist, desperate for approval from adoring crowds, and an endless string of women, beautiful and otherwise. No, Barack's "appetites" are quite different. They are the appetites of a person who sees himself as larger than who he really is, a person who thinks of himself more of a symbol, and an icon. And, to confirm, as if we needed further evidence, that this peculiar brand of narcissism -- a narcissism, frankly, of someone with a inclination toward a despotic turn of mind -- we have this from Sunday's NYT magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/magazine/16change.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&pagewanted=all Hooo boy. You see, it's not about governing. It's not about making decisions and setting a direction for the nation that make sense. It's about being a symbol, an icon. It's about being the Michael Jordan of politics. . .but without the accomplishments, the work ethic, and the desire to greatness and excellence by dint of talent and work that set Jordan apart It's about getting other people to LIKE us and getting others to believe that he IS us. And, frankly, it's a bit chilling.