by Wayness Tamm-Clattuc
Since many of those not reconciled to the Obama election win are now having so much fun projecting their personal fantasies of psychological inferiority and evil onto Mr. Obama’s cabinet and staff choices, let me just add that of course Mr. Orszag [President-elect Obama’s choice as White Budget Director –ed] could very well be a projection hook also for Mr. Obama’s uttermost capacity for filth and vileness. Certainly, his picture is not reassuring:
Now that I am no longer in practice I can certainly say, speaking now as an ordinary woman and not “Dr. So-and-so”, that he sure looks like, well, kind of a creep! Or at least pretty smug and full of himself.
In principle, as a human matter, Mr. Obama may very well be a true mother’s son, the reincarnation of Christ and all of that, as many of his followers will solemnly tell you of course — but, alas, that selfsame high-up outer quality and conscious attitude only means that his insides are all the more hellish. If you were able to analyze his current dreams, there is no doubt probably plenty of rotten stuff going on.
On the other hand, Mr. Bush’s psychological unconscious by this stage of the game is probably completely stuffed full of positively angelic and saintly figures, all good and pure and holy!
This is simply the rule of opposites at work. In this case it is in play because at the end of his term any American President is responsible for having killed many people in the world in one way or the other. This is after all part and parcel of the power transactions of a major power. Political power is simply an historical fact, and so it is actually another reason for questioning the moral sanity of anyone who wants the job of President, and still worse actively seeks it. The point is, when someone gets a chance to be “a real shit” as the Swiss say, why, then the mental insides instinctively seek the good side.
However (as far as we now know) Mr. Obama has not yet in his career ordered anybody to be done in the neck. So it is, that if he is not (for now) practically speaking actually living his personal share of evil, then of course his compensatory dreams logically must be full of savage violence and mayhem. This is the opposite case now to Mr. Bush, whose own dreams of course at the start of his Presidency were no doubt just as rascally. After all, he had been waving Jesus around like a dead cat for very many years before getting to the White House, and there you have it….
That is how the mind of man works and if you can’t stand to face that fact, so much the worse for you.
What is even worse for Mr. Obama is the additional fact that he rather obviously and sincerely believes in his conscious attitude and values. This means that in turn he actually probably believes that he as a man and a mere human being moreover is exactly identical with his “highest” values.
In teenagers of any age this is as a rule a surefire formula for some sort of disaster. In any case, when we run into that sort of confusion in an analysis of a so-called adult, our hair stands on end professionally speaking like cats in a lightning storm I can tell you, and in effect we working analysts among our analysands often meet Jesus and His Apostles, oh, several times a year. Such an encounter is always moving, it is gooey and emotional….
Naturally, the family and close friends of these big fellows have their own tale to tell!
[Dr. Wayness Tamm-Clattuc all rights reserved 28 November 2008]