Charles Krauthammer did an interview with Hugh Hewitt in which he declares that President Obama is “clearly a narcissist.” Krauthammer begins by saying that, as a trained psychiatrist, he has “foresworn psychiatry simply because you really can’t do it at a distance,” but then he goes ahead and does psychiatry at a distance anyway:
This is all because, I mean, count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech, and compare that to any other president. Remember when he announced the killing of bin Laden? That speech I believe had 29 references to I – on my command, I ordered, as commander-in-chief, I was then told, I this. You’d think he’d pulled the trigger out there in Abbottabad. You know, this is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials – I’d like to introduce my secretary of State. He once referred to ‘my intelligence community’. And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military’. For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor, Napoleon.
Since Krauthammer can’t be bothered to check on mere matters of fact, I found the transcript of President Obama’s speech about the death of Osama bin Laden, and checked the pronoun counts and rates. In fact, the speech contains 1396 words, of which 10 are ‘I’, for a rate of 0.7%. Perhaps Krauthammer was thinking of President Reagan’s Address to the Nation on Events in Lebanon and Grenada, which did have “29 references to I” — though the overall word count was higher, so that the rate was exactly the same, at 0.7%.
But Reagan, of course, was totally not a narcissist because saints are never narcissists. Maybe Krauthammer isn’t lying, maybe he’s just lazy and doesn’t care whether what he says is true or not.