Aug. 18, 2014
Things aren’t going so well for America.
There was (and continues to be) major rioting in Ferguson, Missouri…there are still no jobs for middle class Americans…our Southern border is still under siege…Obamacare is a disaster…our veterans are dying at the hands of the incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs…the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria threatens to create a radical Muslim empire in the Middle East…and the world (from Israel to Ukraine to Syria to Iraq) is literally on fire.
Where was our president? On vacation…again.
This time even the media is whispering. “Where is Obama? Isn’t his indifference to the problems of America and disconnect from reality, strange?” The simple answer is, “no.”
Former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, and President Barack Obama speak with one another while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
This is how he’s been his entire adult life. It all started at Columbia University.
I believe we have a president who is an arrogant, egomaniacal sociopath.
The definition of a “sociopath” is a person with an antisocial personality disorder. They are often well liked because of their charm and high charisma, but they do not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and often blame others for the things that they do. They have a complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. They seldom feel guilt or learn from punishments.
My new book “The Murder of the Middle Class” presents the story in vivid detail. I was President Barack Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, Class of 1983. I’ve been trying to tell America about Obama’s “problem” for seven long years now.
By college, a person’s personality, attitude and behavior is fairly well set. That’s why Obama’s Columbia days tell us so much about his behavior as president today.
Where was he? Why does virtually no one from Columbia remember the future president of the United States? Why did the future president make an impression on none of his classmates?
Things rarely change. Thirty years ago, my classmate was rarely seen. Thirty years later, he is rarely seen conducting the business of the presidency. No one should be surprised.
This undated photo provided by the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shows the Democratic presidential hopeful, Obama, in New York City, while a student at Columbia University. Obama received his B.A. degree in political science in 1983 from Columbia. (AP Photo/Obama Presidential Campaign, File)
What do I know about Obama at Columbia? Nothing. I had never met him. As I’ve reported countless times to the media, Obama and I shared the same major— Political Science. We were both Pre-Law. It was a small class (about 700 students). The Political Science department was even smaller (maybe 150 students) and was a close-knit group. I thought I knew or had at least met everyone in this department.
But I never met Obama. Never even heard of him. What’s worse, neither did anyone I knew at Columbia. Think about that. My classmate is president of the United States. Yet he didn’t leave a footprint.
In all my years of publicly questioning Obama’s absence at Columbia, I know of only two possible sightings. Two people called me claiming to be classmates. One caller claimed that he thinks he saw Obama once in a bar across from Columbia blowing smoke rings. Another called to say he thinks he saw Obama in the cafeteria at Barnard (our sister school for women only).
Two possible Obama sightings in 30 years—one smoking in a bar, the other at a women’s cafeteria. Isn’t that the perfect guy to run your country?
Obama defenders and the media (I know, they’re the same) misinterpreted what I said. I never said Obama didn’t attend Columbia. I said he was never in class—perpetually absent, missing in action. Sound familiar?
Obama acts exactly the same today as president, as he did as a student at Columbia. Obama has always believed himself to be brilliant and better than the rest of us. He’s arrogant and detached. He thinks he’s too smart to have to actually do the work the rest of us do. He’s above it all. Why attend class when you think “what could someone as smart as me possibly learn in class?”
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from his vacation residence in Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
It’s the same story today. Obama rarely attends meetings, even with his cabinet. He’s too busy playing golf, taking vacations, or attending fundraisers.
This past February Obama skipped two national security meetings focused on Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine. He was too busy to attend a meeting about a crisis that could lead to World War III.
Even if Obama wasn’t concerned about Russia invading Ukraine, certainly he finds America’s jobs crisis important, right? Wrong. Obama never bothered to convene one meeting of his own Jobs Council in a full year, even with unemployment and under-employment at crisis levels.
Even more remarkable, within two weeks of that story, Obama closed down his Jobs Council—with 12 million Americans still counted officially as unemployed.
So what is so important in Obama’s life?
Golf and fundraisers. PolitiFact.com, the non-partisan fact checker, confirmed our president golfed often and attended 106 fundraisers during just a six-month period where he could find no time, or interest, to attend even one meeting of his own Jobs Council.
President Barack Obama follows through on a swing as golfing partner former NFL player Ahmad Rashad, right, sits in a cart, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. President Obama fled Washington for his familiar spot on Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
And, where was Obama the night of the Benghazi attack? Both Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified Obama was absent that night.
Four brave Americans died while Obama was “absent.” What could be so important that Obama never checked in to ask a question, or discuss a rescue attempt from 5:30 p.m. until the next morning (when everyone was dead)?
The track record is consistent.
Just like his college days, Obama believes he’s too gifted to do the actual work of president. He’s just too busy to have to worry about the plight of unemployed Americans. He’s even too important to worry about young black males killing each other in Chicago, or being shot by police, or serious unrest, rioting and looting in Ferguson, Missouri.
He’s got more important things to do than stay in touch as a U.S. Embassy is under attack. Hamas is lobbing missiles into Israel. Who cares? “I’ve got a golf game in the morning.”
To be exact, Obama has played 186 rounds of golf and counting, versus President George W. Bush’s 24.
Does Obama ever work? Sure. Every once in a while he throws a “Beer Summit.”
Not much has changed since Columbia University. Not Obama’s personality, not his attitude, not his behavior. Either Obama is detached and just couldn’t care less…or he just doesn’t like America very much, so he’s purposely fiddling while Rome burns.
Or, like O.J. Simpson, maybe he’s searching for the answers to all of these terrible crises in the holes and sand traps of America’s greatest golf courses.
This is most certainly “The Murder of the Middle Class.” And the death of America.
I believe we have a sociopath in the White House.
Wayne’s latest book is: “The Murder of the Middle Class.” Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, successful entrepreneur, small business defender, business speaker, Capital Evangelist, and media personality – appearing on over 5,000 interviews in the past five years. Wayne’s web site: ROOTforAmerica.com.