by Wayness Tamm-Clattuc
[Dr Tamm-Clattuc is a retired jungian analyst now at home in western Wisconsin and “free to say what I think!” — BW]
A successful politician as much as any other human being has a shadow problem. The shadow in the fullest sense is simply everything we aren’t thinking of right now. Hence the absent-minded professor lecturing with his fly open. Sometimes the creative playfulness of the shadow is more evident than its potential for malice. Not every manifestation is a symptom of Auschwitz after all! In President-elect Obama’s case we can see the comedy at work quite clearly in the above picture. Note the similarity of hairlines, between Mr. Obama and the somewhat compulsive-looking Mr. Peter Orszag, who has been named to a sinecure as some sort of budget director. From what we can see here, soon we may confidently predict there will be a new fad in DC. This will become clear as aspiring bureaucrats in the rather undignified early stages of middleage resort to depilating their foreheads. This sort of thing among aspiring middle managers is very often “a symptom,” as too often too many have overstayed their psychological “Saturn return” by seven or even ten years, and they are in danger of becoming a nuisance. In this case it will be naturally in order to get the President’s favorable attention, who seems prone unconsciously to trust those with this look-alike feature. If this sort of thing is all that Mr. Obama’s shadow gets up to, however, we are of course very fortunate. Americans at this stage of the game collectively are pretty tired of saxophonists and cigars and religious fundamentalism in the White House.
[Wayness Tamm-Clattuc all rights reserved 25 November 2008]